Mail Bag

Call me paranoid but I really don’t like giving out my email address to just anyone.  If you have my email address, you should consider yourself pretty darn lucky.  When I’m asked to sign up for something or an email address is required, I usually use an email address specifically created for one time use or junk.  Before this used to just be an email aliases of my actual address- but recently I split the two so I can know exactly what is sent to the fake address.  Here is what’s in that inbox right now…


I went ahead and clicked on a few (with a html disabled for added protection) just to see what was in some of these.

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US To Test First Nationwide Use Of Emergency Broadcast System

Because the government knows something we don’t and isn’t telling us, the first nationwide test of the emergency broadcast system is slated to go down at 2PM eastern today, simultaneously playing on all entertainment outlets (sans internet).

The 30-second test, to be overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, will run on radio, satellite radio and TV stations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. It will include alert “beeps” and the words “This is a test.” Here’s how FEMA explains it: We need to know that the system will work as intended should public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning to a large region of the United States. Only a complete test of the Emergency Alert System can help us identify any changes and improvements needed to modernize this system and make it fully accessible.

Any guesses what the government is keeping from us? Because it’s gonna look mighty suspicious when the government tests the emergency broadcast system nationwide for the first time today and then aliens attack on Thanksgiving. I expect they’ll strike when we’re all doped up on turkey. FEMA to test nationwide emergency alert system at 2 p.m. ET [usatoday] Thanks to Allison, who asks, “do you remember where you were when the US tested the emergency broadcast system nationwide for the first time?” No, I was at work staring at a computer screen like a normal person!

Actually working in broadcasting, I was heavily involved in the use of EAS.  Worked hard to straighten out the problems we have in the valley with the PEP and LP-1.  Even tried to make KTEX the LP1 and KPAS the Spanish LP(2).  I almost half want to go bug milton this afternoon just to see the new SAGE’s take the alerts and relay them.  Oh well.. i guess spending the afternoon in the car won’t be so bad either.


well that was interesting.. 1pm rolled up, header “duck farts” sounded, then the relay EOM and then about 30 seconds of static, hiss and crackles.  Not as bad as other stations however.

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Poor George

there comes a time when you quit feeling sorry for the people that fall for these things.

From: “Trustees”<>
Subject: Will
Date: October 25, 2011 9:01:52 AM CDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: <>
On behalf of the Trustees and Executors of the estate of Late George Brumley, I wish to notify you that he  made you one of the beneficiaries of his estate.
Please reply with your contact details.Regards



About a year ago Apple yanked all the apps that used API’s to scan for wireless signals.  Fortunate for me I had downloaded this cool little app long before they pulled them.  It’s been a great tool for as long as i’ve had an iPhone but today after the upgrade to iOS5, WiFiFoFum no longer works 🙁  i guess i have one use for my android.

actually i have a 3g around that won’t accept ios5 as well as a few itouches that could probably find a new home in my tool bag.





FDIC wanna-be

So i get this email today,

Dear Business Owner,

We have important information about your financial institution.

Please click here to see further details.

This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership

I have to admit, the bad guys are getting better at grammar and presentation.  Once you click on this link it takes you to a site with a “please wait while page is loading”  At the same time, your browser begins to download a file, information1234234.pdf.exe

I’m sure all of you are smart enough to not open a file that’s automatically downloaded to your computer and i’m sure your smart enough to see that it’s really an exe and not a pdf and i’m sure your smart enough not to be using an os or browser that can launch exe’s.

Domain Name……….
Creation Date…….. 2011-09-15
Registration Date…. 2011-09-15
Expiry Date………. 2012-09-15
Organisation Name…. WILLIAM ONASCH
Organisation Address. 6849 HAYVENHURST AVENUE
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. VAN NUYS
Organisation Address. 91406
Organisation Address. CA
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Admin Name……….. WILLIAM ONASCH
Admin Address…….. 6849 HAYVENHURST AVENUE
Admin Address……..
Admin Address…….. VAN NUYS
Admin Address…….. 91406
Admin Address…….. CA
Admin Address…….. UNITED STATES
Admin Email………. 
Admin Phone………. +1.8187865480
Admin Fax…………

Tech Name………… YahooDomains TechContact
Tech Address……… 701 First Ave.
Tech Address………
Tech Address……… Sunnyvale
Tech Address……… 94089
Tech Address……… CA
Tech Address……… UNITED STATES
Tech Email……….. 
Tech Phone……….. +1.4089162124
Tech Fax………….
Name Server……….
Name Server……….

It’s like they are not even trying sometimes…

So I get this letter in the email today…


My name is Marc Ronson, and I represent Adin Antique Jewellery. I would like to present a job offer as one of our finance processors. The part-time job incomes are 10% from the payment you receive depending on your activity in processing the tasks.

For example, for a payment in amount of 1000 USD you receive, your income will be 100 USD. Your incomes will be deduced from the amount of the payment received and the number of payments you can process on a weekly/daily basis.

Note that the payments will be sent to you by our customers and they can vary depending on the products they order from our company.

This job requires little of your free time, so if you are already employed it’s not an inconvenient.

Your tasks can be resumed as this:

1. Receive the payments via bank transfers;
2. Keep 10% from the payment you receive as your income;
3. Send the rest of the payment to one of our agencies in Europe.

If you are interested click the following link and complete the application form.

Click here to access the enrollment form

You will be contacted by one of our human resource managers within 24 hours.

Hope to collaborate with you soon,
Marc Ronson,
IT Executive Manager,
Adin Fine Antique Jewellery.


The link takes you to a well designed site but no matter how much time this IT Executive Manager put into the development, the scheme is the same.  Deposit funds that will not clear, have you send them your own legitimate money, and then when the bank tells you that the original deposit didn’t go through your out the money you sent them originally.

The site doesn’t even register to Marc, it registers to someone in China.  At least it wasn’t nigeria.

qian jun
jun qian 
+86.2122584512 fax: +86.2122584512
Zha Bei District,Da Dong road
Shang hai Shanghai 200085

The old bait and switch

So I get this email today,

fake twitter

The formatting looks good, the from looks odd but nothing to suspicious. I’ve never gotten a notification from twitter like this before but it is going to the church address and I do maintain the church twitter account.  I mouse over the link and find that it’s really going to

At first I thought perhaps they want me to give them my account information but in the end it just ended up being an add for viagra.

The moral of the story: don’t just click on any link that “looks” official.  Go to the site directly and log in from there.

Buy our Adobe Reader

A colleague of mine found this in her inbox,

From: Adobe []
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:43 PM
Subject: New Adobe Acrobat Reader 2011, Upgrade Available Now

This is to remind that a new version of Adobe Acrobat Reader 2011 with enhanced features for viewing, creating, editing, printing and internet-sharing PDF documents has been released.

To check and download the latest version , go to :
Start downloading the update right now and let us know what you think about it.
We’re working on making Adobe Acrobat Reader better all the time !
Thanks and best regards,
Adobe Support

© 2011 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
Adobe Systems Incorporated | 343 Preston Street | Ottawa | ON | K1S 1N4 | Canada |

It claims to be from adobe, although the domain is odd.  Even has their Canada corporate office address on it. surely it must be real? With all the adobe updates going around, I better update mine.  How nice of them to email me and remind me. If you click on the site, then you get this page, an alias for


and of course after you give them your email address to download, you must pay them for their software.


at least their processing page is secure..


It looks like we have Shawn S. to thank for this “deal” who he himself appears to have had his credit card scammed. 

Registrant ID:           AVNEP9R-RU
Registrant Name:         ANO “Regional Network Information Center”
Registrant Organization: JSC “Regional Network Information Center”
Registrant Street1:      pl. akad. Kurchatova, 1
Registrant City:         Moscow
Registrant Postal Code:  123182
Registrant Country:      RU

Administrative, Technical Contact
Contact ID:              AVNEP9R-RU
Contact Name:            ANO “Regional Network Information Center”
Contact Organization:    JSC “Regional Network Information Center”
Contact Street1:         pl. akad. Kurchatova, 1
Contact City:            Moscow
Contact Postal Code:     123182
Contact Country:         RU
Contact Phone:           +7 495 737 0601
Contact Fax:             +7 495 737 0602
Contact E-mail:         


The moral of the story, if your looking for software, get it from the official source. for example.  If your software needs updates, go to the manufactures site or use the software’s auto update feature.