"I love the things you say. I love the way you are a part of my life every day."
Every day, I think about Jared Polis, one of three Democratic candidates for Congress in the second district. I think about him not because of the myriad political missives that his campaign sends out via TV, radio and the web, but because of the e-mails I get, allegedly from his previous enterprise, bluemountain.com.
Except that these are signed: "BlueMontain e-Cards is more safety for you."
I know that in 1999, Polis sold the greeting-card company started by his parents back in the '70s, which had specialized in treacly verses printed on touchy-feely cards and posters, but Polis pushed onto the Internet. I know that his family netted hundreds of millions with that sale, which meant Jared Polis had plenty of money he could pour into numerous ventures detailed here in a story by Michael Roberts, including his race for Congress.
But it also means that I can't blame Polis for the most common scam currently hitting my in-box -- those notes from Blue Mountain trying to lure me in with the promise that "Someone thought about you."
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Someone who wants me to ignore the typos and click that box so that I -- and all my computer files -- can become an even bigger part of his life. -- Patricia Calhoun