A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, my grandmother wanted email.
My husband (Ramit) and I weighed the costs and benefits of various inexpensive machines and devices and remote support costs of a home-brew machine and ended up buying her (on his credit card) an e-machine from some mail-order catalog place that was cheap because we agreed to subscribe to Compuserve for a term of like three years.
Eventually we decided to consolidate a few things here and there financially, and make it easier for her to get pictures in email, we swapped her over to my old AOL account.
She was immediately inundated with SPAM but she just deletes those (and AOLs overeager filters delete a lot before she gets it).
Yesterday, she was over for dinner and said “oh, I got an email from you, Ramit, but it was too small and I couldn’t read it.” So we fired up my laptop, logged in, and there was an email that was your basic “refinance your house” email.
The problems, are, though:
They had his correct name.
The title of the email was our home address (the same adress that the machine was bought from, but not the same name and adress who currently pays the AOL bill on that account).
How did they get his name and address and associate it with that random email account?