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Spamming the First Initial of Your Name

Well, perhaps you are one of those who use as your email address your first initial and last name. Let's make up one. Say your name is Hermione Svelt. So you go by

HSvelt@howdydoodymail.com

Now spammers are not partial. They spam everyone they can reach.

They try every technique they can conceive to make you think you've received a valid, even important email.

They sometimes attempt to personalize the email.

Clearly, "Hi there, HSvelt, how are you today?" just doesn't make it. Yet, they know it's a name. So they pluck the H and make every manner of stab at it, figuring someday they'll get it right.

Now my name is Vincent. I get emails saying,

Hi, Virginia

or

Hi, Vanessa

and this morning

Hi, Venetia.

Does this happen to you?


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Comments

VinceSummers wrote on September 24, 2018, 9:09 AM

Someone really ought to write, The Complete Book of Spam.

MegL wrote on September 24, 2018, 6:31 PM

All the spam emails I get seem to assume I am male! Even when the email obviously has a female name included! They probably do not speak English.

cmoneyspinner wrote on September 24, 2018, 11:03 PM

That's hilarious! It doesn't happen to me because my primary eMails are not made using my name. I only have one eMail that uses my name and it's YAHOO. I was forced to use it in order to create my Tumblr account. YAHOO bought Tumblr. YAHOO's eMail was breached. Everybody had to prove who they were. Blah blah blah ... After all that Tumblr was bought from YAHOO by Verizon. At any rate, the eMail address is composed of my first and last name. But I hardly get any messages, except messages from Tumblr and Twitter. I linked my Twitter account to that eMail.