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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Persistence and Scammer low-lifes

The Cells
The Cells (Photo credit: Melody Kramer)
One thing I have to grudgingly admire about the scammers out there is there persistence.  Of course this is far outweighed by their other traits, which merit some kind of retribution (I know what I'd like to do to them).  

I just got another one this morning asking me to change my security details at a bank I don't actually have an account with - which is always a giveaway.  This one obviously bypassed the scam/spam detection mechanisms of my email provider.  Luckily I don't see these mails often.

This one asked:



I changed the logo and bank name - it's not their fault.  the image above also removes the link in case there is someone out there stupid enough to follow it and fall into the scam.  There must be people still that naive out there for these guys (and gals) to keep on trying.

This is the most obvious of the scams we are subjected to, although they did upgrade the mail from courier font, and there are no spelling mistakes or major grammatical stumbles.  But, how can anyone still be fooled by these?

A lot of energy and effort goes into preventing these scams from reaching us, but I suspect there is little done to try and prevent these from occurring.  Wouldn't be nice if someone could come up with mechanisms to prevent these people from even trying.  I'm not holding my breath though.


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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Who's got my package? Why it's me!


If you are one of my regular readers (that's if I have any) you may remember my last post lamenting the loss of a package of stuff purchased from a reputable on-line store in the USA.

Check out http://www.tekmate.co.nz/2013/10/whos-got-my-package.html
That package had not turned up and I imagined it languishing in some obscure part of the world looking much the worse for wear.

Well, guess what...  Yep, you are right, it has finally turned up.  10 weeks after shipping from the supplier in the USA it was delivered to us here in New Zealand.  The package was in pristine condition, with no additional stickers suggesting a journey to parts unknown.  Everything inside the package was fine, it just took 10 weeks to get here.  I guess we'll never know why.  My guess is that because it was super cheap shipping the shipper just fitted it in when he had spare space.  Not often obviously.

Still, it restores my faith in internet commerce.  All I need now is for that smartphone case that we bought 2 weeks ago to turn up from Hong Kong.  What could possibly go wrong?