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Obama Invite Goes Direct to Spam

Monday, 21 Feb 2011 01:43 PM

The Obama White House likes to pride itself on its technological savvy. But it goofed up in sending Email invitation to dozens of businesses in Northeast Ohio for a meeting with President Barack Obama next week in Cleveland, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

obama,email,spam,businessSeveral of the Emails went directly into the business’ spam folders. One problem was the sender identification: “FN-WHO-OPERSVP” for the Office of Public Engagement. The subject line read: "IMPORTANT RSVP Information for Small Business Forum."

But even some businesses which received the Email in their regular in-boxes were suspicious, as the Email began "Dear Friend" and requested information including a Social Security number.

When Gladys Benitez-Reilly, president of Viva Spanish!, a Spanish-teaching service, received her invitation, her son told her it must be spam, The Plain Dealer reports. "The White House would have sent you a registered letter," the high school student told his mother.

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