Like most people I receive a lot of strange E-mails. Also, I get a lot of comments, enquiries and requests generated by my website. It is not always clear from the source, however, if the E-mails are legitimate or not and which ones contain unfriendly virus attachments or whatever. We have to be careful what we open.
So! When I received an E-mail from somebody called 'D', I immediately deleted it. A few days later I got another E-mail from 'D'. This time I opened it. It had incredibly unusual wording, grammer, and spelling, implored me for help and requested one of my books on nematode parasites. The wording looked like the work of a creative colleague who was trying to play a trick. So, AGAIN I deleted the E-mail. A few more days and another E-mail from 'D'. This time I looked at it more critically. It contained an address with the name of a strange sounding University in a middle east country. I got on the web and 'Lo and Behold' , I found that indeed there was such a University and the E-mail was probably a legitimate request for information. So, feeling badly about my neglect, I wrapped up a book and sent it off. Sometime later I received the 'thank you' note you just read.
P.S. If you think you can now send me a strange E-mail, written in odd English and get a free book - FORGET IT!!!