A few years ago, there was some spam scam outfit that would send out emails proclaiming “An individual at our website at our website is looking for information regarding: (your email address)” You’d go to the site, pay some money, and find out they really didn’t have any info about you.
I received a spam very much like that today, from EHB126.com. Links inside the scam all refer to ehb125.com. Whois lookups show that all numbers from EHB101.com to EHB136.com are registered to the same outfit: ConsumerBase LLC, 1007 Church St. 5th Floor, Evanston, IL 60201, at (847) 866-9600.
From the spam footer:
We support ethical practices. This email was sent to -address- by ConsumerBase LLC because you have not previously unsubscribed to our email solicitations. By clicking on any link in this email, except the unsubscribe one below, you are reaffirming your interest in receiving future emails. Please know that we respect your right to be taken off our email lists. Removal is automatic through our system. Please click here to start that process.
Well, let’s see how much is wrong with that statement. (1) They’ve not mailed me before. (2) They confirm they use opt-out to gather their spam lists, not opt-in. (3) Removal is automatic, yet the unsubscribe link only starts the process?
I also have never gave “Affirmative Consent” that my email address could be used by this company. In fact the address they sent their garbage to has never been used for any kind of subscription. And interestingly enough, “Affirmative Consent” is exactly 180 degrees backwards from what the footer of this messages seems to proclaim. “Affirmative Consent” sounds like confirmed opt-in, not opt-out.
Andy Sernovitz has also run across ConsumerBase before: ConsumerBase, ethics aren’t a game.
I have proactively blocked email from all domains in the range of EHB101.com through EHB136.com from abusing my server. IP addresses include: 188.8.131.52 to .125; and 184.108.40.206 to .44 (but not some in the .30 range)
ehb101.com has address 220.127.116.11
ehb101.com has address 18.104.22.168
ehb101.com has address 22.214.171.124
ehb101.com has address 126.96.36.199
ehb101.com has address 188.8.131.52
ehb101.com has address 184.108.40.206
ehb101.com has address 220.127.116.11
ehb101.com has address 18.104.22.168
ehb101.com mail is handled by 10 ehb101.com.
ehb102.com has address 22.214.171.124
ehb102.com mail is handled by 10 ehb102.com.
ehb103.com has address 126.96.36.199
ehb103.com mail is handled by 10 ehb103.com.
ehb104.com has address 188.8.131.52
ehb104.com mail is handled by 10 ehb104.com.
ehb105.com has address 184.108.40.206
ehb105.com mail is handled by 10 ehb105.com.
ehb106.com has address 220.127.116.11
ehb106.com mail is handled by 10 ehb106.com.
ehb107.com has address 18.104.22.168
ehb107.com mail is handled by 10 ehb107.com.
ehb108.com has address 22.214.171.124
ehb108.com mail is handled by 10 ehb108.com.
ehb109.com has address 126.96.36.199
ehb109.com mail is handled by 10 ehb109.com.
ehb110.com has address 188.8.131.52
ehb110.com mail is handled by 10 ehb110.com.
ehb111.com has address 184.108.40.206
ehb111.com mail is handled by 10 ehb111.com.
ehb112.com has address 220.127.116.11
ehb112.com mail is handled by 10 ehb112.com.
ehb113.com has address 18.104.22.168
ehb113.com mail is handled by 10 ehb113.com.
ehb114.com has address 22.214.171.124
ehb114.com mail is handled by 10 ehb114.com.
ehb115.com has address 126.96.36.199
ehb115.com mail is handled by 10 ehb115.com.
ehb116.com has address 188.8.131.52
ehb116.com mail is handled by 10 ehb116.com.
ehb117.com has address 184.108.40.206
ehb117.com mail is handled by 10 ehb117.com.
ehb118.com has address 220.127.116.11
ehb118.com mail is handled by 10 ehb118.com.
ehb119.com has address 18.104.22.168
ehb119.com mail is handled by 10 ehb119.com.
ehb120.com has address 22.214.171.124
ehb120.com mail is handled by 10 ehb120.com.
ehb121.com has address 126.96.36.199
ehb121.com mail is handled by 10 ehb121.com.
ehb122.com has address 188.8.131.52
ehb122.com mail is handled by 10 ehb122.com.
ehb123.com has address 184.108.40.206
ehb123.com mail is handled by 10 ehb123.com.
ehb124.com has address 220.127.116.11
ehb124.com mail is handled by 10 ehb124.com.
ehb125.com has address 18.104.22.168
ehb125.com mail is handled by 10 ehb125.com.
ehb126.com has address 22.214.171.124
ehb126.com mail is handled by 10 ehb126.com.
ehb127.com has address 126.96.36.199
ehb127.com mail is handled by 10 ehb127.com.
ehb128.com has address 188.8.131.52
ehb128.com mail is handled by 10 ehb128.com.
ehb129.com has address 184.108.40.206
ehb129.com mail is handled by 10 ehb129.com.
ehb130.com has address 220.127.116.11
ehb130.com mail is handled by 10 ehb130.com.
ehb131.com has address 18.104.22.168
ehb131.com mail is handled by 10 ehb131.com.
ehb132.com has address 22.214.171.124
ehb132.com mail is handled by 10 ehb132.com.
ehb133.com has address 126.96.36.199
ehb133.com mail is handled by 10 ehb133.com.
ehb134.com has address 188.8.131.52
ehb134.com mail is handled by 10 ehb134.com.
ehb135.com has address 184.108.40.206
ehb135.com mail is handled by 10 ehb135.com.
ehb136.com has address 220.127.116.11
ehb136.com mail is handled by 10 ehb136.com.
The IP addresses are all assigned to Wholesaleinternet.com. Abuse report filed with them.