Motorola? WTF?

Why is Motorola spamming spamtraps via Eloqua (a large ESP)? This is highly unusual behavior for a legitimate company, even one that sends opt-out bulk email (spam). This mail blast hit three of my spamtraps, and several spamtraps of other anti-spammers whom I know personally. Normally this indicates a purchased list.

Sending IPs:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from ( [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id CF78B7C009F
        for <xxx>; Thu,  6 Oct 2011 12:xx:xx -0500 (CDT)
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
Message-ID: <xxx>
MIME-Version: 1.0
From: "Motorola Solutions" <>
To: <xxx>
Reply-To: "Motorola Solutions" <>
Date: 6 Oct 2011 13:xx:xx -0400
Subject: =?utf-8?B?UmV0YWlsIElzIENoYW5naW5nLiBXaGF04oCZcyBZb3VyIEJ1c2luZXNzIE1pc3Npbmc/?=
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;

Readable Email:

From: Motorola Solutions <>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Retail Is Changing. What’s Your Business Missing?
Reply-To: Motorola Solutions <>

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Change The Way You Do Retail

Whats Your Business Missing?

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Retail is Changing. Change With it. Download the ABI Research Whitepaper.

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2 Responses to Motorola? WTF?

  1. An anti-spammer friend who also received this spam reported it to Eloqua. Within a couple of hours an abuse representative contacted him and notified him that Eloqua had suspended Motorola’s account pending an investigation. Because this spam was sent to an unusually dirty list, Eloqua probably received a number of complaints. However, I’m impressed with their swift response to a complaint from an individual who is not affiliated with a major blacklist or reputation service.

    Nicely done, Eloqua. ESPs, take note: this is how to handle complaints after a customer slips you a dirty list full of spamtraps. 🙂 Now, Motorola needs to speak up and tell us what happened, and why we should trust them not to do this again.

    • Eloqua is decent as ESPs go. I do not see a great deal of spam from them, and when I’ve reported it even from my mum’s email address, they stopped the spam.

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