I recently started receiving, for no readily apparent reason, bloated HTML e-mail from Dakota Air Parts, whose site is as lovely as their unsolicited e-mail tactics. Anyway, I noticed that the mail was coming from what appeared to be a single human, and given that the message also included their 701 area code phone numbers, mailing address, and so on, I could reasonably go ahead and respond with a removal request. I sort of had to, since there wasn’t a dedicated address for unsubscribe requests.
So off went my response, stating that I’d never asked for the mail and would like to stop receiving it pronto. Not a few minutes later, I received a new message. Here’s how it started out:
K.C. here, I'm protecting myself from receiving junk mail. Just this once, click on the link below so I can receive your emails. You won't have to do this again. http://spamarrest.com...
So in order to stop receiving junk mail from K.C., I had to prove that my mail to him wasn’t junk.
Ah… the sweet, sweet taste of irony, mixed with bold hints of utter cluelessness. So delicious.