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Amazon baby registry notices sent to women -- and men -- who aren't pregnant

Amazon baby registry notices sent to women -- and men -- who aren't pregnant”

Danielle Gleason, a 31-year-old teacher with a baby who actually had a registry on Amazon got the email as well.

Amazon users reported receiving a mass email Tuesday telling them that someone had bought a gift off their Amazon baby registry - but many recipients said they had no registries and were not expecting children anytime soon. A Blue Sky staff member - who does not have a baby registry or a baby - also received the email. What does Amazon know that you don't?! So here's another theory: Amazon looked at users' previous purchases, tagged those who'd bought baby things, figured that those users are in the time of life when and social circles where people are starting to have babies, and guessed that they might want to set up a registry sometime soon, too.

It was unclear whether the email that was circulating on Tuesday was accidentally sent by Amazon or if it was a scam.

Several customers said on Twitter they were anxious the email represented a phishing attack.

Twitter has now exploded with comments from concerned customers asking Amazon what the hell is going on. The company says emails from anything other than @amazon.com is cause for concern. In this case though, the email appears to have come from an authentic Amazon account.

But childless men and women weren't the only ones to receive the email.

No matter - "A gift is on its way", the email read, adding that customers could go to Amazon's site to see what had been purchased for them. The site simply asks users to sign in to start their registry, and allows those with a registry to be found via email.



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