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Spammer Alert: x-celerated.com

March 20, 2013

UPDATE 4:
This spammer also related to wreese2013@hotmail.com.
The first spam reported to us is coming from ldirect.us domain
Definitely related to thegrapekiwi@gmail.com.
The phone number given as administrative contact 1.5037469135 seems to be used a lot for spam domain names.

UPDATE 3:
This spammer is also related to thegrapekiwi@gmail.com which is in the Register of Known Spam Operation (ROKSO).
Source: The Spamhaus Project

UPDATE 2:
Also related with Xcelerate

cherwo.co.uk (Registered on: 21-Mar-2013)

Domain name:
cherwo.co.uk

Registrant:
EvoMedia

Registrant type:
Non-UK Corporation

Registrant’s address:
PO Box 025250 #52990
Miami
FL
33102
United States

Registrar:
eNom, Inc. [Tag = ENOM]
URL: http://www.enom.com

UPDATE:
Based on recent findings, tslater@x-celerated.com spammer is related to admin@sevenquest.com spammer.

We’ve been getting requests to investigate a particular round of spam emails a few weeks ago. The spam seems to be using domain names with the same registration information.

Administrative Contact:
Xcelerate
Tom Slater (tslater@x-celerated.com)
+1.7733288013
Fax: +1.5555555555
1608 S. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
US

Partial list of domains registered with email tslater@x-celerated.com through enom.com / namecheap.com:

  • abovearrange.co.uk (Registered on: 27-Dec-2012)
  • acceptgrand.com (creation date: 06-mar-2013)
  • acceptjust.com (creation date: 14-mar-2013)
  • acceptmatter.com (creation date: 14-mar-2013)
  • alongsidethrough.co.uk (registered on: 18-Mar-2013)
  • appledefine.co.uk (Registered on: 27-Dec-2012)
  • behindbelow.co.uk (registered on 18-Mar-2013)
  • buyseem.com (creation date: 21-feb-2013)
  • consideringplus.co.uk (registered on: 18-Mar-2013)
  • dowould.com (creation date: 15-mar-2013)
  • fixuntil.com (creation date: 14-mar-2013)
  • drawnegotiate.co.uk (Registered on: 27-Dec-2012)
  • eitherthose.co.uk (Registered on: 07-Mar-2013)
  • excludingdown.co.uk (registered on 18-Mar-2013)
  • explainlist.com (creation date: 18-mar-2013)
  • findgive.com (creation date: 14-mar-2013) *BLOCKED DUE TO SPAM*
  • fixuntil.com (creation date: 14-mar-2013)
  • insuredegree.net (creation date: 11-mar-2013)
  • measureease.co.uk (registered on: 16-mar-2013)
  • mindget.net (creation date: 11-dec-2012)
  • needwith.com (creation date: 13-mar-2013)
  • organiseevent.us (Domain Registration Date: Oct-10-2012)
  • readeach.com (creation date: 15-mar-2013)
  • sandez.co.uk (registered on: 21-mar-2013)
  • sellstill.com (creation date: 13-mar-2013) *BLOCKED DUE TO SPAM*
  • startenough.co.uk ( Registered on: 09-Mar-2013)
  • studybehind.co.uk (Registered on: 30-Dec-2012)
  • succeedthe.co.uk (Registered on: 03-Mar-2013)
  • talkterm.com (creation date: 15-mar-2013)
  • teachthree.com (creation date: 13-mar-2013)
  • telloffice.com (creation date: 06-mar-2013)
  • usealways.co.uk  (Registered on: 03-Mar-2013)
  • userepeat.co.uk (Registered on: 30-Dec-2012)
  • yourher.co.uk (Registered on: 07-Mar-2013)
  • returning-home.info (expired)
  • iseaadapt.com (expired)
  • actrevise.com (expired)
  • adaptpoint.com (expired)

The domain x-celerated.com was registered through DreamHost:

Registrant Contact:
x-celerated.com Private Registrant x-celerated.com@proxy.dreamhost.com
A Happy DreamHost Customer
417 Associated Rd #324
Brea, CA 92821
US
+1.7147064182

x-celerated

We informed DreamHost of our findings on x-celerated.com, and we received a reply:

Unfortunately, we provide neither hosting services, nor email services, for any of these domains. The same is true for x-celerated.com, for which we are only the
registrar.

We looked into the address of Xcelerate’s Tom Slater. It is a mailbox service by Earth Class Mail in Chicago.

A Virtual Presence In Chicago
Street and PO Box addresses available:

Street Address
1608 S Ashland Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60608-2013
Just $14.95 per month in addition to Monthly subscription fees
Will-call pickup not available

PO Box
PO Box 803338
Chicago, IL 60680-3338
Included in your monthly subscription fee

We cross referenced the phone number 773-328-8013 and the addresses from Earth Class Mail. We found a domain using Earth Class Mail service and the phone number 773-328-8013.

Administrative Contact:
TruTech
Mike Young (admin@techtru.com)
+1.7733288013
Fax: +1.7733288013
PO Box 803338
Chicago, IL 60680
US

The domain techtru.com was registered through enom.com / namecheap.com on August 27, 2012.

We called the number 773-328-8013 and we got the automated voicemail:

You’ve been forwarded to the voicemail for *text to speech voice* “xcelerate”.

It seems that Xcelerate is a shell company for the spammer to hide behind.

Spoofing the sender’s email address can be done. In this case Xcelerate / x-celerated.com is highly likely to be involved. Consider the following patterns:

  • The Domain Names are registered through enom.com / namecheap.com
  • Each Domain Name is composed of two English dictionary words that seemed to be randomly chosen
  • Registration info of the Domain Names are the same
  • The Domain Names are recently registered / created
  • The voicemail for 773-328-8013 mentions “Xcelerate”

If you would like to fight these spammer, use services like SpamCop.net and report them. SpamCop.net provides free service; we encourage you to subscribe to their service for a nominal fee. After all, they are providing a great service.

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We use SpamCop.net service.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 8, 2013 3:10 am

    I’m getting stupid AIG direct insurance mail from this idiot. I can’t FILTER IT! I’m putting things into other mails that delete them when I hit ‘run now’. But this one just won’t go away. I tried AIG in the sender. nope. I tried “As Low As” in all cases. nope. Thunderbird’s filter won’t work on it. What special thing did they do to make their crap mail immune? I don’t know.

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