The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Name and shame: sells me out

This is happening more and more often.  This time, I received a phishing spam to an email address I had only ever given to

The most likely explanation is that or their email provider failed to properly secure my email address and it was stolen by spammers, but either way, shame on for not protecting it better.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Name and shame: sells me out to Nikon

Just received spam from Nikon camera to an email address I had previously given to

Either DEA Bathroom sold my email address to Nikon, or they failed to secure it properly and it got stolen.

Either way, shame on DEA Bathrooms for not keeping my email safe, and shame on Nikon for spamming.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Name and Shame: Sporty's Sells Me Out

Got some spam today to the tagged email address I had used only with Sporty's Pilot Shop.

Yet another internet vendor who either thinks my personal information is a commodity to be bought and sold, or who didn't think their contact database needed protecting.

Probably the latter, but doesn't anybody care about security any more?

Here's the text of the spam (one sample) with the formatting removed.

Fax Message [Caller-ID: 400-610-8390]
You have received a 62 pages fax at Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:12:49 +0530.
* The reference number for this fax is min1_20121004121249.56555.
View this fax using your PDF reader.
Click here to view this messagePlease visit if you have any questions regarding this message or your service.
Thank you for using the eFax service!

Don't click the links, of course. The payloads are dead links now, but presumably led to phishing sites.