Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

Discussion in 'General Technical' started by Guest, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'm using Windows Live Mail with Windows Vista and a Hotmail account. I'm
    getting these emails from and they are driving me
    crazy because I'm getting hundreds of them. I never even tried to send an
    email to these people, so I have no idea why I'm getting these emails. I
    thought I might have a virus or something, but I ran Mcafee, Spybot and
    Ad-aware and come up with nothing. It seems to only happy when I'm running
    Windows Live Mail and I don't get the emails when I'm not running it. Does
    anyone have any idea? Here is a copy of the email Thanks..

    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

    Delivery to the following recipients failed.

    Guest, Jun 28, 2008
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  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'm also getting these too!!

    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

    Delivery to the following recipients failed.

    Guest, Jun 28, 2008
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Yes. They're spam and there's nothing much you can do about them.

    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM
    Do not reply with email
    Guest, Jun 28, 2008
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Some spammer is using your email address as his return address.
    I suggest you put on your Blocked
    Senders list, at least until this episode subsides.

    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    Guest, Jun 28, 2008
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Well, if that's the case I would get the emails all of the time, but I don't.
    I'm checking my emails from my Windows Mobile Cell phone and I don't get
    them at all. I only get them when I run Windows Live Mail. So, it has
    something to do with Windows Live Mail that's causing it to happen. I don't
    even see any Sent Emails, so I know it's not sending any emails. It only
    seems to happen everytime I press the Send/Receive mail button on Windows
    Live Mail. If I press Send / Recieve on my Windows Mobile phone I just get
    my normal email and not these types of messages. So, I know it's something
    to do with Windows Live Mail, and there should be something I can do to fix
    it. Right?
    Guest, Jun 28, 2008
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I am getting these too for the last week or so...if we block the postmaster
    addy, how will we know if one of our emails we actually sent failed?

    This is the link I was supposed to have sent email to (but didn't):

    It is not in any of my outboxes for me to delete.

    Is there any other way to resolve this?

    Thank you
    Guest, Jul 3, 2008
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Adding the postmaster addy to Blocked Senders is the best solution.
    That will deposit the unwanted messages in the Junk E-mail folder.
    Prudence dictates that (before emptying) you review the contents of the
    Junk E-mail folder periodically, so as to rescue any false positives.
    That way, if the postmaster ever sends you a legitimate notice, you will
    hopefully see it at some point.
    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    Guest, Jul 3, 2008
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Well, I emailed Microsoft and this was there reply to my problem and there

    Thank you for writing to Windows Live Hotmail Customer Support. This is Paul
    and I gather that you received failed mail delivery notifications from e-mail
    messages you have not sent. I understand how important it is for you to have
    your issue addressed immediately.

    We apologize for the delay in answering your e-mail. We appreciate your
    patience as we handle every customer request as quickly as possible.

    Someone has forged your e-mail address as the "reply-to" or "from" field on
    a piece of unsolicited e-mail. This does not require the person to log into
    the account. For security, do not open the notification message or any
    attachment that came with the notification message. Some malicious computer
    users use fake failed-delivery notifications to spread computer viruses. Make
    sure your virus-scanning software is up to date and scheduled to run daily to
    help prevent computer virus infections.

    Sometimes, individuals forge message headers to suggest that the messages
    originated with Windows Live or Hotmail e-mail. Additionally, these
    "spammers" may use similar fake "reply-to" accounts, "remove me" accounts,
    and other types of drop boxes in the headers, in the body of messages, on Web
    pages, in Web forms, or in postings such as newsgroups. This is a very
    difficult practice to guard against, but it is one that we will continue to

    Some individuals sending unsolicited e-mail use bulk e-mail programs that
    forge headers onto the e-mail message. Some of these programs combine the
    sender's account name or e-mail address with another domain name to try and
    make it appear more authentic. This bypasses the filters because the message
    appears to originate from the recipient's own account. They also try to
    trick people by taking the name of the recipient's account and forging it
    into the header with another domain name to try and make it appear more

    I would like to assure you that this is what happened to you and that the
    sender did not break into your account. Your account name is unique and no
    two Windows Live Hotmail users have the same account name.

    If you continue to receive messages from the about
    e-mail that you did not send, I recommend that you disregard the message. If
    you receive other bounce messages, I suggest that you filter them by doing
    the following steps:

    1. Sign in to your Windows Live Hotmail account.
    2. Click on "Options" then select "More Options."
    3. Click on "Automatically sort e-mail into folders."
    4. Click "New filter."
    5. Under step 1: Which messages are you looking for?
    6. From the first drop-down box select "Subject."
    7. From the second drop-down list, choose "Contains."
    8. In the third text box, type the subject of the bounce message.
    9. Under "Step 2: Where do you want to put these messages?" Select a
    folder to which you want your messages delivered. You can also choose to
    delete incoming messages.
    10. Click "Save" to save your settings.

    You can add more filters to increase the Custom Filter's effectiveness. Type
    a different word in the text box (step 8) so that unsolicited e-mail with
    various subjects will be captured.

    Windows Live Hotmail recognizes the sensitivity, security and privacy of
    your account information. I have outlined several ways to help you enhance
    your account's protection:

    I. I recommend that you change your password as well as your secret
    question and answer regularly to increase the privacy of your account. You
    can use several combinations of letter cases and numbers to make your
    password harder to decode.

    II. Properly log out of your account after your Windows Live Hotmail
    session by clicking the "Sign Out" button above your screen.

    III. If you are using a public terminal, I suggest that you clear your
    temporary I
    Guest, Jul 4, 2008
  9. Guest

    Guest Guest

    They aren't in any of you outboxes because you didn't send the message.
    They often include the 'unsent message' as a attachment and if you open the
    attachment you get a virus. There is nothing to do with these messages
    except to delete them. There is no magic program that will catch all of
    them and "protect" you.

    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM
    Do not reply with email
    Guest, Jul 4, 2008
  10. Guest

    Guest Guest

    They're not telling you anything different than what we've already told you.
    They suggest filtering on the Subject line, which is an alternative to
    filtering on the From address.

    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    Guest, Jul 4, 2008
  11. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Yes, I agree. It wasn't very helpful at all. I'm still getting them but not
    as many as before, but it's still a pain. If I could filter what's in the
    body of the message that would be very helpful and block the messages, but it
    doesn't look like I can't. If I block the subject or sender then if I get a
    real delivery failure I won't know about it. So, I'm not sure what to do at
    this point. It seems like there is nothing I can do and this will go on for
    an eternity? Thanks...
    Guest, Jul 6, 2008
  12. Guest

    Guest Guest

    The bounce notices won't go on much longer. Spammers tend to change
    the return address they use on spam emails fairly frequently.

    If it was me, I would add that Postmaster email address to Blocked Senders
    for just a week or two, then take it off again.

    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    Guest, Jul 6, 2008
  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

    OK, that sounds like a good idea. I'm having another problem. I'm using
    Windows Live Mail with Vista and my Hotmail email address. When I get Junk
    Mail and using the option to, "Delete and Block" the messages. The option
    deletes them, but I'm not sure if the blocking is working because I seem to
    still be getting the same messages from the same email addresses. I can't
    confirm it because they are deleted. Is it possible the blocking isn't
    working and if not, is there a simple way to block them besides having to go
    onto the hotmail website to do it? Thanks..
    Guest, Jul 6, 2008
  14. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I will let someone else who is more familiar with the Hotmail integration
    answer that question.

    WLM has a Safety Options setting, "Report junk e-mail to Microsoft and
    its partners", but I'm not familiar with what that actually does.

    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    Guest, Jul 6, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    [Cross-posted to ]

    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    Guest, Jul 6, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    As mentioned previously, spam from/to/reply addresses are changed quite often.
    Much spam may be spoofed to appear from one's own address, thus caution is warranted to avoid blocking mail from one's own domain
    in either WLM or the Hotmail Web interface(UI)

    WLM's 'Safety Options' for Blocked Senders moves incoming to the junk mail folder for both http and pop3 accounts. Delete a
    message in WLM is only possible via rules and only for pop3 accounts.

    WLM has a check box on its Safety Options page for bouncing messages back to the sender. Its header states the bounce is applicable
    'When I click Delete and Block'. That wording(note it's a compound 'and' )seems to imply there is a single context option to do
    both at once 'Delete and Block. That single context option does not appear to exist, thus no clue on how this is supposed to
    function(mark as junk then manually delete from junk folder) or a future feature or a poorly worded option.

    The only method to modify hotmail web based filters is via the web interface via an individual address or a domain.
    Hotmail web ui provides:
    - a Delete Junk Mail options(immediately or move to Junk Folder).
    - a report junk mail option(Note: 'report' junk does not mean immediate enforcement of a reported address or domain)
    - provides individual block senders(address and/or domain) - blocked messages are automatically are deleted

    The only way to determine if a Hotmail web ui filter that deletes something is working is to turn the delete option off and monitor
    the junk mail folder in WLM or via the Hotmail UI.
    ms-mvp mail

    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
  17. Guest

    Guest Guest

    OK, well, I'm using both, "Delete and Block" and I'm using Filters, but it's
    a real big pain. I'll see how it goes. I have one last problem and I'm not
    sure if this is where to post it or not.

    When I'm creating a new message in WLM and I want to add a picture I want to
    sort the pictures by the date. Because I'm adding pictures I just copied
    into my Pictures Folder. When I go into the Pictures folder from Windows
    Explorer I can sort by , "Date Modified" because I changed the folder type to
    Documents. When I try to insert the picture in the new message the files are
    sorted as, "Date Taken" and it makes it hard to find the pictures I want to
    insert because I know the date modified but not the file names. So, for some
    reason when I use WLM it reverts the folder to a, "Picture and Video" type.
    When I go back into File Exploer it's back to Document type. So, I"m not
    sure what's going on. Thanks..

    Guest, Jul 8, 2008
  18. Guest


    Oct 13, 2010
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    I lookes in my sent messages and it did have sent messages as if i had sent them...which i know i didnt.
    arielle, Oct 13, 2010
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    Nov 5, 2010
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    question about notification failure

    About these failures emails that we receive in ou inbox.

    So I have this too, I didn't send anything and in sent box is nothing to see.

    But my question is: Will others receive emails (spamemails through my emailadress)?

    because the notification failure I had, was of an emailadress I had misspelled a few months ago , so I think that others correct emailadress have received some spam.

    I even deleted all my contact, because I thaught te spam knows which contact I have and try to send mails to them through my emailadress.

    Is this possible that others receive spam through my name?
    Hara_mo, Nov 5, 2010
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    Dec 29, 2010
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    nobody seems to know what to do anything abuat it. and every day i get more of these emails i hope somebody comes up with a solution edgar
    edgarcarrion, Dec 29, 2010
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