Coast to Coast Career Fairs: Spamming E-Pended Lists for Job Fair?

Several weeks ago I blogged about spam from Coast to Coast Career Fairs LLC, an organization that sets up and runs career fairs in cities across the United States, to a spamtrap that never existed at all. Since then, the spam has continued. Subsequent spams from this sender showed that they have a name assigned to this spamtrap address, a name that has no connection to the email address in question since that email address has never been valid. This is a strong sign that Coast to Coast Career Fairs is using a purchased e-pended list. Their ESP is StreamSend, part of Web development and hosting firm EZ Publishing.

Sending IP: 72.19.238.240

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from me-ss2-oxfbul.mailengine1.com (me-ss2-oxfbul.mailengine1.com [72.19.238.240])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Sun,  6 Nov 2011 08:xx:xx -0600 (CST)
Received: by me-ss2-oxfbul.mailengine1.com (PowerMTA(TM) v3.5r15sb7) id <xxx> 
        for <xxx>; Sun, 6 Nov 2011 06:xx:xx -0800 
        (envelope-from <xxx>)
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="_----------=<xxx>"
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer: StreamSend2 - <xxx>
X-Mailer-Version: 2.0
X-Mailer-Environment: production
X-Report-Abuse-At: abuse@streamsend.com
X-Report-Abuse-Info: It is important to please include full email headers in the report
X-rpcampaign: StreamSend<xxx>
X-Streamsend2id: <xxx>
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:unsubscribe+<xxx>@me-ss2-oxfbul.mailengine1.com>
Date: Sun, 06 Nov 2011 06:xx:xx -0800
From: "Coast-to-Coast Career Fairs" <jobfair@c2cmail.com>
Reply-To: "DO NOT REPLY" <do_not_reply@c2cmail.com>
To: <xxx>
Subject: Don't forget the San Diego Job Fair tomorrow!
Message-ID: <xxx>

Readable Email:

From: Coast-to-Coast Career Fairs <jobfair@c2cmail.com>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Don’t forget the San Diego Job Fair tomorrow!
Reply-To: DO NOT REPLY <do_not_reply@c2cmail.com>

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San Diego Job Fair
Monday, November 7
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101

Meet Face to Face with Hiring Managers in San Diego.
Take this opportunity to meet face to face and stand out from the crowd!
Career experts onsite will provide FREE Resume Reviews!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
http://www.coasttocoastcareerfairs.com/career_fairs/details/CA/San_Diego/San_Diego_register_1111.html

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228 Park Ave South, #37945
New York, NY 10003
United States

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6 Responses to Coast to Coast Career Fairs: Spamming E-Pended Lists for Job Fair?

  1. Two months later, the spams from this spammer continue to come every couple of weeks, the latest being today.

    • My name is Rene Carington.

      I went to one of Coast to Coast Career Fairs as an exhibitor in April of 2012. I work with a recruiting agency, that attends Job Fairs, to increase our database of clients,and find new hires for the organizations we have contracts for.
      I was always a little skeptical to go to job fairs, since there are so many bad reviews online about some job fair companies.

      However the reason I am writing on this comment is because this is the only place I could find that had any reviews about Coast to Coast Career Fairs, and I was using Google so I could actually write a rather nice review – unlike this one.

      I went to the event and payed a very inexpensive rate of around $700. We actually came out of the event with over 65 highly qualified candidates for some of our job openings. It was amazing-especially in the recruiting industry. The reps at the company were nice, and actually gave us a really great discount off the original price of their job fair.

      I definitely do not think this company is a scam, or a spammer as you say. I will definitely be working with them in the future.

      Take Care-
      Rene Carington

      • “Scam” and “spammer” are two different things, Mr. Carrington. Most of the companies that I blog about here are definitely *not* scams or scammers. I’ve blogged about spam from Home Depot, Microsoft, Safeway, and the Obama Administration, among others. “Spam” is unsolicited bulk email. In other words, it’s email that is sent to email addresses that didn’t ask for it. A “spammer” is anybody that sends spam, although given the way that people react to the term, I usually reserve it for companies that persistently and knowingly send unsolicited bulk email.

        Coast to Coast Career Fairs is sending spam to one of my spamtraps, and has been for months. They might also be a legitimate company doing a good career fair: certainly your experience suggests that they are. I have no problem with that. I just want them to clean up their bulk email practices so that they don’t send spam.

    • OMG!!!! I WISH I HAD READ THIS AND RESEARCHED THIS COMPANY. I registered online to Coast to Coast Career fairs in Houston,Texas. I THOUGHT IT was odd that you had to place your entire resume (copy and paste ) into their web link to be registered. Needless to say- WATCH OUT- THIS IS NOT A LEGITIMATE COMPANY!!! First i arrived to Marriott Hotel for the event, and had to pay to park (no reimbursement). Also after searching for anyone to help, a women which is a temp was hired to represent Coast to Coast Career Fairs, and when i asked her about the company– she had no clue about this company other than her temp agency told her to show up. She was collecting personal information. Their where 8 employers their…AND ONLY 10 registered for the event (which i found out they pay Coast to Coast to be at the Marriott). Another point to make- ANYONE WHO IS PROFESSIONAL , OR WITH DEGREE- RUN AWAY..every job was low pay, retail or valet. It was truly a waste of time for a college graduate and to make matters worse, the Marriott Manger(front desk) told three concerned attendees, myself included, Marriott and herself are NOT responsible for the fraud or what the company does with our information. I found that EVEN more odd because the people who were concerned asked for more information about the company,and this is the response she told ALL of us. She said ” the company only provided Marriott with a website and it was the same website the company left them for more information” Why would you say “fraud” and still host a company you know is committing it? also Marriott has no sign on or near , and any where stating they are not responsible for the fraudulent company they posted. After coming home..and doing more search from their site and calling this claimed “(866) 838-5111” no one answers and it sounds like an auto recording. believe this line is got a block so you can’t trace it- its going some where over seas…and the worst part is they are using american companies to do this…who else can we report this too?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

      • That’s a pity. 🙁 I only knew that the company was spamming, not that they were fraudulent. (The two are not the same thing — we mostly blog about legitimate companies.) This outfit’s ESP Streamsend is legitimate, although not everybody who signs up to send email from them (or any other ESP) is necessarily legitimate.

        In any event, I hope your warning is useful to other people.

  2. Unfortunately, the Coast to Coast Career Fairs are *still* spamming the same e-pended email address six months after I reported this. Apparently a complete failure of the email address to respond in any way whatsoever to these emails has no effect on their continuing to be sent. :/

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