Just off the phone to the Publicis. There are two issues here: one is the broken configuration of @pm.ad as the reply-to email address. A misconfiguration error.
Thanks to Publicis for reaching out and being honest; and starting to resolve the issue.
From earlier today:
- Potential source of the “follow”: I mention metamucil on twitter. No occurrences of this word on my blog until this particular posting. and others such have found the same issue with unsolicited email from the same sender, with similar contents.
- Up until this point, I have been a happy and regular user of said fibre supplement brand below. Note that this brand is owned by Proctor and Gamble. I am not going to link out to said product.
- The person that received this email is mentioned 5 times on my web site, and there is at least one link from my site to theirs (note: I have â€œxxâ€â€™d the name out below)
- The owner and publisher of this web site, Nick Hodge, in no way, explicitly nor implicitly gave permission for any brand: including Microsoft, to use to my blog as â€œtrusted reference sellâ€ nor source of email addresses. Reading Microsoftâ€™s policy on Online Privacy, I am pretty sure that doing this style of â€œemail harvest and reference social marketingâ€ is highly wrong, and contravention of this policy is a serious offence.
- â€œUnsolicited emailâ€ is spam. Plain and simple.
- The content on my site is (cc) Attribution-Non-commerical Share-Australia 2.1, as per the link at the bottom of each page. I consider this spamming is a breach of my Terms and Conditions.
- Subsequently, I am very unhappy with Publicis Mojo.
You do not get social media, you are a spammer. Of the worst kind.
- I am recommending the receiver of this email report both Proctor and Gamble, and Publicis Mojo as a Spammer as per the Spam Act (2003) and amendments
- It seems that the domain name “pm.ad” might exist, however further research by an white-hat security expert:
- *.ad is a top-level domain owned by Andorra, the country
- pm.ad would be a logical place for ‘publicismojo an advertising agency’ to register; or may be used for internal sites
- if you send email to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ the bounce back is from the same mail.publicismojo.com.au IP address as in the below spam example: 22.214.171.124
- 126.96.36.199 is Publicis Mojo in Australia (as per apnic)
- robtex has some interesting details on this domain range
From: Blog Seeding <BloggerRelations@pm.ad> Date: 2008/12/9 Subject: For xx To: email@example.com Hi xx, Sorry for the unsolicited email. I was reading your blog and noticed you're particularly influential in the blogosphere. I even saw your blog reposted on NickHodge.com. I'm working on behalf of Metamucil on their new Fibresure product and I was wondering if you would be receptive to us sending you a xmas gift pack? No obligations, of course! 🙂 Look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Publicis Mojo