American Media, Inc.: Selling Magazines to a Spamtrap

U.S.-based publisher American Media, Inc. is sending email advertisements for Reality Weekly Magazine to an email address that has not belonged to a real person for over four years. This email address has not previously received email from American Media since it completed its timeout period and was re-enabled as a spamtrap. The ESP is Yesmail, a subsidiary of Infogroup.

Since this is a single spamtrap hit, a typo in a web form combined with failure to confirm subscriptions could account for this, as could a very old subscriber list that had not been contacted for years. Yesmail and Infogroup also sell lists and provide e-pending services, so American Media might also have purchased a list from them or from some other party.

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Received: from 
        ( [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:xx:xx -0600 (CST)
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:xx:xx PST
From: "American Media Inc." <>
Subject: On sale now
To: <xxx>
X-Header-Versions: AmericanMediaInc_<xxx>
X-Header-CompanyDBUserName: <xxx>
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:<xxx>>
Message-ID: <AmericanMediaInc_<xxx>>
X-Vitals: <xxx>
Reply-To: AmericanMediaInc_<xxx>
X-Header-MasterId: <xxx>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;

Readable Email:

From: American Media Inc. <>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: On sale now
Reply-To: AmericanMediaInc_<xxx>

TV’S #1 NEW MAGAZINE – Reality Weekly is on sale now! ONLY $1.79!


When it comes to reality TV, there’s only one place you can get all the details you crave: Reality Weekly magazine!


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