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Outlook India Spam

Submitted by Karthik on 14 February, 2006 - 03:00

"Outlook Traveller Incredible Sri Lanka Offer"

Thus stated the subject line of an e-mail I received at 2:30 a.m this morning. :S I receive this missive all because I signed up on their website a few months ago to view an article. Nowhere did it state then (and I tend to notice these little man-traps), and nowhere does it state now - on the registration form - that signing up to India's premier magazine would also make me eligible for an *Incredible Getaway* to our war ravaged neighbour. But nevertheless, here I am thanks to the wonders of Outlook's groundbreaking opt-out marketing strategy.

But what really amused me was the appended diatribe that attempts to justify their spam:

Note: You are receiving this mail because you are registered with We care for your privacy and your e-mail address is safe with us. These addresses are never passed on to any third-party. We use these addresses very selectively to send you our newsletters and/or advertising promotionals every now and then. The website, including full archives, is entirely free and we are sure you would appreciate our need to generate very limited revenues through such mailers from our advertisers. In case you do not wish to recieve our newsletters and advertising promotionals, please click here. If this link is not active, please copy the following url and paste it on the address bar. It will take you to the unsubscribe page. We regret any inconvenience caused.

Heh. Dodgy.