Friday, July 22, 2016

I'm oh, so desirable!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

This week marks the 25th anniversary of me becoming a married lady. Who'da thunk it.  (Not that we lasted 25 years, but that we ever got married at all! Okay, I did have to tell Mr. L after five years of dating: "Poop or get off the pot!")  And here we are two-and-a-half decades later.  (Okay, actually, this picture was two-and-a-half decades ago!)

So, isn't it surprising that I would get so many gentleman sending me friend requests on Facebook? Oh, and not only are the majority of them widowers, but they're often Majors or GENERALS in the US Army. Additionally, many others are from foreign countries. Places like the Philippines, Croatia, France, South Africa, and just about everywhere in between.  And not only am I popular on Facebook, but loads of military and other men follow me (and Lorna) on Google+, too.

Of course, I label all these requests as SPAM and funny enough, often when I go to block them, I find their profiles have already been deleted by Facebook. Imagine that.

I don't fall for Internet scams. I never open links from people I don't know, and I always look at the return email address from people that purport to be a friend or even a reader.  Usually you'll find a return email address that looks like this: (instead of a mainstream provider like Yahoo, Gmail, or Hotmail).

Often people will tell me: "Lorraine (or Lorna, or L.L.) you've been HACKED!  I just got an email from you that looks suspicious."  They'll forward a copy of the offending email and it usually says LorraineBarlett@somesuchphonyemailsite.  Did you notice my last name was even spelled correctly?

I've had the same email address since I went online over twenty years ago, and it's pretty mainstream. (Of course, I also have email addresses that I use for fan mail, etc.)

So, the fact is ... I'm no Jessica Rabbit, and those men wanting to be my friend are all phishing.

What phishing scams have you encountered?


P.S.  Don't forget, the 7th Jeff Resnick Mystery, SHATTERED SPIRITS, comes out on Monday.  For more info, check out my website.