gcerullo at pixelpointstudios
Jan 23, 2009, 1:30 PM
Post #5 of 10
On 23-Jan-09, at 3:50 PM, Beth Morgan wrote:
Re: Question about SPF being used to help a spammer
[In reply to]
> Hi -
> I work at an ISP, where we have a hosting customer asking us to add
> an SPF record to his DNS zone file. I looked up the organization
> which was telling him about SPF and found some info that makes me
> afraid he's just going to start spamming people.
> On their web site, they have articles like this:
> SPF Records: The Key to Email Marketing Success
> which claims such things as, "Adding an SPF is an easy, one-time fix
> that can give your message a potential VIP pass into your customers'
> Well, in the past, this customer has bought mailing lists and tried
> to use them to send out UCE. Here's the SPF record he wants us to
> add. Not having used SPF before, I want to be sure that I'm not
> letting him use out DNS to somehow legitimize a possible effort to
> send out UCE.
> IN TXT "v=spf1 mx ip4: me-ss2-v2tfzw.mailengine1.com ip4:
> 188.8.131.52 -all"
> When I googled mailengine1.com, there seemed to be a lot of
> references to spam. When I did a whois, it led back to
> Would you go ahead and add this SPF record? Am I just being paranoid?
What you can tell your customer is that what they provided is not a
valid SPF policy (record) and it will result in a 'Permanent Error'
and that you will only post a valid and correct SPF policy.
If they don't believe you, you can send them to the address below to
Other than that, I can't tell you how to run your business but if any
of my customers were sending out UCE and I could prove it or if it
disrupted the service of my other customers then I would get rid of
that customer without losing any sleep over it.
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