Pilot fish returns from an extended holiday weekend to find his inbox full of spam — and for once, dozens of the messages seem to be related.

"I was curious, so I didn't delete all 50 of them right away," says fish. "The first one was obviously spam — a 'Hi, do you remember me, can we talk?' message with a phishing link.

"But the first reply was from an autoresponder at a legal-services company: Thank you for your email. You have reached the email inbox for… Please let us know if you have any questions."

The next message is from another autoresponder, replying not to the spam but to the first autoresponder: Thank you for contacting us. This is an automated response confirming the receipt of your ticket. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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