The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Oh Tempora! Oh Mores!

I had yet another 'phishing' email today, purporting to come from my bank. Before popping it into my cyber-dustbin, I was amused to read the following:-
Please note that your xxxx Online Account is about to expire. In order for it to remain active and avoid a temporal hold on your funds, we need you to update your personal information, this is also a new security statment to give our customers a better, fast and secure online banking service.
Please follow the link below and proceed to update your information

Those temporal holds are the worst you know - so much more, well, worldly, than the spiritual ones.

These try-ons can be unintentionally funny, especially when the writer's poor spelling and limited grasp of idiomatic English shines through, but there must be enough people who fall for it to make the scammers' time well spent. I describe dealing with one that nearly worked here.