Front Porch Politics: Emailing A *VERY* Old Closed Email Address

Front Porch Politics, a web portal for people who support conservative political causes in the U.S., is sending bulk emails to an email address that has not been live for several years, via conservative activist marketer and ESP ResponseBeacon.

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Paperless Publishing: Spamming a Purchased List?

Paperless Publishing, a new e-book publishing company, sent the attached advertisement to an old and long-closed personal email address. That email address has not been live since the early 2000s, and gets nothing but spam and an occasional misdirected personal email, which this clearly is not. The company spammed via one of the outbound customer SMTP smarthosts at GoDaddy, the domain registrar and hosting company where their domain is both registered and hosted.

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Faithful America: Mailing a Long-Closed Email Address

Faithful America, an organization of religious people who support progressive causes, is spamming an email address that was turned into a spamtrap about a year ago after rejecting email at SMTP time for over eighteen months. Their ESP is SalsaLabs, aka Wired for Change.

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DCCC: Mailing Long-Closed Email Addresses

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), an organization affiliated with the U.S. Democratic political party, is spamming email addresses that have been closed for years, and in the interim bounced email at SMTP time with a 500-level rejection for over twelve consecutive months. In other words, these email addresses are spamtraps. If the DCCC continues to send bulk email to them in the quantities that I am seeing, they are likely to end up in trouble with anti-spam blacklists.

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Westfield Southpark: Spamming Purchased Lists?

Westfield, a high end U.K.-based apparel and accessories company UK-based owner of shopping malls that has a presence in the U.S., is welcoming a spamtrap as a new subscriber. They appear to have purchased a list. The ESP is Responsys.

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Spam Promoting Herman Cain

Today I received spam promoting the candidacy of US presidential candidate Herman Cain. I have no idea how I came to be on their email list. I don’t subscribe to political mailings and I’m very careful to try to avoid giving any personal information to companies or organizations that I think might sell my address to anyone else, getting me even more unwanted mail.

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LinkedIn: Pestering Spamtraps with Invitation Reminders

Social networking site LinkedIn is sending invitations to join both to email addresses that never existed and email addresses that might have existed many years ago but not in the past few years. LinkedIn does not appear to do any vetting of email addresses that its users provide to it, leading it to send invitation emails to many spamtraps on a regular basis. It then sends reminders about email that was unsolicited in the first place.

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Valvoline: Emailing Auto Racing Newsletter to Spamtraps

Valvoline, a U.S.-based automotive parts and supplies company, is sending its auto racing newsletter Track Talk to several long-closed email addresses via ESP SilverPop.

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Kraft Foods: Emailing Spamtraps

The Canadian branch of Kraft Foods, Kraft Canada, is spamming several email addresses that either never existed or have been closed for several years, with the usual intervening twelve months or more of bouncing all email at SMTP time. Their ESP is Epsilon Interactive.

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Better Homes & Gardens: Emailing a Spamtrap

Iconic U.S. magazine Better Homes & Gardens is spamming an email address that appears to have never existed at all via ESP Epsilon Interactive.

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