I got an email recently from a company asking if they could use some of my photographs. This is it:
I naively thought that the key parts are:
I hope you don't mind me writing out of the blue, I found your email on your website. [...]
Some of my colleagues mentioned you to me and told me you should definitely be included in the guides. I am writing to ask if you could send me a few pictures I could use.
but I was unclear what "pictures" he was talking about as I look after lots of web sites around Cambridge and my photos, and Beth's, appear on many of them. So I replied asking which photos he had in mind.
A stony silence followed.
Today I'm on the sofa (yup, migraine) so thought I could at least tidy my mailbox and there was this email. Then I did a double take: at the bottom of the email was an "unsubscribe" link. The email had been generated by spamming software!
The sneaky f*ckers. Now I realise that the key part of their email was somewhere else entirely: they just wanted to put their services on my radar.. Nice bit of bait and switch there folks.
Anyway I've blurred out their name above as I don't want to give them any more free publicity but if you get a similar email, and you may if you work in IT around Cambridge, then you will be prepared.
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