This particular e-mail was out of the ordinary. It had nothing to do with any of those things. It went:
I just received an e-mail request for a review sample. Since I am not familiar with this gentleman, and I am not aware of an Australian edition of Stereophile, I thought I would run it by you for authenticity before I responded to him.
So, you see, there's this dude David Carpenter posing as "Review Officer 1" of our Australian offices, requesting review samples from hi-end companies. Totally bogus. We don't have an Australian office, and we've never heard of David Carpenter.
I don't think I like him very much. What was especially interesting and upsetting to me was that his e-mail was worded very much like one of my own requests for artwork or pricing info. As if he'd somehow gotten a hold of my handy work and recreated it for his own evil scheming.
Well, David Carpenter, you're foiled. Zoiks!