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At the behest of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has ordered a company to stop sending “date lonely wife” spam e-mail. The spam, according to the FTC, "violates nearly every provision of the CAN-SPAM Act. It contains misleading headers and deceptive subject lines. It does not contain a link to allow consumers to opt out of receiving future spam, does not contain a valid postal address, and does not contain the disclosure, required by law, that it is sexually explicit." Umm, I hate to burst the bubble of any lonely guys who fell for this, but I doubt it leads to any actual dates, either.

 

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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