“Dear CEO” scam is still hanging around

“Dear CEO” scam is still hanging around

If you own a website, chances are high you’ve received the Dear CEO scam email:

A scam letter trying to trick the user into replying

This scam has been hanging around for over years.

It reads: 

Dear CEO,

(It’s very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
We received an application from Hua Hai Ltd on May 14, 2019. They want to register ” _______________ ” as their Internet Keyword and ” _______________ .cn “” _______________.com.cn ” ” _______________ .net.cn “” _______________ .org.cn ” ” _______________ .asia “domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” _______________ ” conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?

Best Regards

**************************************

Mike Zhang | Service Manager

Cn YG Domain (Head Office)

This one came via a customer last week. It’s a bog standard scam designed to trick the reader into responding out of fear.  The “Dear CEO” scam appears to be warning the web owner, they may have issues with their domain name. The sender buries the reader in a bunch of useless information making it difficult to parse what the message is actually saying. In fact, it’s just one more piece of junk hitting your inbox. I posted a podcast covering a few details about it here so, give it a listen.

But, the short answer to your question “should I be worried” is “NO. Delete it and move on with your day”.  Email scams are a dime-a-dozen, but they are getting far more sophisticated, so use a lot of caution when dealing with any unsolicited email.  If in doubt, don’t respond and ask for a second opinion. You can always copy and paste the message into Google to see if it pops up as a reported scam. 

New podcast premier! – check it out

New podcast premier! – check it out

At long last, I’ve finally did it. Podcast #1 – memoirs of an analogue person was posted last night on Youtube. I decided to turn the diary section of the magazine into a podcast. I talk about why in the it as well as wandering into a bit of nostalgia territory.  As if I don’t have enough things to juggle, right? LOL. I’m back on a schedule now. Not sure how long it will last, but things have settled down now that mom’s cancer surgery is over and she’s home. It’s been a long, rocky year so far with stress rocketing through the roof at times. Life is looking up a bit now and I have spare time again.  

I’ll be tweaking the podcast as time goes on. The first one is a bit rough around the edges and in a few months I’ll find it hideously embarassing. I need to work on my presentation, and imagery for the podcast. It’s a straight voice recording only. Thought I’d spare you the visuals of me waving my hands about in an espresso rage. If I get a good video camera I might change my mind.  Who knows. 

Now that I have the luxury of time, new content is coming in the next couple of days. Work first, then I get to write.  In the meantime, enjoy the podcast ramble. 

Junk mail solution – if I buy your product, will it delete you?

Junk mail solution – if I buy your product, will it delete you?

Like everyone else, I get a lot of unwanted junk mail. Today, I spotted this gem and wondered if it would solve the spam problem.

Screen capture of junk mail offer for pest control that reads "Say goodbuy to every pest you can think of!"

Junk mail offer that is too good to be true

 

“Say Goodbye to Every Pest You can Think Of!”

I seriously considered buying their product in a fit of wishful thinking. I mean, I can think of a lot of pests I’d love to be rid of. I’d start with crap companies who still believe spamming their product is a valid marketing method. I wanted to email them and ask if they could guarantee their product would zap spammers but alas the links led to a dead end. Typical – get my hopes up and dash them. 

Now I’m fantasizing about a product I can use with a push of a button that would send a shock down the internet and evaporate spammers. Maybe if we crowdfund … nah. Not possible, but a hell of a good dream. 

 

 

I have to stay off r/ChoosingBeggars – Reddit strikes again

I have to stay off r/ChoosingBeggars – Reddit strikes again

I’ve been lurking over at Reddit lately. Lots of time to kill while I wait in hospital corridors and luckily Reddit supplies an endless stream of entertainment. I stumbled across a feed called r/ChoosingBeggars and quickly became enthralled by the outrageous demands people make. It’s like watching a slow motion train wreck.  For the uninitiated in the weird world of Reddit, Choosing Beggars is a forum for people fed up to their back teeth with people asking for stuff and then getting picking and demanding.

Some of the posts are obvious fakes, but quite a few are completely believable. People never know when to stop and their sense of entitlement has now been turned into vicarious entertainment for us. This one caught my attention the other day.

Screen capture of a choosing beggars post on Reddit.

r/choosingbeggars  demanding free shit

 

 r/ChoosingBeggars post:

Bratty cousin stole my Netflix password and when I changed it he wants me [to give it] to him

Bratty Cousin (BC): Hello, this is [your cousin] I need your Netflix password because it doesn’t work anymore

Netflix subscriber (NS): How did you get my Netflix password? I changed my password because it kept kicking me off when I wanted to watch because other devices were watching. 

And no you aren’t getting the password.

BC: Why are you being such a bitch. You don’t need all of it yourself.

NS: I said no.

BC: [posts a rude emoji]

Yea, kid, that’ll really encourage your cousin to share with you, you sweet talker. If you want to fry a few brain cells wander over to Reddit and amuse yourself. 

 

Update: I’m deciding whether to video my first life hack test. The first try was a bit dodgy, and quite comical. I’ll likely do what I enjoy doing the most – photograph bits of it and do a write up. It’s far easier and faster. 

 

 

An unfortunate incident with the microwave

An unfortunate incident with the microwave

“There was an unfortunate incident with the microwave” is not a sentence that inspires confidence in humanity. I’ve been visiting someone in hospital for awhile and often use the communal microwave and kettle. Last week the microwave disappeared. So did the kettle. By the second day of them missing in action my curiosity got the better of me. I asked one of the nurses what happened and she scrunched her face a bit and mumbled something about an unfortunate incident.

Of course my mind went into overdrive wondering what the offending incident was. I’m quite sure the actual offense as quite benign, but I can’t get past the fact both the microwave and kettle were taken away. Hanging around hospital rooms is a bit boring so I latch onto anything that may be mildly entertaining and the AWOL microwave provided a tiny bit of amusement. After talking to staff on the floor, I heard stories that would make anyone despair. Luckily this week a new kettle and microwave appeared in the room. HURRAY – I can make crappy Styrofoam tea again. On Tuesday, I wandered in to heat up some soup and spotted a list of DO NOTS posted on the wall over the shiny new microwave.

The list on the wall

Photo of list of things not to microwave now posted on the wall

Remember – NO GRAPES or HOT PEPPERS

Most of the usual suspects are on the list – metal objects, tin foil, Styrofoam and flimsy plastic containers. Someone always pops one of these in, usually because they are distracted and not thinking. But a few of them made me stop and ponder how humanity hasn’t self extinguished already.

Evidently people love to stuff clothing into the microwave to warm them. I’m all for toasty clothing, but no, just no. The previous microwave was very small. Not even big enough to put a bath towel into let alone a blanket. Seems people were always stuffing blankets into the microwave and panicking when they began to burn. 

The hot peppers? Oh man, have you ever been in a room when someone over nukes hot peppers? It’s like being pepper sprayed. Not something that should be done in a hospital. The smell and capsicum drifting in the air could level a rhino in 30 seconds. So yes, people had to be warned not to pepper spray sick people.

The grapes make me believe humanity is truly screwed. Just think of it for a second or two. Grapes are little sacks of soft, fleshy liquid. Super heat them in a microwave and you have itty bitty nuclear bombs ready to explode. If some of them survive the exposure without blowing apart while heating, imagine biting into one. I wonder how severe the burns to lips and tongue would be. I shutter each time. 

For the time we are happy to have access to a kettle and microwave. They’ve been clean for 3 days now. I figure when I go in tomorrow, everything will be back to normal – ah I can almost hear the sounds of eggs exploding in the microwave now.