A Rather Disturbing Spam and Reminder From Childhood

Today I received a spam at one of my personal email addresses with the subject Public Records Report For, followed by a name that was decidedly not mine. I’m glad for that; had it been my name, I would have wondered just what else this sender knew about me or was telling others about me. ๐Ÿ™ The sender was an entity named Archives.com, which I had never heard of previously but whose web site is amazingly similar to that of the much-better-known Ancestry.com. The ESP was EmailLabs (also known of as Lyris, Sparklist, and Uptilt).

This spam reminds me of certain bulk mailers who infested Her Majesty’s Post when I was a child, whose envelopes appeared to be official correspondence from Inland Revenue. When I was a child, Mum would detour by the bin after picking up the post to discard junk mail. She hated these advertisements because she felt it necessary to open them to verify that they were not, in fact, from Inland Revenue. She also refused to do business with companies that advertised in this blatantly dishonest manner.

I think my mother has the right idea. ๐Ÿ™

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Subject: Public Records Report For "<redacted>"
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 <redacted>
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Message Body (for your entertainment):

Hi <redacted>,

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