Form submission emails being flagged as spam

Discussion in 'HTML' started by Bob, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I've put together a few smallish sites for clients which include online
    forms. Their day-to-day email is managed away from the web server (usually
    by email forwarding at the domain host) and the php scripts process the
    forms as usual and squirt out emails to relevant form owners and visitors
    alike.

    Now, here's the problem - a lot of these emails are being flagged as spam,
    presumably because the spam guards are doing a reverse DNS lookup on the
    domain name and discovering that the MX records are located elsewhere.

    Is there anything I can do about this? I'm hesitant to create another MX
    record for the web server, as this seems to be the wrong way to go about
    solving the problem (indeed, it could create even more). I have a vague
    recollection, however, of a setting in the DNS that might address the
    issue - registering a web server as a valid mail sender while at the same
    time not identifying it as an MX host.


    Any thoughts/advice gratefully received!
    Bob, Mar 8, 2011
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  2. Bob

    DLU Guest

    On 3/7/2011 18:37, Bob wrote:
    > I've put together a few smallish sites for clients which include online
    > forms. Their day-to-day email is managed away from the web server
    > (usually by email forwarding at the domain host) and the php scripts
    > process the forms as usual and squirt out emails to relevant form owners
    > and visitors alike.
    >
    > Now, here's the problem - a lot of these emails are being flagged as
    > spam, presumably because the spam guards are doing a reverse DNS lookup
    > on the
    > domain name and discovering that the MX records are located elsewhere.
    >
    > Is there anything I can do about this? I'm hesitant to create another MX
    > record for the web server, as this seems to be the wrong way to go about
    > solving the problem (indeed, it could create even more). I have a vague
    > recollection, however, of a setting in the DNS that might address the
    > issue - registering a web server as a valid mail sender while at the
    > same time not identifying it as an MX host.
    >
    >
    > Any thoughts/advice gratefully received!

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    DLU, Mar 8, 2011
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  3. Bob

    richard Guest

    On Mon, 07 Mar 2011 20:42:45 -0800, Evan Platt wrote:

    > On Tue, 8 Mar 2011 02:37:48 -0000, "Bob" <> wrote:
    >
    >>I've put together a few smallish sites for clients which include online
    >>forms. Their day-to-day email is managed away from the web server (usually
    >>by email forwarding at the domain host) and the php scripts process the
    >>forms as usual and squirt out emails to relevant form owners and visitors
    >>alike.
    >>
    >>Now, here's the problem - a lot of these emails are being flagged as spam,
    >>presumably because the spam guards are doing a reverse DNS lookup on the
    >>domain name and discovering that the MX records are located elsewhere.
    >>
    >>Is there anything I can do about this? I'm hesitant to create another MX
    >>record for the web server, as this seems to be the wrong way to go about
    >>solving the problem (indeed, it could create even more). I have a vague
    >>recollection, however, of a setting in the DNS that might address the
    >>issue - registering a web server as a valid mail sender while at the same
    >>time not identifying it as an MX host.
    >>
    >>
    >>Any thoughts/advice gratefully received!

    >
    > You need to give more detail than "It's being flagged as spam".
    >
    > What is flagging it as spam? SpamAssassin?
    >
    > If SA is, it'll give a score, and a reason for each 'point' it gives.
    > See what causes it to think it's spam. Could be as simple as HTML, or
    > maybe as simple as "From and To Match".


    Right. This, coming from a guy who can't even link things right.
    When clicking on "photo gallery" one gets met with a "mailto"?
    Gee evan, explain please what happens when "from" matches "to".
    duhhhhhhhh.
    richard, Mar 8, 2011
    #3
  4. On Mon, 7 Mar 2011 22:48:54 -0700, richard <> wrote:

    >On Mon, 07 Mar 2011 20:42:45 -0800, Evan Platt wrote:
    >
    >> On Tue, 8 Mar 2011 02:37:48 -0000, "Bob" <> wrote:
    >>
    >>>I've put together a few smallish sites for clients which include online
    >>>forms. Their day-to-day email is managed away from the web server (usually
    >>>by email forwarding at the domain host) and the php scripts process the
    >>>forms as usual and squirt out emails to relevant form owners and visitors
    >>>alike.
    >>>
    >>>Now, here's the problem - a lot of these emails are being flagged as spam,
    >>>presumably because the spam guards are doing a reverse DNS lookup on the
    >>>domain name and discovering that the MX records are located elsewhere.
    >>>
    >>>Is there anything I can do about this? I'm hesitant to create another MX
    >>>record for the web server, as this seems to be the wrong way to go about
    >>>solving the problem (indeed, it could create even more). I have a vague
    >>>recollection, however, of a setting in the DNS that might address the
    >>>issue - registering a web server as a valid mail sender while at the same
    >>>time not identifying it as an MX host.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>Any thoughts/advice gratefully received!

    >>
    >> You need to give more detail than "It's being flagged as spam".
    >>
    >> What is flagging it as spam? SpamAssassin?
    >>
    >> If SA is, it'll give a score, and a reason for each 'point' it gives.
    >> See what causes it to think it's spam. Could be as simple as HTML, or
    >> maybe as simple as "From and To Match".

    >
    >Right. This, coming from a guy who can't even link things right.
    >When clicking on "photo gallery" one gets met with a "mailto"?
    >Gee evan, explain please what happens when "from" matches "to".
    >duhhhhhhhh.


    I think he wanted to say: "From" matched the real "From"
    Because the initiator is always the real initiator, but the "From"
    part of the mail header can be set differently.
    Howaver -> May be the program who initiate the mail can set the header
    part "From" identical with the header part "To:"
    Raymond Schmit, Mar 9, 2011
    #4
  5. Bob

    richard Guest

    On Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:41:11 -0800, Evan Platt wrote:

    > On Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:26 GMT, (Raymond
    > Schmit) wrote:
    >
    >>I think he wanted to say: "From" matched the real "From"
    >>Because the initiator is always the real initiator, but the "From"
    >>part of the mail header can be set differently.
    >>Howaver -> May be the program who initiate the mail can set the header
    >>part "From" identical with the header part "To:"

    >
    > No, From matches to.
    >
    > Say I'm e-mailing you at .
    >
    > I send to and set my from and reply to as
    > . SpamAssassin sees this as a potential spam flag, and
    > adds a few points for good measure.


    As it should. Now kindly read the ICANN rules about proper use of email
    addy's.
    The only time you are allowed to do such a thing is when the source email
    addy and recipient is YOU. Doing that from a third party is considered
    spam.

    While you're educating yourself, lookup the historic spam lawsuit that was
    known as the "flowers" case. In which the original owner of flowers.com was
    ltierally shut down because some asshole used their addy in the return
    path.
    richard, Mar 9, 2011
    #5
  6. On Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:41:11 -0800, Evan Platt
    <> wrote:

    >On Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:26 GMT, (Raymond
    >Schmit) wrote:
    >
    >>I think he wanted to say: "From" matched the real "From"
    >>Because the initiator is always the real initiator, but the "From"
    >>part of the mail header can be set differently.
    >>Howaver -> May be the program who initiate the mail can set the header
    >>part "From" identical with the header part "To:"

    >
    >No, From matches to.
    >
    >Say I'm e-mailing you at .
    >
    >I send to and set my from and reply to as
    > . SpamAssassin sees this as a potential spam flag, and
    >adds a few points for good measure.


    If you sent to . you may not set From:
    . Because this is not true . is not the
    real initiator of the mail. So it's suspicious and can be viewed as a
    spam?
    Raymond Schmit, Mar 9, 2011
    #6
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