Homedirectory: Deals! To a scraped role account, no less….

Homedirectory, a Singapore-based web portal offering deals in home supplies and family products that is part of the Streetdirectory family, just sent their April newsletter to the administration role address for the Usenet newsgroup soc.religion.islam. Either Homedirectory or somebody else scraped this address or purchased a list, because this address does not subscribe to receive any bulk email. The ESP is Cheetahmail, a subsidiary of Experian.

This was not a spamtrap hit, but a hit on the live email address sri-admin@hrweb.org. However, I am one of the moderators of soc.religion.islam. I also own the domain at which the address is located, and am the first and only owner of the domain hrweb.org, having registered it in 1997. I created this email address specifically for users to contact the soc.religion.islam newsgroup moderators. I can state with complete confidence that there is no way whatsoever that this email address could have been acquired by this sender legitimately. It is on a great many dirty “targeted” lists, however, and receives quite a bit of spam, just not normally spam sent through legitimate ESPs.

The attached spam sample is completely unredacted, on purpose. As you may notice, the spammed email address is also present in the Reply-To header, a trick that I expect only of scumbag spammers, not otherwise legitimate companies with inappropriate email practices. Cheetahmail, please find out what your customer thinks they are doing!

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from mta964.chtah.net (mta964.chtah.net [])
	by pinochet.ergosphere.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id E0E15648001
	for <sri-admin@hrweb.org>; Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:34:17 -0500 (CDT)
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:34:17 -0000
Message-ID: <bw7tvu8bfsg69zauwjajwbysrrhg0k.207417.5832@mta964.e.homedirectory.com.sg>
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:rm-0bw7tvu8bfsg69zauwjajwbysrrhg0k@e.homedirectory.com.sg>
From: "Brenda Zhuang" <enews@e.homedirectory.com.sg>
To: sri-admin@hrweb.org
Subject: Homedirectory April Edition is out now
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-type: multipart/alternative; boundary="=bw7tvu8bfsg69zauwjajwbysrrhg0k"
Reply-To: sri-admin@hrweb.org

Readable Email:

From: Brenda Zhuang <enews@e.homedirectory.com.sg>
To: sri-admin@hrweb.org
Subject: Homedirectory April Edition is out now
Reply-To: sri-admin@hrweb.org


Look out for April’s Homedirectory.
Lot’s of exciting discounts, promotions and deals in store for you.

Homedirectory http://e.homedirectory.com.sg/<xxx>

<NOTE: URLs munged to prevent inadvertent confirmation of opening/activity.>

Why use Homedirectory
Use this book to find home suppliers, contractors, caterers and services for your home needs. There is also a section on learning and tuition: how you can help your kids (or grandkids) improve their school grade.

Where to Get A Copy
Homedirectory is distributed free by Singpost to 45,000 landed property owners in Singapore. View this E-Directory online @ www.homedirectory.com.sg :

Brenda Zhuang
Home Directory Circulation Team

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