Archive for March, 2011

Fishing and Phishing

March 9, 2011

I like fishes – both swimming and cooked ones – but do not like fishing. The notion ‘fishing rod’ evokes just the right associations in my mother tongue and I like it. Nets and networks are great inventions and useful for retrieving ….information, that is, real fishes.

The ‘Pescator, affonda l’esca/a te l’onda sia fedel,/lieta sera e buona pesca/ti promette il mar’, il ciel’/’!_pescator_affonda_l’esca_-_Barnaba is a great baritone aria created by two Iago-like characters who loved to compare ordinary men with baits and extraordinary men with fishers.

I like retrieving information and I adore the culture of fishing and the poetry of the male instruments of fishing (sorry, girls). But then, I do not like PHISHERS and PHISHING even where information thefts does not come about me and my friends. Today such things happened to me. Very ingenious phishers from this IP address:,

see some information about them

steal your passwords, get access to your contact list and send out circular emails like this one:

>> From: NN <YOUR EMAIL>
>> Date: 2011/3/9
>>  Hope you get this on time. Sorry I didn’t inform you about my trip to Spain
>> for a program. I am having some difficulties here because i misplaced  my
>> wallet on my way to the hotel which contained some cash, credit cards and
>> few other valuables.
>> Presently, my passport and personal belongings are been held by  the hotel
>> management pending when i make payment.
>> I will like you to assist me with a loan of €1,715 Euro to sort-out  my
>> hotel bills and to get myself back home. I will appreciate whatever  you can
>> afford to assist me with. I’ll refund the money back to you as soon as I
>> return. Let me know if you can be of any help ASAP.
>> I currently don’t have a phone where i can be reached.
>> please let me know immediately.

>> Thanks

In my case, the humour of the Nigerian (yes, the IP-address is Nigerian, I have to thank my friend Alex and Michael for an inpedendent expertise) is that they modestly replaced some symbols in my email as if it were an innocent scanning failure of a robot. Sweet innocent Nigerian robots! They do not know that I usually do not greet my friends and internet contacts with an innocent


Beware the Phishers, the danger is near, beware, beware, you internet sailor!

PS. It would be delightful to get comments from phishers, robots and humans.