PureComponents sends me spam?

I get lots of spam all the time. Most of it tries to sell me medication for issues I don't have. But today, I got a message I didn't even realize to be spam at first. It looked just like another product announcement – .NET components this time – coming from PureComponents. However, the alarming thing is this: I never ever register anywhere with the address the mail was sent to (it's only used in newsgroups). Neither have I ever even heard of PureComponents before. True enough, the message doesn't say "You're getting this because you have subscribed…" blahblah, the usual stuff with legit subscribed product offerings. It simply offers an unsubscription link.
I'm not even going to bother using it. I'll just delete the mail outright. Any company sending mail to addresses collected from newsgroups will not have my (or my employer's or any client's as far as I am concerned) money totally regardless of the quality of their products.
So why is this incident worth a post? It was one of the first spam messages related to programming; one of the first ones that actually could have made me buy something. I hope it won't get more common. It shouldn't; software developers are a critical bunch of nerds. Sending unsolicited mail to them is… well, short-sighted. At best.

June 18, 2005 В· Jouni Heikniemi В· 2 Comments
Posted in: .NET

2 Responses

  1. Andrew Rump - February 17, 2007

    Exactly the same happened to me. First I thought I had trown away my registration information, but when I realized it was sent to the email address I use in newsgroups I reported and have been keeping on reporting it (using SpamCop) for spamming!

  2. tim mackey - March 29, 2007

    hi jouni
    the exact same thing happened me today. i got an email from them to a gmail account i only use to post messages to .net newsgroups. such scullduggery! i'm going to try and complain to them, for all the good it will do.