We have a “junk mail” filter at work. Most of the time, the filter just moves what is obvious spam into a “junk mail” folder without me looking at the email or doing anything to it.
Sometimes, though — for reasons not known to me — particular junk mail will make it through the filter and be brought to my attention under the heading “Incoming Message Quarantined by Web Reputation Monitor.” I’m not sure whether the filter concludes that such emails are more likely to be legitimate, or because they come from more plausible email addresses, or some other reason. In any case, I recently got one of those messages, checked to make sure that the email wasn’t sent by somebody I know, and then stopped dead when I saw the “re” line: “Trump reveals groundbreaking secrets to triple your income.”
Of course, I didn’t try to open that spammy email . . . but I have to admit I was sorely tempted. Aren’t you curious about what income-tripling tips “Trump” might offer? Tips like: Be sure to inherit millions from your parents? Become a reality TV show star? Contribute to the political campaigns of every candidate for every office, regardless of their party affiliation, so you have ready access to the levers of power? Make liberal use of the American bankruptcy laws? Invest in “Man Tan” franchises?
Having seen the Trump income-tripling “re” line, I found myself thinking of other spam email “re” lines that would just be too tantalizing to pass up. Here are a few that I came up with:
“Hillary Clinton’s Guide to Data Security and Personal Ethics”
“Rappers and Buddhism: A Perfect Combination”
“Choosing A Soul Mate The Anthony Weiner Way”
“Personal Humility in the NFL”
I’m sure there are others.