Mark's Musings

A miscellany of thoughts and opinions from an unimportant small town politician and bit-part web developer

Thunderbird tells it like it is


Sad political nerd that I am, I’m signed up to the email mailing lists of all the main parties. So, this afternoon, the expected post-budget missives dropped into my inbox. I was rather amused to see, though, that Thunderbird apparently doesn’t have a very high opinion of Ed Miliband:

This message may be a scam

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In case you’re wondering, no, none of the others triggered the warning. It was just the email from Ed.

There is a slightly serious point to this, though. Things that trigger the scam alert on Thunderbird are the presence in the email of elements such as tracking images as well as phrases that are characteristic of spammers and phishers. If you’re serious about using email as a means of mass communication, then it’s important to make sure that you don’t get caught by spamtraps. This one made it as far as my inbox; other people may well not have seen it at all as their ISP or email provider will have filtered it out. Not making the effort to avoid that is a bit of an own goal.