I am convinced somebody out there is putting themselves out there as a spammer-for-hire for a number of UK film distributors. It’s all exceptionally dodgy because the spammer is utilising a number of domains (far too many) and super cheap web hosting outside the UK where dedicated servers are super cheap – the bandwidth doubly so.
There appears to be absolutely no logic to the spammers mailing list of spamees – it feels completely random. You’d think they’d use a list of known investors with money to burn, but this feels like it’s targeting individuals, promising them many riches and rewards for investing in the UK film industry.
The latest spam originates from a Spanish server. The Spanish web host/ISP doesn’t offer an [email protected] email address (which they should under the relevant published RFCs), plus the unsubscription URL is invalid – it doesn’t resolve.
I’ve been in contact with the distribution company mentioned in the spam, asking them if they’re aware of the email (it could be they not, and the whole spam thing is a massive scam – in which case, the distribution company had better be informed so they can take action against the spammers themselves). I doubt I’ll hear back, but it’s better to let them know than not.
If you do want to invest in British film – ignore random spam. Look towards the BFI whom I’m sure can advise accordingly. And remember – there have been a number of high profile court cases filed by the HMRC about tax schemes regarding alleged tax avoidance. So it’s vital to get the correct advice.