Friday, August 5, 2016

Heritage Foundation Officially Becomes Spam

This organization used to have a good reputation...but they just don't get it. Here's the fourth e-mail that purports to be an invitation, but is actually a demand for a phone number.

Clue for the clueless: You are not allowed to talk to me on the phone. Not. Ever. There's a variety of reasons for that, the most excruciatingly obvious being that phone time costs money, but for those as stupid as the e-mailer claiming to be "Jessica Anderson," the answer to all your questions is that "Priscilla King" is a registered brand name, and brands don't have voices. Brands don't have faces, either. Brands don't have genders, they don't have dates of birth, they don't have residence addresses, and if they did connect with your underpaid Asian sales pests, they'd send them painful-sounding fax noises.

Here's what all readers are hereby encouraged to report as spam:

[Anything from] @heritageaction.com . The sender may show up in your e-mail box as a name that sounds like an American woman's name.

"Full Headers" information:

"

X-YahooFilteredBulk:
199.15.213.227
Received-SPF:
pass (domain of potomac1050.mktomail.com designates 199.15.213.227 as permitted sender)
...
X-Originating-IP:
[199.15.213.227]
Authentication-Results:
mta1043.mail.bf1.yahoo.com from=heritageaction.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig); from=heritageaction.com; dkim=pass (ok)
Received:
from 127.0.0.1 (EHLO greenbean.mktdns.com) (199.15.213.227) by mta1043.mail.bf1.yahoo.com with SMTPS; Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:05:24 +0000
Return-Path:
X-MSFBL:
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...
DKIM-Signature:
v=1; a=rsa-sha256; q=dns/txt; c=relaxed/relaxed; t=1470405753; s=m1; d=heritageaction.com; i=@heritageaction.com; h=Date:From:To:Subject:MIME-Version:Content-Type; bh=e6DV+GbCo8BPflNn3IvCoBDIrUoZoRav9N0YNYpywrE=; b=aau+dUz0WZluUVFr5PvnJT3hC1rR6XJOsjVC8ejNv6HFUKfS45sfZ1mDTe02wezQ N4yv1W6L4FkSt4yv38IS0TKef4g3cRmc6JZgBbNKg7PAIGAAlB57rTfnQHZLx+68Ho3 K62tfsQJBX/xlFNbLi5SQMeGwds1JLSc/jV8LhCA=
Date:
Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:02:33 -0500 (CDT)
...
Message-ID:
<1790488835 .678300997.1470405753745.javamail.root="" abmas02.marketo.org="">
"

What shows up as the e-mail content:

"
My favorite part of the Sentinel Program . . . . is the Sentinel Summit.
Once a year, hundreds of activists from across the country come together to discuss how best to fight for conservative principles, to be reenergized that we are a movement of patriots (you aren’t alone!) and discover exactly how to be even more effective activists.
Heritage Action just announced the 2016 Sentinel Summit and you have a chance to be a part of it.
Check out this video of Sentinel Summit last year:
[video, which my spyware filter blocks from even showing]
However this event is only for current Sentinels who have filled out an influence profile, been accepted into the program and started to take steps to influence Congress.
Take the first step by filling out an Influence Profile and then setting up a call with someone from the Heritage Action team.
I look forward to welcoming you into Sentinel Nation and hopefully meeting you at the Sentinel Summit!
Jessica Anderson
Grassroots Director
Heritage Action

Heritage Action for America | 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Suite 400 | Washington, DC 20002  
"

The lines that show in bold type appear in the e-mail box as links to a page that asks for information about the respondent and what s/he/they do, then demands a phone number.

What makes this spam rather than just a misguided campaign is the fact that I've already sent Jessica Anderson messages to the effect that there is no phone number--that she can either communicate with me by e-mail, or stop trying to communicate with me altogether--and she, or whoever's stolen her name, persists in sending me these junk e-mails. This is spam; if I were as panicky as the crybullies on the left wing, I'd call it harassment.

Do not send me any requests for phone numbers. Or live contact information. Or money. Ever.