On the morning of Thursday, March 16th, 2017, I found an email in my in-box simply entitled ‘Elisa Lam’ from a sender identified as just ‘L.L.’. The email was short and ‘chatty’ – familiar even – containing a link to a Youtube video (see below) entitled ‘Elisa Lam Cemetery Synchronicity VERY STRANGE Mystery Death’. This video is described in the following manner:
‘Published on 8 Feb 2017
The Last Bookstore, which featured fairly prominently in the media as being one of the last places Elisa Lam was seen alive, uses a registrant privacy company for their website which is based in Burnaby, the suburb of Vancouver Elisa was from.
The address given is a PO Box on Canada Way in Burnaby.
However, the postal/zip code which is displayed for the address shows up as inside Forest Lawn Cemetery where Elisa’s remains reside.’
This is similar to information already in my ‘Tribute to Elisa Lam‘ post, but includes a step by step internet ‘search’ as a way of proving its point. This is all very interesting stuff – but the sender chose to hide their true identity and even their real email address. Although referring to themselves as ‘L.L.’ (probably mistaking ‘Elisa Lam’ for ‘Lisa Lam’), they sent this email to me through ‘https://emkei.cz’, a site that offers ‘Free online fake mailer with attachments, encryption, HTML editor and advanced settings…’, apparently based in the Czech Republic. As a consequence, they made it appear that their email was sent from own email address – effectively suggesting that I had emailed myself. The email reads:
Hi Adrian, Check out this bizarre Elisa Lam coincidence - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt8lhNNk9So Regards
X-Spam-known-sender: no (“From == To and no DKIM or SPF for from domain, likely forged”)
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:28:25 +0100 (CET)
A quick assessment of the ‘raw message’ revealed its ‘fake’ nature.