Four Winds Interactive: Signs of Trouble?

The digital signage company Four Winds Interactive is spamming several spamtraps via ESP ExactTarget. One spamtrap might be a mistake; several at different domains almost certainly means a purchased list.

Sending IPs: 207.67.38.30 and 207.67.38.42

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from xtinmta02-30.exacttarget.com (xtinmta02-30.exacttarget.com [207.67.38.30])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id 90DE97C0121
        for <xxx>; Thu,  6 Oct 2011 14:xx:xx -0500 (CDT)
Received: by xtinmta02-30.exacttarget.com (PowerMTA(TM) v3.5r15) id <xxx> 
				for <xxx>; Thu, 6 Oct 2011 13:xx:xx -0600 
				(envelope-from <bounce-<xxx>@bounce.exacttarget.com>)
From: "Erin Fullerton" <efullerton@fourwindsinteractive.com>
To: <xxx>
Subject: Digital Signage Featured Application: Office Directory with Wayfinding
Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 13:xx:xx -0600
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:leave-<xxx>@leave.exacttarget.com>
MIME-Version: 1.0
x-job: <xxx>
Message-ID: <<xxx>@<xxx>.xt.local>
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
        boundary="<xxx>"

Readable Email:

From: Erin Fullerton <efullerton@fourwindsinteractive.com>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Digital Signage Featured Application: Office Directory with Wayfinding
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:leave-<xxx>@leave.exacttarget.com>

To view this email as a web page, click
http://www.fourwindsinteractive.com/som/corporate-3d-wayfinding.htm

Digital Wayfinding: Effectively Guide Your Guests and Visitors
Four Winds Interactive’s Wayfinding application for digital signage has helped hundreds of international organizations better cater to guests, visitors and internal stakeholders by helping them efficiently navigate to specific departments, offices, meeting spaces and more.

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3012 Huron Street Denver, CO, 80202, USA
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2 Responses to Four Winds Interactive: Signs of Trouble?

  1. Hey SpamBouncer, I’m going to start keeping an eye out on this blog for stuff I should investigate. In this case, we’ve launched an investigation and already found that this client was digging too deep for email addresses — some sort of old list or subscriber database that nobody is really sure where it came from. So, we’ve made that go away, and the spamtrap hit(s) should cease. Feel free to post here or email me (abuse AT exacttarget.com) if you see a recurrent issue before I do.

    • Good to see an ESP representative here on the blog! And I’m glad to see that you looked into this issue. While our main purpose here is to educate companies, we hoped that ESPs would show up and use this information for the good. 🙂

      I’m not surprised that the client had some old lists that they reactivated; that’s exactly the sort of thing that would cause several hits on the sorts of spamtraps that were once legitimate email addresses. I’ll monitor mine and let you know if anything continues to show up.

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