Sending Coupons to a Spamtrap, a web site that sends emailed coupons for products from major manufacturers and retailers, is sending coupons to an email address that was closed in 2004. Since the domain was first registered in 1994, the original owner of this email address might have requested these emails. However, the address has not been active for eight years. For four of those years, it rejected all email at SMTP time with a 500-level rejection. might have ignored bounces for those years, might have left the email address uncontacted for years, or might have accepted a typoed email address and failed to confirm it. A purchased list is also a possibility. The ESP is Responsys.

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from ( [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:xx:xx -0600 (CST)
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
Received: by (PowerMTA(TM) v3.5r17) id <xxx> 
        for <xxx>; Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:xx:xx -0800 
        (envelope-from <>)
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:xx:xx -0800
From: "" <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Subject: Print Coupons for Hormel Weeknight Meals and More!
X-cid: coupons.<xxx>
X-sgxh1: <xxx>
To: <xxx>
X-valueof-USERID: <xxx>
Message-ID: <<xxx>>

Readable Email:

From: <>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Print Coupons for Hormel Weeknight Meals and More!
Reply-To: <>

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