Anyone else getting SPAM from wsocampaign.com?

by jempub 31 replies
Hey Warriors.

Anyone else getting spammed from this site??

wsocampaign.com

I've gotten numerous emails from this moron
trying to sell WSO's to email addresses I NEVER
USE for business stuff.

Tried looking him/her/it up but of course the
listing is private!

Chat soon,
Gary
#main internet marketing discussion forum #site #spam
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  • Profile picture of the author PinkStar
    Are you sure it's from that site? It can be a spammer who uses their name and makes it look like it came from that site. It happend to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    look at the headers of the emails to see where it came from.
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  • Profile picture of the author AceOfShirts
    Yeah, I have received quite a few them as well. Luckily they seem to promote the same thing as everyone else so I just setup a filter to automatically delete.

    I usually don't unsubscribe from spammers, I just setup filters to automatically delete them. Hopefully my email address is the one address that puts them in the higher monthly fee category.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
      Originally Posted by bj3377 View Post

      I got also got spam from wsocampaign.com / wsocentral.com.

      wsocampaign.com is in the source code of the emails...

      (envelope-from <bounce-17180-2696-452@wsocampaign.com>)
      id 1VzfZ7-0002iH-Nd
      X-PHP-Script: wsocampaign.com/cli/web_send.php for 96.30.53.186
      Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2014 22:43:56 -0600
      From: WSO News <wsocampaign@gmail.com>
      Reply-to: WSO News <wsocampaign@gmail.com>
      Message-ID: <652ffb90fce6fc40ed92af00@wsocampaign.com>
      X-Priority: 3
      X-Mailer: WSO Campaign Email System

      I never heard of them b4 getting this spam today and they positively did not have my permission to send me ads.

      They, or someone associated with wsocampaign.com somehow stole 2 of my paypal email address which are used only for buying stuff, but never for receiving ads. I unsubscribed and received more spam even after unsubscribing.

      I have received IM ads from other people I never heard of lately sent to my paypal email addresses. Seems that someone is selling or sharing paypal email addresses of people who bought WSO's and IM products and I'd like to get to the bottom of who's responsible.

      I did whois lookups on wsocampaign.com / wsocentral.com and they have their whois data hidden.

      I sent them a email giving them 24 hours to tell me how and where they got my email addresses or I'm going to report their SPAM to their hosting provider, domain name registrar, privacy provider, the affiliate manager of the products their promoting and Federal Trade Commission. I'll also get their privacy removed so everyone can see who they are cuz they are in violation of their privacy TOS by sending SPAM.

      Everyone who got spammed by these jokers should do the same to get them shut down.
      The IP listed belongs to WiredTree - you may want to start there.
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    • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
      As the other replies indicate, the best option is to filter them out rather than rise to their bait.

      Email details can easily be faked, with false information in the headers from a third party site who is totally innocent.

      All of my email accounts go through a Gmail account to filter out the spam then I use Thunderbird filters to put the messages into subject folders, leaving the spam folder for infrequent inspections.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlairDesigns
    This seems to be a growing trend, when I first signed up for WF I created a new email address strictly for here and any business I would conduct. I never signed up for any email lists, didn't give anyone my email address, never posted it anywhere and definitely didn't give anyone permission to send me emails but yet I'm receiving emails from people I have never in my life spoken to.

    Not sure how these people are getting email addresses and perhaps they're guessing (though unlikely) but it's rather annoying to have to weed through SPAM to get to the emails I ACTUALLY want to read. I guess we're lucky to have SPAM blockers...
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      They're not guessing. Someone is selling and/or trading address lists, and if I find out who it is, they'll be outed here and banned (assuming they even have active accounts).

      As Brent pointed out, they're hosted at wiredtree.com. I've already sent a notice to them about their spamming customer, but no responsible host will nuke an account based on a single complaint. Or even a small handful, if the customer can make a convincing enough argument.

      So, if you get spam from these folks, send a copy (with full headers) to abuse [at] wiredtree [dot] com

      If you get the spam at a webmail service, use the "This is spam" button.

      If it's promoting an offer as an affiliate, report them to the affiliate service provider. (WarriorPlus, JV Zoo, Clickbank, etc).

      If they're promoting an affiliate offer, they probably use redirects. To find out if that's the case, and to get an idea which affiliate system hosts the offer, paste the URL from the message into the form at wheregoes.com

      As a rule, I personally recommend against buying anything through an email that says "WSO" anywhere in the From field or subject line, unless you're certain you subscribed to the list. The exception is WarriorPlus emails, which have a long history of using that term. I'm not sure they use it in the From: field, so that may not apply anyway.


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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    I used to, about a couple weeks back. I reported it as spam, and it never touched me again. If I remember correctly, there was also a rather sudden outbreak of spam in the WF the next few days.

    Oh, well. Bad guys will be bad guys.
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  • Profile picture of the author beasty513
    I just filter the email to a delete action.


    If they are paying for these emails

    then its totally a waste of money.


    Why can't people just build lists in a honest, decent way?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Just to clarify...this dope is 100% iframing my domain (wsocentral.com) at his domain (wsocampaign.com). This means when you go to his URL, it's actually showing my site... people were contacting me through my contact form about this...which is how I found out about this in the first place.

    I put a little note up there for the spammer now and will put an iframe blocker up there in a few days.

    Either way...do as Paul says and report them. If they are promoting offers that show the affiliate ID on the payment page, report them to the affiliate platform.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
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      Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

      Just to clarify...this dope is 100% iframing my domain (wsocentral.com) at his domain (wsocampaign.com). This means when you go to his URL, it's actually showing my site... people were contacting me through my contact form about this...which is how I found out about this in the first place.

      I put a little note up there for the spammer now and will put an iframe blocker up there in a few days.

      Either way...do as Paul says and report them. If they are promoting offers that show the affiliate ID on the payment page, report them to the affiliate platform.
      Thanks man -- good job on this one

      BTW - I never knew you lived in Laguna Beach, I'm in Irvine - small world
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      • Profile picture of the author Kenster
        Originally Posted by eljeffe77 View Post

        Thanks man -- good job on this one

        BTW - I never knew you lived in Laguna Beach, I'm in Irvine - small world

        Cool man...I've wanted to get an OC meetup group together for a while. Mid 2014 when things settle down I may spearhead it...would be great to have ya join!
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
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          Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

          Cool man...I've wanted to get an OC meetup group together for a while. Mid 2014 when things settle down I may spearhead it...would be great to have ya join!
          Yah for sure man, South OC in da house! :-)
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          • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
            Has W+ been hacked?

            At first I thought this was just one seller, then maybe someone who sold my email, but now I am beginning to think someone has found a way to access WSO buyer emails. I use a unique email address for every purchase which helps tracking down spam:

            I suddenly received emails today for "WSO News" for emails tagged to these purchases:

            March 2012 - Paulie Ciara's Millionaire Backlink Builder

            January 2012 - Doug P's Magic SEO

            June 2011 - Charles Kirkland's Video Blogging Ninja

            June 2011- Kevin Davis' Facebook Split Testing

            I have no reason to think any of these Warriors, let alone all four, are selling lists and selling to the same spammer. They would be victims too.

            I am not sure if it is important these are older offers. I have not purchased a WSO in a long time so not seeing recent purchases does not mean anything.


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            • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
              Kenster,

              Seems they spotted the change. The front page now just has a simple, plain text message: "Welcome To WSO Campaign!"

              The whole anonymous registration, hosted at Hostgator thing makes it tough to tell who the players are.

              Brian,
              Has W+ been hacked?
              Hard to tell, but it wouldn't be that surprising. Very little data is secure from some of these outfits if they decide they want it. The real question, for me, would be more along the lines of "Who paid for the list?"

              I also have to wonder if the person sending the spam is selling blasts directly. I've gotten spam from this outfit with no detectable affiliate IDs involved.


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              • Profile picture of the author Kenster
                Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

                Kenster,

                Seems they spotted the change. The front page now just has a simple, plain text message: "Welcome To WSO Campaign!"

                The whole anonymous registration, hosted at Hostgator thing makes it tough to tell who the players are.

                Brian,Hard to tell, but it wouldn't be that surprising. Very little data is secure from some of these outfits if they decide they want it. The real question, for me, would be more along the lines of "Who paid for the list?"

                I also have to wonder if the person sending the spam is selling blasts directly. I've gotten spam from this outfit with no detectable affiliate IDs involved.


                Paul

                Paul, yeah I noticed that earlier and deleted the message on my domain that they were framing.

                I posted it in a few groups I'm in and it seems this is one of the more widespread spam campaigns in a while that's affected a lot of Warriors. Unfortunate that people stoop that low.

                If they are pushign W+ offers, I would think there's a way for Lantz to determine who it is, no? Not sure he can divulge the info but at least he could ban their IP or something on his end. But then again, it'll probably just be a cat and mouse game.
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                • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
                  Kenster,

                  I don't think I've seen any W+ offers from them in a while. I'd have reported them, and Mike would have nuked the accounts. Definitely a whackamole problem, though, as you say. These kinds of creeps are good at hiding. They have to be, since they're about as welcome as any other destructive parasite.

                  This one and the JZvooo spammer are at the top of the list lately.


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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    Yes, seems like every day...
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    Yah I'm getting a ton of their spam too - I told them to eff off
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Mann
    Right On! Kenster. Your message is showing loud an clear on that scumbags site.

    I've only purchased a few WSO's over my many years of being a member here at the Forum and I'm 100% sure that one of folks I bought from, at some time, has sold my paypal e-mail address from their list of buyers.

    Over the years, I'm fairly certain that list has been re-sold a number of times because of the amount spam e-mails I receive to my very protected e-mail address.

    Paul, I have also sent an abuse e-mail to wiredtree. We'll see if that has any impact.

    The redirect in the e-mail I received resolved through productpay.com which in turn resolves to forumspecialoffers.com's Todd Spears and Martin Crumlish's Member Rocket WP plugin offer page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I was actually receiving a lot of spam from different emails with wso. I just blocked them.
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    • Profile picture of the author mrsray
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      I was actually receiving a lot of spam from different emails with wso.

      me too, gmail putting them all in my spam folder for me
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    I've been getting spam from this person for awhile, but delete them as soon as they come in. Does anyone remember if they used to use a different domain name because I could have sworn that it was originally a different one from wsocampaign.com...
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeLantz
    Hey all,

    If you ever see these guys using a WarriorPlus link, or directing to a page with a WarriorPlus button, let me know. Just open a support ticket at our support desk and put "ATTN: Mike".

    (If they have been using iframing and other tricks, it makes sense they can't use our system because we block that kind of stuff. We find if someone's affiliate links don't get them paid, they stop trying. )

    If these guys are using JVZoo or other platforms, they should be easy to track down by the platform owners just as it would be easy for me. Definitely report these things to them.

    Good luck!

    Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author jempub
    Glad to see these cretins are being called out!

    Sick of it!

    Thanks for all the help Paul, Mike, etc...
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      If you ever see these guys using a WarriorPlus link, or directing to a page with a WarriorPlus button, let me know. Just open a support ticket at our support desk and put "ATTN: Mike".
      A few points on this...

      Mike and Co definitely will nuke spammers. The most recent that I know of is yesterday. So doing this is not a waste of time.

      Like any responsible provider, they need evidence, and that usually means more than one report. Part of actual evidence is including the full headers of the spams. That doesn't mean just the To and From and Subject. If you aren't including the Received line(s), you aren't seeing full headers.

      The routing info in the headers is needed to help reduce the chance of someone getting shut down because of a "joe job." That's where some idiot tries to damage a seller or affiliate by sending out spam with the target's links in it.

      Also, when reporting spam to anyone, be civil. The people you're asking for help are almost never the ones responsible for the spam, so screaming at or threatening them isn't needed. They don't want their system used in spams any more than you want to receive the stuff.

      If you signed up for the list or bought from the seller, don't report it as spam without first trying the unsubscribe and finding that it's ignored or doesn't stop the mail. If you got yourself on the list, it ain't spam until and unless you try to get off the list and can't.

      Most providers want to help you. Make it easy for them.


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      • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
        Just found some more in a spam folder sent last week to another email address - an address that was the subject of a prior WSO spam issue involving a WSO King or something like that. As a recall, he was trying to partner with other sellers to help them with their WSOs.

        Can't tell where the links go as the domain has been suspended by a web host.

        Not sure why this "King" keeps recycling opt-out requests. It only leads to complaints and bans.

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    I have received some of these too, and instantly marked it as a spam.
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    I also got some emails in my Spam folder from WSO

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      Originally Posted by bhavinsw View Post

      I don't know but somehow, i am getting lots of wso and marketing offers related emails. Problem is that even after unsubscribing, I am seeing that, but its' not regular now.
      I used their WSO service to increase my site's visitors but now that mail hassle me a lot.

      Thanks
      Nice. You resurrect a year and a half old thread to hide a link to your site (which I removed in the quoted text). I guess you think we're all as stupid as you are!

      Reported to mods!

      Cheers. - Frank
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