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Thursday, December 14, 2006

PHISHERS OF THE WEB


Guess what? You've been duped if you've ever signed an e-mail petition (intended for Congress) to stop the war, illegal immigration or help a sick kid collect business cards. You've also helped dupe 10 of your closest friends if you forwarded it on to them.

It seems these e-mails are just another form of Web phishing for advertisers and other sinister characters such as Viagra pimps who want to hook you into their spam or link you to other spamming Web sites.

Remember this, e-mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other municipality. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address.

On top of it, these insidious spammers and pop-up advertisers are loading up your computer with info-tracking cookies (that slow down your computer's performance) to validate active e-mail accounts for their own purposes. Sneaky you-know-whats!

Geez, you can't trust anyone these days.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My children refuse to read my e-mails if I forward. Too many cookies , phishing .,they say.

Thu Dec 14, 06:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duh! You are just now figuring this out? Let me guess, you spent all last week sitting by the mailbox waiting for your $100 check from Bill Gates, right?

Thu Dec 14, 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous didn't know said...

Thanks, Diana
I'm one who didn't think of the petitions as being a phishing issue.
After 9/11, a lot of us want to be more in tune and try to change the way things are done in any way we can, and we get caught up in it all.

Fri Dec 15, 06:50:00 AM  
Blogger Diana Fasanella said...

Duh anon, I'm taking a guess, but it just might be that the thousands of people who put their names on the petition e-mails sent to me aren't as computer savoy as you think you are.

Fri Dec 15, 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see, Diana. So you wrote this thread for the benefit of your dimwitted readers then? What's the next blog topic going to be about? Why people shouldn't run with scissors in their hands? Why its a wise idea to look both ways before crossing the street?

Fri Dec 15, 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Diana Fasanella said...

the next blog is for you, anon!

Fri Dec 15, 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger margaret said...

I didn't know... thank you Diana...and name calling is a way for some people to feel superior.

Fri Dec 15, 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

My favorite key is the delete key!
Most of what comes through my PC save for some old close friends and Diana F
is nonsense. Save a tree,save a child,save the whales. Penis enlargement,breast reduction....free vacations.At this age and after doing both the aforementioned medical procedures....I can use a free vacation! Perhaps then I will just...
Delete,Delete,Delete.

Sat Dec 16, 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Hartster said...

In my early (earlier?) days I wrote an article on this:

http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y200/m04/abu0012/s06

In brief:


I bought a computer mouse through eBay. One day, I received an email from that seller with a 12K file attached. The file, when opened, contained a story on how the U.S. Postal Service was going to impose a surcharge on emails. I replied (a bit hot under the collar) to the sender that the story was false and that he should check www.usps.gov - they have a disclaimer stating that this isn't so.

The sender's response to my email said, in part, "I guess you're right. I checked it further, and found out this e-mail has been around for a while and there's no truth to it. What if it was true? Wouldn't you want to know about it? I didn't know if it was [true], but thought I would let people decide for themselves."

*sigh*....

P.S. - Shouldn't that be "computer savvy"?

Sat Dec 16, 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

yes, hartster it is savvy..savoy is a hotel and also a type of cabbage..

Sat Dec 16, 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger Diana Fasanella said...

thank you all my savvy readers..(who are NOT dimwits by any means) That's what I get for firing off an unchecked response!

Sun Dec 17, 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Hartster said...

Hmmmmm.... Methinks I'll open up an Internet cafe called "Computer Savoy".... ;)

Sun Dec 17, 06:39:00 PM  
Blogger Diana Fasanella said...

u be one big cabbage!

Sun Dec 17, 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

hartster, your theme song could be "Kale,kale the gang's all here"...or "Savoy told you lately that I love you"...dance the "cabbage patch"....sorry, bad puns...

Mon Dec 18, 06:27:00 PM  
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