Our E-mail Addiction - 1
From -- Subject
AcaiPure -- Dennis Detoxify Yourself with Acai Berry Boom!
Snoring Solution -- Dennis REUTERS: Can Snoring Kill? Surgeons ...
Online Surveys -- Dennis Be rewarded for taking surveys
123everythingabout -- Dennis Meet African American Singles in Your Area
First Universal -- Dennis Build a positive credit report with ...
DebtClear -- Dennis Legally Erase Your Credit Card
Financing Approval -- Dennis Debt Consultations available now
Digital TV for PC -- Dennis Introducing Digital TV for PC
Financial solutions -- Dennis Are you in financial trouble
Freequotes -- Dennis Affordable Automobile Insurance ...
Fight Foreclosure -- Dennis Fight foreclosure
In direct mail and e-mail, personalization can work. We all like to see our name in print.
However, my given name is Denison. I go by Denny. In my 73-plus years on this planet, only one person has ever called me Dennis on a regular basis: my actor friend William Bogert, whom I've known since fourth grade. And Bill has neither computer or e-mail, so this clumsy attempt at personalization was a failure. Every one was deleted instantly. (When I decided on this column, I dumpster-dove into my Yahoo trash and brought them back to life, although I haven't read any of them.)
How about this one?
From -- Subject
Sylvia Hatch -- In need of assistance
A cousin? I opened it. Here was the letter:
I am Miss Sylvia Hatch, the only Daughter of late Mr. Hassan Hatch. My father was a very wealthy Gold and Cocoa Merchant, my father was poisoned by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip which he died after a brief illness in the hospital. Before the death of my father he secretly called me to his bedside and told me that he has the sum of US$8.5Million deposited in one of the prime Banks, he gave me the Deposit Receipt which he used to deposit the fund together with the full contact information of the bank where the fund is deposited and adviced me to search for a reliable person who will help me for the investment of the fund. Please I am honourably seeking your assistance to help me transfer ...