I'm used to seeing (and deleting) "So-and-so invites you to social
networking site du jour" mail. I'm used to seeing "Sorry! I
didn't know they were going to send mail to all my contacts!" mail
(what, did their asking for your addressbook not tip you off?). I'm used
to people being surprised and hurt because I didn't accept their Orkut
or Facebook invitations. I'm used to invitations from people I've never
heard of, some obviously bogus. I've even become inured to invitations
that say "Please reply, or so-and-so may think you're not their friend!"
(followed by a sad little face, usually yellow). I treat all mail from
social networking sites as spam more or less automatically these days.
But the following invitation from WAYN ("Where are you now") still
managed to surprise me with its sleaziness in forging my name in
the From field:
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 02:11:25 -0000
From email@example.com Tue Dec 15 07: 1:28 2009
From: Abhijit Menon-Sen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Abhijit Menon-Sen <email@example.com>
Subject: You have 3 messages, 1 add friend request
Sorry, so-and-so. I'll never find out where you are now.