Email accounts that forward to AOL addresses

We do not support email forwarding to email addresses. This is becoming common practice for an increasing number of hosts, because AOL assumes that spam that is forwarded to them originated from the forwarder.

What that means is:
  1. You set up the forwarding address [email protected] with us
  2. [email protected] forwards to [email protected]
  3. Someone sends spam to [email protected]
  4. That spam is forwarded to AOL
  5. AOL receives the forwarded spam and their server assumes the spam came from WinHost (in fact it did not, we are merely relaying it)
  6. AOL blocks our servers
That's a simplified explanation, but close to what actually happens. AOL considers the forwarder to be the spammer and eventually that gets our servers blocked. That is why a growing number of hosts will not allow forwarding accounts to point to any address at AOL.

We apologize for any inconvenience this policy may cause, but thus far we have been unable to arrive at a workable alternative with AOL.