Still spamming nonexistent addresses with link exchange solicitations

Still going on as before. Processing erroneous personal data (list harvested from web pages, including things that nobody but spiders would notice), not indicating the address source, not indicating who is behind the operation, not indicating how to be removed from the list, the list of illegal aspects of this spam goes on and on.

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Over the past week or two, a new kid on the block has been announcing their arrival on the scene by spamming. A business formed over last Christmas, Fit Production Oy (ex M. Productions Scandinavia Oy, biz reg, founded by this person (Facebook link – don’t click if logged in to FB)) is advertising their new service, in spam. Their spam service provider is the infamous VenaMail (MailCom Europe AB), who have a Spamhaus SBL listing to their name (and, one should hope, a few more on the way), and their ISP is Zoner, who some time back joined the ranks of the illustrious by complaining to the Data Protection Ombudsman about a public copy of a response of theirs (an unsatisfactory one of course) to a spam complaint (regarding spam they themselves have sent; so why am I even dreaming that Zoner would do anything about a spam-advertised site – they advertise their own services via spam, after all).

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Pastelli: Selling domestic kitchen and bathroom renovation to B2B spamtraps

Unfortunately it’s not an April Fool’s joke.

Pastelli Oy (www, biz reg) has been at it for a long time, my personal collection goes back at least a year.

Pastelli’s spam service provider is Scion Systems Oy (www, biz reg, spam service page). This business doesn’t bother informing the world of any Terms of Service, so supposedly spamming and the use of purchased lists are all just fine. They also offer the possibility of spamming their own B2B list.

I tried to inform the spam service provider about the previous incident (also involving a renovation company) in December 2012, but not having heard of RFC 2142, they don’t have an abuse@. Didn’t bother any further.

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(RESOLVED) MAJ-Yhtiöt Oy: Spamming web harvested addresses with SEO solicitations

MAJ-Yhtiöt Oy (www, biz reg) is spamming. The ESP is SendGrid, who will probably have terminated the sender before I hit “publish” on this post.

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Merit Aktiva: Spamming Finnish businesses for bookkeeping software offers

Merit Software Oy (www, biz reg) is spamming to offer their bookkeeping software.

I believe the Finnish business Merit Software Oy is a fully owned subsidiary / foreign branch office of Merit Tarkvara AS, Estonian biz reg number 10254977.

The closest thing there is to an Estonian Mainsleaze blog is reporting that Merit Tarkvara AS has been spamming since 10/2005. My biz has seen spam from them in Dec 2010. My bigger spamtraps started seeing spam from them in Q1/2012 and it’s been a constant flux since then about once per month.

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Getwin Oy: Selling services to spamtraps

Getwin Oy (www, biz reg), a business partner of Tavoite Media / Lateralus Enterprise, is spamming (again, or still, whichever).

A little bird sang last week that Tavoite Media’s Bangladeshi resources had been termed. So now they’ve gone looking for more in Jordan. Of course there is nothing here to indicate that Tavoite Media is involved, but just how likely is it that Getwin have bothered to find a new partner in spam whose M.O. is exactly the same as that of the old one?

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Ratekoulutus: Teaching spamtraps about New Generation Email Marketing spamming

The fine fellow from Ratekoulutus, an old acquaintance here (www, biz reg) is spamming to advertise its spamming courses. Oh, I mean “workshops on New Generation E-mail Marketing”. The new generation is spam, as was the old one. Nothing new under the sun, in other words.

A show of hands, please: would you, the reader, take a class on e-mail marketing from somebody who deliberately sends unsolicited commercial email (spam) to what must be purchased or harvested lists consisting of, among other things, the outdated and erroneous addresses of natural persons?

Participating speakers include a dude from Koodiviidakko, an ESP that does not seem to practice bounce processing of any kind. He’s talking on the topic of purchasing lists. It’s also covered in their guidebook, in a generally positive tone.

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EUWIFO, European Economic Research Institute, Zurich: Still spamming Finnish businessesthe world with survey invitationsphishing

This is a refresh of the earlier post on the same spamming operation and spammer.  Their Web of Trust rating is still about as poor as it can be.  The McAfee SiteAdvisor contains comments suggesting it’s a phish.  I can’t say I have information to disprove that.  Their spam has been noticed in Romania, too, and even as far as in Japan.  Would everybody receiving this spam please let Netrics and DomainFactory know.

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Koulutuspalvelu Vaikutus: Still selling education to spamtraps

Nothing new under the sun: Koulutuspalvelu Vaikutus (www, biz reg), who share at least one player with a spammer we already know, PowerCompetence, continue to spam to sell their courses, with a travesty of an address file announcement that amounts to wiping their bottom ends with Section 25 of the Personal Data Act.

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OMICS Group: more spam

Spamming PubMed-originated addresses from, whose rDNS suggests a larger scale spam operation.

In the meantime, the true nature of the OMICS Group (i.e. a total fraud) has been revealed elsewhere.

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