Verizon Wireless: Advertising Cell Phone Service to Many Spamtraps

Verizon Wireless, one of the largest U.S. mobile phone carriers, today sent bulk email advertisements to at least a half dozen of my spamtraps. The only possible explanation that I can come up with for this number of spamtrap hits is a purchased list. The ESP is *of course* Yesmail, a subsidiary of Infogroup, which appears to specialize in bulk email for companies who don’t care whether they spam or not.

I did not check to see whether this spam was sent to the same spamtrap that I reported had received previous Verizon Wireless spam. Likely it is, and Verizon just added a bunch of new victim email addresses to their list. I am at present an *extremely* disgusted Verizon Wireless customer. I also do not have a contract. I wish that there were more and better choices for mobile phone service in the United States, but at this point it would not take much to convince me to go elsewhere.

Sending IPs: Scattered throughout

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from ( []) <xxx>
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Sat, 28 Apr 2012 14:xx:xx <xxx>
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
DomainKey-Signature: <xxx>
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
Message-ID: <xxx>
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="<xxx>"
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer: MIME::Lite 3.01 (F2.73; B3.01; Q3.01)
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:xx:xx <xxx>
To: <xxx>
From: "Verizon Wireless" <>
Subject: Getting a FREE phone from Verizon has never been easier.
X-Campid: cid=<xxx>
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:unsubscribe-cid=<xxx>>
X-Pviq: <xxx>
Sender: "Verizon Wireless" <>
X-Eid: <xxx>

Readable Email:

From: Verizon Wireless <>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Getting a FREE phone from Verizon has never been easier.

Choose from our selection of free phones.

Verizon Wireless<xxx>


Shop Now<xxx>

New 2-yr. activation req’d.
Smartphones require a data pak.



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