Updated 23/10/17: List of companies which spam or have been hacked

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Found 26th Jan 2010
I've been using an e-mailing forwarding service for about 7 years and have created over 1000 unique e-mails which forward to my real e-mail address.

If you are not sure what I mean basically I have created a unique e-mail address (full of random numbers and letters) for every website that requires an e-mail address, including HUKD. This means that if am ever spammed, I will know where it's come from.

I used to think that I could sue or get compensation from these companies but decided it was too much effort even though I had conclusive proof. They always denied that they had spammed me anyway.

So I have decided to make a list of companies that have spammed me, in the hope that I can at least get some satisfaction in naming and shaming these companies. I have to say that it is only a minority of companies that spam (less than 1%). I will add these and update them over time in the next post.

I should add that I ALWAYS click the necessary boxes that opt me out of any marketing e-mails etc and this is unsolicited spam that does not come from the company you registered with.
Edited by: "flyingflea"

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familymobile.co.uk a mobile phone company
ladbrokes.com a gambling website
foxybingo.com a bingo website
eurogrand.com a gambling website
spectrabingo.com a bingo website
simplygames.com online games shop
misco.co.uk online computer shop
seefilmfirst.com offers free tickets to see film previews
gocompare.com insurance comparison website
carrentals.co.uk car rental comparison site
jackpot247.com a gambling website
slotmagix.com online gambing website
empiredirect.co.uk online white goods shop
topcashback.co.uk cashback website
bingogiving.com a bingo website
madbid.com online auction website
caesarsbingo.com a gambling site
bingomagix.co.uk a bingo website
dailyexpress-bingo.com a bingo website
dslsource.co.uk DSL modem retailer
nestlepromotions.co.uk requested a free sample
elitemate.com dating website listed on topcashback (and it didn't track!)
shopto.net online retailer
everythingissport.co.uk competition website?
playboycasino.com gambling website
gamingclub.com gambling website
casinoriva.com gambling website
paddypower.com gambling website
blyk.com mobile messaging website (previously a mobile phone network)
softuk.com (now www.coolshop.co.uk) online games shop
iflorist.co.uk online flower delivery service
creditcheckinstantly.co.uk Credit Report Checking Service
madbid.com auction website
cityclubcasino.com online casino
last.fm online radio
moneynet.co.uk financial website
totaljobs.com an online recruitment website
21nova.com gambling website
bingocafe.com a bingo website
boylesports.com gambling website
europacasino.com gambling website
groupon.co.uk group buying website
dropbox.co.uk online cloud storage
gym-pact.com exercise tool
Santander UK bank
Alliance & Leicester (now part of Santander)
Carphone Warehouse Mobile Checkout (simplytap.com)
BT.com
globallivecasino.com (online casino)
hungryhouse.co.uk Online Takeaway
carboncreditz.org Climate Change website
thatsentertainment.co.uk online CD + DVD retailer
firstdirect.equitygroup.co.uk First Direct car insurance underwritten by Equity Group at the time
hungryhouse.co.uk online takeaway
bounts.it fitness app related website
Bet Butler gambling website no longer in use
currys.co.uk white goods website
williamhill.co.uk Online Bookmaker
360voice.com / 360voice.gamerdna.com Blog for your Xbox 360
trainline.com train tickets reseller
payasugym.com gym
thefragranceshop.co.uk online retailer
woodhouseclothing.com online clothing retailer
fixmystreet.com one-stop street reporting service for councils
dailymotion.com video sharing website


Confirmed by various HUKD members (but not from myself so can't provide proof) :
pixmania.co.uk online retailer
Edited by: "flyingflea" 23rd Oct

I think pretty much any company where you register spams really....Asda,Argos,Tesco,Trueprint, Boots, Pets at Home, DVLA Plate Auctions...... loads of them! and SpamBully (how ironic!!)

Dunno too much about this but I noticed that when signing up for companies you usually have to untick a box if you dont want to recieve emails. And if you do recieve emails then most of the time theres a link at the bottom of the email so you can unsubscribe.:)

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gal2792t;7661303

I think pretty much any company where you register spams … I think pretty much any company where you register spams really....Asda,Argos,Tesco,Trueprint, Boots, Pets at Home, DVLA Plate Auctions...... loads of them! and SpamBully (how ironic!!)



I'm not listing e-mails that are explicitly sent from the company you registered from (e.g. Asda e-mailing you what they have on offer every week). I'm talking about spam which isn't obvious where it's come from, e.g. a one line e-mail giving you a link to a website selling pharmaceuticals and appears to come from a Hotmail e-mail address.

flyingflea;7661382

I'm not listing e-mails that are explicitly sent from the company you … I'm not listing e-mails that are explicitly sent from the company you registered from (e.g. Asda e-mailing you what they have on offer every week). I'm talking about spam which isn't obvious where it's come from, e.g. a one line e-mail giving you a link to a website selling pharmaceuticals and appears to come from a Hotmail e-mail address.



Arh I see! Those just go through my spam filter into a junk folder so I never see them. ;-)

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Spammed;7661342

Dunno too much about this but I noticed that when signing up for … Dunno too much about this but I noticed that when signing up for companies you usually have to untick a box if you dont want to recieve emails. And if you do recieve emails then most of the time theres a link at the bottom of the email so you can unsubscribe.:)



Yes sometimes you have to untick, sometimes you have tick and sometimes a bit of both!

Yes legit sales e-mails or newsletters you can normally unsubscribe. But sometimes the e-mails aren't legit and you don't know who they've come from and "unsubscribing" can make it worse!

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gal2792t;7661401

Arh I see! Those just go through my spam filter into a junk folder so I … Arh I see! Those just go through my spam filter into a junk folder so I never see them. ;-)



Yeah so do mine, but I like to look through the junk folder and make a note of who's spamming me!

Interesting stuff, although I would say pretty obvious to most of those you've listed. If there were a few big names in there it might get more interesting.

Benjimoron;7661523

Interesting stuff, although I would say pretty obvious to most of those … Interesting stuff, although I would say pretty obvious to most of those you've listed. If there were a few big names in there it might get more interesting.

I'd say Ladbrokes is a pretty big name. It's the only one on there that has really surprised me.

Can we add gocompare and the Admiral group to the list. I always tick those boxes too, but since changing my insurance on Saturday I've had umpteen calls and emails from EUI and I know they got it from gocompare. I must say I don't mind the emails so much, easily deleted. It's the phone calls when I'm otherwise busy and rush to the phone to get some numpty from a call centre pretending they're not trying to sell me anything - that's when I see red.

Crazy Jamie;7661658

I'd say Ladbrokes is a pretty big name. It's the only one on there that … I'd say Ladbrokes is a pretty big name. It's the only one on there that has really surprised me.



I mean as in they're pretty much all gambling companies, who I would expect to spam you whatever!

Benjimoron;7661740

I mean as in they're pretty much all gambling companies, who I would … I mean as in they're pretty much all gambling companies, who I would expect to spam you whatever!

Fair enough. I suppose the word 'integrity' isn't exactly inherently prominent in the industry.

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Penny Saver;7661688

Can we add gocompare and the Admiral group to the list. I always tick … Can we add gocompare and the Admiral group to the list. I always tick those boxes too, but since changing my insurance on Saturday I've had umpteen calls and emails from EUI and I know they got it from gocompare. I must say I don't mind the emails so much, easily deleted. It's the phone calls when I'm otherwise busy and rush to the phone to get some numpty from a call centre pretending they're not trying to sell me anything - that's when I see red.



I've used Go Compare many times since 2008 and not had any spam from them whatsoever. I haven't used Admiral but probably will use this them year as they are one the cheapest insurance companies for me. I haven't received any unsolicited phone calls except from Dennis Publishing, however I can't say for sure whether Go Compare pass your telephone number on as I sometimes give them a false telephone number (and name). I'd need conclusive proof that they spam to add them to the list, like this:

http://i46.tinypic.com/2yyd0yh.jpg

Benjimoron;7661740

I mean as in they're pretty much all gambling companies, who I would … I mean as in they're pretty much all gambling companies, who I would expect to spam you whatever!



Why are gambling site more likely to spam than any other business? Not quite seeing your logic

ive done something similar where everytime i register, i use my domain name and add the company name before the @ sign. i always opt out of marketing material but i am interested to know which company will sell the info on, and then i will have an argument on my hands with them

cbryanp;7661908

Why are gambling site more likely to spam than any other business? Not … Why are gambling site more likely to spam than any other business? Not quite seeing your logic



Crazy Jamie;7661818

Fair enough. I suppose the word 'integrity' isn't exactly inherently … Fair enough. I suppose the word 'integrity' isn't exactly inherently prominent in the industry.

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List updated 21/3/11

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fanpages

...Play.com?[ http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/play-email/903617/ ]I'd also … ...Play.com?[ http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/play-email/903617/ ]I'd also like to add Pixmania.co.uk to the list.BFN,fp.



Been a customer of Play.com since 2004 and have not received a single item of spam to date. I saw that thread but did not receive that e-mail although a few of my colleagues did.

As for Pixmania I have never opened an account with them and I'd need to see conclusive proof before adding them.

flyingflea

As for Pixmania I have never opened an account with them and I'd need to … As for Pixmania I have never opened an account with them and I'd need to see conclusive proof before adding them.



How would you like me to provide it to you?

I have also just received 'spam' from an e-mail address I have only ever used at Expansys.com.

BFN,

fp.

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fanpages

How would you like me to provide it to you?I have also just received … How would you like me to provide it to you?I have also just received 'spam' from an e-mail address I have only ever used at Expansys.com.BFN,fp.



Forward the spam message to [email protected]snkmail.com and I'll take a look.

flyingflea

Forward the spam message to [email protected] and I'll take a look.



...and you wonder why you get spam e-mail!

Seriously, I know the messages have originated from where I have mentioned because I use a different e-mail address for each & every retailer.

What makes you an expert in spam messages in order to review what I have seen?

Are you just looking for people to send you messages so you can use their e-mail address thereafter?

BFN,

fp.

Original Poster

It's fine don't worry! I never said I was an expert but I'd need to see some proof to sure it was genuine spam before adding it to the list. I can't just add companies willy nilly otherwise I could get in trouble for slander.

The reason I openly posted that e-mail addresses is because I can de-activate it whenever I wish. I don't need to be careful with my e-mail addresses and to date haven't received a single piece of spam which was sent directly to my real e-mail address.

P.S Feel free to spam the e-mail above if you'd like
Edited by: "flyingflea" 21st Jun 2011

flyingflea

...P.S Feel free to spam the e-mail above if you'd like





I won't... but I'm sure somebody will!

I understand your concerns. That's fine.

If I just leave my comment as it stands you are not implicated/associated with my claims for the named parties.

BFN,

fp.

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List updated 2/6/11

nearly all gambling sites, which imo should all be BANNED

Thnaks for posting
Edited by: "snowtiger" 3rd Jun 2011

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List updated 7/6/11

Nigeria

+1 Pixmania (Astro Consulting - claim to 'ASTRO Consulting has obtained your contact details from public internet sources')

Pirelli (although this is probably due to a security flaw ages ago which mean xml document of ALL competition entries was displayed to anyone)

Royal Mail (Spam states result of joining Group One Media Inc website although I cannot find confirmation that rm are linked to them)

Moneybookers (gambling related spam)

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cynikill

+1 Pixmania (Astro Consulting - claim to 'ASTRO Consulting has obtained … +1 Pixmania (Astro Consulting - claim to 'ASTRO Consulting has obtained your contact details from public internet sources')Pirelli (although this is probably due to a security flaw ages ago which mean xml document of ALL competition entries was displayed to anyone)Royal Mail (Spam states result of joining Group One Media Inc website although I cannot find confirmation that rm are linked to them)Moneybookers (gambling related spam)



AFAIK, Moneybookers are not spamming. When you use your Moneybookers e-mail address on a gambling site, the gambling site uses this e-mail address to spam you, or sells it to someone who does.

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List updated 22/2/13 Groupon decided to share my e-mail with mycityvenue.com and wix.com

Am I right in thinking you have signed up to all the sites in post #1?

And you didn't expect to be spammed?

Hello dear!

No, he's signed up to a site that he wanted to do business with and gave as part of his dealings with that site a unique email addy for their contact with him only.

Subsequently , like the Groupon update above, he has received unrequested mail from mycityvenue.com and wix.com.
As Groupon had a unique email, any other email sent to Op at that address, but not from Groupon themselves, must have been given it by Groupon.

If Groupon were to deny this, then the only explanations are that
1) sneakemail are selling addresses how else could they get the data, or
ii) Groupon contact list was hacked, thus there is an ICO issue that may not have been reported?

Sorry, third option - Op's email/computer is compromised?

Edited by: "hapless" 22nd Feb 2013

deeky

Am I right in thinking you have signed up to all the sites in post #1?And … Am I right in thinking you have signed up to all the sites in post #1?And you didn't expect to be spammed?



Comment reported as http://www.oliverthring.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/spam.jpg

ps I think the OP has a flea in his/her ear! oO

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List updated 25/3/13
Edited by: "flyingflea" 25th Mar 2013
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