Biz: Be careful how you screen your e-mail!

Subject: Biz: Be careful how you screen your e-mail!
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: CEL <copyediting-l -at- listserv -dot- indiana -dot- edu>, techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 13:40:23 -0400

What with all the spam I receive, I've been deleting huge numbers of
messages from people with unlikely-sounding names. But because I work
with clients from all around the world, I've always been conscious of
the risk of blindly deleting a message, no matter how unlikely it may
seem: sometimes the message is legitimate, even when it sits amidst a
host of similar-seeming spam. (I get a lot of spam with "manuscript"
in the subject line, for instance.)

Take, for example, the message I received today from someone whose e-
mail address begins "mbeceli". Being a word geek, my first thought
was "no legitimate person would write to me using a name that reads
as _imbecilic_". But a little voice at the back of my head said "no,
wait!", so I opened the message to check. Turns out it was a
legitimate query. And it's not the first time that's happened.

So be wary what you delete. Sometimes you'll have to read through a
batch of spam to avoid missing potentially important messages.

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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