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Branded Address - Rejected Emails


  • The email generated from the FaceToFace module were being rejected by our mail server with a reason of SPF fail
  • Although the sender email address had been changed on the Face-to-Face admin page ( the emails were still being rejected by our mail server
  • A specific peculiarity was that the rejection notice was being sent to, even though the sender email address was


  • Even though the Face-To-Face sender email address had been changed, the email header still had as the address - see the message header below
  • The Face-To-Face admin setting only changes the From name NOT the sender email address
  • may have an SPF record to ensure that only authorised emails are sent from this address
  • As the CLC Moodle server IP address is not in the SPF record, the email was being rejected with a hard SFL fail
  • As the CLC Moodle servers use a dynamic IP address, it would not be possible to add it to the SPF record


  • We can change the email address on the support record to
  • Emails are now being sent from this address
  • As there is no SPF record for the domain, it only comes back with a soft fail and therefore gets through our spam filter

This is not a great long term solution as we'd really like the support contact address to be a live address. The longer term solution would probably be to set up an new address that can be used to handle support calls. The other alternative would be to figure out a way to get the moodle site added to the SPF record. However, as there is no immediate need for this it'll probably be left as it is. 


Received: by with SMTP id k3csp1901305lbe;
       Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:17:58 -0800 (PST)
X-Received: by with SMTP id o193m420569887wmd.102.1452344877056;
       Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:17:57 -0800 (PST)
Return-Path: <>
Received: from webnode.localdomain ([])
       by with ESMTP id i10si40788760jmc.50.2016.
       for <>;
       Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:17:56 -0800 (PST)
Received-SPF: fail ( domain of does not designate as permitted sender) client-ip=;
      spf=fail ( domain of does not designate as permitted sender)
Received: by webnode.localdomain (Postfix, from userid 48)
                id C41832035A; Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:17:56 +0000 (GMT)
To: "Test User WV" <>
Subject: Course booking confirmation: Day Zero Induction Training , 2:00 PM-5:00 PM, 24 December 2016
X-PHP-Originating-Script: 0:class.phpmailer.php
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:17:56 +0000

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