Ace investigative journalist Bill Schmalfeldt (Stop laughing; I’m not to the punchline yet.) says he’s receiving emails from someone calling himself “Nomen Nescio.” He asked me about that name during our mediation session in January, and I told him that it was Latin for “Name not known” and that the term was used on legal documents before “John Doe” was common.
It turns out that it’s also used as a blind return address by some anonymous remailers. Over the past month, I’ve received several emails routed through dizum.com, and the all were supposedly sent by “Nomen Nescio” whose email account is “firstname.lastname@example.org.” It took all of 15 seconds to pull down the headers from the first such email and about a minute on Google to find the dizum.com website.It’s hosted on a server in Holland. Note the Dutch flag on the dizum.com browser tab.
I’ve never used such a service. While I have had occasion to encrypt the contents of an email (usually because of sensitive client data), I’ve never had to mask my email address.
My best guess is that the “Nomen Nescio” who sent the email shown above is the same person who has tried to post obscene comments here at Hogewash! under various obviously fake names. But that’s just a guess.
UPDATE—I never suggested that the Cabin Boy™ has sent any of the “Nomen Nescio” emails to himself. I would have thought that they came from another source. OTOH, one wonders if these don’t constitute a tacit admission …