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unsolicited commercial email (spam) to what must be purchased or harvested lists consisting of, among other things, the outdated and erroneous addresses of natural persons?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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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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Toshiba Finland: Contracting with known spammers to sell printing services to spamtraps

Toshiba Finland (www, biz reg) have contracted with the sorry spammers from Turku, Panic Marketing (www, biz reg, LinkedIn) to carry out a marketing campaign. Approximately 1.8 billion inboxes have already said “no” to this missive.

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iFilip (Tavoite Media / Lateralus Enterprise), my spam superhero

Dude goes around asking “Which of these domains can be traced directly back to me”, then spams using the same domains advertising the SEO services of tavoitemedia.fi.  What a brainiac.

Dude handles some of his spamming himself, but also sells address lists to others to use in spamming.  The lists that he sells to others are considerably crappier than those he uses himself.  Wonder why…

iFilip clearly gearing up for more

Unlike the previous entry, at least this spam was sent on behalf of a recognisable entity, Storia Kustannus Oy (www, biz reg). Storia’s representative confirmed in private email that they purchased the campaign from Tavoite Media, a d/b/a of Lateralus Enterprise.

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iFilip still at it

“Riikka Mäkelä”, which appears to be a fake identity set up by Tavoite Media, a d/b/a of Lateralus Enterprise, recently offered us the following spam. This isn’t even mainsleaze, it’s pure and unadulterated spam, but it was sent to addresses commonly used for mainsleaze (that is, Finnish B2B addresses). There was reason enough for more than a suspicion about the sender’s true identity, and the following post confirmed it.

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AA-Realisointi / Oy JVK Finland Ab: Advertising auction services to spamtraps

AA Realisointi (www, biz reg) is advertising its auction services to spamtraps by way of services provided by what appears to be their parent company, Oy JVK Finland Ab (d/b/a Suomen SuurMyynti, www, biz reg).

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Verkkotarjous.com: Spamming Finns from “Panama”

These spams have been seen in addresses found in emaildump.txt, the Finnish equivalent of the Millions CD and the bestest address source around. Others have spotted it before me.

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Lateralus Enterprise / Tavoite Media: Descending ever deeper into spamdom

Continuing his descent deeper into Spamland, my bestest friend Lateralus Enterprise / Tavoite Media is now advertising “try out a car free for a month”. The beneficiary of the campaign is nordic-car-testing.com, a “survey” carried out by Orville Media ApS, a Danish advertising agency with a poor reputation – googling them produces a number of hits to Finnish forum discussions where consumers feel they have been cheated by this group and the Consumer Ombudsman and the Digitoday magazine specifically warn against giving this group any information at all. There is even a dedicated page by a Danish person that mentions them.  A particularly nice touch (and proof of “descent into spamdom” is the use of “emails.com” as the apparent address source, sender and reply-to – it’s a parked domain that’s registered to somebody in China and may well never have had any involvement with Lateralus Enterprise.
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Lateralus Enterprise / Tavoite Media: Illegally disrespecting opt-out and spamming to sell magazine subscriptions

This was sent to my business address, the use of which I’ve forbidden from the sender no later than September 19, 2011.  This is a repeat of a spam sent on September 28. It says “You have received this offer because you have subscribed to our newsletter.” Well surprise surprise, the biz didn’t.  The domain name mentioned for complaints is expired and leads nowhere, so you can’t actually write to “them”, and you can’t view the URL that supposedly contains the address source, because the domain is parked.
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