So last night, when an email from an unknown sender arrived, like 99% of the daily emails I receive, my smart hand went on the auto-deletion path without consulting my brain. A moment later I remembered having caught a glance at my name in that email, which was spelled wrong with an extra 'e,' and I went for a second look in the trash folder. The email, as it turned out, came from an international literary magazine that wanted to pay $250 for my essay they were publishing. It – the email, not my essay – had "bank details" in its subject line, a perfect spam title.
I empty the trash everyday. My husband does it once a month. Who's the smart one?
Ten minutes earlier, I had found on Laila Lalami's blog a hilarious author scam story and emailed the link to my husband. We were sitting across a coffee table from each other by the fire, a laptop on each one's lap. "Read it," I said to him. He temporarily broke away from whatever code he was writing, and clicked his inbox. "I didn't get anything from you," he said. We waited for a while. Still nothing. "Check your trash," I said, and he found it there right away. He had deleted it the first thing as he opened his inbox. He blamed me, "Why did you title it 'funny'?" Because it was.
Apparently the spammers have used up all the common title vocabulary.
On a side note, when I was young in
If you did not already know, here is the history of how that Spam devolved into this spam.
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