Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Take me to your leader

I noticed this the other day. It's in the garden of a neighboring house. It's a rusty kitchen strainer fastened to a stake with rope. I have no idea what it's for. Is it art? A pest trap? An alien listening post? Or does everyone except me have a rusty kitchen strainer fastened to a stake with rope in their garden?

I didn't notice any beeping or lights.

Yesterday I received a bizarre email from another neighbor requesting help, but without details. The message was strange, but plausible enough for me to reply with a generic "ok... what's up?" Turns out that our neighbor's email account had been hijacked and the perpetrator was fishing for money (a second message asked that I go out and buy four cash cards worth 250 euros each and transmit the codes to the scammer by email). I didn't reply again. Ken called the neighbor's husband to alert him, and he confirmed that someone else had told him they received the same message and that it was, indeed, a scam. I immediately changed my email password. I hope our neighbor can clear it up quickly; she's the mayor of our town.

7 comments:

  1. The strainer will no doubt be for some obvious purpose, placed handily for straining or catching something, but I really can't think what.

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  2. It's already caught that yellow bug you can see inside...

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  3. That is one super cool photo, Walt.

    Yikes about the fishing email. Eww.

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  4. I'm very disappointed you didn't send me the codes for the cash cards! The photo is a wonderful piece of art. At first I thought it was OUR strainer, but ours is attached to an old tree limb and you can see the Mediterranean Sea in the background.

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  5. Oh this made me laugh today! (The strainer, not the email.)

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  6. That's quite an artistic strainer, er piece of art, er composition, er thingie. Terrific picture, too.
    There's another version of the scamming email, saying "my wallet / purse was stolen and I'm in Aberdeen (or wherever), please send money." I got one once from a friend's account when I knew he was on another continent entirely.

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  7. All the best gardens have these strainers now.

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