Kiwi spammers: Smartmailpro and Mercury Subs

, posted: 31-Aug-2006 11:37

Despite complaining about unsolicited email from Mercury Subs in April this year, I got another spam to my IDG address. Mercury Subs' dirty address list doesn't even have the right first names, as you can see:

Mercury Subs

Full message headers:
Envelope-to: xxxxx@xxxx.xxxx
Delivery-date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 10:19:02 +1200
Received: from ([])
(envelope-from ) id 1GIYOe-000HNW-HJ for xxxxx;
Thu, 31 Aug 2006 10:19:02 +1200
Received: from ([])
by (Lotus Domino Release 6.5.5)
with SMTP id 2006083110200343-4486 ;
Thu, 31 Aug 2006 10:20:03 +1200
Received-SPF: none (
Received: from ( [])
by (Death2Spam SMTP Sentinel Server 2.5.4 (31-Jul-06))
for ;
Thu, 31 Aug 2006 10:18:49 +1200
Received: from ([]) by with SMTP (Lyris MailEngine v2.2e);
Thu, 31 Aug 2006 09:47:57 +1200
X-BounceID: 3327128,95605
From: Mercury Subs
To: ""
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 09:48:03 +1200
MIME-Version: 1.0 Message-Id:
D2S-AV Samurai at; probability=0.2902 [11ms]
X-MIMETrack: Itemize by SMTP Server on Postal/NZWeb(Release 6.5.5|November 30, 2005)
at 31/08/2006 10:20:03,
Serialize by Router on Postal/NZWeb(Release 6.5.5|November 30, 2005) at 31/08/2006 10:20:08,
Serialize complete at 31/08/2006 10:20:08
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
Last time around, Mercury Subs was spamming for Mother's Day subscriptions gifts.

Out of curiosity, I had a look at "my account" over at Smartmailpro's website:


Fascinating. I have never set up an account with Smartmailpro. Wonder who "Ann-Marie Richardson" is?

Mercury Subscriptions somewhat broken website with spelling errors and pages without content says they're located at:

The PMP Office
Ground Floor
106 Customs Street West,
Viaduct Harbour
New Zealand

The whois data for says:

registrant_contact_name: Mercury Subs Ltd
registrant_contact_address1: P.O Box 91549
registrant_contact_address2: AMSC
registrant_contact_city: AUCKLAND
registrant_contact_province: Not Applicable
registrant_contact_country: NZ (NEW ZEALAND)
registrant_contact_phone: +64 9 9792562
registrant_contact_fax: +64 9 9792561

They appear to be hosted by Auckland ISP Maxnet, or one of their VISPs.

The people who spam for Mercury Subs, Smartmailpro, seem to be located in Ponsonby:

registrant_contact_name: Jericho Ltd
registrant_contact_address1: P.O.Box 47 125
registrant_contact_address2: Ponsonby
registrant_contact_city: Auckland
registrant_contact_country: NZ (NEW ZEALAND)
registrant_contact_phone: +64 9 3606463
registrant_contact_fax: +64 9 3601654

Smartmailpro's mail server seems to be hosted on iServe's network in Wellington.

Looking at their website, Smartmailpro/Jericho has these companies as customers:

Pink Batts
Cancer Society
The Warehouse

Very disappointing...

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