Wed, 6 Nov 1996 16:07:25 -0800
>On Wednesday morning (October 23), we received word from an employee,
warning about yet another telephone scam artist/thief at work victimizing
people. This time, it concerns an offer of free computer software.
>This person reported that a friend had recently received a telephone call
at his home from a solicitor claiming to be involved in a software
promotion campaign. The friend was asked by the solicitor whether he owned
a computer and the friend responded by saying yes. At that point the
caller offered to send a free copy of a software package entitled Corel
Suite. After agreeing to receive this gift, the friend then engaged in a
friendly conversation with the caller in which he freely discussed the make
and model of his computer, as well as the time of day that he would be home
to receive the free software package. The very next day, this person's
home was robbed and many valuable items were stolen...including the computer!
>If you receive a telephone call from ANYONE offering free software or any
other such promotional gift, exercise EXTREME CAUTION in your choice of
words with the caller. As a rule of thumb, it is best not to divulge
personal information at all to strangers, let alone announce the
times-of-day that you will be away from home!
Of course being a Mac/NeXT user, no one calls me offering anything for
"The future masters of technology will have to be
lighthearted and intelligent.
The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb."
- Marshall McLuhan 1969
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