Sadly I’m in a position to write quite a lot of posts like these. Having seen spam to unique email addresses for Amazon and Play.com, on 5th March I received one from a email used to register with groupon.co.uk, which I created in August 2011. Others have spotted this too: says one, “getting several e-mails a day about Ruby Palace and an online pharmacy”, another: “I’m getting Ruby Palace spam too, despite no longer taking part in Groupon business”, and: “how did MyCityVenue and Wix.com get hold of my Groupon e-mail address”? Similar reports here, here and here.
Here’s the offending mail item:
Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 <time removed> From: Ruby Online Casino <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <unique Groupon-only domain address> Subject: You've been selected to receive a Ruby Palace Welcome Bonus
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Admittedly, it’s worth noting the failure could be with Groupon affiliates or providers, rather than the company itself. On Facebook they say they’re investigating, so I’ll keep an eye out.
21st March: received another item, so for the benefit of the search engines:
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 <time removed> From: Ruby Palace Online <email@example.com> To: <unique Groupon-only domain address> Subject: You've been invited to join Ruby Palace
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23rd March: And… another one, this time for pharmaceuticals:
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2013 <time removed> From: "Huge discount" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <unique Groupon-only domain address> Subject: Final 73% discount for <alias>
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And another, this one even sports a UK address!
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 <time removed> From: Cindy McCall <email@example.com> To: <unique Groupon-only domain address> Subject:The natural way to reduce fat by 85%.
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Yikes. This item, received on 21st October, shows how openly nasty these hawkers actually are. Avoid being “fat and ugly” and a “hideous creature” by purchasing their product!
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