For a few months now, I’ve been getting regular mass mailing from the UK branch of Juniper Networks. Up until today, I just ignored them thinking that it must be a phishing attempt. Today, for whatever reason I looked at the headers and they look perfectly fine. It appears to be a genuine mass mailing. The thing that gets to me is that I never subscribed to this mailing. I also never talked to or did business with them. I think it is sad that even rather large and established companies resort to unsolicited mass mailings like this. In my eyes, all this kind of spam accomplishes is to market the company in negative ways. Well, done Juniper, well done.
How do I know that this is spam and I didn’t sign up for it indirectly? It’s very simple…
- I know how to spell my name.
- It’s been a while since I went to a conference. (A frequent reason to be subscribed to a mailing like this.)
- I do not deal with networking or network operations so I have no reason to sign up for anything even remotely related to this.
This leads me to the conclusion that for whatever reason, Juniper decided to get (buy?) an email address list of questionable origin. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Fun fact: I clicked on the “manage subscriptions” link to unsubscribe. The web form doesn’t let me unsubscribe unless I give them more information about me—country and state. No, thanks.