Suomen Perintätoimisto: Offering collection services to spamtraps

Suomen Perintätoimisto Oy (www, biz reg) is soliciting new business via spam. They’ve been at this since August 2012 at least.

Suomen Perintätoimisto Oy is carrying out their own spamming, soiling the reputation of their ISP’s mail servers in doing so. The ISP is DNA Oy, a local telco.

Originally their spams did not contain an address source as required in Section 25 of the Personal Data Act, or an unsubscribe as required in Sections 26-27 of the Act on the Protection of Privacy in Electronic Communications. Now it says it’s their own marketing file, and an opt-out is included. Based on the contents of the address file (i.e. where I’m seeing the spam), I’m suspecting it’s a purchased list from Fonecta in reality, and at any rate, it contains outdated and erroneous information, and addresses that are guaranteed not to have signed up to anything, etc. the usual fare.

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eSoft – Verkkokauppa (Tmi Erno Tiepuoli): Still spamming to sell electronic gadgets

Nothing new to report, this old acquaintance (www, biz reg) is still spamming.

I suppose it qualifies as an ESP Problem now that Elastic Email have failed to respond to complaints on numerous occasions and the spammer is still busy spamming through their services.

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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unsolicited commercial email (spam) to what must be purchased or harvested lists consisting of, among other things, the outdated and erroneous addresses of natural persons?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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OfficeHelpsX Oy: Selling printing supplies to spamtraps

Ever since mid-November 2012 or so, OfficeHelpsX Oy (www, biz reg) are spamming to sell printing supplies and office products. The domain registration of the spam-advertised domain, kotar.fi, at FICORA indicates a former d/b/a of the business, Konttoriapu UK Oy, and a phone number that leads to somebody who isn’t them (although names were recognised).

OfficeHelpsX Oy (d/b/a Kotar) are doing their own spamming (after a brief venture with a sorry excuse for an ESP, MailerLite).

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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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Informa IBC Sweden and CarmaMail: Incompetents’R’Us and failing to observe opt-out

An address on my namesake domain had apparently subscribed to this list back in the days of old (before August 31, 2009, which is when they abandoned the domain). They took their sweet time before using the list – the first incident I witnessed was on August 9, 2012. (Incompetents’R’Us #1)

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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…

Espan Enkelit Oy: Selling chocolate to spamtraps

Espan Enkelit Oy (www, biz reg) is trying to sell chocolate to spamtraps.

This is a new low for Finnish mainsleaze spam in many ways. For starters, the pitch is an image only, the readable content looks like just their .signature.  Also, the message contains neither anything on the address file used nor anything on how to be removed.

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Nettex International Oy: Advertising to spamtraps

Nettex International Oy (www, biz reg), a wholesaler of perfumes and cosmetics, is advertising its wares and services to spamtraps. The ESP is Vipmailer, covered in the previous post.  Some addresses on their list constitute outdated and erroneous personal data (Personal Data Act, 9.2 §), and the message does not contain the necessary information on the personal data file used or its data controller (Personal Data Act, 25 §).

Given that Vipmailer sell targeted address lists, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t a case of Nettex having purchased the use of the addresses from their service provider.

This has been going on at least since Q4/2012.

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