Today I received this piece of email — looks legit, but the timing seems very odd… (And no, I’ve never contacted them!)

From: Customer Service
To: Wohali
Subject: Holiday Auto-reply
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 06:54:33 -0700
X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2653.19)

Thank you for contacting Frederick’s of Hollywood, Customer Service.

Our Customer Service department is closed May 27th, 2002 to observe the
Memorial Day Holiday. Please allow 2 to 3 business days for a response
to your concerns.

Our regular business hours are Monday through Fri, 6:30am – 5:00pm PST.

Please be advised that our Customer Service Department is unable to
accept E-mail with attachments. Any E-mail received with attachments
will be deleted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

To obtain additional information and answers to frequently asked
please visit our website @

Thank you,

Customer Service
Frederick’s of Hollywood

12 thoughts on “odd

  1. Could simply be a way of spaming people without having it look like spam. I’ve gotten a few like that one. Esp. from merging companies where the one I dealt with never has sent me anything I didn’t ask for, but the (merged) company keeps sending stuff.

  2. Sobig side-effects. Someone somewhere has the virus, and it sent a message to spread itself that had you in the From: and FoH in the To:.

  3. But why would it tell me that they’re closed on May 27th, 2002? Is their auto-reply that old? :)

  4. Wouldn’t surprise me — they may have even forgotten that the (promotional, maybe?) email address that sobig found existed.

  5. Did you click on it? (Silly question, I hope…) I could see it being a good spam letter – if it looks legit, and involves nearly naked ladies in their underwear, I bet they’re guaranteed to get at least a few clicks. The wrong date makes it less threatening – you’re so busy laughing at their stupidity, you might forget about yours.

  6. How wonderful. That’s a quote from somewhere, but I can’t remember where. Something about a quivering sigh.

  7. No, I didn’t click on it, but I know the store (they’re a chain like Victoria’s Secret in the US, but with lower quality, trashier items. Sort of like a vanilla person’s “outlandish” underwear store.)

    It’s still fun :)

  8. I don’t think so. I think it’s at the end of a book. It’s been bugging me all week.

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