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Country: India
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OMICS is a publisher of "open-access" journals (aka a "predatory publisher") that spams scraped, purchased or appended lists. It does this to solicit contributions to its journals and (by implication) fees and/subscriptions.

OMICS operates under a number of business names. It also uses a very large number of names for its journals. Most of these journal names closely resemble the name of a journal that is widely respected in the academic community.

These similarly-named journals have deceived a number of spam recipients into submitting work to what they believe is a respected academic journal.


OMICS SBL Listings History
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Archived SBL Listings

1/2022: OPAST Publishing Group


The OPAST Publishing Group is one OMICS "brand". This brand sends emails using SwiftMailer, a bulk email program frequently used by spammers but sometimes also by legitimate bulk emailers. Sending domains seen in rDNS follow this format:

[a-z][a-z][a-z]200\.live

Below is a minimally-redacted spam sample from 1/18/2022 that demonstrates the email format and other characteristics seen in this entity's spam.


SPAM SAMPLE:

Received: from server##.top200.live (server##.top200.live [203.86.235.185])
by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTPS id <xxx>
for <xxx>; Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:##:## +0100 (CET)
Received: by server##.top200.live (Postfix, from userid <x>)
id <xxx>; Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:##:## +0800 (HKT)
To: "<x>" <<x>>
Subject: Opast Publishing Group Invitation - <x>
X-PHP-Originating-Script: 1007:SimpleMailInvoker.php
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 07:##:## +0000
From: Opast Publishing Group <info@ojournal12.live>
Reply-To: Opast Publishing Group <<x>@scholarlyopenaccessjournals.com>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
boundary="_=_swift_v4_<xxx>_=_"
X-Vsff-Tracking-Did: 0
X-Vsff-Subscriber-Uid: <x>
X-Vsff-Mailer: SwiftMailer - 5.4.x
X-Vsff-EBS: http://ojournal12.live/index.php/lists/block-address
X-Vsff-Delivery-Sid: 1
X-Vsff-Customer-Uid: <x>
X-Vsff-Customer-Gid: 1
X-Vsff-Campaign-Uid: <x>
X-Sender: info@ojournal12.live
X-Report-Abuse: Please report abuse for this campaign here:
http://ojournal12.live/index.php/campaigns/<xxx>/report-abuse/<x>
X-Receiver: <x>
Precedence: bulk
List-Unsubscribe: <http://ojournal12.live/index.php/lists/<xxx>
List-Id: <x> <Journal of Genomics & Data Mining Research & Reviews>
Feedback-ID: <x>
Message-ID: <<x>@ojournal12.live>

--_=_swift_v4_<xxx>_=_
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

=20

Dear <xxx>,
Greetings from the Journal!
=C2=A0
We are h=
onored to invite you to submit your valuable research work
for publicatio=
n in our=C2=A0Journal of Genomics & Data Mining Research &
Reviews
http=
s://opastonline.com/journal/journal-of-genomics-data-mining-research-review=
s


We would like to work with you for the improvement of our journal=
as
well as to impart your research work to others.

It will be real=
ly appreciated if you could submit your paper on or
before <xxx>, =
2022.

We welcome your feedback and/or constructive criticism.

W=
ith regards,=20

Anthony
Opast Publishing Group
Overland Park=20
K=
ansas 66221
United States
https://www.opastonline.com/

http://o=
journal12.live/index.php/lists/<xxx>


--_=_swift_v4_<xxx>_=_

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