Disturbing email.

I wake up on a Sunday morning and head straight to the computer. I click on the email program and see the folowing message mixed in their with some spam.
To say the least, I am confused I would get this and also a bit mortyfied.

Here is the text of the email:

Islamic Convention

The Ramada Plaza Chicago North Shore Chicago welcomes attendees of the Islamic Convention

August 29-Sep 1, 2003

? Rate of $99.64 including tax, FREE shuttle and FREE full American breakfast buffet!* The Ramada Chicago North Shore is located 5 minutes from Chicago?s most famous Muslim Restaurants on Devon Avenue. Featuring Zabiha Meat, International Market Place Grocery, Jewelry and Clothing Stores. The Heart of Chicago?s Muslim Community!

? FREE Parking

? Indoor Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna and Fitness Room

? Press Box Sports bar and Seagars Cigar bar on premises

? TJ?s Steak and Seafood House

? Free Hi-Speed Internet Access for Laptops

? Rated #3 Radisson for Customer Service

To Make your reservations call 847-677-1234 and ask for Reservations. For further information ask for Donald Bae at ext. 6880

Ramada Plaza Chicago North Shore
4500 W. Touhy, Lincolnwood IL 60712

*Limit of two free breakfast coupons per room. If you received this message in error we apologize. Please reply with ?Remove? in the subject line.

5 thoughts on “Disturbing email.”

  1. Val-

    That does seem *rather* odd. Wonder how you got on their mailing list?

    I mean, of course my mind immediately runs to what the seminar topics would be. “Suicide bombing, should you wear clean underwear?”, “Living in the Belly of the Great Satan, a Muslim’s guide to American Life” or “Beating the wife, ax handle of stove wood?”

    But of course, not all Muslims are like the Taliban any more than all Christians are like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. Those things would be totally rude and unconscionable to post. So I won’t.

    Hope you are well.


  2. At least you didn’t get the one I got with all the Christians attending…….

    Hmm……..wait. That’s not fair! I want the Islamic conventioneers too!

  3. Ha! that is an e-mail scam. There are my harvesters of e-mail addresses (they collect e-mail addresses from websites, i.e. this blog). The whole purpose of that e-mail is to see if you respond. You see the mailbots(machines that run 24hrs. e-mailing advertisements) want to know who is CHECKING/REPLYING their e-mail. If you do click remove, or reply back, expect the offers through mail in tenfold. In essence, just erase it.
    Also, the convention may be real, but you were never invited, since the convention is open to the public, you do not need an invitation and since it is open to the public you can advertise for it without legal repercussions.

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