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Surprise! Amazon.com Thinks You're Pregnant

'Tech glitch' blamed for inadvertent baby registry emails

Amazon.com Thinks You're Pregnant

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Millions of Amazon.com users incorrectly got a gift alert e-mail from a baby registry.

There might be a surprise from Amazon.com waiting in your email: an announcement that someone has sent a gift to your Amazon baby registry.

Of course, if you’re not pregnant — and well past pregnancy age — this might come as a bit of a shock. Consider this tweet from Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post: “Amazon just informed me that someone has purchased a gift from my baby registry. My baby is 21, and hopes it’s a keg.”


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The email isn’t a phishing attempt: It’s an actual note from the retail giant. However, it was sent because of what the company is describing as a “technical glitch.”

“We are notifying affected customers. A technical glitch caused us to inadvertently send a gift alert email earlier today. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused,” a company spokesman told Fortune

Amazon has notified those who received the email of the error. Fortune reported “millions” of customers received the email.

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