Tuesday, 21 February 2012

gone phishing

It's been one of those days when I needed to keep  my wits about me.

It started early when I opened my inbox.  Fortunately gmail has a fairly good spam filter and I have a fairly well developed sense of  something not right.  It's been developed over a lot of years at computers.  My ex-husband did not have that discernment at all and opened anything his whacky friends sent him without a second thought.  I spent quite  bit of time cleaning up his PC and he couldn't understand why I tried to tell him that if it came from a religious group, then to be extra careful.

I could see the first bit of the email and didn't need to open it.  A copy of the infamous Nigerian rubbish, I think.

Dear Madam,  I am highly positioned in a major Scottish bank...
Most of these Nigerian type letters are funny and often won't have anything harmful just by opening.  Never click on a link in them.  I know there is a lot of unrest and political questioning in Scotland at the moment with questions of withdrawal, but are they really so poorly off?  Needless to say, they won't be getting my bank details or anything like that.

Half an hour later there was another one in my spam box.  This one was supposedly from Amazon. Hovering with the mouse over the sender's address showed what looked like  a genuine Amazon address. Now I buy stuff from there, usually for the Kindle.  However, I hadn't had an order cancelled (or canceled as it was in email), recently.  One before Christmas, but nothing recently.  Besides there was a spelling mistake in the bit of the email I could see without opening it.  I  looked up my own records and found  that the order number for a genuine purchase was  nothing like the number in the phishing letter.  So I took down details and sent them off to Amazon.  An answer quickly told me they were investigating this but it was definitely not genuine.

Then this evening, there was another identical email, so I have notified Amazon again.  And another one.  If at first you don't succeed...

The day was redeemed by the delivery of a book from the Book Depository, now owned by Amazon for the  last few months.  Still with good prices and free postage.  It was the River Cottage Vegetable book.  I took my afternoon tea outside and opened it.  Oooh!   Aah!  Must try this one or that.

The picture shows what is called Sweet Potato and Peanut gratin.  I had very fresh looking sweet potatoes delivered this morning so made this.  The recipe was for four but I chopped it severely.  One piece was 250 grams when  kilo was called for.  Sliced quite finely and spread in one layer in a greased ovenproof dish.  Cream, garlic, chillies, pepper and salt were mixed and spread over.  Then some peanut butter, sugar free, was mixed with the juice and rind of a lime and about a tablespoon of oil.  Dabs of this went on the slices and the second layer went on, plus any cream mixture left.  I covered it with foil, cooked it in the oven at 180° C for 20 minutes.  Off came the foil and it was cooked for about another 20 minutes till all bubbly.  I'd be more aggressive with the chilli next time, but it was very nice, even with the rather ordinary salad bits and pieces.

No rain at all today here except for last night and early this morning.  I sat outside to eat my meal after watching Letters and Numbers on SBS.  Very pleasant and I'm looking forward to making more from this book.


2paw said...

I am always wary of emails form people I don;t know. Sometimes, I appear to send myself spam too.Well done on being vigilant!!
Oh, that looks a very nice and tasty meal. Sweet potatoes seem to have become much larger, individually, of late.
No rain here either, we are hoping for some. I expect you are enjoying the sunshine!!

2paw said...

OK, I mean to say 'from'. It's not that I can't spell, it's that I can't type peroperly - properly. See??!!

Lynne said...

Sounds delicious!

Book Depository is owned by Amazon? Is there no room for competition in this world? I hope they don't change the free postage policy!

Melinda said...

Thanks for the baby patterns links Jan!