So I get back to my desk after lunch and find the following email message in my Outlook……
From: Melissa John [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 1:14 PM
To: Stefan Simmons
Subject: Just to say hi….and let you know about your son…….probably
This is Melissa. How are you. Hope things are well with you and your family and your job. Heard about the RBC transaction. Change should be for the better……I hope!!!:)
Anyhow, i am just writing because i have something important to let you know. I need to ask you if it is possible for you to contact me for us to have a parterinty test conducted on my two year old son, to confirm whether or not you are the father of my son.
I have been contemplating with this for a while now, but i think it is in my son’s best interest for him to get to know his dad.
I know it was only a sexual thing, but you were the last man i had sex with and you were also the only man in my life at that time.
I know this may come as a surprise to you, and i am not after your money (as i have my own). I just want you in your son’s life. I do not think i am asking for much.
Please contatct me (384-3500) for us to futher discuss this matter
Now after seeing it, i had no intention of responding to it primarily because:
1. I’ve never slept with anyone named Melissa (not for lack of trying..LOL)
2. I know for sure that I have not sired any children
3. It was obviously sent to me in error.
Michael Jackson’s "Billy Jean" started to play in my head but I just found it amusing.
I printed a copy of it and while at the printer I just asked my Admin Assistant if by chance anyone called and asked her my my work email address. She did not reply.
I then proceeded to a colleague’s office where we spoke on the disturbing email for about 2 minutes. Within that time I called my mom to inquire if she was giving out my work email address or if she knew who Melissa John was. Strangely enough, my mom didn’t answer her phone.
My colleague then suggested that I call the number. I told him that it didn’t make sense as I was almost certain that this had nothing to do with me. It was only then did he looked at the date on the message and realised that it was an April Fool’s Day prank. I laughed out loud.
On hearing the laughter I walked over to my admin assistant who was just getting off her line and she started to giggle.
She orchestrated the entire thing. She established a fake email account and gave the number of the HR Manager’s Admin as the decoy number.
I must say it was a good prank. They were so certain that i would go into a panic (Why??? I don’t know…Ask them.).
While I had no doubt of my innocence in the matter, they were so certain that i was trapped. LOL
With co-workers like these. Who needs enemies…LOL