The following companies have hired email marketers that do "email appending" services, whereby
email addresses given by individuals to one company for the purpose of receiving communications
from that company may be "appended" to address records of other companies, so that the other
companies can use that same email address for mailings.
Whenever I give out email addresses to companies, I give out addresses unique to those companies,
which enables me to detect such sharing of email addresses.
The following is a list of companies that have made use of an email address I gave for
purchasing vacuum bags from the Bissell vacuum cleaner company. Bissell denied having given
my email address to anyone, which was a falsehood, since that email address ended up being
"appended" to customer records of other companies, which then spammed me at that address.
I no longer own a Bissell vacuum cleaner, and have no intention of spending money with them again.
- Bissell (vacuum cleaners) (gave unique email address in 2002)
- Qwest (telecommunications) (spammed April 17, 2003 from xstreaminc.com/xstreamemail.com--ignoring a previous opt-out request)
- Marriott (hotels) (Marriott Rewards spam received March 10, 2005 from m0.net; privacy officer promised an investigation)
- Technology Review (magazine) (spammed July 14, 2005 in wife's name by The Mansell Group (mansellgroup.net)/EnableMail; unsubscribed and requested removal of email address)
- Firestone Tire and Service Centers (specific tire dealer, on Baseline in Tempe, AZ) (spammed January 10, 2006 in my name by The Mansell Group (mansellgroup.net)/EnableMail; unsubscribed and requested removal of email address)
- Arizona State University Alumni Association (spammed June 20, 2006 from www.nv-mailer.com [188.8.131.52], which
also uses the domain netvision2.ez-datamail.com--both of which hide the identity of the registrant)
- Sanderson Ford (Phoenix-based dealer) (spammed December 27, 2010 from 184.108.40.206, OLM, LLC, axxs.net)
Other Spamming Companies
- Toys R Us--they spammed the email addresses of Amazon.com customers after their partnership with Amazon ended. To
make matters worse, those email addresses have now gotten into the hands of other spammers, such as Videomoviehouse.com/VMHSales.com (who
spammed me at my old Amazon.com email address on December 26, 2006 and again after I unsubscribed, on December 28, 2006 and
on January 5, 2007). And to make it even worse, it's now in the hands of phishers (Amazon.com phishing attack on September 30, 2005, eBay phishing attack
received at that address on January 8, 2007).