Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mysterious Email

So I just received a strange email:

Dear Arlo,

On the eve of the final test in this wonderful Ashes season myself and my wife were faced with a dilemma as to what to call our new born son. Out of nowhere the wonderful lady suggests Arlo which has always brought to my mind an exciting sports report after the humdrum miserableness and gloom that is the news. So it has been decided upon and with a bit of luck the new Arlo will either open the batting for England or play for Leeds when he is 16 and they are top of the premier league!

I hope that you don't mind my message and hope even more that this brings England all of the luck that they need to finish off the Aussies this weekend. Enjoy the coming days and if you have any advice for a newborn Arlo J Cook then it would be most welcome I'm sure.


Tony (his Dad)

At first I thought it was spam, but it doesn't really solicit any information from me. The email headers seemed legit. I ran traceroute on the ip address of the domain and found that it did indeed originate in England. I visited the website and found that Tony is the manager of a real estate agency in England.

So, this person seems real...the question is why did he contact me. I googled my name and found a wiki page for Arlo White:

Apparently, there's an English sports commentator with my name and Tony was trying to get in contact with him. It looks like he may have just grabbed my email from the second google result (my profile page at the Atlassian Forums). I suppose I'll email back and tell him he's got the wrong Arlo.

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