Tonight, we write

The characters are playing. Specifically: one story, Ride Softly, is pounding to be written. I’m seven pages in, which doesn’t sound like a lot until you consider it’s the most fiction I’ve written in a year (much less in two sittings). It’s Isis’ story, with a twist. When I write Read more…

Fraud warning: “Domain Notification” email

Over the weekend, I received two emails allegedly from support@codero.com stating that my domain, docboxconsulting.com, needed to be submitted to search engines. If you read the email quickly, it sounds like the domain needs to be renewed and I should fill out the form and fax it to the phone number provided before the offer expires.

Um. No.

I had all kinds of alarms going off. First off, what hosting company in their right mind would set up a fax number instead of a web form? Also, my domain wasn’t set to expire until May (it’s renewed now, so no problem). I certainly wasn’t going to send someone $75 for search engine submission when I can do that myself.

Research

How did the email have my name and address? The information was publicly available as part of my domain registration: anyone could find it using nslookup. The people sending this email probably scraped email addresses from the domain registrations. (This is a very good reason to use a service that protects your personal information and instead only displays the domain registrar. I activated this service on my domain yesterday.)

Searching on the fax number turned up a bulletin on 800notes.com where other people have received the same warning and reported it as a fraud.

According to a Codero sales representative, Codero is aware of the spoof and is working with the FBI to track down the individual or parties involved in this scam. Codero’s COO has posted about the email and the steps the company is taking.

What should you do?

  • Do not reply to the Domain Notification email. Do not send or fax any information.
  • Read the Codero blog post and follow the recommendations in their post.

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Things to try for sinus headaches

I’ve had a sinus headache since last Thursday. It’s rather mild today, but I can feel it building. I get sinus headaches with migraine-like symptoms: light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, and some times floaters in my vision. My doctor on Friday said that I really get migraines with sinus triggers. Who Read more…

Chronicles

I’ve always been a writer, and it’s always made sense to me to deal with issues by writing. I was reading through old posts on here and discovered just how much I’ve captured of Isis’ saga on this blog. Same with Basette and Ambush, my old kitties. A friend here Read more…

XKCD on gaming

XKCD is a web comic about geek, language, math, and love. And of course, the periodic jab at geek culture like role playing games, science fiction, etc. All fun and done in stick figures. Some times only gamers know exactly how to decipher a manuscript. Never go up against a Read more…