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You probably know this, but please tell anyone who might be a first-time e-mail user (your child, mom, or granny, perhaps):
"Phishing" scams attempt to trick people into providing sensitive personal information such as credit card or banking details. The phishing scammers send a fraudulent email disguised as an official request for information. Generally, they also create a "look-alike" fake website that closely resembles the target bank's official site.
Recipients of the scam email are requested to click on a hyperlink. This will open the fake website in the user's browser. On this fake website, there may be a web form that requests private information such as credit card and banking details, and other account data such as a home address and phone number. Often, the visitor is requested to login using her user name, PIN, and password. All information entered into this fake website, particularly login details, is collected and used by the criminals operating the scam.
A variation of the scam involves using a form within the bogus email itself. Victims are instructed to enter details such as a password and bank account number into the form and return the email to the sender. Another variation attempts to trick recipients into installing a Trojan on their computer, either by opening an email attachment or downloading the Trojan from a website. The scammers can then use the Trojan to collect information from the infected computer. The scam emails are randomly mass-mailed to thousands of Internet users in the hope of netting a small number of customers of the target bank. ABSA is a favourite target, but FNB also features.
Real banks never send e-mails asking you to log on to their sites –always delete such e-mails! You might also like to forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org
New on the Block Back to top
Did you know that runner Oscar Pistorius is a shoemaker? It's true: He told Olympic reporters that he planned to "give his awl".
–We just hope he didn't give his last!
Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top
***** Raashee Indian Restaurant, Upper Level, Morning Glen Mall, corner Kelvin and Bowling
This restaurant is newly opened and currently unlicensed. However, Woolworths next door offers a good range of wines to accompany their food and no corkage charge is levied. This was our second visit, as I really needed a Vindaloo to combat my flu!
On their advice, I had it medium hot and chose the chicken version. My partner ordered a mild Daal Tadka and a mango lassi. My wine from Woolworths was their house Chardonnay, which stood well with the Vindaloo. This was the hottest curry I have had in many years. It was very enjoyable with the spices well-balanced. What is more, it hit all the right places and I had enough for the next day's lunch as well!
The Daal was pronounced good as was the Lassi.
The range of dishes offered includes many new ones not previously encountered. Their Tandoori Chicken is very good and we are encouraging them to serve it with a real salad, as this makes it really good.
The owner and his staff are really friendly and take pride in their food. I can thoroughly recommend going there for a meal even as a party, as the service is excellent.
Mark 22-24th September in your diary for the Greenhouse Project official launch! There will be organically grown food and vegetables on offer; workshops; films and discussions. There is safe parking inside the venue, corner Klein and Wolmarans Streets, Hillbrow/Joubert Park. Come and see the Edwardian Conservatory which will be close to being fully restored. Learn about solar cooking and waterless toilets, earth architecture and green building!
Funny Language, English...
Puns about German sausage are the wurst.
Changes in Bryanston... Back to top
Whining and Dining
Taking a break from shameless opportunism, Julius visited a
local restaurant. Then:
Civic Beat Back to top
The SANBS Northern Sandton Blood Donor Clinic at Game Shopping Centre opposite Fourways Mall has closed due to the expansion of Game, although they run a marquee in the parking lot some of the time. The nearest fixed clinic to Sandton is now at The Colony, cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall. Phone: 011 447-6665 / 011 880-4994.
Meet your City Councillor, raise issues of concern to you, and get contact details for Municipal entities: Vincent Earp, DA Councillor for Ward 103 (parts of Morningside, Sandown, Rivonia and Bryanston), will be at Benmore Gardens shopping centre outside Dis-Chem from 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturday 15 September.
DA Ward 109 (Wendywood, Kelvin, Marlboro and parts of Alex) will be manning a table in the entrance to the Wendywood Spar this Saturday (1 September) from 10:00 to 12:00. Pop in, say hello, and renew your membership.
Sharmini Brookes, our theatre and movie contributor, has had to go overseas to get away from her horde of adoring fans generated by her Culture Reviews on this site, so we need a new reporter. Anybody else willing to take the risk?
At the Checkout: Back to top
I bought some "rocket salad" yesterday, but it went off before I could eat it.
Your name in print! Would you like to contribute a shop- or restaurant review, a joke, or something else for this Newsletter? Please e-mail us. You will get full credit (unless you want anonymity). Reach 4577 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.