Investor’s Business Daily: For Spamtraps With IRAs?

U.S. business newsletter Investor’s Business Daily just sent an advertisement to a spamtrap that, as far as I can tell, has never existed at all. (The domain has never as best I know had a deliverable email address.) The ESP is Cheetahmail, a subsidiary of Experian.

The email address does not appear likely to have been a typo, and it isn’t one that a user might deliberately falsify to get access to a web site without providing a real email address. There isn’t much else that I can say about a single spamtrap hit; there are so many causes for bad data.

I did notice, however, that accessing the URL directly leads, not to a home page, but an annoying series of pop-up advertisements. It appears that the Investor’s Business Daily web site has come under the control of marketers from the hard sell school of marketing. :/ I think of this style of marketing as akin to force-feeding — useful (if cruel) if you want to fatten geese for fois-gras, but counterproductive if you want a long-term business relationship with the target. I’d *think* that a publisher would in fact want that sort of relationship with a subscriber.

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from ( [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Wed,  5 Dec 2012 15:xx:xx +0000 (UTC)
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:xx:xx -0000
Message-ID: <<xxx>>
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:rm-<xxx>>
From: "Investor's Business Daily" <>
To: <xxx>
Subject: Holiday Special: Save up to $200 on IBD Home Study Programs!
MIME-Version: 1.0
Reply-To: "Investor's Business Daily" <support-<xxx>>
Content-type: multipart/alternative; boundary="<xxx>"

Readable Email:

From: Investor’s Business Daily <>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Holiday Special: Save up to $200 on IBD Home Study Programs!
Reply-To: Investor’s Business Daily <support-<xxx>>

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