Hey Sen. Harris! I'm not Thomas!

The Kamala Harris 2020 Campaign brought about some confusion for me the past two days. I received email addressed to another Wachob whose first name begins with a “T”, but with a Comcast TLD. The name and comcast.net were part of the email message, so why was the email coming to me at a domain other than comcast.net?

I took a look at the headers for the email and yes, the email came from the Harris Campaign and was addressed to twachob@comcast.net. But they were ending up in my mailbox. Further down the headers, there was an entry where Comcast forwarded the email to the address to my usual address, including the correct server name for my IMAP server, which is not the same as my email domain.

After puzzling over these discoveries, I realized that over the past 13 years, I had Comcast Internet service for about 4-½ years. My guess is that I set up a mail forwarding rule at Comcast and forgot about it.1 Now, four years since I changed from Comcast, someone set up service and used the same email that I did.


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