Macy’s: A Poster Child For Perennial Spam Problems :/

Earlier this summer I noted a growing number of spamtrap hits from U.S. department store Macy’s. I was about to blog about it when Spamhaus beat me to the pitch and listed them in the SBL. As I recall, they were in and out of the SBL two or three times before the spam from them died down. Unfortunately that did not last; they are once again hitting my spamtraps. It’s just a couple now, but if the previous pattern is repeated, they are headed for more trouble with Spamhaus, Returnpath, and private blocks as well. The ESP is Epsilon, via its subsidiary Bigfoot Interactive.

I usually try to give additional information to help companies and ESPs clean up problems that I report. In this case, I’m not sure what I could say. I cannot believe that Macys does not know what to do not to spam. I know Epsilon knows what to do. Apparently they just don’t choose to do it. 🙁

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from ( [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:00:20 +0000 (UTC)
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
Received: from [10.21.xx.xx] ([10.21.xx.xx:xx] helo=<xxx>)
        by <xxx> (envelope-from <shop-<xxx>>)
        (ecelerity r(34222M)) with ESMTP
        id <xxx>; Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:xx:xx -0500
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:xx:xx -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <<xxx>>
X-DMHA-ID-Packet: <xxx>
From: "Macy's" <>
Reply-To: "Macy's" <shop-<xxx>>
To: <xxx>
Subject: Ends tomorrow: extra 15% off at our Veterans' Day Sale!
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html; charset="utf-8"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

Readable Email:

From: Macy’s <>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Ends tomorrow: extra 15% off at our Veterans’ Day Sale!
Reply-To: Macy’s <shop-<xxx>>

<complex, HTML- and image-ridden email removed>

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