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A blog wherein a literary agent will sometimes discuss his business, sometimes discuss the movies he sees, the tennis he watches, or the world around him. In which he will often wish he could say more, but will be obliged by business necessity and basic politeness and simple civility to hold his tongue. Rankings are done on a scale of one to five Slithy Toads, where a 0 is a complete waste of time, a 2 is a completely innocuous way to spend your time, and a 4 is intended as a geas compelling you to make the time.

Monday, January 25, 2010

gotta love it

This is an e-mail I got today:

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Dear JOSHUA,

From time to time Reed Exhibitions would like to send you information regarding
upcoming events, products and offers via email from Reed as well as carefully
screened companies offering products and services that may be of interest to
you.

Reed Exhibitions limits the number of emails sent to our customers each month,
and never relinquishes control of email addresses to other businesses.

If you would like to receive offers from our partners, you do not have to
respond to this email.
If you do not wish to receive these emails please click on the link below.

Thank you very much for your time.
http://tx3.Reedexpo-direct.com/track.aspx?1461813.17595930.430557309.5356.282801


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This message is brought to you from one of our valued business partners as an
attendee of Reed Exhibitions.

If you would no longer like to receive future mailings please click here. http://tx3.Reedexpo-direct.com/optoff.aspx?2461813.17595930.430557309.5356.0.0

Reed Exhibitions
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
And this is what happens when you attempt to opt out:

The request cannot be processed.

Why do reputable companies try so hard to act like scum???

2 comments:

Bill Swears said...

Generally, when it's a real ad, I put it down to up and coming young PR types getting suckered in my fast talking, scummy, advertising companies who are perfectly willing to do all of the things that the reputable company tells you they won't do. Mostly though, it's just phishing.

Myke said...

Joshua, you have got to *stop* clicking on those links. Very often, they aren't even legitimate emails and are deliberate attempts to gain access to your system. The number one source of malware on home systems is phishing emails like the one you've described here.