Walmart Brazil: Spamming from Microsoft CloudApp IPs

The Brazil division of US-based retailing giant Walmart is spamming purchased or email appended lists from Microsoft’s CloudApp service. Walmart Brazil (as opposed to Walmart itself) has a long record of spamming dirty purchased lists. Walmart has dropped the ball enforcing minimally acceptable email marketing standards on its badly-behaved subsidiary.

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Secure America Now: Joe Job? Or Spamming A Purchased/Scraped List?

Secure America Now, a political web site whose splash page promotes the impeachment of U.S. President Barack Obama, just emailed a spamtrap email address at a former European ISP. The email address has not been live for several years, and formerly belonged to a citizen of that country who had no ties to the United States. The email was sent through NationBuilder, a “community organizer” that uses ESP Sendgrid.

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Eloqua and Marketo Partner with List Seller/Email Appender NetProspex

Apparently ESPs Eloqua and Marketo are partnering with a list seller and email appender, NetProspex. NetProspex is not unknown to me or others who are active in email abuse issues. Among other accomplishments, NetProspex has managed to attain a listing in the Spamhaus Project’s ROKSO, their list of the “worst of the worst” spammers. Laura Atkins at Word to the Wise, a well-known email deliverability expert, blogged about NetProspex a few years ago. Nothing I know suggests that her blog is in any way out of date.

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Spam apologies in Finland

In Laatu korvaa määrän, the CEO of Nebula, a Finnish hosting service provider expounds on how quality is better than quantity (with regard to email marketing, of course).

The post starts out fine, then it descends into the abyss of trying to discern what is a good purchased list.

Can I use a purchased email list? Courtesy of MailChimp.

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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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…

Vipmailer.fi: An ESP trying to have their cake and eat it

Vipmailer, a bulk email service provided by “Vipmark T:mi” (according to the dom reg) (www, biz reg) has an internal consistency problem.

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(RESOLVED) Markkinointirekisteri.fi on SendGrid

Aki seems to have some skill in cleaning up, but he’d need m4d $k1llz. This is a spam sent by and on behalf of Suomen Markkinointirekisteri Oy (www, biz reg), one of the Finnish peddlers of purchased email lists.

SendGrid, whose Email and Communications Policy forbids the use of the same, should clean him up pretty soon, I imagine. (In fact I received their report of the same during the writing of this post.) I must admit I’m a little disappointed that they haven’t crosschecked their customer base enough to spot Markkinointirekisteri’s presence before I did.

“Ei roskapostia, kaikki eivät halua sähköpostimainontaa!” is Aki’s slogan. Translation: “No junk email, not everybody wants email marketing!”. So true. I suppose it does not occur to you, Aki, that all unsolicited bulk email is junk email, and that your entire business is built around sending junk email and facilitating others doing the same?

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On personal data protection requirements in Finland

Got a response from the Data Protection Ombudsman today (on a matter related to Marjex Oy, Document No. 3030/4511/2012). It has several interesting points of which all Finnish spammers should take note.

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Mediakomppania: Advertising web page updating services to spamtraps

Mediakomppania (see biz reg), a Finnish private person carrying on trade, is doing their utmost to discredit their ISP, Hurja Solutions Oy. Hurja is aware of this and chooses to ignore the matter. By the spammer’s own admission, he is using purchased lists from Suomen Markkinointirekisteri Oy and Digitoimisto Haikuu.

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