I have a domain and the email service is being handled by google apps. just recently some of my customers are getting their emails bounced back with the following error stating the message is delayed.

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification



Delivery to the following recipient has been delayed:

[email protected]

Message will be retried for 1 more day(s)

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X-Received: by with SMTP id gs7mr2284940igc.89.1357751042455; Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:04:02 -0800 (PST) Return-Path: Received: from mail-ia0-f172.google.com (mail-ia0-f172.google.com []) by mx.google.com with ESMTPS id py1si4045077igc.32.2013. (version=TLSv1/SSLv3 cipher=OTHER); Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:04:02 -0800 (PST) Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of [email protected] designates as permitted sender) client-ip=; Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=pass (google.com: domain of [email protected] designates as permitted sender) [email protected]; dkim=pass [email protected] Received: by mail-ia0-f172.google.com with SMTP id u8so1055091iag.3 for ; Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:04:01 -0800 (PST)

DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=gmail.com; s=20120113; h=mime-version:x-received:in-reply-to:references:date:message-id :subject:from:to:content-type; bh=9DqOa6GJ250rDHuw4CloEtCjzF8XMDn8JFzRVd4muKA=; b=DS3Sx1vK1inuMScD+Rvn15v59PZMSpjIdmgJUFcYvuay0ctyeVv8Z/oSjBbvQCHYvA Y+2u0BYeDKZzz1cL4OPPEze6AwXo3qqLpoHCSuGy7aBQwhBdbfq/+v02OdJ6T5auWjx5 GvnuWVAAVUeDsKB8PGgtGZ+G//kSgXWn7J0AoyKOkor19Nz6Az8rWAu/Z07QpglZYrJ7 jgRT79qVYKo9Kj13sIzql588yHfo4w0VNl/HbOw1Z+EupfWIdn4v+wIWittiEUaLcwCC ifnq8beSNLm+qtbJqhSOaBBvZvdOVfL0l/r6YCQeT8NGIcQ97Owv9H0tzhFBvknqoHAB PXoQ== MIME-Version: 1.0 X-Received: by with SMTP id at7mr2280679igc.21.1357750689214; Wed, 09 Jan 2013 08:58:09 -0800 (PST) Received: by with HTTP; Wed, 9 Jan 2013 08:58:09 -0800 (PST) In-Reply-To: <[email protected]> References: <[email protected]> Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:58:09 -0500 Message-ID:

What is the cause of this and anyone fixed this issue before?

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This is probably just an issue with the side of the recipient's. I don't believe that you can do anything on your part except wait. Google automatically resends the mail whenever possible, so your email will end up on your recipient's inbox eventually.

If it is urgent, do use other means to contact the recipient (like using the phone, etc).

  • I actually found out the issue. it seems that my domain was hacked and it was sending out spam, 600k emails in fact and most of them were bounce backs which ended up blowing up my entire inbox space. after running out of space, gmail just delays the sending of the emails until its freed up. hope this helps someone. Jan 13, 2013 at 19:30

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