> On Mar 7, 2018, at 12:12 PM, Stefano Bagnara <mai...@bago.org> wrote:
> On 7 March 2018 at 20:25, David Carriger
> <david.carri...@infusionsoft.com> wrote:
>> In the worst examples I've seen, the domain went from a legitimate mail
>> server to a trap network in the same day, with no time for bounces in
>> between.
> Are you 100% sure? Which trap network? How did you find it was a trap?
> Can you share anything so that we can check for similar occourences
> and look for third party confirmations?

There are companies that have commercialized spamtraps and at least 2 of the 
delivery monitoring companies will tell you when you’ve hit a trap. In other 
cases, some compliance folks will data mine to find spamtrap domains when a 
blacklist is telling them that they are listed due to spamtrap hits. I’m pretty 
sure I’m not the only person who has identified various spamtrap accounts over 
the years. 

In one instance with a client, they were using one of the aforementioned 
delivery monitoring companies and saw a “pristine trap" hit. They were able to 
identify the specific address as the company provides the full text of the 
message. They had recent (within a few weeks) click data from that address and 
a purchase within a few months. 

Folks I trust have also shared similar stories with me. Addresses that are 
traps show click activity the week before. 

No, I don’t have permission to share examples. But this was discussed at M3AAWG 
earlier this month and multiple people confirmed they had evidence. 


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