I recently received an email that read, in part, as follows:

“Our Webmail Database that records your webmail data and profile has just been contrasted by a serious circulating internet virus. As a result we are upgrading to a new email version to help increase the storage megabyte and are therefore deleting all unused emaill account as a result of the nonexistence of users.

“To confirm the your account is currently in use and to integrate the recent maintenance carried out in e-mail system and also help in resetting your space in our database and erase the virus circulationin our webmail. Reply back with the information as required below. . .”

A request for username, password, and other identifying information follows.  It’s obviously a phishing scam.  My first reaction is that scammers need grammar lessons—using plurals when called for, having subject and verb agree, and eliminating sentence fragments would make the pitch much more plausible.  Also, though, I’m concerned about one of the problems the author cites as necessitating deletion of email accounts, namely the nonexistence of users.

Question-mark-faceI wonder, do these users know they don’t exist? Why are non-existent users being singled out?  Is it because they’ve been neglecting their email accounts?  If their email accounts get deleted, won’t that be a further blow to their already-fragile identities (not only do I not exist, but now I’ve lost email privileges as well)?

If the non-existent are losing their email accounts, what other indignities might they be suffering?  I understand that there has been a major effort to delete the non-existent from the rolls of registered voters.  (It’s been Republicans who have been particularly intolerant of non-existent voters.  Democrats are said to be more accepting.)   There are also reports of the non-existent losing their welfare benefits or Social Security pensions.  In the workplace, the non-existent aren’t likely to gossip, embezzle, show up late, or take overly long coffee breaks, yet employers are very hesitant to hire them.  They can’t buy a house or get a driver’s license.  And how many of them have good credit scores with the rating agencies?  Very few, I’d wager!

The non-existent are clearly the victims of discrimination.  I, for one, think that this mistreatment has gone far enough.  Let them keep their email accounts!