Carwash.com: Spamming a Decade-Closed Email Address

Some outfit that I have never heard of before, PC&D B2B Trade Group™ aka Carwash.com, started sending bulk email advertisements last week to an old email address of mine that was retired over a decade ago. Carwash.com is part of EBSCO Publishing. The ESP is ExactTarget.

I can think of only two reasonable explanations for this email address appearing on Carwash.com’s list: a malicious subscription (since the email address is known to belong to me) combined with a failure to confirm subscriptions, or a a purchased list. Carwash.com claims that this newsletter is, “Sent to over 10,000 opt-in subscribers every Tuesday and Thursday.” I wonder how many subscribers who did not opt-in also receive it? Hmmmm?

Sending IP: 68.232.196.14

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from mta.carwash-news.com (mta.carwash-news.com [68.232.196.14])
	      by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
	      for <xxx>; Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:xx:xx +0000 (UTC)
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
Received: by mta.carwash-news.com id <xxx> 
        for <xxx>; Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:xx:xx -0600 
        (envelope-from <bounce-<xxx>@bounce.carwash-news.com>)
From: "Professional Carwashing & Detailing e-News" <info@carwash-news.com>
To: <xxx>
Subject: PC&D News: Owner invests in complimentary vacuums for customers
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:xx:xx -0600
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:leave-<xxx>@leave.carwash-news.com>
MIME-Version: 1.0
x-job: <xxx>
Reply-To: "Professional Carwashing & Detailing e-News" <reply-<xxx>@carwash-news.com>
Message-ID: <xxx>
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
	boundary="<xxx>"

Readable Email:

From: Professional Carwashing & Detailing e-News <info@carwash-news.com>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: PC&D News: Owner invests in complimentary vacuums for customers
Reply-To: Professional Carwashing & Detailing e-News <reply-<xxx>@carwash-news.com

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Sent to over 10,000 opt-in subscribers every Tuesday and Thursday.

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Professional Carwashing & Detailing e-News™ is an electronic publication of the
PC&D B2B Trade Group™
19 British American Blvd. West
Latham, NY 12110
Phone: 518.783.1281 Fax: 518.783.1386

One Response to Carwash.com: Spamming a Decade-Closed Email Address

  1. They hit about ten of our spamtraps, which puts them on the lowest end of notice at the moment. (I’ve recently seen a few ESP mailers hit over a thousand spamtraps in one 24-hour period.) When I look at the spamtraps, most were closed over a decade ago and the remainder were typotraps. I do hope ExactTarget dealt with their miscreant. (I expect that they did, but Spamhaus has been giving them and other ESPs so much work in the past month that they probably don’t have time to check Mainsleaze.)

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