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November 2011

Cyber Monday safety advice from a late 1960s Rhythm and Brass Band

I love jazz fusion, rhythm and brass bands.  Big horns and powerful, soulful female vocalists were root causes for frequent speaker replacements in my youth. It's no surprise that my iTunes includes albums by Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janice Joplin and  Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan. 

Familiar as I am with this music, I was surprised to discover some sage online shopping advice buried among the lyrics from a 1971 song, The Pickpocket (Album: Peculiar Friends Polydor Records)

Click to play clip of The Pickpocket 

Someone's got your wallet
You ain't seen his face
Someone's got your papers
You ain't getting no place 

Someone's got your number
Pawn ticket on your stuff
Someone you've never noticed
Knows everything about who you are 

You're a fool fool fool
and you know that's true
he's made a stoned damn fool out of you

Peculiarfriends
Buy the album!

Twelve days of Phishmas - 2011

Phishers are thankful for how generous so many Internet users have been in 2011. As they did in 2009 and 2010,  carolers are filling IRC channels with the merry sounds of Phishmas anew! 

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Photo by Lucci Lugee Liyeung

On the first day of Phishmas, Twitter postmaster emailed me...

Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the second day of Phishmas, Western Union emailed me...

A wire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

 On the third day of Phishmas, the nice bank texted me...

We'll erase your debt, wire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the fourth day of Phishmas, a hottie sexted me...

Hi my name is Holly, we'll erase your debt, wire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the fifth day of Phishmas, an email came to me...

PLEASE VIEW THIS FLASH! Hi my name is Holly, we'll erase your debtwire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the sixth day of Phishmas, my Facebook app told me...

You're naked in this photo, PLEASE VIEW THIS FLASH! My name is Holly, we'll erase your debtwire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the seventh day of Phishmas, a follower tweeted me...

I have an iPad for you:-) You're naked in this photo, PLEASE VIEW THIS FLASH! My name is Holly, we'll erase your debtwire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the eighth day of Phishmas, web.offi0e emailed me... 

3% Loan offer! I have an iPad for you:-) You're naked in this photo, PLEASE VIEW THIS FLASH! My name is Holly, we'll erase your debtwire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the ninth day of Phishmas, PayPal emailed me...

My account's suspended, 3% Loan offer! I have an iPad for you:-) You're naked in this photo, PLEASE VIEW THIS FLASH! My name is Holly, we'll erase your debtwire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the tenth day of Phishmas, a Russian pill gang promised me...

I won't need a prescription, my account's suspended, 3% Loan offer! I have an iPad for you:-) You're naked in this photo, PLEASE VIEW THIS FLASH! My name is Holly, we'll erase your debtwire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the eleventh day of Phishmas, FTD offered me...

An exclusive offer! I won't need a prescription, my account's suspended, 3% Loan offer! I have an iPad for you:-) You're naked in this photo, PLEASE VIEW THIS FLASH! My name is Holly, we'll erase your debtwire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

On the twelfth day of Phishmas, my sister in Christ begged me...

Help me heal my husband, an exclusive offer! I won't need a prescription, my account's suspended, 3% Loan offer! I have an iPad for you:-) You're naked in this photo, PLEASE VIEW THIS FLASH! My name is Holly, we'll erase your debtwire transfer's waiting, and Kim Kardashian is following me!

Remember that phishers exploit email, text, and all forms of social media. During this holiday season, please remember to Stop, think, connect.