The Daily Spam Report 12/5: “MAIL”

Courtesy: My friends at the Tattered Cover Bookstore

Courtesy: My friends at the Tattered Cover Bookstore

The information age in which we live has both positives and negatives, both of which are exhibited in the email I’ve posted below.

It reminds me of the quote from the 1955 play, “Inherit the Wind,” where one of the characters, Henry Drummond, says “Progress has never been a bargain. You have to pay for it. Sometimes I think there’s a man who sits behind a counter and says, “All right, you can have a telephone but you lose privacy and the charm of distance. Madam, you may vote but at a price. You lose the right to retreat behind the powder puff or your petticoat. Mister, you may conquer the air but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline.”

Progress somehow allowed someone named “Bruce Benjamin,” who described himself as an Armenian auditor to find my email address. Somehow, he has reached across an ocean, across a continent, even “taken pains to find (my) contact through personal endeavours.”

However, progress allowed me in the span of less than a minute, at much less pain apparently, to use a search engine to look up the website of Ernst & Young, to search for “Bruce Benjamin,” and after coming up with no evidence of such a person, to go back to the search engine and run his name with Bank of Europe as well. The only results I found were from websites in Spanish, some dating back as far as 2008, showcasing the exact same email he sent to me.

Apparently, he calls other people “Friend” as well.

It really only takes a couple minutes to sift through stuff and realize what junk it is. The couple minutes on the front end could save you a world of hurt on the back end.

Thanks for reading and remember to just hit delete… or send it to me first, if it’s particularly onerous, and then, hit delete.

Take care,


—–Original Message—–
From: Bruce Benjamin []
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 3:25 PM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: MAIL

Dear Friend,
My name is Mr.Bruce Benjamin, an Armenia national. I work as an external auditor for Bank of Europe. I Work as part of a bigger team that covers the entire Eastern Europe and Spain region. I have taken pains to find your contact through personal endeavours.
I wish to discuss with you an issue of immense benefit to us.
Contact me only through my private email Thank you.

Bruce Benjamin.
Ernst & Young