Crazy ?Spam? Email About Print Cancellation *Is* Actually From The New York Times
If you?re a New York Times subscriber ? or even if you?re not ? you may have received that following email this morning, implying that you have cancelled your subscription. Many many people did, it?s all over the tweets.
Even though the email was sent from an address that had sent out legitimate emails in the past, ?email.newyorktimes.com,? it wasn?t actually from the New York Times, as some of their more tech hipster reporters and their official Twitter account confirmed, ?If you received an email today about canceling your NYT subscription, ignore it. It?s not from us.?
Here is the email in question:
Dear Home Delivery Subscriber,
Our records indicate that you recently requested to cancel your home delivery subscription. Please keep in mind when your delivery service ends, you will no longer have unlimited access to NYTimes.com and our NYTimes apps.
We do hope you?ll reconsider.
As a valued Times reader we invite you to continue your current subscription at an exclusive rate of 50% off for 16 weeks. This is a limited-time offer and will no longer be valid once your current subscription ends.*
Continue your subscription and you?ll keep your free, unlimited digital access, a benefit available only for our home delivery subscribers. You?ll receive unlimited access to NYTimes.com on any device, full access to our smartphone and iPad® apps, plus you can now share your unlimited access with a family member.?
To continue your subscription call 1-877-698-0025 and mention code 38H9H (Monday?Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. E.D.T.).
So what happened? Most likely a case of email header spoofing. Those with the wrong motivations can tweak the ?from? field in an e-mail pretty easily. So what?s the NYT IT department doing right now? Probably tracking down all the ?spoof? e-mail IPs and fielding a lot of phone calls.
Meanwhile some users are independently reporting that the spoof email IPs belong to Epsilon, an email firm that the New York Times uses a