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Do You Really Have Permission to Send That Email?

April 13, 2011  

In a post at Deliverability.com, Dennis Dayman tells the story of receiving a spam message that pitched—ironically enough—anti-spam products. He decided to investigate, and discovered it had come from a familiar email service provider. "I contacted a friend there and asked them to look into how this company [the author of the email] got my email address since it was not an opt-in email or a company I'd ever done business with," he recounts.

The answer: At an anti-spam conference in 2008, Dayman had entered a contest by putting his business card in a fishbowl. "Yes," he notes, "it took them three years to send me the first email." Even without that strange delay, however, he would have taken issue with being added to the list, he says.

"Not once did I hear: 'By registering for this free item you will get an email from us,'" he explains. "What I heard was: 'Drop your business card in here to win an iPod.'"


His wife offered an alternative perspective: "You didn't think they would ever spam you when you tried to win the Apple product by dropping your business card into the fishbowl?" she asked.

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