Gmail Willingly Sending Spam 
What in the world is happening? In the past 6 months we've noticed a decent amount of spam coming into our network from no one other than Gmail.com



They just look the other way allowing all sorts of spammers to submit email through Gmail.

The spam is ridiculous from advertising nail clippers to t-shirts.
Come on Google, you can do better than that...or can you? Do you even care?

As an Admin I am sick and tired of having to deal with spam on a daily basis. For most spammers I just simply drop the hammer and block them if they're repeat offenders.

What do you do with Gmail.com? There is legitimate email coming from them as well as a decent amount of spam.

Several Gmail/Google owned IP addresses are black listed on RBLs and for good reason. They spam!

Here's a list of Gmail IP addresses that we've received spam from in just the last few days:
209.85.128.67
209.85.214.195
209.85.219.66
209.85.166.50
209.85.210.174
209.85.219.182
209.85.219.195
209.85.128.67
209.85.219.65
209.85.208.67

Copy and paste any one of these Gmail IP addresses and check for yourself against the blacklists. They are all listed on at least 2-3 lists. Go figure! This works well: https://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx

This leads me to my next point - why is it that when you Google "gmail sending spam" or "blacklisted gmail IP addresses" nothing relevant comes up? All you get is a bunch of irrelevant stuff regarding how to get your own IP removed from Gmail's black list if listed. Come on, really?

I have attempted to contact gmail about this but they 1) make it so goddamn difficult that one simply gives up, and 2) they don't seem to care anyway, so why bother?

This leaves us with a boolean decision to make, to block or not to block that is the question.

So until Google/Gmail decides to tame their outbound spam, we the small guys will have no choice but to throttle or completely block email coming from them.

If I were Gmail I would be embarrassed to say the least. I'd keep my head in the send. This is not just a slip-up, it's an ongoing situation that needs to stop.

They don't care who's sending junk through their network, they shove it down the pipe to the little guy, let them deal with it.

Well no more, Gmail!

Admin

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