I got some spam today on my former (yahoo) email site. That's why it's my former email site; I got tired of all the spam. But this one caught my eye: it purports to be from a "friend" who references restricted information from my Facebook account. And it tries to intimidate me, to keep me from voting for Jack Conway.
Update: Edited to remove name of spammer. Several people probably share his name, and I don't want to risk misidentifying him.
Here's how the email read:
I'm tired of your anti-Rand ravings on FB! Read and accept the following stats, and move on.... RAND WILL WIN. No chance, in a Republican wave election year, for Conway - especially after his dirty, disgusting AQUA BUDDHA ad! You're in Kentucky Maggie Pax, not California, not New York, not Massachusetts....
Poll Date Sample Paul (R) Conway (D) Spread
RCP Average 10/18 - 10/26 -- 50.3 42.3 Paul +8.0
CNN/Time 10/20 - 10/26 785 LV 50 43 Paul +7
FOX News/POR-Rasmussen 10/23 - 10/23 1000 LV 50 43 Paul +7
PPP (D) 10/21 - 10/24 900 LV 53 40 Paul +13
Mason-Dixon 10/18 - 10/19 625 LV 48 43 Paul +5
Now, it's true, I linked to several sites that gave information about Paul. News reports about the head-stomp, his Aqua Buddha days, and so forth. One thing I find interesting in this spam is the idea that polling data is more important than actually voting (by the way, none of the polls I've seen show this much spread. I mean, 13 points? It's been neck and neck most of the last month). Then, the bizarre claim than Conway's Aqua Buddha ad was "dirty, disgusting"--since when is truth dirty and disgusting? Finally the spam gave my name (not my Kos handle--I changed that for privacy) and my state and told me to "move on" (a reference to head stomping?).
The kicker is this: The supposed sender of the spam claims to be "XXXXX." I have no idea who this is. I've repeatedly restricted all my Facebook info to friends only, and he is not on my list.
This seems to be an attempt to intimidate Conway supporters, to get them to shut up and stay home on election day. The sender claims to be using Facebook data that I have specifically (and repeatedly) restricted to only friends. Obviously, the sender is no friend.
Also obviously, I will be voting on Tuesday for Conway. But here's my question: should I report this to anyone, and if so, to whom? I do not want to reply to the sender--the email address seems legitimate, but I do not know this person.
It's not to late to help us out here in KY. Help us fight thuggery and tea party fear. Vote on Tuesday.