Amazon Local: Opt-Out Email at its Finest

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.

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Gateway Analytics Network on StreamSend

Gateway Analytics Network is spamming via StreamSend. StreamSend, true to their usual colour, are turning a deaf ear to messages sent to abuse@.

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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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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.

MK Ärilahendused OÜ: Estonian spam for hire targeting Finnish businesses

MK Ärilahendused OÜ is an Estonian business (registry code 12318871) whose M.O. is spam, specifically spam-for-hire – sending spam on behalf of others. “Äri” means business and “lahendused” translates to “solutions”, so it’s “MK Business Solutions Ltd” for those of us who are challenged with respect to Estonian.

MK Ärilahendused OÜ has been noticed by no.spam.ee. The sole owner of this business, Dmitri Mihhailov, is featured on the site, indicating that MK Ärilahendused OÜ has been at it for soon two years.

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OPR-Vakuus Oy (yritysluotto.fi): Advertising business loans to spamtraps

Yesterday, I received spam advertising business loans from yritysluotto.fi to the address listed for my business in the YTJ (Finnish Business Information System). So did hundreds of Finnish YTJ spamtraps to which I have visibility. The sender is OPR-Vakuus Oy (www, biz reg, people responsible), who have been at this for at least a year and a half.
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Karachi, Colombia, Sheikh Ahmed, and Filip Poutintsev

Filip’s got a site up on 93.190.138.215, reachable via his “Colombian” domain. I suppose Worldstream.nl might not entertain him for very long, and I was right, of course.

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Effortia Oy (asuntojenmyynti.fi): Spamtraps, find the cheapest real estate agent!

Effortia Oy, doing business as asuntojenmyynti.fi (www, biz reg, responsible people) is spamming B2B regarding finding the cheapest real estate agents.

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Insinööritoimisto Ecobio Oy: Spamtraps, get your environmental permits in order!

Today’s tirade is on politicos running businesses that involve spamming.

Insinööritoimisto Ecobio Oy (www, biz reg, responsible people, notably a former member of our Parliament) is illegally processing outdated and erroneous personal data from sources illegally left unnamed, and spamming, and doing so partially illegally when targeting natural people who have no business context and whose prior consent the sender does not have.

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ACC Consulting Oy endangers the email deliverability of the entire Elisa Oyj customer base

Today, it transpired that Spamhaus.org have created an informational non-blocking listing for the consumer outbound mail servers (195.197.172.0/32) of Elisa plc, aka Helsinki Telephone Co, based on the spam that is being sent out by our old friend Acc Consulting Oy.

Based on the events surrounding a similar issue with the generic customer outbound mail service of Anvia plc (see SBL221497), it appears that such issues have a tendency to escalate into actual blocking listings if left unattended.

Can Elisa plc afford to have the deliverability of every single customer of theirs compromised because of one abusive customer? Inquiring minds want to know.

Update: I hadn’t noticed Helsingin Sanomat, the prime Finnish daily newspaper, have written about Acc’s spam back in the end of March. 🙂

Update 20140514: Updated the text with the target of the informational listing. Elisa seem to have gotten off their bums and removed the problem, and hence the listing has been removed. That is a welcome development. I hope it is genuine.

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