[SpamCop-List] Re: Of course, it LOOKS LIKE a bounce
MikeE at ster.invalid
Mon Jan 26 17:43:43 EST 2004
John DeLasaux wrote:
> Why does SC refuse to process a fake bounce? I am getting "bounces"
> from addresses I never sent email to. Can someone explain to me why
> this isn't spam?
It is normal for spam to have a forged or bogus From: If the From is
your addy, and the spam item bounces 'belatedly' after it has been
'accepted' at the would-be recipient's server, then the server my 'send'
or mail you the belatedly bounced spamitem. It isn't
'spamcop-qualified' spam because it wasn't actually mailed from the
spamsource to /you/ - it was mailed from the spamsource to someone else,
your addy just happened to be in the From:, so you /happened/ to get the
Thus you receive a bounced spamitem not /actually/ From you or To you.
Like several other undesirable and unsolicited emails described in the
spamcop rules, that is unsolicited and unwanted and spam 'underneath',
but not 'reportable'.
In addition to that, in the type of item I described above, in a spamcop
parse, the headers 'on top' would show the 'source' to be the recipient
server, not the spam item's source, because those topmost headers
'started' at the recipient server and then the mail traveled to you.
SpamCop doesn't want that, either. Only the 'underneath' headers, those
'attached' to the original spambody, would show the actual spamsource.
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