Thursday, January 7, 2016

Epicurious Email Spam: The Saga Unfolds

It's pretty simple in theory. People obey the law because there are consequences for not doing so. The problem begins when those "people" are large, multi-national corporations. Couple that with an almost complete "regulatory capture" of the communication and tech industries, and well, the law doesn't always always apply to corporations.

For those following along, Epicurious seems indifferent to an unsubscribe request, emails to their company, complaints to both the FCC and FTC, and the few people in cyberspace making a stink about it. Their communication infrastructure seems fine, as they continue to email me every day, even twice a days over the holidays, so I wonder why they won't communicate with me other than via spam.

So, I'm coming up on 3 months of doing what I can to get these people to stop sending me emails. Not a day goes by that they don't send me an email, but when I email them, no response. Day after day from them, like we're friends. In fact, few of my good friends even email me twice a day.

I'm just going to keep telling my story and linking the proof that they are not obeying the law, and hopefully someday their actions will catch up with them. I still have yet to start contacting email providers to try to get their domains black listed.

Notice below that they are spamming me from two different recipients: "Epicurious" and "Epicurious Cook This Now"



Here's the email headers on one of those random emails so everyone can see this is the same email I unsubscribed from. Notice that it also provides an unsubscribe URL. As I've always said, I believe they will continue to spam me until they are faced with tangible consequences, and then they will say "oops it was a mistake, sorry" to weasel out of it. Mark my words!

Delivered-To: markwing@nerdjargon.com
Received: by 10.107.23.2 with SMTP id 2csp5969513iox;
        Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:27:58 -0800 (PST)
X-Received: by 10.98.65.2 with SMTP id o2mr16167950pfa.113.1451230078058;
        Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:27:58 -0800 (PST)
Return-Path: <email@condenast.delivery.net>
Received: from client-1-133.delivery.net (client-1-133.delivery.net. [209.11.164.133])
        by mx.google.com with ESMTP id mi6si1938155pab.95.2015.12.27.07.27.57
        for <markwing@nerdjargon.com>;
        Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:27:58 -0800 (PST)
Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of email@condenast.delivery.net designates 209.11.164.133 as permitted sender) client-ip=209.11.164.133;
Authentication-Results: mx.google.com;
       spf=pass (google.com: domain of email@condenast.delivery.net designates 209.11.164.133 as permitted sender) smtp.mailfrom=email@condenast.delivery.net;
       dkim=pass header.i=@condenast.delivery.net
Return-Path: <email@condenast.delivery.net>
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; d=condenast.delivery.net; s=v1; c=simple/simple;
q=dns/txt; i=@condenast.delivery.net; t=1451230071;
h=From:Subject:Date:To:MIME-Version:Content-Type;
bh=7ZKMDiBhsTMl1Q0aWUmgBdt9dkc=;
b=SjmwIspMfkUkr0NG0vW+Q+HJLl2RuhSpH7ayWidJbyqJphz5dSaqaWIITyjMaXzZ
LUah5RHAAjba6dGNl9xRfUYGwt1AeAGNgmaafm3o6TRsXXQjLdPfzb64fYPrjMo4
vVwNdpFVrXX78ZJGmQIVZfsyzLshwM7Zqqb4CREFaDw=;
DomainKey-Signature: q=dns; a=rsa-sha1; c=nofws;
s=v1; d=condenast.delivery.net;
h=Received:Date:From:Reply-to:To:Message-ID:Subject:Errors-to:MIME-Version:Content-Type:X-eid:X-pid:X-AcxSID:List-Unsubscribe;
b=0xYpF/BseQpQIt/2vOswzzx+ajiigg8irxujI08RbZiTtS6HiL00SFp3Rm2l1TjJ
jHbdX40obVEkVye4mdgbJJLKDbcmCetWov8+V2p9xsy3fbhfcQbiidq+1sAcinSr
ocVRzNRcr3R9p0tVU5NfwS4IHi2wEqYoZjXQ02wsl0o=
Received: from [192.168.138.25] ([192.168.138.25:48675] helo=fcvm19a1.dc1.prod)
by oms12.dc1.prod (envelope-from <email@condenast.delivery.net>)
(ecelerity 3.3.2.44647 r(44647)) with ESMTP
id 1D/DD-31639-77300865; Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:27:51 -0800
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:27:56 -0800 (PST)
From: Epicurious <email@condenast.delivery.net>
Reply-to: email@condenast.delivery.net
To: markwing@nerdjargon.com
Message-ID: <15423509314.1451230076691@dc1.prod>
Subject: 20% Off The WIRED T-Shirt Collection.
Errors-to: email@condenast.delivery.net
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="---=_NEXT_151e40d9f0a"
X-eid: 2.5.3Kg.2hg.17syts.ENK1D2..N..1ZLy.CeVQETc0
X-pid: 406908
X-AcxSID: 13610.406908
List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:email@condenast.delivery.net?subject=unsubscribe%20xeid:2.5.3Kg.2hg.17syts.ENK1D2..N..1ZLy.CeVQETc0>

2 comments:

  1. Conde Nast publications will spam you forever if you give them a valid email address. I subscribed to Conde Nast Traveler and have sent numerous unsubscribe orders. Apparently the FTC anti-spam regs aren't enforced, so they ignore unsubscribe orders. I'm glad I have a free email address I use only for business that might generate spam. When it gets too much on that email, I'll cancel it and get another.

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  2. Conde Nast publications will spam you forever if you give them a valid email address. I subscribed to Conde Nast Traveler and have sent numerous unsubscribe orders. Apparently the FTC anti-spam regs aren't enforced, so they ignore unsubscribe orders. I'm glad I have a free email address I use only for business that might generate spam. When it gets too much on that email, I'll cancel it and get another.

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