Word of the Week: Scam

Word of the Week: Scam
Other words for Scam: Swindle, Con, Fraud, Bunco, Diddle, FlimFlam, Gyp, Racket, Sting, Hustle

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Identity Theft Found in a Phish Sandwich

In order to cope with some of the most annoying situations in life we sometimes just need to find some humor in the things that are bothersome. Although identity theft is no laughing matter, here's a little humor for you about the phishing scams we all sometimes find in our email box.

Did you come here with a hungry stomach? I assume you thought I would be serving a fish sandwich, but you may have noticed it is spelled p-h-i-s-h. Unless you're hooked on phonics you already know that a "phish" sandwich can't possibly be the same as a "fish" sandwich! So you should be saying, "Something is very phishy here!

Today my friends I'm sharing the recipe for a phish sandwich! You see, it would be boring if I talked about the ingredients of a fish sandwich since you already know that old recipe. Millions have been nibbling and feasting on the newer phish sandwiches, and most likely you will want to be updated with this newest recipe too!

Just be patient and I'll email the recipe to you in a jiffy. Okay? So go check your email now, and you will receive the recipe below... I'm sorry, but I'm having a problem seeing you through my computer screen. I assume you are retrieving your Phish Sandwich recipe through your email now. Right? Oh, there you are, now I see you!

You poor soul! I should have spelled that s-o-l-e, but I'll save that for later. As I was saying, "You poor soul!" There you are at your email box retrieving mail from your inbox filled with spam! Spam filters, and blockers, just don't do the job we want them to! Oh look, there's my emailed phishy recipe now!

Oh, my gosh! Your spam filter didn't filter the phish! The phish swam all the way upstream, and right past your filter, but it shouldn't have made it through! See what I mean about those filters? You're supposed to fry the phish! So, as a result, you now have my phish sandwich recipe:

Phish Sandwich
To serve a phish sandwich you will need the following ingredients:
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Ketchup (for those who are not phish sandwich purists)
  • Tarter Sauce
  • Phish (Oops, phish should have been the first ingredient listed. I almost forgot the star of the show!)

Millions of people have been receiving phishing scams in their email boxes. Today, I decided to rename phishing scams "phish sandwiches", otherwise this blog would be old news! Okay, now that you received my recipe by email here's how your sandwich gets assembled:

The crooks have come after your bread and butter with their scams to steal your identity. Their phishy emails say, "Lettuce get your updated password and user ID, or your account will be suspended and put on hold until you update the information!" Some recipients of these phish sandwiches don't realize it's really a cheesy deal! Even the most highly educated will sometimes take the bait, and find they’re in a nightmare while trying to ketchup to the criminals that stole their money and identity. So much for the tarter sauce!

By then the victim will be saying, "Will someone pleeease take the bite out of the phish sandwich!" Life bites when the criminals have robbed you. So what's a poor s-o-l-e to do? Hey, I warned you earlier that sole would swim in here somewhere!

I hope you enjoyed the flavor of my phishy sandwich. Now you have the o'phish-ial recipe! To take the bite out of the phish sandwich, send a funny phishy Ecard to a friend from the FTC on tips to identify phishing scams. You may save them from becoming a victim of identity theft!

Appropriately named, phishing can rob us of our passwords and other personal information. When successful, it is a form of identity theft, and we all need to be aware of the tactics used by the greedy thieves. To arm yourself with more information be sure to read the information available from the FTC's websites. Educate yourself so you don't take the bait!

© February 2007 Author: Tammara Nelson
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