Ahern and Associates: ONCE AGAIN Spamming a Purchased or Email Appended List

Transportation management consulting company Ahern & Associates, which appeared on the Mainsleaze blog once already, is emailing a large number of spamtraps, at least a half dozen of which are non-typoed pristine spamtraps. This time, they are emailing through ESP Vertical Response, which has been completely unresponsive to spam complaints for the past few months.

A pristine spamtrap that is not a likely typo is a red flag to anybody who fights spam. A single hit on such a spamtrap is bad enough, although it is sometimes possible to explain it away as an atypical typo or forged subscription. But a half dozen such email addresses? No. Somebody purchased a list or hired an email appender. Ahern’s previous ESP Pinpointe had strong language in its policy about spam and as I recall took effective action to stop Ahern’s spam. That might explain why Ahern moved to an ESP that is less determined to control spam from its customers.

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from mkt5-sc.verticalresponse.com (mkt5-sc.verticalresponse.com [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:##:## -0600 (CST)
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
Received: from [10.4.##.##] ([10.4.##.##:##] helo=<xxx>.sf.verticalresponse.com)
        by locke (envelope-from <bounces-<xxx>@b.cts.vresp.com>)
        (ecelerity r(38597)) with ESMTP
        id <xxx>; Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:##:## -0800
From: "Ahern Ltd" <Ahern_Ltd@mail.vresp.com>
Reply-To: "Ahern Ltd" <reply-<xxx>@u.cts.vresp.com>
To: <xxx>
Subject: Fear ----a deadly disease.
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:##:## +0000
Message-ID: <<xxx>@mail.vresp.com>
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:reply-<xxx>@u.cts.vresp.com?subject=unsubscribe>
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Company_ID: <xxx>
X-vrfbldomain: fbl.p0.verticalresponse.com
X-vrpod: <xxx>
X-CTS-Enabled: <xxx>
X-Campaign: <xxx>
X-vrrpmm: <xxx>
X-Feedback-ID: <xxx>:vr1
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;

Readable Email:

From: Ahern Ltd <Ahern_Ltd@mail.vresp.com>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Fear —-a deadly disease.

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Share This: – http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/<xxx>

Many times, I receive a call from a trucking company
that’s not where they need to be. They describe their challenges,
and, in many instances that ugly definition pops up – fear! Fear is
an emotion, induced by a threat, perceived by each individual. It
causes an unpleasant emotion, and agitation.

It is difficult when a trucking company is not where it needs to be,
for the owner/ managers to overcome that fear.


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