"Dear valued customer,
We are currently performing maintenance for our
Digital Webmail Customers. We intend upgrading
our Digital Webmail Security Server for better online
In order to ensure you do not experience service
interruption, Please you must reply to this email
immediately and enter your password here (********)
and Check out your new features and enhancements with
your new and improved roadrunner account,to enable
us upgrade your Account for better online services
please reply to this email.
Thank You for Using RoadRunner. "
The first thing that clued me in that something strange was afoot
at the Circle K (a "Bill & Ted" reference, in case you're wondering)
is the fact that they asked for my password. The next thing that
caused me concern was the way it was written. I'm a grammar/
spelling nut so the capitalizations in the middle of a sentence
--one big, long, run-on sentence at that!!!-- as well as "to enable
us upgrade" said to me that this was probably not sent out by
I called and spoke with Mike with Roadrunner Tech Support
about the email, and it struck him as odd that the email
service was referred to as "digital webmail". Email is indeed
digital, but it's never referred to as such. He also reminded
me that Roadrunner will NEVER ask for my password.
Finally, he asked about some things in the email header
(which, being a techno moron, took me a minute to find),
and we found that even though this was "sent" from
"email@example.com", the reply-to email address
was a Yahoo address. So I copied and pasted the email
and sent it to the abuse centers at both Roadrunner and
Yahoo. I have not heard back from Yahoo, but here is
what Roadrunner had to say:
"This message did not originate from RoadRunnerAn Ode for Shar
and is actively being dealt with by the Security
team. Please do not provide your account
information to these sites. If you have, contact
your local office to reset your account information.
For additional general security information, please
visit Help and Member Services, Security and Abuse Help.
RoadRunner also has a security software package
available called CA Internet Security Suite, which
\contains an Antivirus, Firewall with pop-up blocker,
Anti-Spam, and Anti-Spyware. This can be accessed
on the RoadRunner homepage, by selecting the RR
Benefits link on the menu at the left-hand side.
You can then follow the steps for downloading and
installing the software.
Note: If your credit card information is
compromised while using the Internet, contact
your credit card company immediately. Each
company has specific policies regarding online
theft and fraud. Please contact them directly
for more information.
Thank you for taking the time to contact
- Road Runner Abuse [CL]"
So there you have it, sports fans. If you have Roadrunner and
get this email (or one similar), don't answer it. Get in touch
with the abuse center (firstname.lastname@example.org) so they can put a
stop to the deviants who do this kind of thing.
On a lighter note, I just finished book #3 from Sharlene MacLaren's
Little Hickman Creek series. FABULOUS!!!!!! It was so good it
inspired me to write a little bit of poetry for Shar. I will share
it with you now:
(with apologies to Clement C. Moore)
'Twas the weekend of Easter
And all through our home,
Only our cat stirred,
Being left all alone
(but in the good care of a neighbor!).
We had packed our car full
And headed four hours south
To Port Aransas, Texas
To hook something with a large mouth.
Our friends Dan and Cheryl
Had come in from Big D.
We fished, we sunned,
And we laughed heartily.
Upon our return,
On my porch what I saw
Was a package delivered
And meant just for MOI!
OH GOODIE! I thought
As I picked up the box.
It’s the books that I ordered,
And all were in stock!
With scissors I carefully
Cut open the tape.
I slowly opened the box,
My mouth all agape.
A light from inside
Of the box did glow.
Angels from heaven sang “AAAHHHH!”
As they looked on below.
IT’S THE BOOK I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
I thought with delight.
“Courting Emma”, its name,
And I started that night.
A few days and interruptions later
I finished with a sigh.
Another happy ending!
Oh my my my my!!!!
She’s done it again,
I thought about Shar.
Yet another fabulous story,
Her best one so far.
And at the end another teaser!
“Hannah Grace” is its title.
A very busy author,
Hardly ever idle.
But another long wait?
Back to “Emma”, I guess,
It was, after all, SO DIVINE!
I plan to give more details about the whole Little Hickman
series later, but if you get the chance to read these books, jump
at it!!! Sharlene gets better and better with each book she writes.
Great romance and ALWAYS a happy ending!
More soon! Hope you all are doing well.