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November 2, 2012

Spamalot

(Continued)

NORMAN —

But the poor, unsuspecting word has evolved into an inedible, unwanted, annoying and unsolicited form of mass emailing. Such emails clog our inboxes and waste our valuable time. Even if they are sequestered into a “spam” or “junk mail” file, we still have to waste time deleting them.

Not too long ago, I heard and read about people who received emails offering to share a large sum of money with the recipients provided they were willingly to send some of their money to the originator of the email, who supposedly live in Kenya or Somalia. I felt left out because I had never received such emails.

Well, that changed.

Now, I have been included in the fold and receive such emails. They are poorly written using incorrect grammar and spelling, and are so obviously a scam. How can people believe such claptrap?

I am also the unhappy recipient of so many offers for Viagra and similar products that if I were a man and purchased everything such emails offer, it would be difficult to walk. At first, I wondered why I was receiving those emails. After all, I am a female and my name should be the first clue. But then common sense or attention to such pesky detail is sorely lacking on the part of the spammers.

Reminds me of the years I attended Villanova University, which at the time was an all- male university. One fine day, I received a Selective Service Card in the mail address to Mr. Elizabeth Kovach. Again, the sender (a.k.a. government) was sloppy and made an incorrect assumption: this person attends Villanova. Villanova is an all-male university. Hence, Elizabeth is a male. Wrong Bozo.

If we were ever curious about the underbelly of society, the spams will enlighten us beyond our worst nightmares. Whatever lowlife activity may tickle your fancy or turn you off, the spammers are there for you.

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