Well, fortunately, we who receive those mis-sent communications are blessed with the kinds of information we would probably not have access to. One prospect I was pursuing mis-sent the note to his mistress to me, confiding how suicidal he felt now that his business was floundering. I stopped investing time pursuing that account. No, he never did cough up the business.
More recently, the mis-sent provided insight how those media properties select their contract writers. I had applied to a New England publication dealing with the helping professions. Since I had done articles on mental health issues I assumed I had a good shot. Seems not.
The mis-sent email, which seemed to be intended internally, noted that a certain candidate seemed "a little yippy" for the author's taste. There was also the confession of being "afraid of bloggers." However, there was a prime candidate in mind and it wasn't me. It was a someone who had worked or was working at a certain media company where they had connections. They were going to use those connections to check that person out. Let's hope that the applicant won't get outed for looking for freelance work and not perceived as dedicated enough.
Will I drop the bomb on these smug editorial folks and let them know they accidentally gave me entrance into their world? Of course not. Their not knowing that I know is too much fun.