(Resolved): Letting Friends Sign People Up for Spam

This issue has been resolved. The blog remains posted because blogs shouldn’t disappear, to make sure that Google and other search engines and archives get the update, and in hopes that other people can learn something from it and the comments. 🙂

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AT&T: Still Trying to Get a Spamtrap to Buy U*Verse

Three weeks later, AT&T spammed the same spamtrap it did earlier again, pushing it to buy AT&T’s U*Verse service. The spamtrap in question is a “pure spamtrap”, that is, an email address that never existed at all. The ESP is still Cheetahmail, a subsidiary of Experian.

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Viking River Cruises: Selling Travel to a Closed Role Address?

Viking River Cruises, a highly-rated cruise company, is sending bulk email advertisements to an email address that can’t have requested them since 2007, and probably never did. They sent this email via ESP Epsilon Interactive, also called Bigfoot Interactive.

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ScubaStore.com: Teaching a Spamtrap How to Dive?

ScubaStore.com, an online diving equipment and supplies shop affiliated with online merchants TradeInn.com, is sending bulk email to an email address that took its final dive in 2007, and after its twelve month timeout, was resurrected as a spamtrap. The ESP is Emailvision.

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eCOST.com: Selling to a Long-Closed Email Address

Online discounter eCost.com is sending bulk email to an email address that was closed in 2007. There is no record of eCost.com contacting this email address since it finished its timeout period and was re-enabled in 2009. The ESP is Lyris, aka Uptilt.

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Famous Footwear: Selling Shoes to a Spamtrap?

Apparel company Famous Footwear is sending bulk email to an email address that, to my knowledge, never existed. The ESP is Yesmail, which is hitting an astonishing number of my spamtraps lately.

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Property Hub Realtors: Spamming a Long-Closed Email Address

Property Hub Realtors, a New Jersey based real estate and realtor services firm, is sending bulk email to an email address that has not belonged to anybody for many years, if it ever did. For a period of fourteen months, this email address rejected all email at SMTP time. The ESP is StreamSend.

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Topps: Still Spamming Despite Earlier Blog *AND* SBL Listing :(

Topps, the famed chewing gum and baseball card purveyors whom I blogged about for spamming two weeks ago, spammed again on Thursday of last week. This is despite the original blog and an (unrelated, of course) Spamhaus SBL listing for the first spam. Topps is mailing from its own IPs; no ESP is involved. That might explain the sheer stupidity of continuing to send bulk email to lists that they *know* contain a bunch of spamtraps, including apparently some that belong to Spamhaus.

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Grassfire Nation: Emailing a Long-Closed Email Address

Grassfire Nation, a U.S.-based conservative political action group, is sending bulk email to an email address that has been closed for many years. That email address rejected all email at SMTP time for at least twelve consecutive months before being re-enabled as a spamtrap. Grassfire mails from its own IPs; no ESP appears to have been involved.

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Days Inn: Spamming a Long-Closed Email Address

Days Inn, a popular budget/family hotel chain that is part of the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Group, is sending bulk email to a long-closed email address. That email address rejected all email at SMTP time for about fifteen months before being re-enabled as a spamtrap. The ESP is Acxiom Digital.

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