New Email Study Reveals Nonprofit Spam Rates Soared in 2016

EveryAction

Today, EveryAction releases the highly-anticipated 2017 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study , an exploration into how much spam is impacting online fundraising programs. Spam is still a massive problem for fundraisers.

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The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Is Going into Full Effect – Are You Ready?

Connection Cafe

The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect July 1, 2014 and is applicable to anyone who sends commercial electronic messages. Nonprofit Marketing Canada CASL CASL Compliance email deliverability email performance nonprofit email best practices The Canadian Anti-Spam LegislationThis means that if you have an email address in your email house file belonging to a Canadian, even if your nonprofit is based in the U.

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2016 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study: Spam Still Costing Nonprofits Thousands

EveryAction

Today, EveryAction released the 2016 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study , an exploration into just how much spam is negatively impacting nonprofit online fundraising.

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Lame spam of the day: spam mashup

Robert Weiner

This plain-text spam has no sender, subject, formatting, or graphics. After that comes what looks like an email header, then some spam text, then a bunch of blank lines, and finally, to cap the effort, random text from travel guides. Another newbie spammer playing with a toy? Nothing unusual there. The bonus is that it mashes up a variety of spammer techniques, starting with a list of 3-letter words running from "act" to "dry".

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Facebook fake status spam alert

Judi Sohn

So even though tons are folks are getting hit by Facebook and Twitter viruses and spam and information for combatting them is widely out there (I hope), I thought I'd share this as a public service.

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Next phase of anti-spam law targets software - National | Globalnews.ca

AFP Blog

Next phase of anti-spam law targets software - National | Globalnews.ca : ''via Blog this

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Missing the Mark: Why Legitimate Emails Head Right for the Spam Folder

Byte Technology

Upon further examination the recipient discovers it got automatically dropped into their spam folder. Another type of automatic email sifting is called Bayesian Filtering, which utilizes statistical analysis to “learn” what spam looks like.

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You Kids Stay Outta The Spam Folder

NetWits

Stay out of the spam folder by employing these techniques. Email Marketing

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Lame spam of the day: self-identified spam

Robert Weiner

This message didn't come from my anti-spam software and my ISP says it didn't come from theirs. Subject: **SPAM ** Re: µ¹.§A¤£°µ§@ª½±µ-»ù¨C¤ù¥u­n26¤¸. Text: Spam detection software, running on the system "nas", has. identified this incoming email as possible spam. has been attached to this so you can view it (if it isn't spam) or label. open with some email clients; in particular, it may contain a virus, or confirm that your address can receive spam.

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Lame spam of the day: do you get a lot of spam?

Robert Weiner

I had to smile at a spammer complaining about spam. one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses? This came as a comment on my blog. It included a link to a page that seems to be selling dental implants, but I didn''t explore it. Author: Reno Nevada. Comment: Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar. If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it''s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

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Lame spam of the day: Amazon cancelation

Robert Weiner

Previous incarnations of this spam have led to a Canadian online pharmacy, and the hyperlinks in this one lead to a site in Canada. Here's what it looks like: SpamLame lame lame. This doesn't look remotely like an email from Amazon. And of course it's not for a product I ordered.

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What Does Spam Do to your Email Fundraising? [INFOGRAPHIC]

EveryAction

If you’re sending fundraising emails, then you’re losing money to spam. The question then, is how much + why? email fundraising deliverability infographic

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Lame Spam of the Day: Please stop sending spam messages onto our email

Robert Weiner

Subject: Please stop sending spam messages onto our email. Your email is sending spam messages! If you don't stop sending spam, we will be impelled to sue you! Please carefully read through the document and stop sending spam messages. Phishing Scam Spam scamThe text of this message made me smile, but the RAR attachment turned my smile upside down (no, I didn't click and don't you click, either). Here's info on rar attachments: [link].

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Lame spam of the day: Intuit GoPayment

Robert Weiner

These spams aren't 100% lame -- at least they included a logo and some design elements. Here's a screenshot: Malware SpamHey, spammers: how about deduping your mailing lists? I got 22 of these on Monday. This article says they're malware delivery devices.

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Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

Robert Weiner

Some newbie spammer posted a message on my site that shows the contents of their spam merge database. I recognize so many snippets that have appeared in my spam folder over the years. { {I have|I’ve} been {surfing|browsing} online more than {three|3|2|4} hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. {It’s|It It goes on and on, but you''ll get the idea pretty quickly. I found it fascinating.

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Maximize ROI by Minimizing Spam Rates

NonProfit Hub

A large number of these emails are lost to spam. EveryAction conducted a study with 55 established nonprofits that have over 100,000 people in their email lists and found that by minimizing your messages sent to spam, you could raise your revenue by almost $15,000 each year.

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Lame spams of the day: FedEx invoices

Robert Weiner

Here's a screenshot: SpamI got a dozen of these yesterday. Most of them showed the sender as "Milton Ballard" so hopefully they won't fool anyone. But the last one came from BillingOnline@fedex.com so it was slightly more convincing.

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Update to Algorithm: Reducing Spam | EdgeRank Checker

AFP Blog

Update to Algorithm: Reducing Spam | EdgeRank Checker : This sounds a lot like a strong call-to-action, doesn’t it? Over the past year or so, we’ve been suggesting that brands develop more intelligent call-to-actions. Meaning: stop asking directly for Likes, Comments, Shares. The key here is to get a conversation going, without begging for it

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Lame spam of the day: Prize Winning.

Robert Weiner

Is someone testing their new spam toy? This one should win a prize for lameness. No graphics, no links, no attachment, no signature, nothing. Sender: WorldWide Lottery (bevile@bevilehotel.com.br). Subject: Prize Winning. Text: Did you receive our email ??

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Lame spam of the day: IRS notices

Robert Weiner

I got two spams this week claiming to come from the IRS. Here's what it looked like: Scam SpamThey look like different schemes -- one is trying to get me to call a 900 number at $4.79/minute, the other includes a link. But they look similar so I'm posting them together.

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Lame spam of the day: HELLO

Robert Weiner

So much lame spam, so little time to blog about it. Here's today's example. No graphics, all caps, the From address doesn't match the "write me at" address. Does it get any lamer? Sender: Tesfaye, Fanuel (f.tesfaye@unesco.org). Subject: HELLO. Text: BUSINESS FOR YOU, CONTACT ME THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL: sydneywalter58@yahoo.com.

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Lame spams of the day: ADP Notifications

Robert Weiner

Since I don't use ADP it's obvious that they're spam, but others may fall for them. Here's what this one looked like: Spam UncategorizedI've been seeing a variety of these recently. The first one below had no logo or other graphics, and used only plain, unformatted text.

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Lame spam as blog comments

Robert Weiner

I wrote recently about spam in the form of blog comments. Fortunately, my anti-spam filters (Akismet and Bad Behavior) caught them. This last one is for Ugg boots -- up there with "performance aids" as a source of spam. There's been a deluge recently, and I want to call out some that look like they could be legit. I assume that most of these are planted for search engine optimization rather than to get people to click a link.

Lame spam of the day: America Airlines ticket order

Robert Weiner

Scam Spam scamThis one caught my eye for a second. I thought, "I don't remember booking anything with American lately." The lazy spammer didn't even bother to include any graphics to make it look official. Sender: American Airlines (information-no77537@aa.com). Subject: Your Order##91991988. Text: Dear Customer, FLIGHT NUMBER 984. ELECTRONIC 746879098. DATE & TIME / NOVEMBER 17, 2011, 11:53 PM. ARRIVING / NEW YORK JFK. TOTAL PRICE / 321.56 Please find your ticket attached.

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Lame spam of the day: disappointed spammer

Robert Weiner

Most of the spam that reaches me comes as emails, but my blog also attracts a fair share of spammy comments. Some are particularly lame (and some are pretty amusing). Here''s one of the former, from a spammer I presume is trying to increase the search engine ranking for a site selling shoes. I searched for the first sentence and found over 2 million examples, so it may be working. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this 1.

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Lame spam of the day: Digg + Facebook

Robert Weiner

I've seen two versions of this spam claiming to be verification of Facebook social sharing on Digg. One said it's a Facebook verification, the other a Digg verification. Version 1: Sender: Facebook Verification (registration@datonet.at). Subject: Thank you for registering. Text: Thank you for registering with us at Facebook Social. We look forward to seeing you around the site.

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Lame spam of the day: Google Doc

Robert Weiner

Please tell me no one would ever click on something like this (I only wish it were true). Plain text, bad English, the document isn''t actually attached, and the CLICK HERE link doesn''t point to google.com. Sender: Laila Brenner [brenner.laila@gmail.com]. Subject: Fwd: Attached Document. Text: I have an important document that i would like to share with you i uploaded it with Google document, CLICK HERE. for immediate access, please sign on with your email Respectfully. Laila Brenner.

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Lame spams of the day: fortunemart

Robert Weiner

I've been getting hit with lots of spam from fortunemart@yahoo.com. Each spam has been one line of gibberish, plain text, no graphics, no formatting. These guys aren't even trying. I can't find any analysis of what happens if you click the links, and I'm not going to experiment. The subjects have included: new site. your friends. Re: Longer. plus several without subjects. The text follows. Each message was one line. I've deleted the links.). link] Hi Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:41:46.

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Lame spam of the day: Fake eFaxes

Robert Weiner

This one's scary since I'm an eFax user. But I was suspicious that it was asking me to click on a link (pointing to a server in Germany) rather than open an attachment. There were lots of warnings in 2010 about fake eFax messages delivering malware. I don't know what this one does and don't intend to find out. Here's what they look like. Sender: eFax (message@inbound.efax.com). Subject: Corporate eFax message - 4 pages. Text: Fax Message [Caller-ID: 369-716-1218].

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Lame spam of the day: Smoking device

Robert Weiner

This is as lame as it gets. Plain text, no graphics, the sender name looks suspicious, the recipient name isn't me, there's no subject, and the text is lame. I ran the link in the "click here" line through some online virus scanners and it seems clean, so maybe they're just trying to sell something. In any case, I hope no one would click on something like this. Sender: lost.gender@yahoo.com. To: jsales@fulbright.com. Subject: Re: Text: Smoking device thats clean. Click here to see.

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Do Nonprofits Spam?

Idealware

NPTech maven Deborah Elizabeth Finn started a blog last week called " No Nonprofit Spam ". Nobody likes spam. Even if nonprofits are guilty of the spamming crime, should they be subject to the same punishments? Spam, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Lame spam of the day: You pig!

Robert Weiner

Malware Spam MalwI got a kick out of this one. It's short and sweet -- and, I hope, ineffective. Sophos says it's a malware delivery device. Sender: LAU18eRogelio@aol.com. Subject: You pig! Text: You should be stoping ignoring me or i will send this photos to your spouse!!! Attachment: DCIM.zip.

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You Kids Stay Outta The Spam Folder

Connection Cafe

But as users of any email marketing tool can tell, sometimes constituents will mark your messages as spam anyway. You may have heard the expression "Spam is in the eye of the beholder." What are some other ideas you've tried for reducing spam complaints Author: Sally Heaven.

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Facebook fake status spam alert

Judi Sohn

So even though tons of folks are getting hit by Facebook and Twitter viruses and spam and information for combatting them is widely out there (I hope), I thought I'd share this as a public service.

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Lame spams of the day: so many ebills

Robert Weiner

Here's a sample: Malware SpamI got two dozen of these this morning, which may be some kind of record. This site says they're malware delivery devices, so do not click on them! A few of the senders: alets-no-reply@customercenter.citibank.com. alets-no-reply@serviceemail6.citibank.com.

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Lame spams of the day: Proposal Attached

Robert Weiner

A bunch of these have accumulated in my spam folder. No logo, no formatting, no attempt to look like they come from a business I'd be familiar with. They look like they actually came from gmx.com so maybe they're merely annoying rather than malicious. Senders: Thomas Mainer (Noreply.TM2012@gmx.com). Steve Gainer (Noreply.SG2012@g2gm.com). Janet Battaglia (Noreply.JB@g2gm.com). Betsy Albright (noreply2012@gmx.com). Larry Stevensons (noreply2012@gmx.com). Subject: Proposal Attached.

Lame spam of the day: Good Options

Robert Weiner

I couldn't find any info about this spam, so I don't know (and don't plan to test) what the link leads to. This spammer's keyboard is missing the space bar. And is it too much trouble for spammers to make the sender's name match the signer's name? Sender: Christene Higgins (christenehiggins230@hotmail.com). Subject: Good options. Text: Hellothere, "Congrats!". Here'samagnificentVideorecordingtosuityourneedsthatshows$2558simplybeinggenerated*LIVE*withReal-timePackage.

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Lame spam of the day: Money

Robert Weiner

This is about as lame as it gets. I hope no one would click on a message like this. Even Outlook recognizes it as phishing. Sender: yomrgoo@yahoo.com (no attempt to make it look real). To: robert@rlplumbingcompany.com (not me). Subject: FW: Money. Text: Click Here Shared Online News Article. That's the entire text. The link leads to [link].

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Lame spams of the day: Amazon HDTV shipments

Robert Weiner

Here's a screenshot: SpamI got 3 versions of this today. The most amusing part is that the shipping address is a mail merge field with my email address inserted. I'm sure that will produce some funny results for people with more creative email addresses.

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Lame spams of the day: Your score apparently changed!

Robert Weiner

They included a variety of graphics that look like typical credit score spam, but the sender addresses are obviously faked and the links look like they point to hacked WordPress sites like nbouhout.astblogs.org//wp-content/themes/trulyminimal/includes/framework/plugins/score_for_free.html.

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