Days Inn: Spamming a Long-Closed Email Address

Days Inn, a popular budget/family hotel chain that is part of the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Group, is sending bulk email to a long-closed email address. That email address rejected all email at SMTP time for about fifteen months before being re-enabled as a spamtrap. The ESP is Acxiom Digital.

Another part of Wyndham is spamming different spamtraps from a different ESP, Cheetahmail, a part of Experian. It is difficult to believe that Wyndham is hitting this many spamtraps simply because of typoed subscriptions. Is Wyndham purchasing lists?

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from ( [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Sat, 29 Oct 2011 10:xx:xx -0500 (CDT)
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
Received: from [192.168.<xxx>.<xxx>] ([192.168.<xxx>.<xxx>:<xxx>] helo=<xxx>)
        by <xxx> (envelope-from <xxx>)
        (ecelerity 2.2.2.<xxx>)) with ESMTP
        id <xxx>; Sat, 29 Oct 2011 08:xx:xx -0700
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 08:xx:xx -0700 (PDT)
From: Days Inn <>
To: <xxx>
Message-ID: <xxx>
Subject: Get Away this Fall and SAVE with StayAlerts
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="---=<xxx>"
X-eid: <xxx>
X-pid: <xxx>
List-Unsubscribe: <<xxx>>

Readable Email:

From: Days Inn <>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Get Away this Fall and SAVE with StayAlerts

Days Inn(R)
Stay Alerts

Fall Has Arrived (and So Have the Savings)!

Fall is here–and that means ONE thing: Great StayAlerts rates! But, like all good things, they can’t last forever–so pick your destination and get going.

Where Will You Go?<xxx>


To unsubscribe from future mailings, visit the link below.

You are subscribed as <xxx>.<xxx>

Please allow 10 business days for your unsubscribe request to be processed.

You may contact Days Inn(R) at the following address:
Opt Out/Privacy, Hotel Group
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
22 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Copyright (C) 2011 Days Inns Worldwide, Inc. All rights reserved.
Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC, 22 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

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