A Light Shining Through The Spam


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So the e-mail account I’ve been using has become almost unusable. First, I’ve been fighting a losing battle against a growing tide of spam. Then, making matters worse, someone has started using my address as the reply-to address for spam they’re sending out. They didn’t actually hack me — they’re not actually sending from my account — so I can’t just change my password, so there’s not really much I can do about it. (About the only thing I can do is start using a different address, which I’m doing. I’m keeping the old one, but I’ll check it less frequently than the new one. If you want the new one, send an e-mail to the old one and I’ll send you the new.)

In the meantime, though, my inbox is being constantly cluttered with auto-responses to e-mail I didn’t send in the first place, and it’s more than a little annoying.

And then, I got two responses that brought smiles in the midst of the frustration. The e-mails being sent with my address are all of the “Have you seen this?” type with a link to working from home or diet secrets or Viagra or whatever.

Yesterday, I got this response to one of them:

“I wasn’t able to access the message : Alessa
Not interested in work from home. I’m 87 and feel like 107.
Stella”

And, my favorite, from two days ago:

“NO, I DON’T. BUT I DO LIKE MY FAT LITTLE TUMMY. I EARNED IT.
BEV”

Stella and Bev, I don’t know who or where you are, but I love you both. Thanks for brightening my day!