October Newsletter – Demystifying Email Bounce Backs and Errors


Last month we started a series of posts on our Blog covering Email Bounce Backs & Errors. These errors can be incredibly confusing and misleading, so we wanted to try and demystify these problems. Read on for a few of the most recent articles that cover a wide spectrum of email problems related to bounce backs and associated error messages.


Non-Delivery Report (NDR) Spam or Backscatter Spam

Monday, September 19th, 2011

In our continuing blog series about bounce backs and error codes we wanted to talk about NDR Spam or Backscatter Spam. As we all know, spammers are tricky devils and they spend the majority of their time learning to adapt and circumvent email defense systems. One example that demonstrates the type of adaptability that Email Security professionals have to deal with is Backscatter spam. As an operator of a legitimate email server […]


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Bounce Backs: Denied For Spam, Message Rejected, Spam Source Blocked, What Does it Mean?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Have you ever received a bounce back that refers to your message as being blocked because it was considered spam? While the actual language of the bounce back or error message may vary if the error code is a 500 error, that does mean the message could not be delivered to the recipient (400/500 Email Bounce Back Errors Explained). In this particular case, we are referring to bounce backs that reference messages as being denied due to spam or IP reputation […]


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400/500 Email Bounce Back Errors Explained

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Bounce backs and error codes might look like they need to be deciphered with a secret decoder ring. We are going to try here to shed some light on them so you can crack them open and extract the goodness within. So let’s work together to understand the the two most common types of bounce backs. When a bounce back message is generated, the mail server that issued it is attempting to let you know there was a problem with sending the message and give you some information so you have an idea of what […]


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550-”5.7.1 Message rejected as spam by Content Filtering.” – Intelligent Mail Filtering with Exchange

Friday, August 19th, 2011

This is an error that our customers run into pretty often here are MxToolBox so we thought we would help explain the cause and provide some solutions to remedy it. By default Microsoft either installs/or recommends that the Intelligent Message Filtering (IMF) service be enabled on all installations of […]


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‘4.3.1 Insufficient system resources’ – Back Pressure Feature Exchange 2007

Monday, May 9th, 2011

We see this type of error pretty often here at MxToolbox and so we wanted to post about it here. Customers Exchange servers can mistakenly react to normal mail flow and cause a disruption in service. The error that is posed is ‘4.3.1 Insufficient system resources’ […]


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How to Read Email Bounce Backs and Errors

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

To kick off our series on demystifying and understanding email bounce backs and errors, we thought it would benefit everyone to go over how to read a bounce back. Some bounce backs are very cryptic and full of codes and numbers. How are you supposed to figure it out? Let’s break down a typical bounce back […]


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