The Spam Report: Day #43: "Congratulations!!!"
Act II, Scene 1.
It was drilled into my head as a high school student when we were studying Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." That's the part of the play I was required to memorize, but more embarrassingly, the scene that I would role-play with a particular young lady in my class.
You could call her an early crush. The muse of my early teenage years.
For those of you unfamiliar with Act II, Scene 1, begins most famously with the stanza, "Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" It proceeds to include the lines that are germane to today's Spam Report.
Juliet is implying that simply because Romeo is a Montague and she, a Capulet, that their names should not be the determining factor as to whether their love could be realized. It's heady stuff for a hormonal teenage boy, but maybe that story is for a different blog at a different time.
Anyhow, Juliet says: "What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;"
The whole premise of The Spam Report is that which we call spam by any number of names continues to smell as putrid. However, sometimes a name is exactly what can send a signal that's unmistakeable.
Take for example, the submission I've posted below. First of all, I think Samsung sells electronics, not lottery tickets. However the name I want you to pay close attention to is that of the Payment Remittance Agent.
Her first name is "Ploy."
If that doesn't tell you all you need to know, just hit delete.
Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.
From: DEPARTMENT OF SAMSUNG LOTTERY PROMOTION [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2013 11:14 AM
Your E-mail Address ID Won $1,000.000.00 (One Million US Dollar And A Samsung Galaxy Phone) in the Samsung 2013 YEARLY PROMOTION. For Prize Claim kindly send your:
Payment Remittance Agent
SAMSUNG SECURITY DEPARTMENT (THAILAND).
Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Samsung interactive Lottery Board.
MRS EDWARD GRIFFIN.
M.S.PRO. ZONAL COORDINATOR.