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Ammado spam

Quoting an old job post: ‘ are a new online global community with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. ammado are developing a fun interactive online entertainment platform catering for a huge global market, using the latest technologies.’

Well, using that and spam, it seems. Look what just arrived in my inbox:

  • X-Spam-Status: No, score=-8.0 required=5.0 tests=BAYES_50, EXTRA_MPART_TYPE, HABEAS_ACCREDITED_COI, HTML_MESSAGE, RP_MATCHES_RCVD,SPF_PASS shortcircuit=no autolearn=unavailable version=3.3.0-r650054
  • X-Spam-Relays-External: [ ip= ident= envfrom= intl=0 id=4856CBA51B8 auth= msa=0 ] [ ip= rdns= helo=amsrvmail001.ammado.local by=amsrvmail001.ammado.local ident= envfrom= intl=0 id= auth= msa=0 ]
  • From: Peter Conlon <pconlon/at/>
  • Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 10:45:11 +0100
  • Subject: UNHCR asks the blogosphere for help

UNHCR and ammado, are reaching out to the blogosphere in an effort to spread the word for this year’s World Refugee Day on June 20th and raise awareness of the situation of refugees all over the world!

This year, World Refugee Day is about protection, the heart and soul of UNHCR. With rising oil prices, decreasing food supplies, the adverse affects of climate change, the ongoing crisis in Darfur and a high number of unexpected natural disasters including those in Myanmar and China, the world’s refugees have never been more in need of protection.

Another day, another spam. They also spammed Donncha, Michele and Damien, so it sounds like they’re doing the rounds of the Irish blogosphere.

(Update: add Tom, Suzy, Alexia, squid at Limerick Blogger, and Grandad at Head Rambles to that list, too.)

However — the hit on the HABEAS_ACCREDITED_COI SpamAssassin rule means that Ammado are a member of the Habeas Accredited Confirmed-Opt-In program, meaning that they have undertaken a bond to only email people who signed up to receive their communications using “confirmed opt-in”. I have never had any dealings with Ammado, or opted in in any way to receive communication from them — let alone confirmed an opt-in. This is out-and-out unsolicited bulk email, or spam, so this may turn out to be an expensive mistake for Ammado.

If you also got spammed by a Habeas-accredited sender, send a complaint to complaints /at/ This is how the Habeas system works…

PS: This is a good illustration of how spam is not Unsolicited Commercial Email, but UBE — Unsolicited Bulk Email. Even though this is non-commercial, it’s still spam!