SPAM and the amazing trail of who buys lists

So back in  2001 I set up a single account with a remote software application I had to install for a customer. When I set up that account I placed the word marie as the first name, and entered in my real work email address. Theory was if I every received anything with the first name marie, well then two things are true. The sender buys lists either knowingly or unknowingly from spam list buyers (of coarse you know what they will always claim) and they don’t care enough to verify even when unknowingly that their sources of email are legit, they just want them. It’s all numbers.

So since 2001 it is been amazing the senders of somewhat legit email and totally bogus emails that come through. Its is a fun thing to do, easy to filter out, you should try it. Fill out a web form with some somewhat shady looking site, make sure to not put anything two personnel, and what it go throughout the world. I have gotten emails from the president of the US, senators, congress wo/men, auto dealers, book stores, your typical scum bags and many others. Some notables are below.

  • Tammy Baldwin (Congress women Wi Dem)
  • Smart Motors (Auto Dealership, middleton, wi)
  • Barrack Obama campaign
  • eHarmony
  • Dish Network
  • Infinite Supply Power
  • I will try an get some more kinda interesting ones a little later

  1 comment for “SPAM and the amazing trail of who buys lists

  1. November 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

    OK, now oracle has purchased the email address. Here is what I get, see the Marie, the name combined with the email address is how I know they have sent me an email based on buying a list rather than an Opt In. You ARE a number, if you think different you are a fool.

    “Hello Jay:

    Our rep, Marie left you a message last week.

    Oracle is hosting a LIVE webcast on Tuesday, 11/9. There is still time to register. Click the Register Now button to the right and complete the registration…”

    Microsoft Mail Internet Headers Version 2.0
    Received: from ([]) by with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.3959);
    Fri, 5 Nov 2010 11:33:13 -0500
    Received: from source ([]) (using TLSv1) by ([]) with SMTP;
    Fri, 05 Nov 2010 12:33:12 EDT
    Received: from ( [])
    by (Switch-3.4.2/Switch-3.4.2) with ESMTP id oA5GX85r030243
    (version=TLSv1/SSLv3 cipher=DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA bits=256 verify=OK)
    for ; Fri, 5 Nov 2010 16:33:10 GMT
    Received: from ( [])
    by (Switch-3.4.2/Switch-3.4.1) with ESMTP id oA5CYlmO016156
    for ; Fri, 5 Nov 2010 16:33:08 GMT
    Received: from by
    with ESMTP id 753680441288974786; Fri, 05 Nov 2010 09:33:06 -0700
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 09:32:52 -0700 (PDT)
    From: Bertha Johnson
    Subject: Live Webcast – Tuesday, 11/9 from 10 am PT/1 pm ET – Topic:
    Introducing Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center
    X-Priority: 3
    X-Mailer: Oracle Beehive Extensions for Outlook (406224) [OL
    Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary=”__128897478438370670abhmt006″
    X-pstn-neptune: 0/0/0.00/0
    X-pstn-levels: (S:66.40783/99.90000 CV:99.9000 FC:95.5390 LC:95.5390 R:95.9108 P:95.9108 M:97.0282 C:98.6951 )
    X-pstn-settings: 5 (2.0000:2.0000) s cv gt3 gt2 gt1 r p m c
    X-pstn-addresses: from [db-null]
    X-OriginalArrivalTime: 05 Nov 2010 16:33:14.0003 (UTC) FILETIME=[24743630:01CB7D07]

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