How To Block Email Spoofing by Display Name

If you ever getting email spoofing that using email on display name like below

Please try below tips. I am using Zimbra and this is what i do

su - zimbra
vi /opt/zimbra/conf/from_checks

Fill with the following line

/^From:(.*@)+(.*@)/ HOLD it looks like you are spam

Note : If you receive email that having @ in the display name, email will be hold and you will getting information “it looks like you are spam” in the log. You can change HOLD with another method like DISCARD or REJECT.

Run the following command to add header check and restart postfix

zmprov ms `zmhostname` zimbraMtaHeaderChecks "pcre:/opt/zimbra/conf/postfix_header_checks,pcre:/opt/zimbra/conf/from_checks"
zmprov mcf zimbraMtaBlockedExtensionWarnRecipient FALSE
postfix reload

The following is an example email log that use @ in the display name

D6CAE2811C34: hold: header From: "imanudin@imanudin.net" <spam@spam.xyz> from unknown[120.xxx.xxx.xx]; from=<spam@spam.xyz> to=<cilox@imanudin.com> proto=ESMTP helo=: it looks like you are spam
Nov  1 23:45:45 myzimbra postfix/cleanup[17284]: D6CAE2811C34: message-id=<c8432028-4616-fcea-2280-699b7e22058e@spam.xyz>

Exmaple in mailq

[zimbra@myzimbra ~]$ mailq
-Queue ID-  --Size-- ----Arrival Time---- -Sender/Recipient-------
D6CAE2811C34!     626 Thu Nov  1 23:45:45  spam@spam.xyz

-- 1 Kbytes in 1 Requests.

In the Queue ID, have a ! sign (exclamation mark). It’s mean email holds. You can delete them (if that email is spam) or you can release them (if that email is not spam).

Good luck and hopefully useful 🙂

Source : https://imanudin.com/2018/11/02/tips-block-email-spoofing-by-display-name/


  1. Hi, nice to meet you. I wanted to ask for your help. I’m getting a lot of junk mail from external servers. What I can do? Thank you. develop a guide how to send the email to blacklist, it is a good option but I am receiving many. I am the manager of zimbra. On other occasions you have given me support, I thank you again. regards

  2. Hello, great tutorial. I ask him if this type of configurations can slow down the server when performing an additional check when entering an email. I have received these attacks in the last months and they are from a large number of addresses. I also wanted to thank you, I always read your tutorials and they give me a lot of use.
    Sorry for English, it’s not my main language.

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