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Friday, 4 March 2016

Marketing1.net spammer rides again.. but for how much longer?

Marketing1.net have been one of the more annoying spammers I've seen over the past few years. Their sporadic spam campaign, sent to scraped email addresses has been going on since at least 2014.

This latest spam claims they are going out of business. I can only hope so.

From:    Audrey Martin [info@mapps-uk.net]
Date:    4 March 2016 at 11:06
Subject:    We are giving away all our European business databases before to close down

Hi there,

We are sending you this email because you visited our website in the past. As you may already know, we have developed the largest business databases on CD in Europe. The software provided with the databases allows to run unlimited searches by Industry/Location/Company Size/Premises type or Job title, and to export the search results to Excel. All from your computer.

We are closing down because the cost to update all databases regularly have become too high. We have had fantastic years developing the Marketing1 applications. Thousands of businesses across Europe have used them to create successful marketing campaigns.

Before to close down, we have decided, as ultimate gesture, to give you something unprecedented.

We are giving you all our European databases. That represents an access to millions of companies across Europe. If you want to expand your business now or in the future, you should not miss this offer.

You will get the 7 following applications:

1) Marketing1 UK 2015: 5.8mio UK Businesses. 800'000 records with email. Unlimited export.
2) Top Managers UK 2015: 30,000 Executives from the 5000 largest companies in the UK (incl. email for all records). Excel file with full data, included.

3) Marketing1 France 2015 (application in French): 5mio French Companies. 650'000 records with email. Unlimited export.
4) Top Managers France 2015: 35,000 Executives from the largest companies in France (incl. email for all records). Excel file with full data, included.

5) Marketing1 Germany 2015 (application in German): 5mio German companies. 1.7 mio records with email. Unlimited export.
6) Top Managers Germany 2015: 50,000 Executives from the largest companies in Germany (incl. email for all records). Excel file with full data, included.

7) Marketing1 Belgium 2015 (application in English):  1.8 mio Belgian companies. 500'000 records with email. Unlimited export.

The value for all those databases, is over £5000. We are offering it all to you for a symbolic price: £99. You only have to pay £99 and you get all the applications above. The offer ends today at 5PM. Do not miss it.

You will immediately get access to a download page from which you can download all applications. The download page will stay online for 6 months (so you can download the applications at a later time).

How to place your order. Free samples
Click here to access the offer page. It contains links to all websites. You can also download free samples for all applications from the same page.


The offer ends today at 5PM. Do not miss it.

To your success,

Best Regards,

Audrey Martin
Marketing1 Team


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M1 Solutions. 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX
The link in the spam goes to www.mapps-uk.net (37.220.22.107 - Redstation, UK - fake WHOIS details) and then goes to a landing page at marketing1-euro.net (89.187.85.8 - Pickaweb / Coreix, UK - fake WHOIS details) and then finally to marketing1.net (also 89.187.85.8 with fake WHOIS details). The email also originates from 37.220.22.107.

None of the WHOIS records reflect a real company, and there is scant information about the spammer's real identities.

However, this outfit isn't just a bunch of spammers. They are also liars.

Clicking through the link reveals a landing page which clearly claims that this is the last day of their "Sale".


If you click the first link, rather confusingly it gives a different offer with a date of January 15th 2016, claiming that this is the "Last SALE before product discontinuation".


Except it was also the last chance to buy exactly the same product on July 24th 2015..


..and July 10th..


..and June 19th..

..and June 5th..


Get the picture? The data is ALWAYS on sale. So what is this data? Luckily you can download a sample to see just how good the data is. Here is a tiny sample:


Woolworths ceased trading in 2009. And indeed the sample data is full of companies that haven't existed for years or have just plain out of date and inaccurate details.

In other words, the quality of the data is complete shit. The fact that they have to resort to spam to sell this shit indicates that perhaps they have no actual valid data at all. And the fact that they hide who they really are is just the icing on the cake.

Let's hope that these spammers really are closing down. I somehow doubt that they are telling the truth though. Avoid.

Update 2016-07-15

I hadn't heard anything from these spammers for a while, then this plopped into my mailbox..

From:    Audrey Martin [info@mapps-fr.net] via bnc3.mailjet.com
Date:    15 July 2016 at 12:02
Subject:    We are giving away all our European business databases before to close down
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Signed by:    bnc3.mailjet.com

Good Morning,

We are sending you this email because you visited our website in the past. As you may already know, we are the developer and publisher of Marketing1, the largest business database on CD in the UK. The database is the only one on the market to contain details not available anywhere else on over 5 million Businesses in the UK including 4,6 million named decision makers available by job function and 800,000 Businesses with email addresses.

We did not only develop the UK database, but several ones across Europe. We are closing down because the cost to update all databases regularly have become too high. We have had fantastic years developing the Marketing1 applications. Thousands of businesses across Europe have used them to generate targeted lists for successful marketing campaigns.

Before to close down, we have decided, as ultimate gesture, to give you all our European databases. That represents an access to millions of companies across Europe. There is no catch.

You will get the 7 following applications:

1) Marketing1 UK 2016: 5.8mio UK Businesses. 800'000 records with email. Unlimited export.
2) Top Managers UK 2015: 30,000 Executives from the 5000 largest companies in the UK (incl. email for all records).

3) Marketing1 France 2015: 5mio French Companies. 650'000 records with email. Unlimited export.
4) Top Managers France 2015: 35,000 Executives from the largest companies in France (incl. email for all records). Excel file with full data, included.

5) Marketing1 Germany 2016: 5mio German companies. 1.7 mio records with email. Unlimited export.
6) Top Managers Germany 2015: 50,000 Executives from the largest companies in Germany (incl. email for all records). Excel file with full data, included.

7) Marketing1 Belgium 2015:  1.8 mio Belgian companies. 500'000 records with email. Unlimited export.


How do those applications work
The databases are delivered in a convenient software format. Search by Industry/Location/Company Size/Premises type or Job title, and export the results into Excel or txt files. With unlimited export. All from your computer.

The value for all those databases, is over £5000. We are offering it all to you for a symbolic price: £49. You only have to pay £49 and you get all the applications above. The offer ends today at 3PM. Do not miss it.

You will get access to a download page from which you can download all applications. The download page will stay online for 6 months (so you can download the applications at a later time).


How to place your order. Free samples
Click here to access the offer page. It contains links to all websites. You can also download free samples for all applications from the same page.


The offer ends today at 3PM. Do not miss it.

To your success,

Best Regards,

Audrey Martin
Marketing1 Team

Unsubscribe: Click here if you do not want to receive any further emails from us

M1 Solutions. 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX
Obviously this is pretty much the same closing down sale they had in March. And here's the ever-changing final date again (which was actually last week)

The domain used in the spam email is marketing1-eu.site (66.96.161.163 - Endurance International Group, US) which forwards to marketing1-co.net (89.187.85.8 - Coreix Ltd, UK) and then onto marketing1.net on the same IP.

As previously established, this company always has a closing down sale, and the data they provide is complete crap. Avoid at all costs.

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