Topps: Spamming Purchased Lists

Apparently the online store for Topps, the famed chewing gum and baseball cards company, wants spamtraps to buy their products. Or so I would surmise after over two dozen spamtraps at several spamtrap domains received their latest advertisement. Unusually for mainsleaze spam, these advertisement emails were sent directly from Topps’ own IPs.

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TheRealDeal.com: Emailing Long-Dead Email Addresses

The Real Deal, a commercial real estate magazine, spammed several email addresses that had not been live for several years, and that after being re-enabled rejected all email at SMTP time for over twelve consecutive months. They used the ESP MadMimi to send their spam. The Real Deal probably purchased a list, and failed to inform MadMimi of that fact since MadMimi’s AUP/TOS forbids purchased lists.

NOTE: MadMimi’s bulk emails are normally sent from a domain with the name mimimail#.com, where # stands for a one- or two-digit number. Tagged URLs in their emails use the hosts mim.io and go.madmimi.com.

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Coast to Coast Career Fairs: Hiring Spamtraps?

Apparently Coast to Coast Career Fairs LLC, an organization that sets up and runs career fairs in cities across the United States, wants spamtraps to attend their San Diego Job Fair. They spammed an email address at a domain that has never had a valid email address in its history via ESP StreamSend, part of Web development and hosting firm EZ Publishing.

NOTE: Streamsend’s bulk emails are normally sent from the domain mailengine1.com. Tagged URLs in their emails use the domain streamsend.com.

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GolfDealDepot.com: Emailing a Dead Email Address

GolfDealDepot.com, a portal for all things Golf, is spamming a years-dead email address via ESP SendGrid.

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InteleTravel.com: Just *how* old is your list?

InteleTravel.com, an online travel agency, is spamming two years-dead email addresses via ESP VerticalResponse. I can’t rule out the possibility that the owners of both of these email addresses might have requested the email four or five years ago, but I do know that they cannot have responded to any offer in the past four years. I also know that any attempt to mail either of these email addresses resulted in a 500-level rejection for a period of over twelve consecutive months in 2007 and 2008. InteleTravel.com either has ignored bounces and completely failed to monitor or remove unresponsive email addresses, or they purchased a list.

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AT&T: Asking a Spamtrap to Sign Up

AT&T is spamming the purest sort of spamtrap — an email address at a domain that has never had a legitimate email address at all — via ESP Cheetahmail (i.e. Experian). AT&T really should confirm opt-ins, or perhaps should prevent its marketing department from purchasing lists?

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Marcus Evans Conferences: Emailing dead addresses, not giving a damn about opt out

Marcus Evans Conferences are spamming addresses they know to be dead as of Aug 31, 2009 via ESP sendgrid.com. They’ve been informed on March 17, 2010 and several times afterwards, most recently on Oct 3, 2011. In response to the latest one, Caroline Nielsen of linguarama.com told me just to unsubscribe on Oct 3, 2011. I have no idea how many of these addresses they have in their files, and in accordance with the Data Protection Act, they have a duty to rid their registers of erroneous and outdated data.

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(Resolved) Haymarket: Emailing a dead address, not respecting opt out

Haymarket Media Group is spamming an address they know to be dead as of Aug 31, 2009 via ESP eCircle. Opt-outs have been sent on Sep 15, 2011 and Oct 4, 2011, after this message was received. No reply to either opt-out has been received from Haymarket. Update Nov 6: eCircle addressed transmissions to the spamtrap domain after they were informed of another customer of theirs doing the same.

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Outdoor Living: Emailing a Dead Email Address

Outdoor Living, a seller of patio furniture and other backyard and patio furnishings and equipment, is spamming a years-dead email address via ESP VerticalResponse.

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Everest University/Corinthian Colleges: Educating Spamtraps?

Everest University, a for-profit online/distance learning company affiliated with Corinthian Colleges, is spamming a number of pure spamtraps, email addresses that never existed except in the minds of creative spammers, via ESP ExactTarget. Spamtraps do not request information about high school diplomas or college degrees. This remains true even when you purchase a “guaranteed” e-pended list that assigns real names to email addresses that never had them.

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