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"Did I win the crazy one of the week??????"

That's what Vickie M. from Portage asked me when she sent me today's viewer-submitted Spam Report. By virtue of its inclusion, I am definitively answering yes.

"Most of them I delete but this one was too off the wall had to send to you," she followed up. And I thank her for it.

This has a Downton Abbey feel to it, no? I mean how often is it that you get a note from a "Lady Brenda Maciver?" Sure, the fact that it comes from a furniture store email address is not particularly noble nor British sounding, but I'm likely nitpicking.

I do have to say though I'm a bit disappointed that words like "Countess" and "Dowager" are not included.

I digress but here are a few particularly funny Downton Abbey spoofs, including my kids' favorite, from the Sesame Street gang: http://theweek.com/article/index/254673/downton-abbey-watch-the-8-funniest-parodies

Basically, this is a boiler-plate attempt to get you to send personal information to whomever is on the other end of this email. With "due respect to humanity," there is no pot of gold or funds to disperse when Lady Brenda dies. I'm guessing Lady Brenda is really a guy with a bushy mustache and a Hawaiian shirt poolside hoping to scam you drinking something on the rocks with a paper umbrella sticking up from it.

Don't fall for it.

Thanks Vickie for sending this and if you have an outrageous, funny or worrisome email you want to let your neighbors know about, feel free to send it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com and then, just hit delete.

Have a great day.

Adam

----- Original Message -----

From: "Lady Brenda Maciver" (andrew@silhouettefurniture.co.za)

To: Vickie

Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 10:17 AM

Subject: With Trust and Love

Hope this comes to you in good health, I must apologise that i have to approach you this way. with due respect to humanity i am led to write to you from my sick bed, making you the beneficiary of my funds and carrying out my last will of succession for charity.

Please contact me at your earliest convenience so i could get more information to you via my Email.: br147@qq.com With Love, Lady Brenda br147@qq.com