What Does the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Mean for Spam?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement between the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Chile, and Peru. At its heart, the TPP is intended to make trade between these and other Pacific Rim countries who may sign on to the TPP easier. What is interesting, and what many don’t realize, is that the TPP has an anti-spam section that deals with electronic commerce and spam. Sort of.

The Internet Patrol’s Personal List of Spammers

The Internet Patrol is published by ISIPP Publishing. The CEO of ISIPP, Anne P. Mitchell, was one of the very first anti-spam attorneys in the United States. So it’s a really bad idea to spam her, or to spam us. If you spam us, we will publish out you. If you find yourself on this list, shame on you. To be clear, the definition of “spam” that we are using is that you put us on a mailing list even though you have no connection to us whatsoever, and we have never heard of you. It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s legal or illegal – it’s wrong.

Why Spam Seems to be Coming from Your Friends or Even Yourself

If you are getting spam from your friends, or your friends are getting spam from you – or you are getting spam from yourself – or at least it seems that way – you may be wondering how the spam appears to be coming from you or your friends. A likely reason is that someone you know’s address book was compromised. Here’s one way to tell, and how they do it.

The “Today I Went to the Beach Sea Shell Hermit Crab” Blog Comment Spam

If you see this text on your website or blog: “Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!” ..your site has just been co-opted by a comment spammer.

ShutterFly Delivers Bundle of New Baby Spam

In the world of email marketing oopsies, Shutterfly.com just delivered a whopping, bouncing baby screw-up. Shutterfly has sent out a massive number of “congratulations on your new baby” emails – to people who have not had babies. “Congratulations on your bundle of joy” says the email, “There’s nothing more amazing than bringing a new life into the world.” Although this faux pas on Shutterfly’s part is right up there.

Advertising Email Based on Prior Business Relationship is Spam, Users Say

Users were asked whether an email advertisement sent to them on the basis of a “pre-existing business relationship” was spam. All of the respondents were average Internet users, exactly the sort of user who receives this sort of email from countless businesses based on a prior business relationship with them. And survey says…. a resounding “Yes!” Two-thirds said that email advertisements sent on the basis of a pre-existing business relationship, without express permission, are spam!

“Free Gift Card” Text Message Spammer Rentbro Brought Down by FCC

We’ve all received them. Those spam SMS messages that tell you that “Your entry in our drawing WON you a FREE $1,000 Target Giftcard! Enter ‘312’ at www.target.com.tgrz.biz to claim it and we can ship it to you immediately!”, or something similar about a Walmart or Best Buy gift card. Now the scum behind that text message spam, Daniel Pessin and Jacob Engel, along with their shell company Rentbro, have been taken down by the Federal Communciations Commission (‘FCC’).

Red Sox Tickets Scam Email

The newest social engineering scam email hitting some inboxes is the “thank you for your Red Sox ticket order” email. In this spam, the fake order confirmation tells you that you have ordered over $200 ($238 in the example below) worth of Red Sox tickets, which have been charged to your MasterCard.