Yesterday, I received a package at work, addressed to me. My assistant opened it - a standard brown-paper photographs envelope - and looked worried. The contents were weird and scary-looking: a photocopied military report of some sort with a small brown envelope stapled to it. She looked at me: "ugh! What's in the envelope!? Anthrax?"
We called the post room, being new and not really knowing what the protocol is for Weird Mail, who said, "oh no we scan everything before it gets to you. It won't be anything dodgy, you can send it back down to us for investigation though if you like", so we did.
I put it down to random lunatic mailings to large national broadcaster corporations.
On telling this to Matt on his return to his desk, he exclaimed, "it was addressed to you? It must be an ARG!". An Alternate Reality Game? This hadn't occurred to me, what with the whole thing being geniunely loony-looking.
Then, today, I hear from the chaps over at Mint Digital that they received similar. We retrieved the thing from the post room, and opened the anthrax envelope: it's a prepaid SIM.
Matt stuck it in his phone, but couldn't find anything of any interest on it. Seems to be a prepaid with no loaded charge on it, so you can't call the voicemail, which is presumably where anything of interest is if this is an ARG.
I'm not going to find out: it's going straight in the bin. Nearly gave poor Carys a heart attack, and we both felt compelled to wash our hands after handling this stupid thing. Anyone else blighted with this?
UPDATE: John had the patience to stick with it, and write about it, despite his misgivings about writing about viral marketing, heh. It doesn't seem to be getting more exciting, though...