Fred Pryor Seminars: Business Training for Spamtraps!

Fred Pryor Seminars, doing business as CareerTrack, is emailing several of my spamtraps, most of them closed for over a decade. The emails offer business training courses of various types. The ESP is Yesmail, a division of Infogroup.

I have no conclusive proof, but these spamtraps taken together appear very much like what you would find on a high-quality email appended list. A few years ago several of them regularly received email from Edith Roman, a separate Infogroup division from Yesmail that openly emailed purchased, appended, and other opt-out lists with offers for training material. Yesmail itself has fairly strict standards and does not as far as I can tell knowingly allow customers to email any list that is not opt-in. I think that this customer might not have told them where the customer obtained their list.

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from ( [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:##:## -0500 (CDT)
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
Message-ID: <<xxx>@ec2>
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="_----------=_<xxx>"
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer: MIME::Lite 3.01 (<xxx>)
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:##:## UT
To: <xxx>
From: "Conflict Solutions" <Conflict>
Reply-To: Conflict
Subject: How to Deal with Difficult People
X-Campid: <xxx>
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:unsubscribe-cid=<xxx>>
X-Pviq: <xxx>
Sender: "Conflict Solutions" <Conflict>
X-Eid: <xxx>

Readable Email:

From: Conflict Solutions <Conflict>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: How to Deal with Difficult People


Dealing with Difficult People
A One-Day Seminar from Fred Pryor Seminars & CareerTrack

How to communicate with tact and skill



ID#: <xxx>
VIP#: <xxx>
Copyright 2014
5700 Broadmoor, Suite 300, Mission, KS 66202

To remove your name from future offers and promotions, please click here:<xxx>

3 Responses to Fred Pryor Seminars: Business Training for Spamtraps!

  1. It’s now March 2015, and I’m *still* seeing Fred Pryor Seminars spam to a variety of spamtraps, most of them dead for over a decade. I justI looked at today’s spam from Yesmail, and found over 20 Fred Pryor Seminars and CareerTrack spams.

    I also received private email from a website administrator for a group of academic and nonprofit sites. The website domains have been bombarded with spam from Fred Pryor Seminars to email addresses that never existed. Most of these domains do not have email addresses associated with them at all.

    I have heard nothing from Yesmail. 🙁

  2. Called databank about 10 days ago. Spoke with an abuse person who said they had received calls about and asked me to forward the spam to remotehands at their site. I did that. Never got an autoack from the abuse department or remotehands.

    The spams kept coming. I got back today and spoke with “Cory”.

    He said they contacted and were told “they were compliant”. I asked compliant with what, and his response was “they said they were compliant”. I then said I had gotten more than 20 of these to non-existent addresses, and he said I’d have to take it up with Pryor. I asked if sending spam was consistent with databank’s policy, and he said that “his manager” had sent out an email (last week? 2 weeks ago?) that Pryor was staying on as a client because they were compliant, and if I had any problems I would have to initiate legal action.

    Seriously. Not more than 2 minutes into a conversation with no threats or raised voices, and I’m getting the “you must go legal!” response.

    I asked if I could contact his manager and he said no, I’d only be able to speak with him, and that I’d need to take it up with Pryor because they were compliant. Pointed out that a quick search for and spam brings you lots of results of other people getting spammed, and he reiterated the “they are compliant! we’re not taking any action” response.

    Asked him if this was something being done over his head, and he said “our policy is we’re not taking any action, they are compliant”.

    I had to bite my tongue, Then asked if anything was off the record and was it all representative of databank, he said yes. I said thank you and figured i”d post here.

    And since I haven’t done this spam hunting for years, any other options I’d consider? Obviously databank is a dead end, I saw spamhaus doesn’t take submissions.

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