I wrote two-thirds of a column last week about the kind of email I got. Then I realized that anyone who uses email regularly probably gets the same assortment of junk.
I had a treat a few months ago when some enterprising airman from my compound – there were 60 of us of different services and even nationalities – got a list of the men who served in MACV 1 in Quang Tri Province. We exchanged a lot of emails – kind of fun after more than 40 years.
One thing I thought I had learned after more than 15 years of using email was which ones are real and which ones are phony. But I got an email Monday morning that seemed real and worthwhile. Let me see if I can duplicate the form I received:
From: Postal Service [email protected]
Subject: ID (N)EG62 881 835 4033 5366
Your parcel has arrived at the post office at December 7. Our postrider was unable to deliver the parcel. to you.
To receive a parcel. Please go to the nearest our office and show this postal receipt.
Best Regards, the FedEx Team
So, what do I do? I go to the Cernon Street post office in Vacaville, because I work just a few blocks away. The postal clerk says, “Oh, the post office right off Peabody takes care of these cross deliveries,” and he gives me directions.
I get there, and once again, there’s a long line. This time there’s a helper to see how you can be helped. He looks at my “receipt,” and has one word to say: “Scam.”
“What?” I ask, and he says, “No question, it’s a scam. Sorry about that.”
Two hours down the drain because I was too naïve to realize what I was looking at.
Bud Stevenson, a stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]