Estonian professional spam operations (targeting Finland)

Finnish businesses, kindly stay away from the following Estonian businesses for your marketing needs.

  • MK Ärilahendused OÜ (recent SBL listing) / Dmitri Mihhailov
  • Scandinavian Marketing OÜ / Urmo Valle / Urmo Mark
  • Mihail Fortis (recent SBL listing; unknown if he operates as a business or not)

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Knowledge Hub Networks: Spamming a Pristine Spamtrap

Longtime spamming company Knowledge Hub Networks emailed a non-typoed pristine spamtrap today. I would not normally blog about such a company on the Mainsleaze Spam blog, because in my view a company whose sole means of obtaining business is spamming purchased and email appended lists does not meet the criterion of “an otherwise legitimate company”. However, these days they are spamming through a legitimate ESP — Vertical Response.

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Coldwater Creek: Spamming a Purchased or Email Appended List

Today clothing retailer Coldwater Creek emailed about a dozen spamtraps with a sales announcement. About a third of those spamtraps were probable typos. Several others were repurposed spamtraps, some of them not live for well over a decade. One was a pristine spamtrap at a domain that has never had a legitimate email address. The ESP was the Salesforce Marketing Cloud (SMC), previously known of as ExactTarget.

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Change.org: Lots of Typoed Signups, Never Detected

Yesterday petition website Change.org emailed updates or confirmations to almost four dozen of my spamtraps, every single one of them a likely typo of a real email address that probably did sign up for this email. Change.org has been emailing many of these email addresses for months without once noticing that nobody is responding to their email. The ESP is Sendgrid.

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PublicHealthCorps: Spamming Blog Owners

Today PublicHealthCorps, a non-profit organization that I have never heard of before and that has a newly-registered domain, spammed the administrative email address for this blog. The spam requests that we post their information at intervals during the coming year. The ESP is JangoMail, an old marketing company that used to send a lot of spam but hasn’t recently.

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Finnair: Massive failure in personal data processing

During the evening (Finnish time, UTC+0200) of January 8, 2015, Finland’s national airline, Finnair (www, biz reg) launched an unprecedented email advertising campaign at their valued customer list.

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YTB: Offering Travel Deals to Spamtraps

Today travel aggregator YTB sent several dozen bulk emails to my spamtraps, offering a three-night stay at an unspecified location for $189. Most of the spamtraps were repurposed email addresses, but a few were pristine spamtraps that were not likely typotraps. The ESP was Silverpop, which was bought by IBM in 2014.

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Facebook: Reminding Several Thousand Spamtraps to Join

Yesterday and today Facebook emailed several thousand of my spamtraps, reminding them that “just one step” was needed to join the social networking site. The problem is, none of these spamtraps ever *asked* to join Facebook. None of them send email. Some of them never existed at all, and of those that were once live email addresses, several were closed in the late 1990s — before Facebook existed. Facebook sent these emails from their own IPs; no ESP was involved.

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RESOLVED: Effortia Oy (asuntojenmyynti.com) on Mandrill

A few days ago, it looks like Effortia Oy has managed to obtain service with Mandrill, MailChimp’s transactional email arm. There is nothing transactional about their spam, and it’s just more of the same as before.

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Plan Finland spamming to solicit donations

Plan Suomi Säätiö (Plan Finland Foundation, our local branch of Plan International, www, biz reg) has resorted to illegal spamming to solicit donations. None coming from here, no support for spammers.
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