I received a very peculiar email at my @newleafjournal address (see contact page). This is not the first strange email I have received, but it may me the oddest. I re-print the email with the sender’s fake name and address redacted (XX is placeholder for sender’s “name” while “zz” is a placeholder for the part of the sender’s purported email addresses that is added to his, her, or its name):
My name is XX, I have a proposal for you about your last name. Reply for details. Email XXzz@gmail.com.
My last name is Ferrell. People commonly mispronounce it (it’s not Ferr-ell), but no one has ever offered a proposal about it. Now here is another odd point. The sender was XXzz@outlook.com. But for some reason, the sender wants me to reply at XXzz@gmail.com. Much like I did in the case of a domain phishing scam, I will decline to respond. But I do wonder what the proposal about my last name is.