Does CAN-SPAM Have Teeth?

“It does have teeth; it keeps them in a glass by the bed.”
                                                                           – Mickey Chandler, Spamtacular

‘Nuff said. ;)

Targeted Victory: Emailing a Dirty List Again

Targeted Victory, a U.S. political campaign organization, is emailing several of my spamtraps. Most are typotraps: pristine spamtraps that are similar enough to the domain names of large ISPs or companies that they receive a great deal of misdirected email. The email was sent through ESP and marketing automation specialist Silverpop, which was recently acquired by IBM.

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New Finnish spam list vendor: yritysguru.fi

The self titled “Business Guru” (www in Finnish, www in English at alternate domain) is selling the standard fare, B2B spam lists. The yritysguru.fi domain is registered to Mikael Suominen as a private person. The finnishcompanyregistry.com domain is WhoisGuard Protected. The actual hosting of both is cloaked by CloudFlare.
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Virtual Telecare Inc.: Spamming a Purchased List

Staffing company Virtual Telecare Inc., doing business as Appointment Guarantee, today offered virtual staffing services in the Philippines to every email address that ever existed at an American real estate brokerage. Unfortunately for Virtual Telecare, the company in question went bankrupt several years ago. The email was sent through SMTP relay service SMTP.com.

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EmailVision: Competing with Topica for the #1 payday loan spam ESP prize

“Interesting” affiliate spam from EmailVision, hitting over a hundred spamtraps that I have access to. Promoting Euroloan Consumer Finance plc, a Finnish payday lender. I am getting the impression that Jubiis might be a Danish affiliate(?) spammer, but their website says they’re on Malta, and their Domain by Proxy registration illegally leaves them untraceable. The spam text is in Finnish save for the “description” of how you came to be on their list and how to be removed, which are in Danish, which is of course equal to Gibberish for 99.9% of the world population (save for the 5.59 million Danes, that is).

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Knowledge Hut

There’s any number of great resources on Knowledge Hut, such as MyWOT, or this conversation on LinkedIn. Nonetheless, I figured we might add our $.02.
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Fred Pryor Seminars: Business Training for Spamtraps!

Fred Pryor Seminars, doing business as CareerTrack, is emailing several of my spamtraps, most of them closed for over a decade. The emails offer business training courses of various types. The ESP is Yesmail, a division of Infogroup.

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Amazon Local: Opt-Out Email at its Finest

Online retailing giant Amazon is emailing its “Amazon Local” advertising emails, which are customized by customer location, to every customer that it has until that customer opts out. Among those are several dozen of my spamtraps, most of which are pristine or obvious typos and were never active email addresses. Amazon is sending these emails through its own Amazon SES SMTP relay service.

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RunProfit: Emailing Financial Advice to Spamtraps

RunProfit.com, a company that offers (IMHO somewhat questionable) financial advice, is emailing several of my spamtraps every few days. RunProfit is also emailing Spamcop spamtraps; the sending IP is listed on the Spamcop blocklist. The domain is registered to “Butler Capital”, but this “Butler Capital” does not appear to be affiliated in any way with any of the better-known “Butler Capital” financial firms. The ESP is TotalSend.

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Topica: ESP to the Payday Loan Industry

Topica, one of the older ESPs in existence, emailed about 150 spamtraps today with spam for payday loans and other questionable or outright fraudulent financial products. Topica has been emailing spamtraps with this sort of garbage for the past year or two, but the volume is increasing.

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