State Department of Revenue employee accidentally sends link to porn in e-mail

PHOENIX - An Arizona state government gaffe ended in an x-rated mistake for one Department of Revenue employee. 

Instead of directing people to a website for an auction, a link included in an e-mail from an ADOR employee took people to a site for pornography. 

One of the Department's jobs is to find unclaimed property and to get it back to it's rightful owner. It managed to distribute $57 million in unclaimed property last year alone. 

One of its other jobs is selling unclaimed items at auctions.

That's where the trouble started Monday morning. 

A notice for an upcoming auction posted to the department's website contained a link selling something scandalous; porn. A news release with the link also went out to a few dozen journalists. 

The Department of Revenue spokesperson admitted it was his fault. 

Ed Greenberg is taking full responsibility, and said this was an honest mistake. 

"It was accidental and embarrassing, I mistakenly left a placeholder link using the letters "XXX..." said Greenberg in an apology email. 

Apparently, the placeholder wasn't removed and ended up going live as www-dot-xxx - inadvertently turning the placeholder into porn.

"I am quite embarrassed and hope you will understand how this happened, and that we are taking corrective action to make sure it never happens again," said Greenberg.

Greenberg said the link was only live for a few minutes. The correct auction link is now at the Department of Revenue website. 

It's the Sierra Auction in Phoenix and they'll be selling jewelry. 

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