ESCALATION LISTING: Benchmark Email and TargetMol

We’ve reported TargetMol to Benchmark Email several times on Twitter and in email ever since we first listed them two weeks ago. We haven’t received a response.

$ check A TXT "[TARGETMOL] Do you know TargetMol? -Yes, you are spammers, we know you now. [email protected] 20160420" is now listed. is listed again. We’re getting the impression that it may eventually turn out to be better to list all of the below.

$ host -t txt descriptive text "google-site-verification=Ld6i0nfqDHxrbqo0rEro7OzAueoFgUVJBDxaNFfWBPk" descriptive text "v=spf1 +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: ~all"
$ host -t txt descriptive text "v=spf1 +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: ~all"
$ host -t txt descriptive text "v=spf1 +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: +ip4: ~all"

9 thoughts on “ESCALATION LISTING: Benchmark Email and TargetMol

  1. David

    TargetMol is a global high-tech enterprise, specializing in chemical and biological research products and service to meet the research needs of global customers. We sent product introduction to our contacts who are our registered members,subscribers and attendees of trade shows. We did not send spam, and we clean our lists regularly. Please delist our domain,Thanks.

    1. RocketScientist Post author

      Our participating scientists, who are not your registered members, subscribers, or attendees of trade shows, respectfully disagree. You send unsolicited bulk/commercial email to scientists who did not ask for it and have no idea why they would be receiving anything from you, aside from the fact that they are authors whose publications are available on the Internet so you have been able to scrape email addresses off the PubMed, for example.

      We are not delisting your domain name at this point.

    2. MD

      Dear Mr. “David”,
      I like your effort at starting your “we’re not spammers” text by a convoluted propaganda sentence; I guess it’s force of a spammer’s habits.

      “We did not send spam” is an outright lie. I’ve left academia for a decade almost, my last publication came out in 2009, I’ve never used a chemical besides caffeine in my research (tools: pen+paper, chalk+board, computer), I’ve published in J.Theoretical Bio, J. Math Bio, Evolution — nothing more applied. I’ve gone to computational biology conferences, that’s the most applied I’ve done in my life as a theoretical biologist. I’ve certainly not gone to any “trade shows”. I’ve certainly not subscribed.

      Yet in May, I got a spam from Targetmol about 3x per week, all signed by “Emily Levy”. It was such a deluge that I started to look for a pattern… I must have a screenshot somewhere, where those made up about 50% of spam on my gmail account. Some were repeats of specific product spams, some were general “lab chemicals from Germany” spams — even if I were an interested “contact” initially, I’d mark it as spam because it was ridiculously frequent, not telling me things about new options that you hadn’t told me the day before.

      Basically, you’ve been spamming, you knew you were spamming, you were told repeatedly; then at least own up to it now instead of this silly “I was informing interested parties, honest” schtick.

      1. David

        Sorry for that. We have cleaned our lists including those who never subscribe us or those we lose contact for a long time. We will be more careful in the future before sending emails.Could you please suggest us how to do to remove our domain from blacklist?

        1. Biochemist

          No, you haven’t cleaned your lists. To this day, I still have no idea what your company does, yet I receive those emails from “Emily Levy”. Thankfully, my institution’s spam filter recognizes these – correctly – as spam now, and they get quarantined most of the time. You may or may not have a legitimate business, but your spamming has ensured that no scientist will take you seriously.

  2. Paul

    It’s 2017, and they’re still spamming me, so please don’t remove them from the blacklist. Never signed up or provided my email address. I’m not even an academic, just got a ‘@*.ac.*’ email address – presumably they just go through the University websites grabbing all of them.

    1. RocketScientist Post author

      No problem. Our listings stay indefinitely until removed.

      And your experience matches our own, too. Since your site is one of the lucky ones that haven’t outsourced to Office 365 or Google, perhaps you might mention our humble existence to your mail admins. 🙂


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