A Very Clever Snail Mail Marketing Trick

A few days ago I was looking through the mail and I saw an envelope that was addressed to me.  I scanned the return address and I thought to myself, ‘Who do I know in Connecticut?’  I couldn’t think of anyone off the top of my head, but the envelope was shaped like a greeting card so I went ahead and opened it.  I thought that perhaps it was a relative I’d forgotten about, that had sent a late Christmas or New Year’s greeting card.

Junk mail disguised as a greeting card.

I was actually a little shocked by what I found inside:

Junk mail that was hidden inside an envelope that looked like a greeting card.

I went back and looked at the envelope again, more closely this time, and I realized that what I mistook for a woman’s well-written handwriting was in fact a font, and the words were actually printed.  In fact, they didn’t even spell my name right.

I suppose I should have caught all that right away, but I didn’t expect physical spam mail to catch up with me this fast.  I’ve gotten really used to seeing spam online, and I can avoid it with ease, but I suppose I’m out of practice with real junk mail.  I’ll have to pay more attention from now on.  Not that opening physical junk mail could infect me with a virus, unless someone decides to start mailing weaponized anthrax again.  It’s just the principle of the thing.

As for what was in the envelope, I couldn’t say, other than it’s about jewelry.  I don’t like being tricked into looking at advertising so I tore it up and threw it away.

One comment

  1. K. Magee · May 3, 2016

    I also am getting bombarded by these SPAMGRAMS disguised as personal letters. They arrive from all over the country. I google them without opening the envelope, and so far have found that most of them have gotten hold of the Social Security mailing lists and are hawking hearing aids to seniors. One received was from a heating and cooling firm. When I need a hearing aid, if ever, I will go through a legitimate doctor that Social Security pays for, not one of these boiler room “audiologists” that are suddenly popping up all over the country to try and scam seniors into paying thousands of $$$ for a “digital micro-chipped hearing aid” whether they need one or not! It reminds me of the on-going “back brace” scam where these boiler rooms bill Medicare for thousands of back braces hawked to seniors from the Medicare by phone boiler rooms . So, I gleefully mark them out with the words “REFUSED–Unwanted SPAM MAIL”–RETURN TO SENDER. That way they pay three ways–to have to send it to me, to have it refused and returned to them by me, and in the time they have to spend in becoming aware that whatever they send to me I will return to them, when they will have to end up throwing it away themselves.

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