The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) sent me a solicited, much-desired, and eagerly read bulk email today. The organization also spammed a half dozen email addresses at domains that closed in 2005 and earlier. I don’t doubt that the original owners of those email addresses subscribed, probably sometime in the 1990s. Email addresses (unlike diamonds) are not forever. The ESP is IContact.
The 1776 Coalition, which appears on the face of things to be a Tea Party-affiliated conservative action group but whose focus is on marketing rather than politics, today spammed an email address that was closed in 2005. The email claims that the email address was added to their list on August 26, 2013. Either a malicious subscriber put this email address into the web form on this organization’s web site, and the organization failed to validate and confirm the email address before adding it to their list, or the organization is using a purchased or other third-party list. The ESP is BlueHornet, a division of Digital River.
Finnair, Finland’s national airline, has failed to process bounces for quite some time. So, if you are a valued customer of Finnair, and the email address you registered with Finnair is no longer yours, and you continue to fly with Finnair, you’re set up for a really interesting situation.
[See Pt. I here : Vocus & PRWeb, wherein they re-use a very old list]
Way back in 2008 or so I briefly had an account at PRWeb, and in 2009 I unsubscribed. Imagine my surprise when I received the following on November 06, 2013. I complained to the ESP, Vocus, and I was told they were handling it. I was then informed by IP-holder Eloqua that Vocus had unsubscribed me, but I was not given any information about how my address was added to this list nor why I was spammed.
See Pt. II - this gets even better!
St1, a fuel chain in Finland, is advertising their business fuel card services in illegal spam. They started (no later, but possibly earlier than) in October, and the only visible change is that the spamming domain names and IP addresses have changed for today’s missives.
(It was “postipalvelu.com” in October, and the complaint on Oct 10 was sent to St1 representatives in email only. No response was received. Kirjekyyhky.com was registered to an anonymous party on November 8, 2013. Pretty damn quick for getting thousands of subscribers, just over the weekend, huh? Oh, but those aren’t subscribers in the traditional affiliate marketing sense, they’re just crap harvested from business registers and the EuroAds “publisher” freely admits this.)
Apparently ESPs Eloqua and Marketo are partnering with a list seller and email appender, NetProspex. NetProspex is not unknown to me or others who are active in email abuse issues. Among other accomplishments, NetProspex has managed to attain a listing in the Spamhaus Project’s ROKSO, their list of the “worst of the worst” spammers. Laura Atkins at Word to the Wise, a well-known email deliverability expert, blogged about NetProspex a few years ago. Nothing I know suggests that her blog is in any way out of date.