OK, Gentle Readers, it's time to get serious. You know I mostly write this stuff with my tongue stuffed firmly in my cheek - my name isn't really Isabella Golightly (she was my great-grandmother, honest to ghod), I don't really have a fabric addiction (oh yes I do!) and my husband's name isn't really Mr Golightly (it isn't even the same as my name!), but sometimes, serious stuff needs to be discussed. And this is one of those times, because I've started the sentence with a preposition, so it must be.
I got an email from somebody pretending to be Helen Bainbridge, who has the lovely blog "Baino's Banter". It was titled "Check out my photos". I thought it might be from her, because she'd been blogging about her trip to Italy & France, and she knew I was interested in seeing her photos, so I clicked on the link. I created a user ID, and then, lo and behold, there was nothing from Baino at all. What did happen was that people in my email address book started getting emails from me (both in my real, actual name, and my Isabella Golightly persona) inviting them to check out my photos.
I take a lot of photos. I love photography. But I don't email every single person in my address book (work colleagues, Etsy suppliers, friends, relatives, you name it) asking them to have a look at them - I'm extremely discerning about who can see what of mine (really mine, not Isabella Golightly's. She even has a Flickr page!). So, I did a bit of digging. Turns out the mob who sent this email are serial spammers who use this insidious method to get into your computer and your address book.