This message is for the intended recipient only

… so if you got it, that’s actually our fault but we can’t do anything about it.

I just paid my credit card, I got this rather nice email. Email has been suitably mangled to vainly hide the place issuing my credit card (although it’s really not hard to work it out if you’re moderately intelligent)

Spot the logical inconsistency, win a prize* I really like the bit where they refer to me as an ‘it’ at the end.

* Prize not real, prize not valid in countries where breathing oxygen is permitted. Limit of zero per entrant.

Dear You (although at the end of this message we refer to you as an ‘it’),
Thank you for your payment made through Leading Brand Supermarket Credit Card.
Payment was submitted on xx/yy/zzzz aa:bb and will take 4 working days to reach your account.
Payment amount £ooo.oo.
Best wishes
Some Bloke
Marketing Director, Place that owns most of your life
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Today’s bizarre scam email, with headers and free PDF

Is even weirder than usual in that if you read it, it doesn’t ask you to do anything, it just explains some account is about to receive an immense sum of money. The account isn’t mine, and it’s not a “lost” account that I need to give my details to transfer money out of… If you’re going to scam me, at least tell me what to do so I can get scammed. 2/10 – try harder.

It came as a PDF and won’t let me copy the text out of it, so here’s an image of the page to look at. Click for bigger image.

And here’s a link to the PDF itself

And for those of you who like mail headers, here they are

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GMail thinks I am German…

Weird German GMail error
Weird German GMail error

The error message says

Lieber Nutzer,

in Deutschland heißt unser E-Mail-Service Google Mail, nicht Gmail.

Sie können Ihre E-Mails in Deutschland direkt unter abrufen.

Ihr Google-Team

Der E-Mail-Service von Google ist in Deutschland nicht mehr über die von Ihnen eingegebene URL abrufbar.

Allgemeine Informationen zu Google finden Sie in Deutschland wie gewohnt unter oder

Which translated using Babelfish comes out as

Dear user, in Germany is called our email service google mail, not Gmail. They can call up your emails in Germany directly under Their googleteam The email service of does not google is in Germany any more over the URL entered by you callably. General information too google find you in Germany as used under or
Kind of confused why I’m seeing this given I’m sat in the UK…

Cleaning out my mailbox

I’ve just pruned my GMail, chopping it down from a flabby 780MB to a leaner 500MB, mostly by deleting bulk adverts, spam and a few high-volume mailing lists I no longer read. While unsubscribing I came across the slightly controversial new-look Daily Dilbert mails.

Dilber’s ace, I read it every day, but since they started producing an RSS feed I’ve been tracking it in there instead, so I have no need to see the daily email.

It’s fortunate then that they provide this handy URL for me to click on…

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