Proteogenix: Spamming to sell scientific supplies

Proteogenix, a French supplier of custom synthesis services, is spamming. It is unclear whether they are using an ESP or not; it doesn’t look like they are. The spamming domain is registered to a private person who wishes to remain anonymous. The ISP is OVH.

It appears that many businesses consider “corresponding authors” in papers published in scientific journals valid targets for direct marketing. Somehow methinks the corresponding author would be available for a discussion of the paper’s contents, and publishing an email address (which these folks appear to spider from electronic sources such as PubMed) would not constitute blanket permission to start marketing efforts. And so mail such as this becomes spam in our ever so humble opinion.

The spam contains no indication of the address source – or of why this address of a natural person ended up on this list; it’s a requirement in Finland (Personal Data Act, Section 25).

Spamming IP: []

Spam headers:

Return-Path: <>
Received: from ( [])
        by x (8.14.4/8.14.4) with ESMTP id x
        (version=TLSv1/SSLv3 cipher=DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA bits=256 verify=NOT)
        for <x>; Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:4x:xx +0200
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; q=dns/txt; c=relaxed/relaxed;; s=x;
        h=To:Subject:Date:Reply-To:From:Content-Type:MIME-Version; bh=D1iCPGj8hhey7FppJ0oBHMiISmMsvOnG6NBUPzlbR/c=;
Received: from ([] helo=localhost)
        by with esmtpsa (TLSv1:AES256-SHA:256)
        (Exim 4.76)
        (envelope-from <>)
        id x-x-x
        for x; Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:5x:xx +0100
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
From: Emilie Proteogenix <>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:5x:xx +0100
Subject: 20% on Gene synthesis. Proteogenix: Peptide - Protein - Gene -
 Antibody services
To: x

Human-readable text/plain spam contents:

<img src=’;id=x’ width=’1′ height=’1′ alt=” />

[LINK:;id=x&u=x] Peptide – Protein – Antibody – Gene

Get 20% rebate on Gene synthesis.
Get a 20% credit from all your gene services orders to be used on any other
products or services available at Proteogenix.

Example: Purchase 1000â<82>¬ in gene synthesis services and get 200â<82>¬ rebate
on any services or products available and described below. No minimum or
maximum amount.*

[LINK:;id=x&u=x] Contact us for more information

*This offer is valid from February 8th to April 8th 2012. All genes will
have to be ordered and started during this period of time.  You will be
able to use the obtained credit on any order except gene synthesis placed
and started before September 30th 2012. Offer may not be combined with
other promotions/offers/savings.

Peptide Synthesis              Polyclonal Antibodies          Gene (cDNA) Synthesis
Use your credit on peptide synthesis and peptide conjugation services.

Ex1: Peptide synthesis of 15 AA, 4 mg, purity >70% : 72,45â<82>¬*

Ex2: Peptide synthesis of 10 AA, 4 mg, purity >98% : 155,90â<82>¬*

*Prices are before discount.           Use your credit on anti-protein and
anti-peptide full packages.

[LINK:;id=x&u=x]  GM-PACK6 : Protein
production, Injections, Purification : 1790â<82>¬* (Amount and titerÂ

[LINK:;id=x&u=x]  GM-PACK5 : Peptide
synthesis, Injections and Purification : 1230â<82>¬*
(Amount and titer  Guaranteed)        Get a credit of 20% from your gene
synthesis orders to use on any other service or product
(more than 150 000 listed).
Peptide Synthesis services             [LINK:;id=x&u=x] Polyclonal
Antibody services              [LINK:]
Gene Synthesis services
[a great deal omitted here]
Phone : +33 3 90 20 54 70
Fax : +33 3 88 56 16 88

If you don’t want to be informed of the latest technologies available at
Proteogenix, please unsubscribe by clicking here :,b.

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