First spam message was sent in 1864 over telegraph wires [Telecom]

One of my favorite drinks is Snapple Lemon Tea.  Under the bottecap of
every Snapple beverage is a trivia item, and one that I haven't seen
before today contained this tidbit:

    Real Fact #950

    The first spam message was transmitted over telegraph
    wires in 1864.

Googling found this web page:


which corroborates that tidbit and the date as 1-June-1864 with this
scanned typewritten message:


    Sir, -- On my arrival home late yesterday evening a "telegram,"
    by "London District Telegraph," addressed in full to me, was
    put in my hands.  It was as follows: --

    "Messrs. Gabriel, dentists, 27, Harley-street, Cavendish-square.
    Until October Messrs. Gabriel's professional attendance at 27,
    Harley-street, will be 10 till 5."

    I have never had any dealings with Messrs. Gabriel, and beg to
    ask by what right do they disturb me by a telegram which is
    evidently simply the medium of advertisement?  A word from you
    would, I feel sure, put a stop to this intolerable nuisance.  I
    enclose the telegram, and am,

                         Your faithful servant,

    Upper Grosvenor-street, May 30.                M. P.

As stated in a sidebar at the above URL:

    This is one of the earliest known unsolicited electronic
    messages. But telegrams were costly to send, which limited spam.

Bingo! Charge for email and spam will disappear.  Yeah, sure.  :-)

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There were also scams involving telegraphy.  A couple I read about:

A boy got some telegraph company stationery and a reasonable facsimile
of a telegraph delivery boy's uniform.  He prepared a fake telegram, put
into an envelope, and took it to a company saying it was a collect telegram.
When they paid, he gave them the fake and left.

An executive of a U.S. company was traveling in Europe.  The scammers
sent a message to his company, ostensibly from him, telling them to 
accept a shipment of chemicals and pay $500 C.O.D.  The company paid,
and the chemicals turned out to be bottles of colored water.
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