I’m sure it’s happened to most people*. Emails or text messages from random strangers that were meant for others and were sent to you on accident. Like this one…
I don’t get a ton of these messages, but every once in a while someone hurriedly shoots off an email to one of my internet-dopplegangers, that is, one of the assortment of virtual strangers with whom I share a first initial and last (well, maiden now) name and it ends up in my inbox.
That’s not all that odd, though. I own FLast@gmail.com and many of my internet-doppplegangers have email addresses like F.Last@gmail.com or FLast94@gmail.com. So it’s not outside the realm of possibility for me to receive an occasional email meant for them.
What is kindof odd, I’m now starting to realize, is just how many of these emails are about money in one way or another, and it almost makes me want to jump into the conversation and put my two cents (haha) in as well. I don’t… usually I just email the person who sent the email to tell them they should check their sender. But, what would it look like if I did answer on behalf of some of my internet dopplegangers?
From RG, I received an email pondering the secondhand purchase of tickets to a water park.
“lady at work has 4 tickets she is selling for $78 total, the tickets must be used before the first weekend in September. is this something we would want to do? I am assuming if we only bought two tickets she would lower the price, but I bet we could find two other ppl to come with us and help pay for the tickets, just a thought. It would be more money we shouldnt be spending but were young and soposed to have fun =]”
Hey RG! If it’s more money we shouldn’t be spending, we’re probably better off passing on the $78 water park tickets. I don’t want us to be fighting over money later or hassling friends to pay us for water park tickets they didn’t really want in the first place just to hit up a water slide now. How about we stop by the dollar store and grab some water balloons or see if we can find a slip n slide for cheap? That could be a very entertaining Saturday. =]
Long term, though… we’ll probably be in a better position monetarily if you stop sending me links to Comic-Con threads on reddit from your work email address during work hours. Don’t get me wrong, that was a great thread, but (as you said) we’re young. Now is the time to buckle down and impress the hell out of our bosses at work so we can zoom up the payscale early. Then we’ll have a lot more money for water parks later.
From SC, I received some valuable thoughts on pricing for snowmobiles listed on Craigslist – which wasn’t particularly useful to us here in Florida.
“I looked at these sleds they appear to be in fairly good shape, as for the price… The trailer alone is probably worth $800.00 to $1000.00 If the sleds run and are in good shape ie no rips in the seats, skis not beat all to hell and tracks not misssing a lot of lugs them they are probably worth $900.00 to $1000.00 each. Something to keep in mind shit wears out and if a clutch is worn out you will drop about $700.00 bucks in a heartbeat. So I guess what I’m saying is, if all is right with them this is not a bad deal to get you started, but you will probaly need to upgrade the sleds in a couple of years unless they are like in excellent running condition and you won’t know untill you ride them and see. I would probably go in with cash and offer them $2300.00 and settle for around $2500.00. Good luck”
Thanks, SC. This sounds like solid advice that I will definitely keep in mind if South Florida ever freezes over (which I anticipate happening approximately 3 minutes before hell does). Snowmobiling sounds like it can be an expensive habit, but with your advice, I feel like I’m much more likely to find a good value on a used (starter) snowmobile. So seriously, thanks for taking the time to look at these and share your accumulated snowmobiling wisdom. I mean that.
From Best Buy, I received notifications that they were cancelling Geek Squad service for one of my midwestern dopplegangers.
“This email is to inform you that your monthly plan(s) have been suspended due to non-payment. Therefore, you do not have access to the benefits available under the monthly Geek Squad Protection.”
Thanks for the notice, Best Buy. Am I to take this casual notice and no information about the account going to collections as an indicator that this won’t show up on my credit report?
Honestly, I’m probably better off without you since I never got great service from the Geek Squad and the claims process was terrible years ago, and I’m better off self-insuring most items in my life that I can afford to replace.
From Colon Cancer Canada…
“Thanks for sponsoring [Jane Doe] in Colon Cancer Canada’s Push For Your Tush 2014!”
Ummmmm… you’re welcome! Good luck with the tush, Jane! =)
But I Don’t
If anything, I usually just say, “Hey, you probably didn’t mean this for me. Double check the email address you meant to send it to.” It’s not really my business to tell people what they should and shouldn’t be doing with their money, but sometimes it’s amusing to imagine how it would play out.
Do you ever get entertaining emails intended for one of your internet dopplegangers? What do you say? How would you have responded to these emails?
* Coincidentally, This American Life just replayed an episode from last year where someone pranks folks who accidentally email him. I don’t think I had caught this one when it first aired!