Streamsend: ESP Spams for Its Own Marketing Department

Streamsend, the ESP service of ISP EZ Publishing, is sending bulk email to an email address that hasn’t been live since the 1990s. The email advertises EZ Publishing webhosting and development services.

A single spamtrap hit is not normally a big issue. Even a good company makes mistakes: a typo, a few missed bounces, or some other error can explain what happened. However, the domain streamsend.com was first registered in 2003. The domain ezpublishing.com was first registered in 1998, which just *barely* overlaps the period when this spamtrap might have been a real email address. Moreover, the spamtrap is not similar to any other email address that might have been legitimate in the recent past.

The email claims that the user signed up for a free trial. But how many free trials remain available for almost 20 years? And what is an ESP who should know better doing emailing an email address that cannot have responded to any offers since before 2000 AD?

Sending IP: 72.19.222.26

Actual Headers:

Received: from newsletter.streamsend.com (newsletter.streamsend.com [72.19.222.26])
	by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
	for <xxx>; Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:##:## +0000 (UTC)
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; c=relaxed/relaxed; s=k1; d=streamsend.com;
 h=Content-Type:MIME-Version:List-Unsubscribe:Date:From:To:Subject:Message-ID; i=marketing@streamsend.com;
 bh=<xxx>=;
 b=<xxx>=
Received: by newsletter.streamsend.com (PowerMTA(TM) v3.5r14) id <xxx> 
  for <xxx>; Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:##:## -0700 
  (envelope-from <bouncer@newsletter.streamsend.com>)
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="_----------=_<xxx>"
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer: StreamSend2 - <xxx>
X-Mailer-Version: 2.0
X-Mailer-Environment: production
X-Report-Abuse-At: abuse@streamsend.com
X-Report-Abuse-Info: It is important to please include full email headers in the report
X-rpcampaign: StreamSend<xxx>
X-Streamsend2id: <xxx>+newsletter.streamsend.com
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:unsubscribe+<xxx>@newsletter.streamsend.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:##:## -0700
From: "StreamSend" <marketing@streamsend.com>
To: <xxx>
Subject: Browse Abandonment Campaigns Convert Website Visitors Into Buyers
Message-ID: <<xxx>@newsletter.streamsend.com>

Readable Email:

From: StreamSend <marketing@streamsend.com>
To: <removed>
Subject: Browse Abandonment Campaigns Convert Website Visitors Into Buyers

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