This just arrived and appears genuine. Carphone Warehouse are (a) sending spam (b) to request blog spam. They also have past form of spamming. I suggest not dealing with them, cancelling existing contracts with them, and telling them why.
Delivered-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Received: by 10.102.215.10 with SMTP id n10cs431768mug; Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:41:07 -0700 (PDT) Received: by 10.211.195.3 with SMTP id x3mr5020984ebp.28.1247488867684; Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:41:07 -0700 (PDT) Return-Path: <email@example.com> Received: from mobiles.co.uk (mail.mobiles.co.uk [18.104.22.168]) by mx.google.com with ESMTP id 5si330642eyh.50.2009.07.13.05.41.07; Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:41:07 -0700 (PDT) Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of firstname.lastname@example.org designates 22.214.171.124 as permitted sender) client-ip=126.96.36.199; Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=pass (google.com: domain of email@example.com designates 188.8.131.52 as permitted sender) firstname.lastname@example.org Received: from [184.108.40.206] (HELO ds4) by mobiles.co.uk (CommuniGate Pro SMTP 5.2.14) with ESMTP id 22484445 for email@example.com; Mon, 13 Jul 2009 13:41:07 +0100 Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?davidgerard=2Eco=2Euk?= Sender: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?webpartners@mobiles=2Eco=2Euk?=" <firstname.lastname@example.org> From: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?webpartners@mobiles=2Eco=2Euk?=" <email@example.com> Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 13:41:05 +0100 To: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?dgerard@gmail=2Ecom?=" <firstname.lastname@example.org> X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal Content-Transfer-Encoding: Quoted-Printable MIME-Version: 1.0 X-USER_IP: 220.127.116.11 X-Mailer: JMail 4.3.0 by Dimac Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" Message-ID: <email@example.com>
Hello. I`m Chris Conwell, Director at mobiles.co.uk. A wholly owned subsidiary of the Carphone Warehouse Group, we were the UK`s first retail mobile phone website (launched in 1995) and are now the largest web-only mobile phone store in the UK.
I was searching the web for decent potential partners and came across davidgerard.co.uk. I have an idea which I hope you will find useful:-
We would like to have our editorial team research and hand write some content for you to add to a page on davidgerard.co.uk. We will agree a subject with you that is relevant to both of our sites (it won`t be a sales pitch for us!) and will include a single simple text link back to a relevant content page on our site. The content will be uniquely written for you and will not be re-used elsewhere. It should be helpful to your visitors and of course the search engines, as will the presence of a relevant link back to us. Hopefully we will also benefit from the link in the longer term. We are not currently in the position of being able to exchange or return links so we thought this could be a good alternative.
Naturally there are no costs whatsoever for you.
If this isn`t appropriate for you, please accept my sincere apologies for having troubled you.
GETTING A QUICK RESPONSE
I realise you may prefer to simply reply to this email which is no problem and I`ll respond as quickly as I can. However, I have found that email isn`t always as reliable as everyone thinks plus I`m out and about a lot of the time. We have therefore created a simple and quick-to-use response page that provides detailed information and answers to questions on the various options and allows you to send messages to our team . . and lots more.
The page is at http://www.mobiles.co.uk/partner-response.html and we have created an access code for davidgerard.co.uk which is 20090711150119IEQFU.
If you feel I should not have sent you this email, I`m really sorry – please just reply with REMOVE in the subject.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Kind Regards – Chris Conwell
Mobiles.co.uk Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Carphone Warehouse Group PLC
Registered in England no. 3253714 at 1, Portal Way, London W3 6RS