SharePoint Alerts not working


Some business users were creating fake generic AD accounts tied to mailboxes to receive alerts from sharepoint.
They would log into sharepoint with their normal (real) accounts and then set an alert for these generic accounts

Problem was, though these fake generic accounts did receive the first "welcome" email but subsequently no email was sent on content addition/modification.

Turns out, these fake generic accounts had no access to the content in the first place! Which makes sense, since if you do not have access to content sharepoint wont send any alerts. But SharePoint will not stop users from adding alerts for these accounts. Simply give at least read access to these accounts and mail would flow