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21 February, 2006

Aha! There you are!

This is almost – but not quite – amusing.

Specifically to avoid future junk mail, a BoingBoing reader used a throwaway e-mail address to enter a competition, then discarded the account.  A few months later, the company started sending junk mail to her main e-mail account, having researched her real address.

As one of our VIP consumers, you have likely received email communications from us in the past. Recently, however, we have not been able to deliver email messages to the address you originally supplied. We have performed an electronic change of address to update our records so that we can continue to send you special offers, promotions, and announcements via email.
Cheeky ****ers!

What??? How???

Posted by AKA at February 27, 2006 05:36 PM

I'm not sure which technique they used. I presume she supplied her name and postal address when entering the competition, so maybe there's a way to link those to domain names or e-mail addresses. It might be as simple as doing a Google search on her name and location. Maybe her IP address was readily traceable.

Posted by NRT at February 27, 2006 06:05 PM
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