Google and Gmail reject emails that contain missing or inaccurate SPF records

Google rejects emails due to the absence of an SPF record because it uses the Sender Policy Framework (SPF) to verify the sender's authenticity and prevent spam and phishing attempts.

SPF is a security measure that allows email receivers to verify that the incoming email comes from a trusted source by checking the DNS record of the sender's domain. If there is no SPF record, Google cannot verify the sender's identity and therefore cannot ensure the email's authenticity.

Without an SPF record, it is easier for spammers and phishers to spoof the sender's email address and send emails that appear to come from a legitimate source. This can lead to phishing attacks, malware infections, and other forms of cybercrime.

To prevent this, Google and other email providers use SPF as part of their email authentication process. If an incoming email fails SPF verification, it will be rejected or flagged as spam, even if the content is legitimate.

Therefore, it is important for email senders to create an SPF record for their domain to ensure that their emails are delivered successfully and avoid being marked as spam or rejected by email providers like Google.


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