I just got this email from Gerry Nance to the Obama Conspiracy Theories email address. You might remember Nance as an early participant in the birther movement. I featured him in an article about a year ago. Any time a birther of note tries to communicate with me, I’m interested, so I clicked on the shortened hyperlink following “What do you think of this?” and I ended up on a web page made to look like MSNBC (but not at MSNBC) touting a work at home scheme.
I have no thought that Nance sent the email intentionally. It’s just another in a long line of emails forged to come from someone I know, but aren’t from them. The connections seem to be from folks that I am friends with on Facebook, or from folks who have appeared on this web site. Nance’s email came from a Yahoo email server with an att.net email address (which is normal for AT&T customers).
It’s a little spooky, however, that somebody found the direct email to the site, which isn’t actually on the site. I guess Nance had my email address in his address book. I might have had him in mine too.
Ha! Just got another one from “Walter Francis Fitzpatrick III”, this time to my personal email address. The headers indicate it came from Gmail. Fitzpatrick is not in my address book; I checked.
The headers of both of these emails look legit to me (and I have some experience reading email headers) and they indicate that they came from the email accounts of the persons named. That suggests that they have both had their accounts compromised. So far, fingers crossed, I haven’t had any complaints of spam emails coming from me.
I don’t know whether this is just an inflated comment on my article or whether there is a full-fledged outbreak of email virus infection among the birthers. Orly Taitz published this headline yesterday:
I only mentioned two, but now it’s “most of my supporters and investigators.” WOWZERS!