Receiving Email Spam Intended for a Different Felix Jung

I was tickled to find this spam email in my Inbox the other day. The thing of it is: it’s in German, and likely intended for a different Felix Jung.

As some of you may know, there are a handful of other Felix Jungs out there in the world. And most of them are German.

Couple this with the way that Gmail works (it ignores special characters, so emails addressed to felix.jung will still arrive in my Inbox), and I tend to get the occasional message intended for someone else. It happens often enough that I’ve created a TextExpander snippet for just this very reason.

Sometimes, I’ll get email newsletters from a service that someone else named Felix Jung signed up for. I’ll know this because the emails are in German, and trying to find the “Unsubscribe” link is a pain in the butt.

Today though was a first: email spam intended for a different Felix Jung. I don’t mind though, as I can tell it’s spam and quickly deleted it.

Think of it as me taking one for the team.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. If this is a spam email, it’s a pretty good one. The german is entirely correct and it looks like a registration email for a dating site to confirm your account. Quite fun, that it ended up in your account though. :-)

    M. Reply

    • Interesting that the German is correct. Usually, with any spam email, bad grammar is a key indicator that something is amiss.

      English or German though, no way I’m touching any of those links!

      avoision Reply

  2. I have a feeling, that the spammers are getting better at faking real emails. Just recently, I got a really good fake paypal email. The only thing that gave it away was the weird sender email.

    Yeah, I wouldn’t touch these links either.

    M. Reply

    • Spam emails are definitely getting better. I’ve seen legitimate-looking emails that pretend to be from my bank. Many of the images are pulled from the official bank website, but all the links and buttons point somewhere else.

      Anymore, I rarely click on links in emails that reference my password or my account in any way. Instead, I’ll just go directly to my bank, or Facebook, or wherever and check for myself. Same is true for any text messages. Just safer that way.

      avoision Reply

  3. Uh-huh, “likely intended for a different Felix Jung.” I noticed the likely in there. Blame it on the German Felix Jungs, sure.

    Juliet Reply

    • “Blame it on the German Felix Jungs” is a good rule of thumb for me. And also sounds like a good first album title, to boot!

      avoision Reply

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