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Friday, 10 January 2014

Marketing1.net spam

These spammers sent their sales pitch to a random info@ email address on an unused domain I use. And what are they selling? Email marketing lists.. well, if they used their own mailing list for this then it is obviously crap.

From:     Audrey Martin [info@globalcrm-eu.net]
Reply-To:     info@globalcrm-eu.net
Date:     10 January 2014 07:32
Subject:     Happy New Year! - Followup to our last offer

Dear Madam, Dear Sir

Everyone in our team would like you wish you a happy and successful new year 2014! To help make this year even better for you, we have decided to give 20'000 free business contacts to the first 200 people visiting our website this morning! You don't have to buy anything. You can just visit our website and download the free business contacts!

Over the last year, we have helped hundreds of businesses like yours find new customers and achieve growth by using our highly targeted business database on CD. Our database, available for download from our website, is the only one on the market which includes targeted info on over 5 million Businesses in the UK.

Last December, we decided to take our Business Database CD off the market after a last sale because the cost to update the database regularly had become too high and we want to concentrate on the development of new products.

A lot of businesses since then, requested us to renew our last sale after its discontinuation. Not only have we decided to renew our last offer for a period of 8 hours (until 4PM this afternoon) before finally taking the database off the market, but we have decided to give to the first 200 people visiting our website this morning 20'000 free business contacts.

Here is a quick reminder of what is offered in our Business Database CD:

- 5 million Businesses in the UK selectable by Industry/Location/Company Size/Premises type/Job title
- Over 300,000 Businesses with email addresses
- 4 million named Decision Makers available by job function
- Unlimited export to .CSV or Excel
- Updated in October

We have decided to give you a last opportunity to get your hands on the database, as we are convinced it can dramatically help your business. We are offering to the first 100 customers placing their order today before 4PM, an unrestricted version of the database with unlimited export capabilities (as opposed to the standard version which has a limit of 50'000 exports) - and this, for a substantially reduced price of £199 instead of £498!  This will end at 4PM today, so don't miss it because some your competitors won't!


20'000 Free Business Contacts

We are so confident that the extensive data can help your business that we are giving away a free sample with 20'000 Business contacts to the first 200 people visiting our website this morning. This allows you to evaluate the quality of the data before completing your purchase. Visit our website to download the free sample and jumpstart your business!

To download the free sample, to get more infos or place your order, click here to visit our website

To your success in 2014 and beyond,

Audrey Martin
Marketing Solutions

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The link in the email goes to a domain globalcrm-eu.net on 217.147.82.106 (Iomart, UK) which is also the server sending the spam. The domain is registered with incomplete WHOIS details to mak the sender's identity. From there the victim is sent to m1databases-uk.net on a shared server at 66.96.161.162 (Endurance International Group, US) also with incomplete WHOIS records until they end up on the main site at marketing1.net hosted at 89.187.86.69 (Coreix, UK). The WHOIS details for this last one are inconclusive:

Domain Name: MARKETING1.NET
Registry Domain ID: 91418733_DOMAIN_NET-VRSN
Creation Date: 2002-10-21 18:13:12Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2014-10-21 18:13:12Z
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@enom.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4252744500
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: MARKETING SOLUTIONS
Registrant Organization: -
Registrant Street: 152 CITY ROAD
Registrant City: LONDON
Registrant State/Province: LONDON
Registrant Postal Code: EC1V 2NX
Registrant Country: GB

Registrant Phone: +1.20814497
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: 
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: MAIL@MARKETING1.NET
Registry Admin ID: 
Admin Name: MARKETING SOLUTIONS
Admin Organization: -
Admin Street: 152 CITY ROAD
Admin City: LONDON
Admin State/Province: LONDON
Admin Postal Code: EC1V 2NX
Admin Country: GB
Admin Phone: +1.2081449762
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: 
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: MAIL@MARKETING1.NET
Registry Tech ID: 
Tech Name: MARKETING SOLUTIONS
Tech Organization: -
Tech Street: 152 CITY ROAD
Tech City: LONDON
Tech State/Province: LONDON
Tech Postal Code: EC1V 2NX
Tech Country: GB
Tech Phone: +1.2081449762
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: 
Tech Fax Ext: 
Tech Email: MAIL@MARKETING1.NET
Name Server: NS10.DNSMADEEASY.COM
Name Server: NS11.DNSMADEEASY.COM
Name Server: NS12.DNSMADEEASY.COM
Name Server: NS13.DNSMADEEASY.COM
DNSSEC: unSigned
Last update of WHOIS database: 2013-10-22 09:22:28Z

This address is an accommodation address that serves hundreds of different companies. I cannot find a trace of a company called Marketing1 or Marketing Solutions registered to this address at Companies House.

The marketing1.net website looks slick enough..

But again it give no real indication as to who owns or runs the company anywhere. The only contact details are as follows:

Marketing1
152 City Road
UK - London EC1V 2NX

Tel: +44 208 144 9762
email: contact@marketing1.net
The 89.187.86.69 server also contains a number of other related domains with fake or incomplete WHOIS details:
m1data-eu.net
m1data-global.net
m1databases-eu.net
m1databases.net
m1de-tracking.net
m1deglobal-tracking.net
m1sitetracking-eur.net
marketing1-app.net
marketing1-eu.net
marketing1-eur.net
marketing1-europe.net
marketing1-group.net
marketing1-soft.net
marketing1.net
marketing1base.net
marketing1data.net
marketing1europe.net
marketing1global.net
marketing1globalsite.net
marketing1group-europe.net
marketing1group.net
marketing1site-eu.net
marketing1soft.net
marketing1solutions.net
top-managers.com

You should never buy anything promoted through spam, and it is especially important not to buy email lists in this way. You (as the sender) will end up with the legal liability for anything that you do, but Marketing1 masks whoever is the true owner.. so good luck with ever finding that out (I suspect they are not based in the UK at all). Avoid.

UPDATE 2014-05-09: these grubby spammers are at it again, using the domain m1-datacrmeu.net to mask their true domain. I took a look at these "20'000" free records, and the ones I checked were laughably out-of-date. No wonder the database is so cheap!

6 comments:

Sapient Fridge said...

Look for the phone number on Google. You will find it's the same as for this company:

Russell Signs UK
51 Nortmead Road
Slough
Cippenham
SL2 1TP
United Kingdom
Tel:02081449762

Unknown said...

Well, as of today, they're still at it, and still hosted on Iomart. From the address they spammed, it looks like they're harvesting from Whois records. I sent a complaint to Iomart, but having read your post I'm not holding out much hope of any action.

Mine was from info@m1europe.net, so that's another one to add to the list of their throwaway spam domains.

(Also: Hi, Sapient Fridge! I remember your posts from Usenet back in the day)

sdfd said...
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sdfd said...

I got an email too and ordered the database from marketing1.net.
First it seemed to be a fraud because I didn not get any resonse or a downloadcode.

After contacting the billing company and complaining, they sent an email to 1marketing.net too.
One day later I got the code and downloaded the database. It is convincing and operates with a sophisticated research engine.

However I must say that I'm not sure if the postal and enmail adresses are generated with a double opt in.

Anyway worth the 100€

Unknown said...

I have been contacted several times by this company. They are always selling at 90% discount and only today, because they are going to end the product.
They should do as their spam promisses and indeed end the product...

Unknown said...

Ooh, and apparently they are selling the same disk at this domain http://www.top-managers.com/be/index.html but only with a 60% discount