scribbles tagged ‘phishing’

Non refundable deposit

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 | tags: ,  |

Oh dear.

Apparently, today,  I’ve put a non refundable cash deposit down on a double kennel in British Columbia  and Chuck wants to know if I’ll pay the outstanding balance. What to do…
non refunable deposit

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Friday, July 20th, 2012 | tags: ,  |

Guest post - phishing?Yes Jess!

I’m exactly the right person to ask about writing a guest post for this blog.

I’m so pleased that the wendyhome is the kind of place where you’d like to share your gems of wisdom. I’m intrigued.  How did you decide that this is the blog you want to write for? What type of writing do you think will inspire my gorgeous readership. Do tell me more….

A little google search on your email  address promtped Firefox to give me this warning:

trick using gmail address It looks like absolutely anyone can log into your email address.  If I write to you at your address, anyone could reply. You might like to secure your email account.

Please do send me the post you’d like considered for publishing on the wendy house.  I will need to pay the wendy house editorial and legal team for checking that it conforms with legal, health and safety standards. Could you provide your credit card number, expirey date and CVV number  to get the process started…

love wendy xxx

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blow wendy blow!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 | tags: , ,  |


Home phoneWhen my landline gets a call where the caller doesn’t respond to ‘Hello?’  ‘is anybody there?’ I suspect an automated system has dialled my number. My number is on the UK’s “Telephone Preference List”. Membership of this list makes it illegal for marketers to call my number. Hoorah! The list works for me.

When  I get a call that starts with the silent treatment, an automated dialer, I LOUDLY blow into the reciever. This prompts the system to put a person on the line who decides to either:

  • speak – ask for the previous registered owner of this number then try to sell me something using a rather dodgy east Asian accent.  If I have time I play with them, trying to get information about them, without giving them any information about me.  Normally they just get angry and rude.  When I’m bored of the game I ask them to take me off their lists – they say they can’t – I tell them they’ve broken the law by calling me.  They hang-up.  I believe that I am doing a good service to society by keeping them talking to me rather than talking to someone who might fall for their naughty dishonestness
  • hangup – I suspect they recognise me as the lady who wastes their time when they’re phishing. I feel like I know them quite well now. Certainly no friends or people from organisations that provide me with valuable services have complained about the loud noise they sometimes get when they phone the wendy house


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Sampo’s going to be a script kitty

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 | tags: , , ,  |

SampoThe wendy house business support team, including Sampo the fat cat, are on stand-by. We’re excited by the thought of earning money from Matthew’s javascript code hosting suggeston

Unfortunately, Matthew seems to think there is no cost for us hosting his code. After chatting with the crew here, we’ve given him some insight into our current business charges. We’re not cheap, but we’re worth it. If this flow of interest from marketters continues the wendy house might have to go so public or become Limited!

Do you think Matthew will

  • write back?
  • ask me directly for my bank account details?
  • rely on his script doing direct evilness to my cupboard?

Matthew Phishing Replying to Matthew's Phish

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Sincerity by-pass

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 | tags: ,  |

Loved my blog...How nice of Melanie to write to me, having read my lovely blog. She wants to ‘work’ with me. I’m touched

Actually the content of her email, apart from my email and the blog address could insincerely be applied to about 80% of blogs on the web

Is Melanie insincere? Amplified Media

Asking Google about “Amplified Media” shows a very impressive reputable looking company.  But wait, the impressive company is

Melanie’s employer’s address is a different company –

McAfee doesn’t give a big green tick-mark. That’s very unusual. Normally all the high level natural search results have a McAfee approval tick

I think I’ll ignore Melanie – not give her the knowledge that my email address is valid…   ..or maybe i’ll explore this potential scam – what do you think?

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phishing with incoming automated phone calls

Monday, June 16th, 2008 | tags: , , ,  |




Wendy:   HellooooOOHH,   Wendy speaking,   how can I help you?

Automated message (AM):   This is Lloyds Bank calling to leave a message for [name of last occupant of the Wendy house, nolootwh],   if you are [nolootwh] press any key

Wendy: (not being nolootwh I pressed no keys and waited in the silence pondering what to do next,     after what seemed like days I decided to press any key out of sheer noseyness)

AM:   please call (number I didn’t write down and can’t remember,    then silence,   I waited a few minutes then I hung up and searched the internet to discover why Lloyds were using such an odd method of contacting their customers.   They aren’t,    this was a phishing call)


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phishing on craigslist

Saturday, November 10th, 2007 | tags: ,  |

A  person called Yusuf wants to buy my unnecessary stuff.       Yusuf has also offered me a highly paid job and to print my  craigslist advertisements.   I just need to give him my banking details first.   Gosh!  I’m  so lucky to be offered all these things,   thanks  Yusuf.

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fishing with a ph instead of a f

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 | tags:  |

Today I recieved an email from Lloyds TSB Bank in the UK  

or did I?!

Luckily for click-happy me there are serveral things that make this an obvious phishing expedition.   They are:

  1. impossibility.   I couldn’t verify my log-in details if I’d wanted to,   I’ve never had an account with Lloyds,   TSB or any merged version of the two.
  2. impersonal.   The email is addressed to ‘dear customer’ rather than a specific name.
  3. silly website address.   All the hyperlinks from the email go to an address that starts  rather than something plausible for LloydsTSB like their actual address, the suprisingly named:
  4. a dashed silly unreasonable threat.    The letter threatens to terminate my account if I do not verify my details.

The branding imitation, the layout and components of the email with the message ‘click-here’ to make sure you don’t loose  lose your money are well produced,   very professional.  

Credit to the actual LloydsTSB,   it was easy to find an address to report this fraudulent email.  

Wikipedia describe Phishing as a Social Engineering technique where “Phishers attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication” the name probably derives from ‘fishing’ “alludes to the use of increasingly sophisticated lures to “fish” for a user’s financial information and passwords“.

Promise me you’ll be careful where you put your credentials….

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