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SPAM: skytech-computers.com

The following spam advertising "syktech-computers.com" was caught by our filter on 2005-01-21. Several things look suspicious, see comments below. The following day we received a very similar spam advertising "skytech-inc.com". These spams may originate from the same people who set up "arkolaptops.com" two months earlier. There are many similarites. We seriously doubt whether this is a genuine business.

The spam evidence:

From: "Luke Delgado" <edouard@absolutemotion.com>
To: <emailaddress>
Sent: Thursday, 20 January, 2005 23:40
Subject: Looking for cheap high-quality notebook?__1007


Hi Gladys :)
http://www.skytech-computers.com/index.htm
reqards,
Annalise Vega

Here are the mail headers:
Received: from dyn-83-157-176-192.ppp.tiscali.fr
 (dyn-83-157-176-192.ppp.tiscali.fr [83.157.176.192])
	by lime.pobox.com (Postfix) with SMTP id 5F5C4108E7A
	for <emailaddress>; Thu, 20 Jan 2005 13:17:00 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <651c01c4fefd$10580bae$d16ff744@absolutemotion.com>
From: Luke Delgado 
To: emailaddress
Subject:
 =?iso-8859-1?B?TG9va2luZyBmb3IgY2hlYXAgaGlnaC1xdWFsaXR5IG5vdGVib29rP19fMTAwNw==?=
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 14:40:21 +0000
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/related;
    type="multipart/alternative";
    boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0000_87392201.632D8701"
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2600.0000
X-SpamScore: 1.438
	tests= DATE_IN_PAST_03_06 EXTRA_MPART_TYPE

What's wrong with this picture?

  • The business advertised via spam, a red flag as far as ethics are concerned. It was sent from a DSL account in France.
  • The head office is supposed to be in Latvia (an EU member). However, the only phone or fax numbers listed on their website (http://www.skytech-computers.com/contacts.htm) are supposed to be for the Moscow office.
  • The domain is registered to a bogus streed address in Germany
  • Even though their website claims that Skytech Computers is a 10 year old company, the domain skytech-computers.com was only registered on 2005-01-13, just one week before the spam was sent.
  • The company offers free shipping worldwide. This is not economically viable, if they actually ship anything and the goods are not stolen merchandise.
  • The company offers a worldwide warranty with with onsite support. Excuse me? Are they going to send support engineers to Falluja? Sounds too good to be true.


Domain Name : skytech-computers.com

::Registrant::
	Name      : Skytech Computers
	Email     : reg@skytech-computers.com
	Address   : Wandersmann str., A66
	Zipcode   : 65205
	Nation    : DE
	Tel       : +0611-718300
	Fax       : +0611-718300

::Administrative Contact::
	Name      : Skytech Computers
	Email     : adm@skytech-computers.com
	Address   : Wandersmann str., A66
	Zipcode   : 65205
	Nation    : DE
	Tel       : +0611-718300
	Fax       : +0611-718300

::Technical Contact::
	Name      : Skytech Computers
	Email     : tech@skytech-computers.com
	Address   : Wandersmann str., A66
	Zipcode   : 65205
	Nation    : DE
	Tel       : +0611-718300
	Fax       : +0611-718300

::Name Servers::
	dns1.skytech-computers.com
	dns2.skytech-computers.com

::Dates & Status::
	Created Date   2005-01-13 06:52:09 EST
	Updated Date   2005-01-13 06:52:09 EST
	Valid Date     2006-01-13 06:52:09 EST
	Status         ACTIVE
Domain Name : skytech-inc.com

::Registrant::
	Name      : Skytech Inc.
	Email     : reg@bp-dns.com
	Address   : Wandersmann str., A66
	Zipcode   : 65205
	Nation    : DE
	Tel       : +0611-718300
	Fax       : +0611-718300

::Administrative Contact::
	Name      : Skytech Inc.
	Email     : adm@bp-dns.com
	Address   : Wandersmann str., A66
	Zipcode   : 65205
	Nation    : DE
	Tel       : +0611-718300
	Fax       : +0611-718300

::Technical Contact::
	Name      : Skytech Inc.
	Email     : tech@bp-dns.com
	Address   : Wandersmann str., A66
	Zipcode   : 65205
	Nation    : DE
	Tel       : +0611-718300
	Fax       : +0611-718300

::Name Servers::
	dns1.skytech-inc.com
	dns2.skytech-inc.com

::Dates & Status::
	Created Date   2005-01-21 11:14:18 EST
	Updated Date   2005-01-21 11:14:18 EST
	Valid Date     2006-01-21 11:14:18 EST
	Status         ACTIVE


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