(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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On using purchased lists

I recently googled the words can I use a purchased email list and just had to share MailChimp‘s brilliant take on the topic. Yeah, I know it’s pretty old and predates this log by a year or three. Looking at the Finnish B2B spam my traps receive, practically all of which is sent to lists sold by the so-called reputable players Fonecta, Eniro, Asiakastieto, JM Tieto, and of course the drive-by-night yahoos such as Suomen Markkinointirekisteri Oy, Digimediatoimisto Haikuu (“Haiku”), Bisnesrekisteri.com aka Lateralus Enterprise d/b/a Tavoite Media whose primus motor objects to being named and has enlisted the help of the Data Protection Ombudsman’s office to have his name stricken from this post, and Yrityspostia.fi aka Suunnittelutoimisto Jotain… aka Janne Laitinen, I felt compelled to mention this – if only so that (at least any responsible international) ESPs reading this would know that if their Finnish customers mention any of the above in their mails, they’re using a purchased list.

Paperless Publishing: Spamming a Purchased List?

Paperless Publishing, a new e-book publishing company, sent the attached advertisement to an old and long-closed personal email address. That email address has not been live since the early 2000s, and gets nothing but spam and an occasional misdirected personal email, which this clearly is not. The company spammed via one of the outbound customer SMTP smarthosts at GoDaddy, the domain registrar and hosting company where their domain is both registered and hosted.

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