TWSD: Pretend they're following the law, when they're not


This message is sent in compliance with the new email bill section 301. Under Bill S.1618 TITLE III passed by the 105th US Congress, this message cannot be considered SPAM as long as we include the way to be removed, Paragraph (a)(c) of S.1618, further transmissions to you by the sender of this email may be stopped at no cost to you by sending a response of “REMOVE” in the subject line of the email, we really will remove you immediately.

You don’t often see this on commercial emails any longer. Although I did get a few spams with it in recent memory.
The funny part is that s.1618 only passed the Senate. It was never brought up for a vote in the House, and was not eligible to be signed into law.

Of course, we do have an anti-spam law these days, CAN SPAM. Sadly, I got spam today (become an RV dealer? Really?) that violated CAN SPAM, but helpfully put at the bottom of the email.

This message is CAN-SPAM compliant. This is a commercial advertisement . If you no longer wish to receive our special notices, please unsubscribe here.

Of course, there was no physical postal address on the message, which means it wasn’t completely CAN SPAM compliant. But who’s really counting?

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  • I’m a bit surprised you didn’t mention the magic word “Murk”, named after Senator Frank Murkowski from Alaska.
    There isn’t a Wikipedia page, but google finds this:
    which matches my memories.
    I’ve seen similar stuff in Spanish (which I can’t read) in spam from South America. Google translate came back pretty close to the original.

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