We discovered a bug on this weekend with our last newsletter. We use CiviMail to send our newsletter to all contacts within our "Newsletter" group. As usual we collected the group as the recipients in the mailing form. After the update to CiviCRM 5.29.1 we made last week we realized that the newsletter was sent to group members which are delete already.

I checked if these contacts were included to the newsletter recipients before but I did not find deleted contacts in the list of recipients for newsletters sent before this update.

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    I've created lab.civicrm.org/dev/core/-/issues/2119 to track this
    – eileen
    Commented Oct 12, 2020 at 20:53
  • Hi Tobias - can you confirm a couple of things to help us replicate this issue. Is your "Newsletter" group a smart group? Do you have the FlexMailer extension installed. The "Deleted" contacts you reference are they in trash? or permanently deleted? Commented Oct 12, 2020 at 22:27
  • The newsletter group is not a smart group, no. We do not use the Flexmailer extension and yes, the deleted contacts are in trash, they are not permanently deleted. Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 6:11
  • This bug is also in 5.30 - just tested it with a smart group. A contact in the trash was emailed.
    – Andy Clark
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 16:16

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It seems that the bugfix which fixed this for smart groups also did it for the groups. Our last mailing sending after upgrading to CiviCRM 5.30.1 resolved this issue. No mails have been sent to contacts in trash.

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