curious spam...

Mark Seiden mis at
Mon Sep 14 21:40:40 UTC 2020

> On Sep 14, 2020, at 5:04 PM, John Levine <johnl at> wrote:
> In article <CAP-guGUfDirM1d+h0w_MRgx-Nu0o64EVSsAEnXkSK8SODY_=Dw at> you write:
>> I moved to Seattle. Today I found my grmail box subscribed to a
>> congressman's list from a nearby Washington jurisdiction. Not some
>> random congressman. And not any of the addresses I give out; my gmail
>> box's address which I don't. ...
> It's strange but I think it's not typical.  I have given tagged
> addresses to lots of political candidates and am getting buckets
> of mail, like five a day from each of the presidential campaigns
> to those addresses.
> I am getting no political spam to my gmail box, and do not recall any
> that wasn't clearly due to nitwits signing me up who thought that my
> address (which is my name) was their address.
> R's,
> John

on a probably unrelated note, the new yorker has an interesting piece this week about the 
ultra invasive trump2020 app, provided by Phunware.

The writer claims in the last 'graph that they managed to track down an email address she 
never provided to the app:

“...the messages I began getting from the Trump campaign every couple of hours were sent not only to the name and address I’d used to access the app. They were also sent to the e-mail address and name associated with the credit card I’d used to buy the phone and its SIM card, neither of which I had shared with the campaign. Despite my best efforts, they knew who I was and where to reach me."

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