Doctors Without Borders: Emailing an OLD List?

Doctors Without Borders (aka Médecins Sans Frontières or just MSF), a highly-respected medical charity that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, is sending bulk email to an email address that was closed in 2008. This email address has not received bulk email from MSF since it was re-enabled after its timeout period in early 2010. Since this is a single spamtrap hit, I suspect that MSF is mailing a very old list of donors after allowing it to remain uncontacted for years. MSF might also have purchased a list. The ESP is Lyris.

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from ( [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:xx:xx -0600 (CST)
Received: from [10.0.xx.xx] ([10.0.xx.xx:xx] helo=<xxx>
        by <xxx> (envelope-from <>)
        (ecelerity r(<xxx>)) with ESMTP
        id <xxx>; Sat, 31 Dec 2011 02:xx:xx -0800
To: <xxx>
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?DEADLINE:=20midnight=20tonight?=
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011 02:xx:xx -0800
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
X-Delivery: Level 3
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:unsubscribe-<xxx><xxx>>
Content-description: <xxx>
Message-Id: <<xxx>>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
From: "=?utf-8?Q?Doctors=20Without=20Borders?=" <>

Readable Email:

From: Doctors Without Borders <
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: DEADLINE: midnight tonight

Dear <xxx>,

There are just hours left to make a lifesaving year-end gift to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2011 — please make your tax-deductie donation now.<xxx>

We live in a world where sick and injured people in the most remote and dangerous places on earth can be healed and malnourished children can be treated. In 2012, we’ll bring lifesaving medical help to people in more than 60 countries across the globe — but we can’t do it without you.

We need your support to help us get a head start on saving lives in the new year, Ronald. Make your tax-deductible year-end gift now and help make a significant impact on 2012 before it even begins.<xxx>

Best wishes in the new year,

Sophie Delaunay
Executive Director


This email was sent to <xxx> from the U.S. section of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care.

To subscribe to our newsletter visit:<xxx>
To unsubscribe, send an email to: unsubscribe-<xxx>

© 2011 MSF All rights reserved.
333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004 | Phone: 212-679-6800

Make a donation: Toll-free at 1-888-392-0392 24 hours a day, 7 days a week<xxx>

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