Misco's leaky email database
2007-03-25 20:18:21 GMT/BST
I noticed this in my inbox today. My spam filter narrowly missed it. (I've obscured my email address. The other domains are free webmail services and I assume that the spammer holds all those addresses.)
From: Rodney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Reply-To: Rodney <email@example.com> To: czr-misco.co.uk@rtnl... Subject: Hello there! Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 22:35:53 +0800 (15:35 BST) Hi There, My name is Rodney I am sorry for the unusual approach but I have acquired your email address czr-misco.co.uk@rtnl... as a person who is actively inclined or is open for an online `Business `Opportunity. If this is the case I would be grateful if you would allow me to send you details of an opportunity that I am currently involved in at the moment. I did not want to send you any details until I had mailed you to seek your permission first,as experience has taught me that not all leads that we acquire are genuine`Business Opportunity Seekers, If this is the case for you then please ignore this email as you have already been excluded from future mailing from me. If however It would be ok to send you details of my Opportunity then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "MORE INFO" in the subject line and your Name in the text body, without this I cannot send you any further information I am afraid. So why not give it a try?... it's`FREE anyway!... Just give me a chance to show you how our program works. You can cancel your membership anytime you want. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much for your time and your cooperation, God Bless You and your Family. Yours sincerely, Rodney mailto: email@example.com 8:33:44 PM 3/25/2007 To be remove in all of my mailing list: mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject Remove
The interesting thing here is the To address. I typically give a different address to each company I deal with and obviously I only use czr-misco.co.uk@rtnl... with Misco. I do this because I'm paranoid about having companies sell or otherwise leak my email address on to spammers. Until now, I'd never actually observed it happening. I'm guessing that it's probably just one person in Misco rather than a company policy to sell email addresses.
I wonder what the market price for an email address is.