Checking my Spam box

I occasionally check my spam box in the unlikely event that the spam filter has placed something there by mistake.

Today, I saw what I thought was a spam filter mistake and started to open it. A message popped up. “Be careful with this message. Our systems couldn’t verify that this message was really sent by verizonwireless.com. You might want to avoid clicking links or replying with personal information.” Below this was the incoming message in preview mode. It appeared to be the usual notification of my upcoming cellphone bill — except the amount I owed was listed as 2905.01!

Now if I had received that email in my inbox without any warnings, would I have clicked on a link within it to contest the amount? That is what the sender is hoping for. My actual bill is less than one tenth of that amount which I verified by logging in to my verizon account.

The spam filter continues to explain that “Spammers can forge a message to make it look like it’s sent by a real website or company that you might trust. To help protect you from such messages, we try to verify the real sender using email authentication.”

A review of the 26 emails within my spam box found 4 which could not be verified as coming from it’s listed source.

Be careful with your email.. It is a sneaky world out there!

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The Adventures of a Novice Traveler

Recently my brother needed my technical assistance on his computer located in Florida. He was out of country, but invited me to take advantage of a “vacation” at his home near Orlando.

Part of this adventure was my first trip on Amtrak from Cary, North Carolina to Winter Park, Florida. That will be a later post.

This is the story of my first car rental in more than 20 years. I did the reservation on line with Enterprise Rental and when I arrived at Winter Park, I found that my reservation had complications. With these complications, I wondered if I would even be able to get to my brother’s home.

I knew NO ONE in Winter Park.

Luckily, Enterprises branch manager Tiffany Sias was able to straighten out my complications and I had the use of a Chrysler SUV for my week in Florida. While she was working on my problems, she was also helping several other customers with unusual situations.

When I return to Florida, I plan on setting up a rental with Enterprise once again. You can’t go wrong with that location ( 511 W, Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL. )

Thanks again, Tiffany!!!

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