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Dried-squid spam

No, that’s not a typo. Over at her excellent Majikthese blog, Lindsay Beyerstein posted a piece of cephalopod spam she recently received:

Subject: Dried Squid Shred

Date: August 30, 2005 10:04:59 PM EDT

To: [Majikthise]

Dear Sirs,

We know your esteemed company from the web side. We would like to introduce us as one of the major exporters of seafood and Dried Fruits in China.and we have been in this business for over 8 years. We are very glad to take this opportunity to establish business with you. At present,we can supply you:

1> Dried Squid Shred,Yellow Stripe Trevally,Dried Anchovy,Dried Squid Ring, Horse Mackerel, Dried Octopus Piece

2> Dried Pear Halves;Apple Rings Dried red Small Chillis

We shall be very glad to give you our lowest quotations upon receipt of your detailed requirements.

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