DiscForce and other bulk e-mails

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I’m starting to have fun going through the bulk mailboxes for one of our chiropractic servers. It handles e-mail for dozens of chiropractic web sites. Now that we’ve got more aggressive filtering out spam, it’s easier to see when people or bots are targeting every e-mail address on the server.

In previous posts I’ve written about spam e-mail targeted at chiropractors and it’s been covered in the news. There was a popular niche industry post and an article focused on decompression spam e-mails.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it’s not the pay day loan e-mails or notifications that I’ve won the Irish lottery e-mails that bug me, those are easy to block. It was the unsolicited e-mails coming from companies marketing to chiropractors, who for some reason must be thinking it’s OK to spam every chiropractic e-mail address they can scrape, since the e-mails are being targeted inside the industry. I bet this happens in real estate, dentistry, and all sorts of other small business niche markets.

Well, if you’ve read the previous posts, I’ve began taking screenshots of the spam showing up in our bulk mail folders. I give all e-mailers the benefit of the doubt and assume they are innocent until I notice multiple copies of their e-mails appearing in the bulk mail addresses of numerous accounts I own (or I see other violations like no option for unsubscribing). I can assure you I have not subscribed to receive any of these unsolicited e-mails.

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This is pretty funny stuff, and pretty sad at the same time, as two of these solicitations don’t even offer anyway to unsubscribe from the mailing. Shame shame. Jeremy Bodechon wants me to call him toll free to get more information on taking my practice to the next level. The e-mail includes information about spinal decompression and it’s signed best regards by two chiropractors, rather pathetic.

Wonder when I subscribed to their list? I wonder why there’s no opportunity to unsubscribe from the e-mail. Surely there must be some mistake. Looks like the mail came from a godaddy account, will contact their abuse department.

Another comes from someone marketing their newfangled noninvasive, nonpharmaceutical treatment device using FDA approved nanosecond bio-energy technology, that will enhance my practice. At least a link was provided for unsubscribing.

Elizabeth Blase sends me an e-mail for a Aura Therapy Patch System. I wonder if Elizabeth is even a real person. There was no subject in the e-mail and no mention in the body of the e-mail on how to unsubscribe. E-mail was sent from cox.net so we’ll will be contacting their abuse department. From Cox.com policy on electronic e-mail You may not use the Service to send bulk, commercial or unsolicited (“spam”) email messages. If I get a response from Cox I’ll make mention of it here.

A Brett Haugen sends me unsolicited e-mail regarding strokes, and it turned out to be marketing information. At least he used a service that allowed me to unsubscribe all the e-mails on our server (have to go through one by one). Probably purchased a list from some party that’s been scraping chiropractic web sites.

Alex Niswander sends me an e-mail as if in reply to something I sent him. I hate when spammers do that. Whole bunch of affiliate code tracker ID information in the keywords used in the e-mail I received. I wonder if Midwest Software, LLC knows someone is sending out unsolicited e-mails to chiropractors? I give them credit for providing some PHP code for list removal. Something I found interesting was that their e-mail list was labeled “April17_DCs” which could refer to a group of chiropractors e-mailed on that date. Would make sense since that’s the day I discovered it in the bulk mail box.

Who will be next to spam unsuspecting chiropractors? I’m sure there will be a follow-up post to come.