Took me almost a year to notice
Golfing accessories maker Easy Glove emailed a long-closed personal email address of mine today with an advertisement for custom golfing gloves. An advertisement in French. I don’t speak French. And I don’t play golf and never have. The ESP was Emailvision, a reasonably responsible French ESP that was bought out by cloud marketing company SmartFocus a couple of years ago.
Targeted Victory, a U.S. political campaign organization, is emailing several of my spamtraps. Most are typotraps: pristine spamtraps that are similar enough to the domain names of large ISPs or companies that they receive a great deal of misdirected email. The email was sent through ESP and marketing automation specialist Silverpop, which was recently acquired by IBM.
Staffing company Virtual Telecare Inc., doing business as Appointment Guarantee, today offered virtual staffing services in the Philippines to every email address that ever existed at an American real estate brokerage. Unfortunately for Virtual Telecare, the company in question went bankrupt several years ago. The email was sent through SMTP relay service SMTP.com.
Online retailing giant Amazon is emailing its “Amazon Local” advertising emails, which are customized by customer location, to every customer that it has until that customer opts out. Among those are several dozen of my spamtraps, most of which are pristine or obvious typos and were never active email addresses. Amazon is sending these emails through its own Amazon SES SMTP relay service.