DMARC and a legacy email account on AIM (AOL).com
May 12, 2014 2:00 PM   Subscribe

I have had an email account (That's AOL Instant Messenger -AIM, for all you young folks) since 1999. It is brain dead simple email service, which is why I have kept it so long. It doesn't try to reorder your messages or roll them up into streams. I know, I am a Luddite. But in the past two weeks AOL has reset its DMARC policies to do with alias spoofing and now all my email is being rejected by major carriers like Gmail. Reason being, my address is, and the outgoing server is at I have poked around the site for awhile, but can't find any obvious fixes. I wrote to, but have not received a reply yet. Has anyone else faced and fixed this problem?
posted by eaglehound to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
is the address really secretly also an address? I vaguely remember that as being the case...
posted by Mad_Carew at 2:16 PM on May 12, 2014

fwiw,'s spf record includes's spf record. This means that any ip address authorized to send from should also be authorized to send from

How do you know that your mail is being rejected (rather than sent to spam, or accepted and silently dropped)?
posted by Radiophonic Oddity at 3:19 PM on May 12, 2014

I know my mail is rejected because I get return mail that says:
A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

SMTP error from remote mail server after end of data:
host []:
550-5.7.1 Unauthenticated email from is not accepted due to domain's
550-5.7.1 DMARC policy. Please contact administrator of domain if
550-5.7.1 was a legitimate mail. Please visit
550-5.7.1 to learn about DMARC
550 5.7.1 initiative. r15si3003354wib.1 - gsmtp
posted by eaglehound at 7:14 PM on May 12, 2014

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