I received an email that was written in German - my instinctive response was to reply stating that I did not understand, then my paranoia got the better of me so I copied the text into Babelfish and found that the message was actually an attempt to get me to reply by disclosing personal information. Thinking about it I guess such messages are in circulation all over the internet in many different languages - it's surprising that I've only ever recieved English/American ones.
For any comedians out there I'm not asking you to send me any as I'm certainly not collecting them!
Steve, beeing in germany, most of the phishing mails still are in ... english :-) WM_FYI
I thought it was good practice not to reply to any email that you do not recognise the sender of. I receieve over 20 hoax/phishing emails a day, in a variety of languages and styles. I generally think if it is above board the person will attempt to contact me in a way we both understand and that is secure.
I consider it best policy not to respond to any mails that I do not recognise the sender of. If it really is above board they will contact me again.
I absolutely agree that it's best not to reply to senders you don't recognise but I often receive valid messages from people I don't know.