Thursday, June 23, 2011

MasterLists: another source of spam

Mathew at MasterLists just sent me spam of the worst type: selling lists of email addresses. And then he has the arrogance to say: "This email is not spam, it was manually sent by me, and the sole purpose being to introduce this offer to you with no obligation on your part. I handpicked your company as being one in the industry that would possibly find this offer useful. Your email address was therefore publicly available and it has not been added to any list." Actually Mathew, it is spam, because any form of unsolicited marketing message is spam. I tried calling his number, 071 273 6004, but its on voice mail. Why am I not surprised? The message reads:
Good Day,
Due to a change in direction we have elected to sell all our multi-use business directories.
Our portfolio consists of 22 directories as listed below.
To encourage quick sales, we have priced each one of the 22 directories on our portfolio at only R50, but there is a minimum order requirement of 4. Alternatively, you can purchase the lot for Only R499!!!
Our lists are 95% up to date and accurate, consist of no personal information and are populated from the public domain.
All info is presented in Excel spreadsheets, this means it’s like having the Yellow Pages in digital format!
This makes it an absolute pleasure for Salespersons needing to pull up specific records in specific areas!
Numbers are limited, so act fast to avoid disappointment!

1 Gauteng Business List (1)1219 records with 1123 emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/CONTACT PERSON/TELE/FAX/EMAIL/ADDRESS

2 Gauteng Business List (2) 2086 records with 1637 emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/TELE/FAX/EMAIL/ADDRESS/WEBSITE

3 SA Business List 30 078 record with 8766 emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/EMAIL/WEBSITE/TELE/FAX/LOCATION/INDUSTRY TYPE/CONTACT PERSON

4 Cape Town Business List 2786 records with 1401 emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/ADDRESS/TELE/EMAIL

5 Brewers & Wine Cellars CT 294 Records with 208 emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/EMAIL/WEBSITE/TELE/FAX/ADDRESS/ VARIOUS CONTACT PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT POSTIONS

6 Cape Town Directory 13000 Records with 5385 emails Only R50!
INDUSTRY/COMPANY NAME/EMAIL/WEBSITE/TELE/FAX/ADDRESS/CONTACT PERSON + POSTION

7 Clearing & Forwarding Agents CT 198 Records with 98 emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/EMAIL/WEBSITE/TELE/FAX/ADDRESS

8 CT Business List 3768 Records with no emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/DESCRIPTION/CONTACT PERSON/IMPORTER OR EXPORTER/CONTACT PERSON/TELE/FAX/ADDRESS

9 National Directory 1076 Records with 867 emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/REGION/EMAIL/WEBSITE/TELE/FAX/CELL/CONTACT PERSON

10 SA Estate Agents National 285 Records with 244 emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/REGION/EMAIL/WEBSITE/TELE/CELL/CONTACT PERSON

11 Western Cape Corporate Business List (Our best list!) Only R50!
579 Companies with on average 3 contact people in different positions /company.
1887 unique email addresses
COMPANY NAME/INDUSTRY/AREA/STAFF SIZE/FLEET SIZE/TURN OVER/CONTACT PERSON/POSITION/EMAIL/TELE/FAX

12 Travel Agents list 214 records all with emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/EMAIL/TELE/FAX/ADDRESS

13 Liquor Stores 5950 records Only R500!
COMPANY NAME/CONTACT PERSON/TELE/FAX

14 Hospitality List (1) 8624 records (5000 with email) Only R50!
SA Resorts, Guesthouses, hotels, Caravan/camp Parks, Backpackers and self-catering establishments
NAME/EMAIL/WEBSITE/TELE/FAX/ADDRESS/PROVINCE

15 Hospitality List (2) 7412 records with 7299 emails Only R50!
SA Resorts, Guesthouses, hotels, Caravan/camp Parks, Backpackers and self-catering establishments
COMPANY NAME/EMAIL/TELE/CELL/ADDRESS/CONTACT PERSON

16 Guest Houses 1009 Records with 945 emails Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/REGION/EMAIL/WEBSITE/TELE/FAX/CELL/CONTACT PERSON

17 Schools List 27151 records Only R50!
SCHOOL NAME/ADDRESS/TELE

18 SA Doctors database (1) 2338 records with 2107 email addresses Only R50!
DR NAME/TELE/ADDRESS/EMAIL

19 SA Doctors database (2) 12978 records Only R50!
NAME/ADDRESS/PROVINCE/TELE/FAX

20 Fax Numbers (landline) 20599 records Only R50!

21 Golf Enthusiasts 25474 email addresses only Only R50!

22 Gauteng Corporate Business List 9975 records with 8010 email addresses Only R50!
COMPANY NAME/REGION/ADDRESS/STAFF SIZE/CONTACT PERSON/POSITION/EMAIL/TELE/WEBSITE

Payment after delivery, so no risk! -BARGAIN OF THE CENTURY!

PLEASE NOTE:
This email is not spam, it was manually sent by me, and the sole purpose being to introduce this offer to you with no obligation on your part. I handpicked your company as being one in the industry that would possibly find this offer useful. Your email address was therefore publicly available and it has not been added to any list. We will not contact you again, but if you wish to unsubscribe anyway, just reply with the word “unsubscribe”, and I’ll keep a note in case we land up on your website again.

Mathew
Cell: 071 273 6004
Sales@masterlists.tv

I hate to burst your greedy little bubble, Mathew, but my email address is not "publicly available" and if you had actually read anything on my web site you would have known that. So you get the "Lousy Spammer of the Month" award, you greedy little lowlife marketer. Try getting some ethics before you look for an honest job. You have just trashed your reputation.
Update: He obviously doesn't know much about email, because this information is included in the email header:
Received: from dsl-243-98-32.telkomadsl.co.za ([41.243.98.32]:59157 helo=GlenPC)
So now I know who to complain to about the spam.
Friday 24th June: "Mathew" called me (from an unlisted number), and assured me my name isn't on their database. He then tried to tell me that I had given some other party "permission" to use my email address. I guess the "spamcop" part of the address didn't ring any bells. He then assured me that if anyone wanted their names removed from the list he would oblige, and let his customers know. But then in 3 weeks time the business will be closing, so what kind of promise is that? Can I believe anything he said? Not really. Scum like this lie like a cheap watch without even realising they are doing so. Get a grip on reality, Mathew or Glen or whatever your real name is!

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