September 2016 in Spamtraps: ESPs

ESP mail seen in spamtraps September 2016

ESP mail seen in spamtraps September 2016

On time this month, only four hours after data collection has ended!

The theme of this month’s post is Back to Basics, ou, si vous préférez, La Rentrée. The term has started and the oddities of summer seem to be over. 🙂

The percentage of ESP sent mail vs all mail seen in the spamtraps is 1.7%. The amount of ESP mail was down 22% from last month, with the total amount of mail up 6% from last month. The anomalies seen last month have obviously been taken care of.

The top ten this month consists of the usual suspects, except for a French newcomer in top 10 whose problem has to do with what looks like the Anonymous Affiliate Boys Club of France. This has nothing to do with my regular favourites up here in the Nordic countries; it’s just the same general type of messaging, sent using .fr domains les noms desquels sont du charabia, to spamtraps located (not only, but primarily) in France, and with contents in French. I am fluent in French, so I can tell what it says, and it’s the usual kind of affiliate spamming fraud.

0 All others 46%
1 SalesForce Marketing Cloud 10.1% ExactTarget Kohls (4%)
2 SendGrid 8.6% Terrie O’Connor Realtors (4.5%)(
3 MailChimp 6.4% (Mandrill 7%, MC proper 93%) (<1%)
4 Experian 5.8% Target (9%)
5 Constant Contact 3.9% Advisor Perspectives (still at 38%)
6 IBM Marketing Cloud 3.7% Silverpop Liverpool F.C. (19%)
7 Benchmark Email 3.5% (15%)
8 Oracle Marketing Cloud 3.4% Responsys, Eloqua and RightNow Nordstrom (~10%)
9 Amazon SES 3.3% (6%)
10 SendinBlue 2.9% Le Club des Gars Affilies Anonymes (~60%)

Bubbling under: Rackspace Mailgun, Epsilon, Mail Minion (still entirely on the SBL for the third month) and AWeber (all very close to 2%).

Here’s the “relative badness” graph, which is remarkably free of oddities this month.

Average amount of messages per separate customer of ESP, September 2016

Average amount of messages per separate customer of ESP, September 2016

Finally, the “top spamming customers” table.

0 The anonymous affiliate boys club of France SendinBlue 60% 1.7%
1 Advisor Perspectives Constant Contact 38% 1.5%
2 PayPal (yes, it really is them, it’s not phish) Epsilon 65% 1.3%
3 Blue Hornet 41% 0.8%
4 Liverpool F.C. IBM Marketing Cloud 19% 0.7%
5 Benchmark Email 15% 0.5%

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