Trick for blocking email spam

Fake MX records can work like greylisting and often much faster. It doesn’t require the installation of new software. What you do is add a fake highest and lowest MX record. Normal email will probably retry but spammers often don’t. This is especially true of virus infected windows zombie spam. Here’s an example MX configuration.

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Simple way to check the MX-Records (and the other records of course) of a host should be:


Response: has address has address has address has address has address has address has IPv6 address 2a00:1450:4008:c01::71 mail is handled by 10 mail is handled by 50 mail is handled by 40 mail is handled by 20 mail is handled by 30

Now have a close look on the different mailservers (MX records).

The value after "by" is the so called priority of each entry.

Notice the point at the end of and the other mailservers. This called root-label, which does not have a formal name and its label in the DNS hierarchy is an empty string.

Fully qualified domain name

More advanced way to check for records is nslookup:

nslookup  set type=MX


Server: Address:

Non-authoritative answer: mail exchanger = 40 mail exchanger = 20 mail exchanger = 50 mail exchanger = 30 mail exchanger = 10

Authoritative answers can be found from: internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address =

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