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My Mail Isn't Going Through!

If you got an email bounce message that reads:

501 Connection Rejected by policy [7.7] #####, please visit for more details about this error message.

I have information below that will help you!

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What is really happening

It is probably not your fault. If you are a spammer or an evil malware distributor, then it is your fault. But in my client's case, they were trying to send tax forms to their accountant and legal information to their attorney and their mail was bouncing with the message above.

Messagelabs was a company that provided various email security services and was acquired by Symantec in 2008. If you go to the page referenced in the message it takes you to a rather generic page that just gives you contact information for Symantec Cloud Support. Where you go from here is kind of a bad news / good news story.


The bad news 

Sadly, if you call Symantec they won't do anything for you unless you are a symantec customer. The customer has to open up a support ticket.

What you have to do is contact whoever you are sending your email to and get them to call the support number on the page listed above, give them the IP address of your sending mail server. Symantec will look into it and eventually remove that IP address from their block list.

Right now, I don't know how long that takes. With some quick searching on the web, for some it was "A few weeks" and others were still complaining after months without any resolution. And let me also note they have a free lookup service and this client's IP addresses were not listed as having any problems. It has to escalate through Symantec's tech folks to be resolved.

In my case, we reported it to our client on 3/20/2015 and they forwarded it to Symantec. It was fixed 3/23/2015 around Noon.

** Do all that first - or at least get it started. It is always possible Symantec will realize how distruptive they are being to their customers and make this into an easy, pain-free and fast process that us end-users can do from a web portal without involving them like almost every other block list has. It is also possible I will win the lottery tomorrow, but I'm not betting on that. So gather the information and have a support case opened up.

The good news 

My company specializes in creative problem solving. Even though I can't fix Symantec, I can find a creative way to get the mail through.

Your free work around: Send the mails to another free email service - like gmail, or hotmail, or yahoo... and then forward it onto your destination. It is a pain in the ass, but it is a solution that will get a stray email or two through in a pinch.

If you have more than one or two users - or perhaps your entire company is being blocked - and the free work around isn't practical, I offer a service that will work around the problem for you. I can have everything setup in under an hour. Contact me at the 'Contact Us' link at the top left of this page for more details.

If you hit this and have some data on 'how long it took for Symantec to fix this' in your case, I would love to hear about it.

Good luck!

David Soussan

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