Florida-based real estate sales firm International Sales Group (ISG) is emailing a list that contains almost a dozen of my spamtraps. Most of those spamtraps were email addresses at real estate firms that went bankrupt between 2008 and 2011. ISG is either emailing a list that they have not contacted in years, or they bought a list or hired an email appender. Their ESP is Vertical Response, whose abuse department appears to have gone AWOL sometime in 2014.
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.
Longtime spamming company Knowledge Hub Networks emailed a non-typoed pristine spamtrap today. I would not normally blog about such a company on the Mainsleaze Spam blog, because in my view a company whose sole means of obtaining business is spamming purchased and email appended lists does not meet the criterion of “an otherwise legitimate company”. However, these days they are spamming through a legitimate ESP — Vertical Response.
Today clothing retailer Coldwater Creek emailed about a dozen spamtraps with a sales announcement. About a third of those spamtraps were probable typos. Several others were repurposed spamtraps, some of them not live for well over a decade. One was a pristine spamtrap at a domain that has never had a legitimate email address. The ESP was the Salesforce Marketing Cloud (SMC), previously known of as ExactTarget.
Yesterday petition website Change.org emailed updates or confirmations to almost four dozen of my spamtraps, every single one of them a likely typo of a real email address that probably did sign up for this email. Change.org has been emailing many of these email addresses for months without once noticing that nobody is responding to their email. The ESP is Sendgrid.
Today PublicHealthCorps, a non-profit organization that I have never heard of before and that has a newly-registered domain, spammed the administrative email address for this blog. The spam requests that we post their information at intervals during the coming year. The ESP is JangoMail, an old marketing company that used to send a lot of spam but hasn’t recently.
Today travel aggregator YTB sent several dozen bulk emails to my spamtraps, offering a three-night stay at an unspecified location for $189. Most of the spamtraps were repurposed email addresses, but a few were pristine spamtraps that were not likely typotraps. The ESP was Silverpop, which was bought by IBM in 2014.
A few days ago, it looks like Effortia Oy has managed to obtain service with Mandrill, MailChimp’s transactional email arm. There is nothing transactional about their spam, and it’s just more of the same as before.