It isn’t enough

Found the following message in my personal email this morning:

Personal Assistant position available in your area and earn $500 weekly as a Personal Assistant,kindly email for more details.
Robert Garman

Rather mysterious isn’t it?  Well, according to what I can find out “Robert Garman” is with something called “recipesandbeautytips” . com.   Let’s take a look at this message.

First of all, there is no indication of whom this was sent to – not my name, not “undisclosed recipients”, just nothing at all.  That’s a good indicator it’s a phishing expedition.  “In your area”.  That is a real red flag in my case.  My personal email is with Shaw.  Now, that wouldn’t be unusual if I lived in western Canada, but I live in Ontario, where the only presence Shaw has east of Manitoba is television and cable stations.  So, how can “Robert” be sure there is a position available in my area?  Looking at that $500 a week, that isn’t really a hell of a lot more than I’m currently getting on my pension, so sorry Robert, it isn’t enough.

“Kindly email for more details.”  Okay, and what sort of information are you going to be asked to give up before you get more details on this job “in your area”?  Whatever it is, I wager it won’t be worth it.

I realize the unemployment rate is high right now, but if you get an email out  of the blue  offering you a job “in your area” chances are very good it’s a fake.  I’d suggest you do what I did and delete it.

Enjoy your week and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.

Cat.

And who are you when you’re home?

Found the following in my gmail spam this morning:

Enchance Your Regions Online Access
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Regions Bank <Aerts_security@regionsbank.com>
    
10/12/2012
        
to undisclosed recipients

Dear Regions Member,

Your Regions Account was recently logged into from a computer, mobile device or other location you’ve never used before.
For your protection, we’ve temporarily locked your account until you can review this activity and make sure no one is using your account without your permission.

Did you log into your Regions Account from a new device or an unusual location?

– If this was not you, there’s no need to worry. Simply Download the attached member profile attacment and complete Regions verification form.Otherwise your account will be suspended soon.

For more information, visit our Help Center:by downloading the attachment form and click Submit .

Thanks,
Regions Security Team
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First telltale: undisclosed recipients.  This is a sure sign the message is either spam or phishing.  If it was a message intended for you, it would have your name on it, not a generic “hey you”.

“Regions Bank”.  As I said in the title, who are they when they’re at home?  Well, according to Google, Regions Bank is a legitimate enterprise with headquarters in Birmingham Alabama and branches in 16 states.  Well, that answers that.

Even with this information, I have trouble believing this is anything other than an attempt to get me to give up personal information.  For example, notice the date on this message  – 10/12/2012.  So has this been wandering aimlessly through cyberspace?  I ask because I got it on February 7, 2013, which is at least two months after it was sent or longer depending on whether they used mm/dd/yyyy or dd/mm/yyyy as the format.

The main question I have about this is “Can these people honestly expect that we would have forgotten whether or not we have an account with Regions Bank?  Do they think we will just automatically send them the requested information because the message is from a “bank” and therefore must be legitimate?  Then again, perhaps some people don’t have any idea where they bank, although I find that hard to believe.  But then again, with things such as direct deposit and the fact there seems to be an ATM on every street corner, some people haven’t seen the inside of their bank for years.

If you get this message, just delete it.  If you do in fact deal with Regions Bank, phone your branch to ask about this, don’t just blindly assume it’s a real message and respond.

Enjoy your day and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.

Cat.

This is a fake

I was away early yesterday morning and didn’t check my mail before I left.  When I got home, I was too tired to care, so it wasn’t until about 20 minutes ago I got around to checking the mail and spam.  I found the following in my gmail spam:

service@gmail <postmaster@deneme.com>
    
9 Dec (2 days ago)
        
to undisclosed recipients

Gmail Today

Dear Gmail Member,

For continuity, you are required to validate your account immediately.
* Username: ……………………………….
* Password: ………………………………..
* Date of Birth: ……………………………
* Country Or Territory: …………………

Warning: Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two days of receiving this warning stands the risk of loosing his or her account permanently.

Regards,

© 2012  Gmail Inc. All Rights Reserved | My Account
Now that this is a fake is obvious for several reasons, the most obvious being that it has been more than 48 hours since this was sent and I still have access to the account.  Other telltales are that once again it was sent to “undisclosed recipients”.  Sure sign it’s a scam or phishing.  I also find it interesting that although I have separate accounts for my various businesses, only my personal account received this message.

Do the people who send these things out really believe we’re as dumb as they hope we are?  If so, I’m terribly insulted.  Look at this logically.  If this were, as it purports, truly from gmail, why on earth would it be sent from the address “deneme.com” rather than gmail itself?  Guess they didn’t think anyone would notice.   Notice too that they are asking for much more information than I had to provide when I opened the account.

So, although I’m technically beyond the two days they mention, I’m not the least bit worried about “loosing” my account.

Once again dear followers and readers, if you get this, you won’t lose access to your account and all you’ll do is give them enough information to hijack your account.  Delete the message (not this posting).

Enjoy your day and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.

Cat.

Why do they bother hiding?

Nobody called me today.  Before you start the “well, if you weren’t such a witch, people would call”, or offering to call, I’ll explain.  Got a call today, just about lunch time naturally, and this is what my call display showed:

Unknown name (000) 000-0000.

Now, if there’s no name and the number is a string of zeros, obviously there’s nobody there.

Okay, seriously now.  It would stand to reason this call was from some telemarketer.  The  fact that it came at mealtime (lunch in this case) and the number was hidden is pretty much a giveaway it’s someone selling something.  Sort of the telephone version of spam’s “undisclosed recipients”. But, why do they bother hiding their number?

Are telemarketers really so out of touch with the rest of the world they don’t realize most people have call display and further that many people won’t answer calls from numbers they don’t recognize; or “unknown name” and “unknown number” or, as in this case what is obviously a fake number?

Since call display is now so common, I’m sure these pests have noticed a reduction in their contacts. Not sure if they keep track of those figures, but they probably should. I’m sure those numbers would confirm my previous statement.   Because these salespeople can be very obnoxious on the phone, and “no call” registries don’t seem to be effective, ordinary citizens are ignoring these calls more and more all the time.

I don’t usually answer any calls when the name or number is blocked, this week being an exception.  Building management has hired a masonry company to replace some brickwork in my building – on the outside wall of my apartment and the two above it – so my place sounds as if I’m inside the brick they’re pounding on. I answered one such call this past week by snarling “WHAT?” into the receiver.  I must have scared whoever called because they hung up.  Very disappointing.  Many, many years ago I worked in a place like that and rule number one was “don’t let the customer hang up on you – hang up on them first.”  Damn it, he beat me to it this time.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and remember to hug an artist – we need love (and identifiable phone calls) too.

Cat.

Call me cold-hearted

The following was in my gmail spam when I checked it on Sunday night:

Sonia Wilson <bulgarisr@aol.com>
    
12:30 (11 hours ago)
        
to undisclosed recipients
I AM MRS. SONIA WILSON, A DEAF WIDOW TO LATE ROBERT WILSON FROM SEATTLE
WASHINGTON,USA. PRESENTLY IN ISRAEL RECEIVING TREATMENTS, I AM 61 YEARS
OLD, I AM NOW A NEW CHRISTIAN  CONVERT, SUFFERING FROM LONG TIME CANCER OF
THE  BREAST,FROM ALL INDICATION MY CONDITIONS IS REALLY DETERIORATING AND IT
IS QUITE  OBVIOUS THAT I WON’T LIVE MORE THAN SIX MONTHS, ACCORDING TO MY
DOCTORS,THIS IS  BECAUSE THE CANCER STAGE HAS GOTTEN TO A VERY BAD STAGE. MY
LATE HUSBAND WAS  KILLED DURING THE U.S. RAID AGAINST TERRORISM IN
AFGHANISTAN, AND DURING THE  PERIOD OF OUR MARRIAGE WE WERE UNABLE TO
PRODUCE A CHILD.

AFTER HIS DEATH, I INHERITED ALL HIS BUSINESS AND WEALTH. THE DOCTORS HAS
ADVISED ME THAT I MAY NOT LIVE FOR MORE THAN SIX MONTHS, SO I NOW DECIDED TO
DIVIDE THE PART OF THIS WEALTH, TO DONATE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHURCH
IN  AFRICA, AMERICA ASIA, AND EUROPE. I PRAYED OVER IT, I AM WILLING TO GIVE
THE $8.6MILLION DOLLARS, TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED. RIGHT THE THE FUND IS
DEPOSITED WITH A SECURITY COMPANY IN USA. I AM OF AWARE THAT THERE ARE LOTS
OF SCAM IN INTERNET, I  SWEAR TO YOU WITH THE NAME OF OUR LORD THAT THIS IS
NEVER A SCAM.YOUR HELP WILL  SAFE MANY LIFE IN THE WORLD, LET GOD TOUCH YOUR
HEART TO HEAR MY CRY.

LASTLY, I ALSO WANT YOU TO ASSURE ME THAT WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE FUND IT WILL
BE  USED FOR THE SAID PURPOSE.  MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS THE LOVE OF
GOD AND  THE FELLOWSHIP OF GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY I AWAIT URGENT
REPLY.

YOUR’S IN CHRIST.

MRS. SONIA WILSON

Once again, the first indicator that, despite “Sonia Wilson” swearing this is not a scam, the fact it is sent to “undisclosed recipients” tells me she’s taken the name of the Lord in vain for “undisclosed recipients” is a sure sign it is a scam.

This message attempts to push all the right buttons
– she’s a widow
– her husband was killed in Afghanistan (appealing to patriotism here)
– she’s deaf
– she’s got advanced cancer and only six months to live
– she’s childless
– the amount of 8.6 mil is certain to attract attention.

But, as I said in the title, call me cold-hearted, for I don’t believe a single word of it.  She claims to be a new convert to Christianity, so why wouldn’t she just leave it to her church to use for the stated purposes?  As I said, I’m not buying her story. Perhaps if it hadn’t been typed all in capitals and used proper spelling, punctuation and grammar she may have a better chance of someone falling for it.

The only response this plea deserves is for those “undisclosed recipients” to hit “delete”.  But we all know that there will be people out there who will jump at the thoughts of getting their hands on that money. And of course they won’t even consider its intended purposes.

Enjoy your week and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.

Cat.