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December 9, 2005

note to spammers trying to send me fake mail from Paypal

So, Paypal needs me to log in and "verify my account" by submitting my credit card details, or else my account will be suspended immediately?

Right.

As if it weren't enough that my spam filter noted your deceptive URL and marked the email ***JUNK***, I would also like to point out that Paypal does not address emails to its customers with "Dear Sir."

You're not even an American spammer.

When I ran an internet marketing company, I took applications for internships. I received a great many of them from India, from programmers who needed internships to complete their degrees. All of them were addressed "Dear Sir." A few not from India were also addressed "Dear Sir."

As my company's website made quite clear that I was in charge (complete with photo and bio), such that an clueful applicant could have addressed a cover letter not just to "Dear Sir or Madame," but to "Dear Ms. Dziura," this was a very easy way to weed out applications from people I wouldn't want working for me. (Someone should tactfully inform the engineering schools in India -- that shit doesn't fly at Fortune 500 companies either).

It is also, it turns out, a reasonable method of filtering out mischievous spam.

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