Does that look like a scam or spam of some sort? Obviously.
Well, no, guess what, it is genuine, and really is from OFCOM. So I asked what was going on.
The explanation of the "Dear User Windettj1" is: "June has made changes to Andrews & Arnolds SCs, hence it is her user name that appears on this e-mail".
OK, but I am not June, so why send me an email saying "Dear User Windettj1"?
The explanation for the firstname.lastname@example.org is even odder: "When NMS was migrated all e-mail address were randomly scrambled, email@example.com is a scrambled address"
I'm sorry, but WTF?
- Why "scramble" email addresses?
- Since when is firstname.lastname@example.org in any way "randomly" scrambled. gmailgmail.com is a real domain, so that is probably a real email address. Are OFCOM deliberately leaking other people's email addresses? Or are they making up email addresses to create annoying backscatter to innocent parties? Or are they copying random third parties with emails that should be sent to us?
- Why include a random scrambled email address in the email anyway? It just makes no sense!
They don't offer any explanation - it is like they deliberately made a system to send total nonsense to people, and when asked about it they just explain how total nonsense it is, as if that was what they intended all along.
It is like having a conversation with the mad hatter?!
And these people regulate our communications industry in this country.