Got home tonight, had a lovely ham dinner, and settled down to the PC with a pint of beer in my hand.Â I just about spit my beer out my nose at what I read next.Â Remember that fellow Thomas Scriven? The W-Group spammer I wrote about yesterday, who sent me a pitch letter marked confidential?Â Well, here’s what he wrote back next:
From: Thomas Scriven
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 8:09 PM
Subject: Hey Alec
Alec, In accordance with my confidentiality agreement between our companies, please remove all reference to my personal information off your blog ( www.saudersblog.com ) immediately. RegardsÂ Â Â
1119 Colorado Ave, Suite 103
Santa Monica, CA 90401
This message and any attachments are confidential and intended solely for the addressee. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately. Any unauthorized use, alteration or dissemination is prohibited.
This is Darwin at his finest, ain’t it?
Time for a little education, kiddies.Â Just ’cause you mark it confidential doesn’t mean anyone else is obliged to treat it that way, unless you have a confidentiality agreement with that company or individual.
I don’t want to be a jerk here.Â I actually find the services he offers, in the Iowa 712 area code, interesting.Â Moreover, his pitch — that he is using USF subsidized services to provide long distance for disadvantaged families — is even compelling.Â And by focusing on the Hispanic market, who are historically the heaviest users of calling card services in order to be able to phone home to family in South and Central America, he may actually have hit on a great market to sell these services too.
Just find another way to reach the blogging community, Tommy.Â Spam isn’t the answer.