Advanstar: When in doubt, diversify

Not that it’s very useful. Yesmail is still just as Yesmail as before.

Spamming IP: 97.107.27.152

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Date: Wed, 02 May 2012 09:mm:ss PDT
From: Pharma <pharma@aci-pharma.net>
Subject: Please Note Our New Email Address
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Spam contents:

Dear Industry Professional,

Because of your involvement in fields allied to Advanstar Communications Inc and certain of its business partners, you have been receiving targeted information regarding special offers on products and services that may be valuable to your business.

Please note that the email address you have been receiving these emails from will be changing. To ensure that you continue to receive these valuable messages in your inbox, please add our new email address pharma@aci-pharma.net to your address book.  For instructions on adding us to your email account,please click here.
http://link.aci-pharma.net/u.d?x

You can choose to opt out of these messages right now (see information below) but we’re hoping you won’t. During Advanstar’s 70+ years in business, we have connected thousands of companies offering products and services relevant to business professionals’ day-to-day work.

Advanstar Communications is a leading B2B publishing, tradeshow and conference company serving professionals and consumers in the fashion, pharmaceutical, healthcare, dental, veterinary, motorcycle and automotive industries. To learn more about our company, please visit us at www.advanstar.com.
http://link.aci-pharma.net/u.d?x

To protect your privacy while you receive these messages, we assure you that your email address remains in the physical possession of an authorized Advanstar fulfillment center and is not released to any of the business partners whose messages you are receiving. Each offer sent to you will include the opportunity to opt-out from receiving future correspondence. Additionally, every message you receive will be preceded by the name of the company offering the product, so that will see the source before opening the message.

If you do not wish to receive these offers, please click here to unsubscribe.
http://aci-pharma.net/unsubscribe.jsp?s=x&i=x

PS: We are confident these offerings will be useful to you. However, if you have questions or wish to speak to someone about this message, please call (toll free) 866-529-2922 at any time, or fax us at 218-740-6417. Outside the U.S., please phone 218-740-6395. Contact us by mail at Advanstar Communications Inc., Attn: Customer Service, 131 West First St., Duluth, MN 55802-2065, USA.

2 Responses to Advanstar: When in doubt, diversify

  1. “We’ve been spamming you because you appeared a likely victim due to your industry. Now we’ll be spamming you from this new and improved email address. Please whitelist our new and improved email address so that our spam will appear in your inbox instead of where it belongs, in the junk mail folder”.

    Not just Yesmail. Edith Roman. IMHO Edith Roman is among the biggest spammers of academic and business-related publishing. If I were not collecting spam on purpose, they’d be in my router deny table, as would Yesmail and everything else belonging to Infogroup.

    • Infogroup is not a monolith. Two months ago we listed them for spamming to advertise their own services. A Yesmail contact whom I have dealt with before expressed embarrassment. He indicated that Yesmail had told the marketing group that sent the spam to stop or be blocked from using Yesmail. The spam did stop, so the SBL was lifted. I am of two minds whether to believe that he was embarrassed, or simply acting as if he was to get the SBL lifted more quickly.

      Infogroup is hugely overrepresented in our spamtraps. Last year Cheetahmail was in the running, but for the past half year we have received no more spam through them than through most other large, legitimate ESPs. With the improvements in customer vetting and response time to spam incidents at a number of ESPs (notably Sendgrid and Emailvision), Yesmail is out front alone in that particular race to the bottom. But they do have legitimate customers and send email that was asked for. Not everything they send is spam.

      Individual users with home networks, or small companies, can probably drop Infogroup’s IPs in their router DENY tables and miss nothing that they want. We cannot do that except in extreme cases and remain useful to large companies and large ESPs.

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