Spook spam in your inbox, claim BangCD.com

23 March 2011

Bitterwallet - bangcdYet another story about a security breach with regards to your email. Or is it? We can't tell - it's certainly one of the more colourful stories we've covered on Bitterwallet.

Avid reader Jason has been in touch with a curious tale about online retailer BangCD.com:

"Over the past few weeks, I've been getting emails from Bang CD regarding upcoming deals. These always appear in my spam folder at the rate of 3 to 4 per week. Getting a bit sick of them, I clicked the 'unsubscribe' link and, within an hour of sending the unsubscribe email, I received an email from BangCD."

This is where it gets weird. Here's the email Jason received from BangCD:

Dear Sir

We have become a victim of Industrial Sabotage using Spam email.

Bang CD did not send, or authorise the sending of, this email. This mail was sent as a malicious attempt to have Bang CD de-listed due spamming. We have taken legal advice and are currently issuing proceeding to prevent this happening again.

Sincere apologies you have been inconvenienced.

Your faithfully

Bang CD

So a third party has somehow acquired a mailing list from BangCD and is sending several emails a week in the hope of having the company blacklisted, while simultaneously drumming up business for them? That's a rubbish attempt at sabotage.

A search of the intermaweb reveals BangCD has been around for several years and plenty of complaints about them in in that time. The company apparently changed hands in May last year and is now operated by Apex Champ Limited, a company (presumably) registered in Asia.

We contacted BangCD early this morning to ask what was going on, but we're yet to receive a response. The Contact page of their 'temporary' website only provides a single email address, while the rest of the information points to operations based in both Hong Kong and Singapore. If we hear anymore about this tale of spooks and spam, we'll let you know.

TOPICS:   Advertising   Scams


  • Mark H.
    I've had the same problem and on contacting them got the same response. Very odd.
  • Another A.
    These clowns have spammed me for years. I think they bought the list from cd wow's first iteration or something like that.
  • Slacker
    These wankers have been spamming me for ages. When I tried to unsubscribe they simply ignored my request. They illegally sell Far Eastern pressings, certainly the only two discs I ordered from them were anyway.
  • Whoosh
    I can make a unique email to use to register with each T'InterWeb supplier/forum/registration Years ago myself and my family registered with 4 unique emails with CDWOW Recently each one of those emails was getting at least one email spam a day from BangCD When I pointed this out to CDWOW they claimed it was nothing to do with them... A couple of weeks later they all stopped at the same time! This is not the only supplier/forum/website that this has happened with either - I suggest there is more selling/stealing of email lists than we are are being told about
  • tin
    Anyone checked the headers of their spam email and the apology to see if there's a match. No match is inconclusive but a match would be quite interesting....
  • maxtweenie
    ...and the latest to have their email database stolen is Trip Advisor. Just received this from them. http://www.tripadvisor.com/vpages/more_information.html
  • whoosh
    From Tripadvisor To our travel community: This past weekend we discovered that an unauthorised third party had stolen part of TripAdvisor's member email list. We've confirmed the source of the vulnerability and shut it down. We're taking this incident very seriously and are actively pursuing the matter with law enforcement. How will this affect you? In many cases, it won't. Only a portion of all member email addresses were taken, and all member passwords remain secure. You may receive some unsolicited emails (spam) as a result of this incident. The reason we are going directly to you with this news is that we think it's the right thing to do. As a TripAdvisor member, I would want to know. Unfortunately, this sort of data theft is becoming more common across many industries, and we take it extremely seriously. I'd also like to reassure you that TripAdvisor does not collect members' credit card or financial information, and we never sell or rent our member list. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to keep your personal information secure at TripAdvisor. I sincerely apologise for this incident and appreciate your membership in our travel community. Steve Kaufer Co-founder and CEO

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