Take, for an example, Nigeria. Apparently, there are a lot of people there who need my help and money so that they can gain access to their millions of dollars with which they'll pay me back.
The internet is filled with these things.
I just got an email from "Patrik," from a comhem.se email account (which is a Swedish email service. I could tell because there are a lot of words on the site which I had bought from Ikea and put together in my living room. Plus, on my third Google Translator try, proved me correct).
Now, when one creates an email account, you usually put your first and last name down so that people will know who you are. This account only had the first letter of his first name. So in my inbox, all it says is "P" with his actual email being four of the same letters strung together. Like this: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oooh, but it gets more interesting. In the email, he writes:
Im planning an article on Wikipedia about Lira.
I wonder if its ok with her/you ?
And I wonder if you please could add some facts and a photo
Of course my first action was to ignore it and click "Spam." He had my email address from my website. How he found that, I don't know, but Nigerian princes have before, so there. Because, really, how could a Swede have even a remote idea that I exist somewhere? For some reason, I just don't believe my "What Should You Do?" episode made that much of an impression on a swede who feels the need to start a Wiki page about me. ME. I AM NOBODY. I'm your every day waitress.
But in my inbox there's another email from the same guy:
Maybe I should add that I just want the ordinary facts like birthday, where she grew up, marriage, children, hobbies, future plans...
This is no spam or something weird its 100% serious.
Im planning doing other articles too, but there wasnt any Lira one so...
Okay. So maybe this person is a real person with real feelings and somehow found me and wants to write something about a no-name actress just because. Maybe if he publishes on Wikipedia, he'll have an article to reference as a writing sample to get more work. Who knows. So I thought the least I could do was respond:
I am flattered,
however, how did you hear of me? Do you have other articles you have written for Wikipedia? Forgive me, but I have Nigerian princes asking me for money all the time, so I hope you can appreciate my hesitance.
With his response, maybe I will tell him my birthdate, place of birth, mother's maiden name and social security number. It's the right thing to do.