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Monday, 14 July 2014

experiencedata.co.uk: more spam from Sally and Darren Gaskell and Ekmsystems.co.uk

I've written about Sally and Darren Gaskell and their spammy marketing operation many times before, along with their partners-in-spam Ekmsystems.co.uk.This latest version of the spam claim to be from "Experience Data" with a website of experiencedata.co.uk.

From:     UK Business Database [info@experiencedata.co.uk]
Date:     14 July 2014 15:07
Subject:     UK Business Database

UK Business Email Database
Our two day ‘Lets Get Acquainted Offer’ is now available.  We’d love you to take advantage of this in the hope that we can become the long term supplier of your marketing data.
You can purchase our UK Business Data File for £399 to see for yourself the quality and accuracy of the contact information without the usual huge financial outlay. The normal price of this database is £950 so this is an excellent opportunity to increase your new business.
The Marketing Contact Database of UK Business Professionals
573,999 Decision Maker Contacts

The Ultimate Contact Database Compatible With All Major CRM and Email Systems
Features Of UK Business Date File

Company Directors or Senior Managers
direct contact email address

Full postal address for direct mail campaigns
(Royal Mail PAF Verified)

Unlimited use policy - Use UK Business Data File as often as you need with no restrictions

Contact telephone number for telemarketing campaigns

Business classification and SIC codes

Fax number for direct fax marketing campaigns

Compatible with Microsoft Excel

Contact Salutation, First Name and Last Name for mail merging

Compatible with Microsoft Access

Compatible with FileMarker Pro

Supplied in Excel Format

Compatible with Microsoft Outlook
and Outlook Express

Easy import into, Constant Contact,
iContact and Mail Chimp

Easy import into all major web-based email delivery and email newsletter systems

Compatible with all major CRM software applications

Each Contact Record includes the following data fields:
Data Field


Data Field

Company

Salutation

Town

First Name

Postcode

Second Name

Bus. Description

Job Title

Bus Type

Telephone

Employee Band

Email Address

SIC4 Code

SIC2 Code

Our data is supplied in excel format.
The data is downloadable immediately following your order. The 'Lets Get Acquainted Offer' is available on Monday 14th July and Tuesday 15th July only.
Speak to us on 0161 726 5566 or reply to this email. We also have ‘live chat’ available on our website.
Kind regards
Experience Data
Lowry House
17 Marble Street
Manchester
M2 3AW
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The Gaskells change trading names very often, but there is in fact no such company in the UK as Experience Data and the Gaskells have gone to great pains to excise any identifying data from the site.

The spamvertised website is experiencedata.co.uk hosted by Ekmsystems.co.uk on 85.159.56.246. The Gaskells have been using EKM Systems (aka EKMPowershop) for a long time, and it seems that EKM Systems don't care about the spamminess of this particular customer. You might want to consider blocking the entire 85.159.56.0/24 range given this attitude.



The email is sent through a server at 109.237.108.242 which is a company called Krek Ltd in Russia. The fact that the Gaskells have to send their spam through Russia shows how low they have to go. The originating IP is 95.210.75.110 which appears to be a Skylogic Satellite broadband connection.

The pitch here is that you can buy a business mailing list for £399. The catch is that as they are advertising through spam, then the mailing list is probably of exceptionally low quality and using it may lead to problems. They have also been found to be selling data that they weren't authorised to sell and all-in-all you should give this lot a very wide berth indeed.

UPDATE
Two of the sending relays identifies themselves as being in the domain maxmarty.co.uk which is clearly registered to the Gaskells:

    Registrant:
        Sally Gaskell

    Registrant type:
        UK Individual

    Registrant's address:
        Storrs Mill Storrs Lane
        Sheffield
        South Yorkshire
        S6 6GY
        United Kingdom


Another sending relay identified itself as belonging to smtpmark.com, registered to:

Registrant Name: Sally Gaskell
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: Storrs Mill
Registrant Street: Storrs Lanes
Registrant City: Sheffield
Registrant State/Province: South Yorkshire
Registrant Postal Code: S6 6GY
Registrant Country: United Kingdom
Registrant Phone: +44.1142349414
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: info@toucaninc-uk.com



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