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I have this habit of cleaning up the spam folder regularly. This morning when I opened it to clean, there were 2 spam mails. One of them from a someone named as a former colleague of mine. For a second I was a bit confused.
There hasn't been any interaction between us for years now and all of a sudden that name pops up. I am not sure if this was just a coincidence or someone has access to my contacts.
Spammers love harvesting address books. If they have his address book, they can spam his contacts with a better-than-otherwise chance of it getting through filters, automated and human.
Odds on, he's fallen for some sort of phishing.
Software rusts. Simon Stephenson, ca 1994. So does this signature. me, 2012
LOL, the same thing has happened to me a few times too. I seriously doubt it was a coincidence, especially if there is a link on the email. The last time was from a former co-worker that I didn't even care for or even socialized with. It's a little strange seeing "Hi Joe!" from someone like that.
I believe what happens is a computer with an email client on it, such as Outlook, is infected with a virus. The virus exports the computer's address book to some distant server and harvests it into a giant list meant for spamming and whatnot. Doing a quick google it looks pretty easy to use PowerShell or even worse, VBScript to export an Outlook address book. Thus, I'm very suspicious when I receive an email from someone that I do not socialize with.
I took one look and understood what they meant. Not sure why a comma would be needed, it makes perfect sense as is. I can see how someone with a very dirty mind might parse that without a comma, but that's on them, not the writer of the card.