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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Anybody Want To Go Phishing?

Okay, I mentioned about those "please forward..." e-mails the other day.  And, lo & behold, I get this one (below)  Now the version I received was done up so pretty and professionally that it just enticed everyone who read  it to instantly fill in their answers to the questions and send it along.  Of course, the spammer/phishers received a copy of it and all the e-mails that it was sent to.  Think of what a crook could do with all that personal information.  I responded back to my friend, message included below, and gave the spammer/phishers some answers that they probably won't know how to process.

Subject: 2010 quiz
Becky. I am just returning this to you with a warning that these type of e-mails are used by large companies for spam & phishing purposes. READ THIS ARTICLE. Everything that someone answers is collected as data. You might get a kick out of my answers though.


Welcome to the 2010 edition of getting to know your Friends. ' press FORWARD ' then change all the answers so they apply to you, and then send this to your friends including the person who sent it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known!

1.What time did you get up this morning?
2. Diamonds or pearls
Well, diamonds are a girl's best friend, so that can't apply to me and you cast pearls before swine. Now I was called "pig" often when I was a cop but that probably doesn't apply
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
What the heck is a cinema? This is America, we don't go to cinemas, we go to the movies.
4. What is your favorite TV show?
Don't own a TV
5. What do you usually have for breakfast?
I usually eat a light breakfast. You know, a half dozen eggs, a side of bacon, a half dozen potatoes (fried in grease with onions), some toasted sourdough bread (about a loaf or so), A gallon of coffee, a quart of milk and a quart of OJ. More than that just makes me feel groggy the rest of the day
6. What is your middle name
Now this one is definitely a spammer's phishing trick. Isn't it?
7. What food do you dislike?
I've never met a food I wouldn't eat.
8. What is your favorite CD at moment?
I don't have a CD player, an mp3 player, a radio nor any other sound playback system. I like peace & quiet
9. What kind of car do you drive?
Since I am basically blind, I consider it my responsibility to neither own nor operate a motor vehicle. Unless, of course, you want to give me yours.
10. Favorite sandwich?
11. What characteristic do you despise?
Companies that send out e-mails like this so they can use the embedded tracker to garner valid e-mail addresses to spam me with. And this one collects a lot of personal info that identity thieves can use also
12..Favorite item of clothing?
String bikinis on young nubile lasses
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
Been there, done that
14. Favorite brand of clothing?
15. Where would you retire to?
I am already retired, so what difference does it make?
16.What was your most memorable birthday?
The last one. With my health conditions, each one, especially the next, is important
17. Favorite sport to watch?
Olympic curling. It is so peaceful and quiet and doesn't disturb my sleep
18. Furthest place you are sending this?
If I told you, I'd have to kill you.
19. Person you expect to send it back first?
That information is available on "need to know" basis
20.When is your birthday?
On the same day every year
21. Are you a morning person or a night person?
I am retired. I am an "awake" and "asleep" person. Check your local listings for time and channel
22. What is your shoe size?
Why in heavens name would anyone, except spammers/phishers, be interested in that? They're bigger than a ballerina's and smaller than Shaq's
23. Pets?
Only if she is drunk enough to let me
24. Any new and exciting news you 'd like to share with us
I may have won the Publisher's Clearing House Grand Prize. Oh, yeah. Some guy in Nigeria wants to give me a Gazzillion Dollars to help him
25. What did you want to be when you were little?
26.How are you today?
Everybody asks this question but does anyone really care?
27.What is your favorite candy?
Candy Clark
28.What is your favorite flower?
I am allergic to flowers
29.What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?
30.What's your full name?
What are you? Homeland Security?
31.What are you listening to now?
My farts
32. What was the last thing you ate?
Whatever wasn't moving in the refrigerator
33. Do you wish on stars?
Yeah. I pray that Claire Bennett would spend the night with me.
34.If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
I am colorblind
35.How is the weather right now?
Dark. Followed by increasing light towards dawn
36.The first person you spoke to on the phone today
No one.
37. Favorite soft drink?
38. Favorite restaurant?
Those with an "Early Bird" special
39. Real hair color?
Yeah, whats left of it is real
40. What was your favorite toy as a child?
Whatever my sibling was playing with.
41. Summer or winter?
If you can't tell the difference, does it really matter?
42.Hugs or kisses
I love it when a girl hugs my scrotum and kisses my penis
43. Chocolate or Vanilla?
What is this, a racist thing? Why can't we all just get along
44. Coffee or tea?
Both of these are products produced in foreign countries. Buying them wastes and depletes our international trade balance.

45. Do you want your friends to email you back
Sure but not using this blatant spam/phishing piece of crap
46. When was the last time you cried?
The day my wife left me. Tears of joy for hours.
47. What is under your bed?
You mean besides my money? Can't really trust banks, can you?
48. What did you do last night?
Probably the same thing as everybody else.
49. What are you afraid of ?
Lets see. I've been married, been a cop, been in battle and raised children. I don't think there is really anything that makes me afraid.
50. Salty or sweet?
Salty or sweet what?
51. How many keys on your key ring?
more than one and less than a google
52. How many years at your current job?
53. Favorite day of the week?
The next one
54. How many towns have you lived in?
Would you be a little more specific, please. I grew up "military" and have lived in towns, on bases, in cities, in villages, in townships, out in the country and on islands. Never made it into space though
55. Do you make friends easily?
Are you questioning my ability to "play well" with others?
56. How many people will you send this to?
For that information I'll need to see a warrant
57. How many will send this back?
I Hope None

"Let's all be careful out there!"