Report Newsle spam abuse to Amazon AWS (or whoever they are using for email now)
December 12, 2012
Newslie illegally spammed me and I assume is illegally spamming many others.
I received an email properly addressed to me as “To: Firstname Lastname <firstname.lastname@example.org>” and clearly shown as “Newsle <email@example.com>” with a subject line: “Subject: Firstname – See news about Person 1, Person 2, Person 3, Person 4” where each person is the Facebook account name of someone that is a friend of mine.
Evidently Newslie has my name and email address, which they have successfully associated with my Facebook account, and they have obtained at least part of my list of friends in Facebook.
This is worrying:
- I never had any relationship with Newslie. This was the first I had heard of them. So I did not give them my email or permission to send me email. Hence the message was illegal spam.
- I never authorized Facebook to allow access to my account information in Facebook to Newslie or a 3rd part app that has any relationship with Newslie that I know of. And I have extremely restrictive privacy settings in Facebook.
Amazon SES is Newslie’s email service provider so the first thing I did was send an email:
Subject: Illegal spam from Amazon SES user
Message: The attached email was sent to an address owned by myself. I have no relationship with the sender (From: Newsle ) and I never gave this sender permission to send me email on this or any other address. The address must have been scraped off the web, or another online service or have been bought from a spam email list vendor. This behavior is illegal.
(With my .sig contact info.)
Next I wrote this blog.
Now I will have to find some other way to draw attention to Newslie’s unscrupulous and illegal activities.