Hotels.com: Emailing Typos, *Not* Emailing Those who Asked

Hotels.com, a large travel booking web service, has been emailing a few dozen of my spamtraps regularly. I took a closer look this morning at just which spamtraps they are emailing, and found that every single one of them was an obvious typo. The ESP is ExactTarget, a division of marketing giant Salesforce.com.

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Mainospörssi: Contaminating TeliaSonera outbounds with spam

Mainospörssi (Deltaline Oy, www, biz reg, responsible people) is spamming Finnish B2B with a list purchased from Suomen Asiakastieto Oy and contaminating the outbound of their ISP, TeliaSonera plc, with their spam.

TeliaSonera’s response 1 Aug: “We sent a complaint on the matter both to Mainospörssi and the list vendor.” As if that would result in anything. Spammers take warnings as free opportunities to continue doing what they were doing, and terminations as a necessary cost of business. The only thing a service provider can do is make a spammer the problem of anybody else but themselves.

At present, kirsi1.inet.fi is listed by SpamCop.

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Neimen Marcus: The *Oddest* Confirmation Email Ever?

Neiman Marcus, a high-end U.S. department store, just emailed a number of spamtraps. The Subject header asks for them to confirm their email address. The message body thanks them for having confirmed their email address. The ESP is Cheetahmail, a division of Experian.

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Skype: Emailing Upgrade Notices to Long-Closed Email Addresses

Microsoft Skype sent a massive emailing out warning customers in Scandanavia that their Skype versions were soon to be phased out and urging them to upgrade. The mailing hit around 50 spamtraps. The ESP is Acxiom.

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Using spam as a research tool: Dr Marek Matejun, Technical University of Lodz, Poland

Duh. The university administration has been alerted, and so have QuestionPro, whose Terms of Use forbid spam… of course.

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Effortia Oy still happily spamming away via YourMailingListProvider

Effortia Oy, an old acquaintance here, continues to spam Finnish B2B via ymlp.net / Your Mailing List Provider. YMLP is turning a deaf ear to complaints sent via email and their website. The spam-advertised websites are hosted by Hostingpalvelu.fi.

I see increasing deliverability problems for

     Received: from smtp.ymlp15.net (smtp.ymlp15.net [87.237.8.246])
     Received: from smtp5.ymlpserver.net (smtp5.ymlpserver.net [62.213.199.12])
     Received: from smtp24.ymlpsrv.net (smtp24.ymlpsrv.net [87.237.8.228])

in the future.

PiarMainos.com: Emailing Five-Year-Dead Spamtraps

Piarmainos.com, a Finnish printing and packaging company, is hitting a few spamtraps that have not been live email addresses for over five years. The ESP is Streamsend.

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Ahern Associates: Emailing a Purchased or Email Appended List?

Transportation management consulting company Ahern & Associates, which provides expert advice on the trucking industry in the United States, is emailing weekly newsletters to several spamtraps. The ESP is Pinpointe.

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GroupOn: Emailing Coupons to a 10-year-dead Email Address

GroupOn, the massive social media site which has sent surprisingly little spam for the past year, is now hitting an email address that was shut down before 2005. GroupOn sent the email through their own IP range; no ESP was involved.

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P. R. Paige: Spamming to Advertise His New Book

P. R. Paige, who has written a “romantic comedy” (his term) about male infidelity, is emailing advertisements for that book to a very dirty purchased list. Mr. Paige’s spam just barely qualifies as Mainsleaze, but it was sent through ESP Constant Contact.

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