sahkopostitus.com (WebSiteRace Oy): Finland’s latest spam for hire

We’ve recently seen spam advertising the spamming and spam list sale services of sahkopostitus.com, apparently operated by WebSiteRace Oy. It’s funny because they specifically claim knowledge of (but not adherence to, I suppose) of the legislation relevant to the issue at hand.

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International Sales Group: Selling High-End Real Estate to Bankrupt Real Estate Firms?

Florida-based real estate sales firm International Sales Group (ISG) is emailing a list that contains almost a dozen of my spamtraps. Most of those spamtraps were email addresses at real estate firms that went bankrupt between 2008 and 2011. ISG is either emailing a list that they have not contacted in years, or they bought a list or hired an email appender. Their ESP is Vertical Response, whose abuse department appears to have gone AWOL sometime in 2014.

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Ahern and Associates: ONCE AGAIN Spamming a Purchased or Email Appended List

Transportation management consulting company Ahern & Associates, which appeared on the Mainsleaze blog once already, is emailing a large number of spamtraps, at least a half dozen of which are non-typoed pristine spamtraps. This time, they are emailing through ESP Vertical Response, which has been completely unresponsive to spam complaints for the past few months.

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Estonian professional spam operations (targeting Finland)

Finnish businesses, kindly stay away from the following Estonian businesses for your marketing needs.

  • MK Ärilahendused OÜ (recent SBL listing) / Dmitri Mihhailov Update: Listed on ROKSO
  • Scandinavian Marketing OÜ / Urmo Valle / Urmo Mark
  • Mihail Fortis (recent SBL listing; unknown if he operates as a business or not)

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Knowledge Hub Networks: Spamming a Pristine Spamtrap

Longtime spamming company Knowledge Hub Networks emailed a non-typoed pristine spamtrap today. I would not normally blog about such a company on the Mainsleaze Spam blog, because in my view a company whose sole means of obtaining business is spamming purchased and email appended lists does not meet the criterion of “an otherwise legitimate company”. However, these days they are spamming through a legitimate ESP — Vertical Response.

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Coldwater Creek: Spamming a Purchased or Email Appended List

Today clothing retailer Coldwater Creek emailed about a dozen spamtraps with a sales announcement. About a third of those spamtraps were probable typos. Several others were repurposed spamtraps, some of them not live for well over a decade. One was a pristine spamtrap at a domain that has never had a legitimate email address. The ESP was the Salesforce Marketing Cloud (SMC), previously known of as ExactTarget.

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PublicHealthCorps: Spamming Blog Owners

Today PublicHealthCorps, a non-profit organization that I have never heard of before and that has a newly-registered domain, spammed the administrative email address for this blog. The spam requests that we post their information at intervals during the coming year. The ESP is JangoMail, an old marketing company that used to send a lot of spam but hasn’t recently.

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YTB: Offering Travel Deals to Spamtraps

Today travel aggregator YTB sent several dozen bulk emails to my spamtraps, offering a three-night stay at an unspecified location for $189. Most of the spamtraps were repurposed email addresses, but a few were pristine spamtraps that were not likely typotraps. The ESP was Silverpop, which was bought by IBM in 2014.

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Facebook: Reminding Several Thousand Spamtraps to Join

Yesterday and today Facebook emailed several thousand of my spamtraps, reminding them that “just one step” was needed to join the social networking site. The problem is, none of these spamtraps ever *asked* to join Facebook. None of them send email. Some of them never existed at all, and of those that were once live email addresses, several were closed in the late 1990s — before Facebook existed. Facebook sent these emails from their own IPs; no ESP was involved.

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RESOLVED: Effortia Oy (asuntojenmyynti.com) on Mandrill

A few days ago, it looks like Effortia Oy has managed to obtain service with Mandrill, MailChimp’s transactional email arm. There is nothing transactional about their spam, and it’s just more of the same as before.

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