My friend has had her Gmail address for maybe 5 years. Some email programs and services automatically filter spam based on common key words, the number of people the message is being sent to, or the sender’s reputation. Unfortunately, email that people don’t want runs the risk of being marked as spam.
She regularly gets emails, which are sent to that address but are from people whom she has never heard of and who obviously don’t know her. I’ve had my Gmail address for even longer and I’ve never, never had such an occurrence. If an email newsletter that you signed up for changes its focus into something you don’t want, it might legitimately be considered spam.
This week, mega dating-platform Tinder released its list of the most swiped professions in 15 countries, including Australia, and the findings are surprising.
The No.1 most swiped profession for men in Australia was flight attendant, and the top-spot for women went to swimming coach.
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If it doesn’t look like spam it’s probably not spam, though emails that don’t look like spam can still sometimes be used as probes to see if an email address might be valid.
Now, why is she getting emails from strangers and you’re not?
My guess is that the senders are intending to email other people with that last name, and just getting it wrong. A lot of people will assume that, for example, if someone’s name is John Smith, his email address is probably [email protected] the email service. My Gmail address actually isn’t really all that common, and yet I still get occasional email that is clearly targeted at someone else.
In fact, it reminds me of years ago when we had a phone number that was one digit off from our local poison control line. Of course, there’s a temptation to reply to correct people’s errors.
People would call us thinking that they were reaching Poison Control. Maybe I’m too cynical, but I actually don’t recommend that.