Can I know if my email msg has been blocked?
May 29, 2009 8:44 PM   Subscribe

Hi. I have a PC w/ Vista from 2008. Yahoo email. My question is, there is an email that keeps bouncing back to me saying... "Hi. This is the qmail-send program at I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses. This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out. : failed after I sent the message. Remote host said: 554-: (HVU:B1) 554 TRANSACTION FAILED." Is this a hint that my message was blocked by the person on the other end? Does Yahoo give you a way to tell if your messages are blocked? Thanks for any help.
posted by noelpratt2nd to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
If you visit the link it explains that the IP address or mail sever you are using has been accused of spam. Give it 24 or 48 hours and it will be unlisted from the blacklists.

* 554 HVU:B1


There is at least one domain in your email that is generating substantial complaints from AOL members. AOL blocks emails that contain domains that may have been previously used to send unsolicited email or inappropriate content such as personal information solicitations (phish).

These blocks are content-based, and are issued to any email that contains the blocked domain anywhere in the email message body source code. The blocks can target domains in both HTML and plain text emails. There is no need to unsubscribe individual recipients from mailing lists that generate this bounce. The recommended solution is to isolate the blocked domain and open a support request. Please wait a day and try to reproduce the issue before you contact us for unblocking. Many HVU-related blocks are resolved on their own

To help identify the blocked domain, you may want to try sending test emails to a test AOL account using one domain/URL in each email. The email that gets the HVU:B1 bounce contains the blocked URL. Another method would be to establish a manual SMTP session with AOL using telnet, and inserting each possible domain after the "DATA" portion. When the attempt is made to send the blocked one, an HVU:B1 error will be generated. Instructions for manual SMTP testing can be found here.


If you believe you own the blocked domain(s) from your email or if you are having trouble determining which domain is blocked, please file a support request. If you do not own the domain, please have the owner of that domain contact us.
posted by damn dirty ape at 8:48 PM on May 29, 2009

This appears to be stupid AOL blocking, here's their confusing explanation of why they blocked it. My reading of that explanation is that there's a URL in the body of your email they don't like, maybe try removing any links and resending?
posted by TungstenChef at 8:49 PM on May 29, 2009

Sounds like the message contains a URL that's on a SURBL or similar content blacklist (correctly or incorrectly). You might check that site and the other URL blacklists it mentions in the links section to see if you're sending a URL that's blacklisted.
posted by hattifattener at 10:12 PM on May 29, 2009

Much thanks, that worked (removing a link). So I suppose Yahoo doesn't let you know if someone's blocked you, though?
posted by noelpratt2nd at 2:40 PM on June 2, 2009

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