Wednesday 28 September 2005

Spam "from" the "Church" of Scientology

Hello, what do we have here?
The Church of Scientology Mission of Sherman Oaks is extending an invitation to you to receive an OCA Personality Test and evaluation free of any charge or obligation.

Your personality has everything to do with your income, your future, your personal relationships, and your life.

A test of this kind would normally cost you $500.00 and up. It is offered to you here free of charge as a public service.

[...blah blah blah...]

Contact Us:
Church Of Scientology Mission of Sherman Oaks
13517 Ventura blvd. , Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423

[...] This e-mail message is an advertisement and/or solicitation.
By the definition enacted in US Federal statue, this message is illegal spam, as it does not contain any mechanism for opting out.

It was also sent to an email address that should never receive unsolicited email, which indicates that the address might have been harvested -- also illegal. Has anyone else received this?

Most of the links point back to the domain, which seems to have stealthy whois information. The email originated from CrystalTech Web Hosting Inc. in Arizona.

Remember kids, Scientology isn't a religion. As Wikipedia says:
...the governments of Germany and Belgium officially regard the Church of Scientology as a totalitarian cult; in France, a parliamentary report classified Scientology as a dangerous cult; in the United Kingdom and Canada the Church of Scientology is not regarded as meeting the legal standards for being considered a bona fide religion.
L. Ron Hubbard would be proud...

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Offered as a public service," my shiny metal ass!

The whole point of this fruitless exercise, the "personality test," is to convince you that there are problems you have that Scientology can fix.

I've heard the same story from a couple of people who talked to me during a picket of the Scientology establishments in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Person #1 was a Scientologist in San Diego.

Her: "Scientology saved my life!"
Me: "I hear that a lot. Care to elaborate?"
Her: "I took the personality test and they told me if I didn't start taking courses, I'd commit suicide in three years. That was four years ago."

Can you spell 'sucker?'

The next time I heard this tactic, I was in LA. Punk rocker came up and told me about her experience with the Free Personality Test.

Punk: "I took the personality test and they said I'd commit suicide in two years unless I started taking courses. I told them to fuck off, and left."

You decide the correct response! :)

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