Decompressing and a Scam
Well, I made it back. Still decompressing a bit, and lots of CES work to catch up on -- in particular, I now have to dive in to all my notes to start writing my annual Really Long overview article about the show. I always enjoy writing it...but always dread starting -- going through my notes, structuring the piece and tracking down graphics and such. And knowing how long it will take. But once I start, it's fairly enjoyable. At the moment, I'm in the "dread" state.
I did do my laundry though already. This may not seem like much of a big deal, but after decades having to use laundromats or my building's one machine when others weren't using it, it's really special to have an actual washing machine now in my new home and being able to dump everything in the machine, push Start and ignore it all as I get back to work. Huzzah.
I also came back to an email scam. It was a semi-concerning one because of the threat it made and because it used my real email address to send me the threat, saying my email and computer have been hacked, so send money and we'll give you the special code to clear it.
What made it less concerning are a few things. First, it was address to "Dear Stranger: You don't know me but I've hacked into..." and if they had all the personal information they had, they'd likely address me by name. Second, I got two of these, and one was from an account I set up by never send out new email from or log into accounts with. So, they couldn't have gotten the information about me the way they said they said, while watching a video online. And third, the video I supposedly was watching was from an adult site, so this was a form of blackmail, too, saying they'd release it to my friends -- but happily I felt thoroughly comfortable knowing I've never visited an adult site or watched one of their video. Still, it's disconcerting.
I was assuaged by three reasons. One, what I noted above. Two, from an article I found online describing this same in detail. And three, checking with my computer Big Guru Ed Bott, who quashed it and said he got these things all the time.
If you're interested in the scam and the letter, if only to be prepared in case you get such a scam email (forewarned being forearmed, and all that), click here to read more about it.
And now, I got back to decompressing...
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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