As I was looking through today’s crop of ESP-sent, mostly mainsleaze spam, I kept stumbling across spam sent to some of my most amusing spamtraps. These spamtraps are not typotraps so much as obvious forgeries, the sort of thing that users type when they are asked for an email address, do not want to refuse, and yet do not want to receive email from you either. Any company might have one of these on their list, but I found several companies and a number of ESPs sending to several of these obvious forgeries. Today. In the past 24 hours.
Golfing accessories maker Easy Glove emailed a long-closed personal email address of mine today with an advertisement for custom golfing gloves. An advertisement in French. I don’t speak French. And I don’t play golf and never have. The ESP was Emailvision, a reasonably responsible French ESP that was bought out by cloud marketing company SmartFocus a couple of years ago.
“Interesting” affiliate spam from EmailVision, hitting over a hundred spamtraps that I have access to. Promoting Euroloan Consumer Finance plc, a Finnish payday lender. I am getting the impression that Jubiis might be a Danish affiliate(?) spammer, but their website says they’re on Malta, and their Domain by Proxy registration illegally leaves them untraceable. The spam text is in Finnish save for the “description” of how you came to be on their list and how to be removed, which are in Danish, which is of course equal to Gibberish for 99.9% of the world population (save for the 5.59 million Danes, that is).
Bigpoint, a San Francisco-based online gaming site that I have blogged about previously, began sending yet another email newsletter to a spamtrap email address a couple of weeks ago. This newsletter promotes their online Battlestar Galactica game. The email address was closed in 2002. The ESP is Emailvision.
San Francisco-based online gaming company Bigpoint sent yet another email newsletter to a spamtrap email address today to promote DarkOrbit, one of its web-based online game offerings. The email address was closed in 2005, and rejected all email until it was re-enabled in 2010 as a spamtrap. The ESP is Emailvision.
Silver Oak Casino, a group of online gambling sites that uses multiple names and domains, has been sending bulk email to a number of my spamtraps for months. None of these spamtraps has been live for over two years; some have not been live for over a decade. I was unaware until the last couple of days that the various casino spams that my spamtraps have been receiving via ESP Emailvision were all sent by the same company, but they were.