CAN-SPAM spammers with a sense of humor

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shutterstock_SpamWordCloud170The CAN-SPAM act, passed in the United States in 2003, hasn’t done much to deter the spammers here. Although India took the crown as the spammiest nation in 2012 the USA is back on top so far in 2013.

Occasionally in the flood of spam that passes through SophosLabs there are messages that make us take a second look.

Today brought just such a message to our spamtraps. In fact it brought several.

The offers themselves were pretty standard stuff for spam. Training to be a nurse or learning the secrets of 17 fat-busting foods aren’t going to turn research heads.

However, the obligatory small print at the bottom of the email showed a little more flair than the average CAN-SPAM mandated message.

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This message was optimized to be viewed on awesome computers such as the one you're probably using. However there are so many ways to view emails these days that our message may be displayed differently for you. Perhaps you're laying in bed using a tablet or you're taking a bath while using your laptop (not recommended), and hopefully you're not viewing this message on a smartphone while dodging traffic or your neighbor's dog Spike. If you'd like to let us know which device you use to read your mail please send us that comment here. We'll be happy to make your offer viewing experience that much easier.

Do these offers not tickle your fancy? We're sorry to hear that, please go ahead and unsubscribe."

Opt-out is not the correct method for managing annoyances like spam. Opt-in is much preferred but it has been a while since anyone offered me such a polite opt-out.

In case you are wondering, that feedback link really does take you to a page that asks which device you read your email on and for any other comments.

I was tempted to leave a comment but “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all”.

Spam word cloud image courtesy of Shutterstock.