Why Does ProFlowers Think I'm Cheating On My Wife?

Why Does ProFlowers Think I'm Cheating On My Wife?

You can’t blame Chris’s wife for being confused. She happened to receive a promotional e-mail from Proflowers, addressed to Chris, thanking him for buying a gift for Margaret. Her name is not Margaret. Chris writes that he hasn’t sent flowers to anyone named Margaret. Either Chris wrote to Consumerist as part of an incredibly roundabout cover-up of an extramarital affair, or something strange is going on here. [More]

The Limited Uses Hurricane Irene To Promote Sale

The Limited Uses Hurricane Irene To Promote Sale

Seems The Limited is taking a page from the Spirit Airlines marketing playbook. On Friday the clothing store sent around an email with the subject line, “Take that, Irene! We’re offering 40% off again.” [More]

Caught In A Never-Ending Torrent Of Political Spam

Caught In A Never-Ending Torrent Of Political Spam

Somehow, a political group Jeff happens to disagree with got hold of his e-mail address, and started sending him junk mail. Then another got his address. And another. He’s not sure how he got on the lists, but he wants right-wing groups to stop sending him stuff and sharing his e-mail address with each other. How? [More]

Spam Drops Sharply From 2010 Levels

Spam Drops Sharply From 2010 Levels

If your inbox seems a bit less crowded than usual, it’s probably because there’s reportedly been a massive decline in junk email from this point a year ago. According to Symantec, there are now 39.2 billion spam messages sent each day, down from 230 billion daily messages a year ago. [More]

BK Attacks Japan With Mini Spam Burgers For Women

BK Attacks Japan With Mini Spam Burgers For Women

Swinging the pendulum away from their “Meat Monsters” offering, Burger King is dropping slider-style BK Bites on Japan in a variety of meat patties. Besides the usual beef, you can get a chicken patty or a Spam patty. That’s right, delicious Spam. And it’s for the ladies. “What Women Want, Women Get,” is the tagline for the Spam and BLT mini combo, which the chain describes as “lighter” and “suitable for women.” I can only hope something is getting lost in translation, but methinks it’s not really. [More]

Stuff Bought Through Spam Actually Gets Delivered

Stuff Bought Through Spam Actually Gets Delivered

While most of us don’t trust spam, if you order something advertised through it, be it pills, knockoff Rolex watches, or software, it will probably end up at your door. That’s one of the many surprising conclusions uncovered by researchers tracking exactly how spam works (PDF) from alpha to omega in the transaction process. [More]

It Takes 12.5 Million Spams To Sell $100 Of Viagra

It Takes 12.5 Million Spams To Sell $100 Of Viagra

Considering how insistent and persistent the emails are, you would think there was big bucks in pushing pills that increase the flow of blood to one’s penis for an extended period of time. That may be true, but only because the costs of spam advertising are so low, as revealed by this nugget in a New York Times article that reveals it takes 12.5 million spam emails just to sell $100 worth of Viagra. [More]

Botnets Rebuild Forces After Rustock Raid

Botnets Rebuild Forces After Rustock Raid

After the Feds and Microsoft in March chopped off the head of the hydra that was the 1-million strong “Rustock” botnet responsible for sending billions of spam, several heads have sprung in its place. PC World notes a Symantec report of a 24% jump in emails containing malicious links and attachments, possibly representing an attempt to regrow the forces of zombie controlled computers and fill the void left by Rustock. [More]

Microsoft And Feds Take Down World's Largest Spam Botnet

Microsoft And Feds Take Down World's Largest Spam Botnet

Your inbox might feel a little empty for a while because Microsoft and the Feds have taken down the world’s largest botnet, “Rustock,” estimated to have infected over 1 million computers worldwide. [More]

Former Spam King Released From Prison, Vows To Spam No More

Former Spam King Released From Prison, Vows To Spam No More

A man who launched 10 trillion spam messages before he was sent away to federal prison is out after serving four years, and he’s allowed back online. He promises he’s a changed man and will no longer shower your inbox with unwanted solicitations. [More]

Caption This Picture Of SPAM Theatre

Caption This Picture Of SPAM Theatre

And another thing, Godfried, I’m leaving you! He’s not just a can of SPAM, he’s my lover. You can have the coupons, all of them. Keep your BOGOS! We’re off to see the world and there’s nothing you can do to stop us. [More]

After Holiday Break, Spammers Back In Action

After Holiday Break, Spammers Back In Action

Just about everyone phones it in during the holidays, even spammers. Whether due to tightened security or office parties, the amount of worldwide spam activity nosedived in late December. The bad news is that the spambots have reportedly woken up and are getting back to work. [More]

The Laziest Spam Ever, Or The Smartest?

The Laziest Spam Ever, Or The Smartest?

Apparently the recent, and inexplicable, dropoff in worldwide spam levels represented some more experienced players getting out of the game. I got this spam yesterday that just very well may be the laziest financial lead-generation spam I’ve ever seen. Or it just could be the smartest. Take a look. [More]

McDonald's E-Mail List Hacked

McDonald's E-Mail List Hacked

In a story not unlike last week’s hacking of the Walgreens promotional e-mail list, readers have been writing in to tell us about a notice they’ve received from the folks at McDonald’s. [More]

Walgreens E-Mail List Hacked

Walgreens E-Mail List Hacked

Several readers have written in today after receiving a message from Walgreens that one of its e-mail distribution lists had been hacked by spammers. [More]

Game Developer Says Farmville Is Designed To Be "Negative" And "Draining"

Game Developer Says Farmville Is Designed To Be "Negative" And "Draining"

So-called social network games like Farmville and Mafia Wars are intentionally designed to not be fun and cause you anxiety, says a well-respected game developer. [More]

Russia Goes After 1 Guy, Worldwide Spam Drops By 1/5

Russia Goes After 1 Guy, Worldwide Spam Drops By 1/5

After Russian authorities started an investigation into alleged spammaster Igor A. Gusev, worldwide spam has dropped by a sustained one-fifth. [More]

BofA: Let Us Email You Disclosures Or Get The Hell Out

BofA: Let Us Email You Disclosures Or Get The Hell Out

In a shift that can be rationalized as environmentally friendly, Bank of America is telling customers that they must agree to receive disclosures, notifications, statements and bills via e-mail if they want to continue using online banking. [More]