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Classic Spam: Reunite This!
(dot-com mainsleaze spam)

The bottom line: If the U.S. federal CAN SPAM law has had any benefit at all, it was to curtail the practice of spamming among established and quasi-legitimate businesses like that described on this page.

Gee, and I didn’t know I had a reunion.com username!

I’ve only been to one of my high school reunions, and I gotta tell you it was not edifying. And now, I get to relive a similarly squirmy feeling of déjà vu every few weeks, thanks to a constant trickle of spam from reunion.com.

The story starts years ago, when some spammer for some reason linked my work e-mail address and nickname with a postal address in Plainview, New York. I’ve never lived in Plainview, never visited there, nor even have the vaguest idea where it is. These trifling details haven’t stopped mortgage spammers (and others) from regularly stuffing my inbox with spewage “personalized” for “Rick Conner of Plainview, NY.” I guess this would be proof that old spam lists not only don’t die, they don’t even fade away.

Of course, you expect this kind of crap from chickenboner spammers, but it’s rather surprising to get it from high-profile company that’s supposed to be above that sort of thing.

In this case, the company happens to be reunion.com, one of those goofy fringe businesses that somehow hung on after the dot-com crash. From this and other messages I’ve received from them, it appears that their continued hanging-on can be attributed to their use of:

In addition to the scraped info and the “searching for you” come-on, the picture above shows what they’re really after: they want me to buy a “premium” subscription (which will, I imagine, get me even more of their spam).

Reunion.com currently operates out of a net block provided by Internap Network Services of Atlanta. Both the mail host (relay02.reunion.com) and the various web hosts named in the message are in this IP block. So, at least we can say that the headers aren’t forged. Still, they have broken most every other rule for ethical bulk-mailing that I can think of.

The reunion.com domain was registered with Network Solutions all the way back in 1995, in the giddy days when a snapy domain name was all the business plan you needed to get big bucks from gullible venture capltalists.

After numerous spam complaints to Internap yielded no result, I decided to take the rare (for me) step of breaking rule #3 and contacting reunion.com directly. It took two messages (the second considerably angrier than the first, which was angry enough), but at last they have vacated my work in-box (for the moment, at any rate).

Gee, maybe I shouldn’t have done that — now how am I going to find out which of my dear classmates is trying to contact me <wink>?

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