The Brazil division of US-based retailing giant Walmart is spamming purchased or email appended lists from Microsoft’s CloudApp service. Walmart Brazil (as opposed to Walmart itself) has a long record of spamming dirty purchased lists. Walmart has dropped the ball enforcing minimally acceptable email marketing standards on its badly-behaved subsidiary.
Paragon Software Group, which sells a superb set of hard disk management utilities that I have used for many years, has unfortunately hired an email marketer, presumably in hopes of improving sales. The email marketer is currently emailing email addresses that have not been live in more than ten years. There is no ESP involved; Paragon is sending this email from their own IPs at Demos Internet in the Russian Federation.
eBay, the world’s garage sale, just sent email to a spamtrap notifying it that it had won an auction. eBay has no ESP to blame for its failure to notice that a user’s email address died at least three years ago, and the domain itself at least eighteen months ago. eBay sent this email from its own IPs.
Golfing accessories maker Easy Glove emailed a long-closed personal email address of mine today with an advertisement for custom golfing gloves. An advertisement in French. I don’t speak French. And I don’t play golf and never have. The ESP was Emailvision, a reasonably responsible French ESP that was bought out by cloud marketing company SmartFocus a couple of years ago.
Targeted Victory, a U.S. political campaign organization, is emailing several of my spamtraps. Most are typotraps: pristine spamtraps that are similar enough to the domain names of large ISPs or companies that they receive a great deal of misdirected email. The email was sent through ESP and marketing automation specialist Silverpop, which was recently acquired by IBM.
Staffing company Virtual Telecare Inc., doing business as Appointment Guarantee, today offered virtual staffing services in the Philippines to every email address that ever existed at an American real estate brokerage. Unfortunately for Virtual Telecare, the company in question went bankrupt several years ago. The email was sent through SMTP relay service SMTP.com.