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article imageNew York Times readers receive email spam, catches Twitter fire

By Andrew Moran     Dec 28, 2011 in Business
New York - If you're an online reader of the New York Times, chances are you received spam email notifying you that you cancelled your print subscription, even if you did not have one. The daily newspaper confirmed that it was spam.
Those who receive home delivery subscriptions from the New York Times, and even non-print subscribers, might have gotten an email on Wednesday informing that their print subscription has been cancelled.
“Dear Home Delivery Subscriber, Our records indicate that you recently requested to cancel your home delivery subscription,” writes the email, according to the Atlantic Wire. “Please keep in mind when your delivery service ends, you will no longer have unlimited access to and our NYTimes apps. We do hope you’ll reconsider.”
Wednesday’s email was from the address, but the company’s official email address ends with
The email stated that they should reconsider a half-off offer for 16 weeks. The New York Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades confirmed it was spam. However, those close to the Times said it was unclear if it was spam or if it was a mistaken mass email.
The daily paper’s official Twitter account immediately issued a brief statement: “If you received an email today about canceling your NYT subscription, ignore it. It's not from us.” It later issued a blog post.
According to the New York Daily News, an internal email was issued in the afternoon. “Many have received a bogus email about New York Times subscription cancellation. The sending address is not ours. The email is spam. Please just delete it. We have let the email folks know about it.”
Many have gone to Twitter to comment on the situation.
@gteresa: “Nothing like a hack/spam/email #fail to show that yes, we all still read The New York Times.”
@SteveKovach: “Verizon outage causes New York Times spam email blast because Tim Tebow is an evangelical Christian.”
@ReformedBroker: “Oh my god, the fake New York Times subscription email is the worst thing that ever happened, including Hitler.”
Update #1: A New York Times reporter has confirmed that the email should have gone only to 300 people and not the eight million. The sender was a Times employee.
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