DCCC: Thanking a Spamtrap for its Support!

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), an organization within the U.S. Democratic political party who was reported for spamming here a few days ago, is now sending bulk email to thank an email address that was closed long before the 2008 presidential campaign for supporting Democratic causes and candidates in 2010 and 2012. Go figure. :/ As before, the ESP is Blue State Digital.

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Symantec: no respect for opt-out

Symantec, provider of security software for personal computers, is desperate to reach their old contacts at Savon Voima despite the domain having changed owners and opt-outs having been sent. The ESP is Responsys.

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FictionCity.NET: Social Network Spamming Purchased Lists?

FictionCity.net, a social networking site for artists, is sending bulk email to a personal email address of mine that has been closed for over nine years, via ESP SendGrid. Since this email address has belonged to me since it was created and never existed prior to that, I *know* that I never requested this email or any email from this site. Somebody (probably not FictionCity.net) scraped the web or old Usenet archives to find this email address. FictionCity.net almost certainly purchased a list.

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Walmart Brazil: What’s with all the spamming?

The Brazilian division of U.S. and global retailer WalMart is sending bulk email to an array of personal email addresses and spamtraps via a number of ESPs. The ESP that sent the attached sample was MGS Comunicação Multimídia, but I have seen spams advertising Walmart Brazil from a number of Brazilian ESPs.

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Kauffman Foundation: Emailing a Long-Closed Email Address

The Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on entrenpreneurship and job growth through the founding of new businesses, is sending bulk email to a long-closed email address. The ESP is ExactTarget.

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Loquierooo: Emailing a Long-Dead Email Address

Loquierooo, an online boutique that sells high-end electronics and other high-end products, is sending “offers” emails to a spamtrap via French ESP Emailvision. The spamtrap is a long-closed email address that has not been live for years, and that rejected email for over twelve consecutive months in the interim before being re-enabled. It should not receive any bulk email any longer.

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Onyx Solar: Scraped Addresses? :(

Integrated solar photovoltaics construction company Onyx Solar, a company whose field fascinates me and whose mailings I could have seen myself asking for, is spamming role addresses (email addresses assigned to a role, such as sales or webmaster, instead of a person) and other email addresses that were scraped from old web pages. They are using FAGMS.de, a subsidiary of ESP Cheetahmail, itself a subsidiary of Experian. This isn’t a list of addresses that I would expect a legitimate company to be sending bulk email to, or an ESP not to have immediately caught as dirty. What happened?

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Jewel-Osco: Still Spamming E-Pended List?

Albertson’s subsidiary Jewel-Osco is still spamming via ESP Cheetahmail (a subsidiary of Experian), and still hitting email addresses that have never existed at all. Apparently CheetahMail did not even require that its spamming customer quit mailing til they found out why this was the case. 🙁

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Brazilian Company Fortune Invest Spams Non-Portuguese Speaker

A Brazilian investment company, Fortune Invest, sent bulk email in Portuguese to a spamtrap via Brazilian ESP Dinamize. Dinamize uses the domain smartcrm.com.br to do its bulk mailing. The spamtrap is at one of my personal domains, not a spamtrap domain, but is a pure spamtrap — the email address never existed at all. The web site for that domain was in English. I do not speak Portuguese, and have never visited Brazil or had business connections in that country.

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PositivePrint: Emailing a Spamtrap

PositivePrint, an Internet-based print house, is sending bulk email to a spamtrap via ESP Constant Contact. The spamtrap is a long-closed email address that has not been live for years, and that rejected email for over twelve consecutive months in the interim before being re-enabled. It should not receive any bulk email any longer.

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