Spam from Software Outsourcing Company BairesDev

In early December 2013, the Denver Code Monkey posted a blog note about this spammer in the spammer section of his blog. Ignacio de Marco, apparently of BairesDev LLC, San Francisco / Argentina had been spamming him. We confirm – this happened to me too.

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Elfcloud: Spam-advertised “secure cloud storage” for Finnish businesses

Elfcloud (www), a service operated by elfconsulting oy (biz reg, responsible people) is advertising its services through spam.

Would you buy “secure” services from, or trust your data to, somebody who respects your privacy enough to reach into your pocket for their advertising budget without your knowledge or consent?
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Vocus Pt. II : Vocus on Vocus

[See Pt. I here :  Vocus & PRWeb, wherein they re-use a very old list]

I thought I had an understanding with Vocus.com after the November 06 incident. Accidents never happen, in a perfect world. This world isn’t perfect, apparently.

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Vocus Pt. I, wherein PRWeb re-use a very old list

Way back in 2008 or so I briefly had an account at PRWeb, and in 2009 I unsubscribed. Imagine  my surprise when I received the following on November 06, 2013. I complained to the ESP, Vocus, and I was told they were handling it. I was then informed by IP-holder Eloqua that Vocus had unsubscribed me, but I was not given any information about how my address was added to this list nor why I was spammed.

See Pt. II – this gets even better!

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St1 Yrityskortti: Dear Spamtrap, Get a Business Fuel Card

St1, a fuel chain in Finland, is advertising their business fuel card services in illegal spam. They started (no later, but possibly earlier than) in October, and the only visible change is that the spamming domain names and IP addresses have changed for today’s missives.

(It was “postipalvelu.com” in October, and the complaint on Oct 10 was sent to St1 representatives in email only. No response was received. Kirjekyyhky.com was registered to an anonymous party on November 8, 2013. Pretty damn quick for getting thousands of subscribers, just over the weekend, huh? Oh, but those aren’t subscribers in the traditional affiliate marketing sense, they’re just crap harvested from business registers and the EuroAds “publisher” freely admits this.)

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Eloqua and Marketo Partner with List Seller/Email Appender NetProspex

Apparently ESPs Eloqua and Marketo are partnering with a list seller and email appender, NetProspex. NetProspex is not unknown to me or others who are active in email abuse issues. Among other accomplishments, NetProspex has managed to attain a listing in the Spamhaus Project’s ROKSO, their list of the “worst of the worst” spammers. Laura Atkins at Word to the Wise, a well-known email deliverability expert, blogged about NetProspex a few years ago. Nothing I know suggests that her blog is in any way out of date.

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Acc Consulting Oy: Hell bent on spamming

Acc Consulting Oy, our old friend (www, biz reg (note absence of email address…), responsible people) seems to be hell bent on spamming the living bejesus out of every business email address in Finland.

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The DMA: Spamming Job Services to a Purchased List

The United States’ Direct Marketing Association (or DMA) spammed what appears to have been a purchased list yesterday morning. The email claims that the recipients of the email had expressed interest in the DMA, but it was sent to email addresses that never existed and were not likely typos. The ESP is Yesmail, a division of information broker Infogroup.

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Blancoa Oy / toimitilaan.fi: Selling office space to spamtraps

Blancoa Oy (www, biz reg, responsible people) is spamming to sell temporary office space to spamtraps. This is not surprising because one of the people (possibly the only person) behind this is Janne Laitinen, also known under the business aliases “Yrityspostia.fi” and “Suunnittelutoimisto Jotain…”. What is surprising is that the ESP is MailChimp, who have been informed.

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Fonecta “almost” forced to stop selling crappy B2B email addresses

A few days ago, somebody tweeted a copy of a letter Fonecta, the Finnish spammer and list vendor, had sent to its customers. The matter also made news in Finnish IT press (Tietoviikko).

A copy of the letter and a translation are included below.

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