Identity Stolen

October 15, 2007 at 11:37 am | Posted in All, Australia, Internet scams, Pensiveness/Rants, Phishing | 8 Comments

UPDATE: I have regained my account after a few email exchanges with yahoo. Thanks to Raquel of Palabok for posting how she regained hers. I saved time researching. πŸ™‚

I got phished and my yahoo ID was stolen last Thursday (11-Oct) afternoon though I didn’t realise this until the next morning when I got to work and logged on to yahoo messenger.

This is what transpired.

WTG, a friend here in Melbourne said hi on YM and asked for the time. I told her the time straight away but then asked why was she asking. I asked if she was out of the country but she replied she was in the house but the time in her pc does not seem right. She even said “Gets?”. I thought it was strange for her to say that but I didn’t really think about it much. I know her to be a nice person. She then gave me a link to Yahoo Photos/Flickr saying she wanted to share some new photos with me. Without suspecting a thing, I clicked on to it and have been taken to Flickr site. I logged on but nothing happened. Just then she said, wait -brb and then logged off. I was then logged off too. But since our network is having problems recently, I would be logged on and off intermittently. I didn’t bother to log on again as it was almost home time.

So while I was on my way home, the phisher was already getting hold of my contacts without me knowing it and without them realising it was not me they were talking to. I don’t usually log on to YM when I’m home. Posing as me, the phisher contacted my niece and asked for Globe prepaid cards and send the codes to me. My niece was a bit reluctant at first but apparently I was very insistent and that I would share with her whatever profit I would make on the cards. When asked for her bank account number, she even gave it right away. She didn’t have any suspicions at all. She went on to buy the prepaid cards and later sent all the codes via YM. Lucky that she only had Php7k in her bank or she would have spent more.

I felt so bad about this because I could have stopped it if I only read my text messages on time. I’m still not perfectly well (read my previous post) that I get tired quickly and have to go to bed early. I left my phone in my bag lying around the lounge room. Shane who was watching tv in the lounge room, heard my message tone but didn’t want to wake me up. Half an hour later, another message came in and this time Shane took the phone to me thinking it might be important. I was still half-asleep when I read the message. It was from my niece saying “nasend ko na, 70 ka tag Php100”. I thought she sent the message to me by mistake as it didn’t make sense. I didn’t know there was a previous message so I went back to sleep.

Friday came and I couldn’t log on to YM. I get an invalid password message. I asked Shane (he is in another location) if he has problems with his YM but he didn’t. I was starting to get suspicious. I proceeded to reset my password but my infos wouldn’t match. Couldn’t do anything about it now. I instead use my other yahoo id. Then I logged on to Friendster. There I saw WTG’s bulletin informing everyone not to reply to messages from her yahoo id as it was hacked. Upon reading this, my body froze and I had goosebumps all over me. I remembered my niece’s text message and called her right away. She was surprised when I asked her about it. I denied ever asking prepaid cards from her and her voice went weak as we both realised that she had been scammed.

I logged on to YM with my other id to inform Shane of what happened. A few moments later Shane was contacted (via YM) by a friend from Manila asking for me and wanting to talk to me urgently. She told Shane she bought prepaid cards worth Php5k for me and have sent the codes and will be getting more later in the day. Holy cow, she had fallen for it too. I called her to confirm everything and to advise to call her bank right away if she too has given away her bank account. And she did too. Trusting it was me.

I then frantically text messaged everyone in my phone list to warn them but unfortunately I didn’t have RF’s number so she too was victimised using my yahoo id.

Php12k has been wasted to the scammer. I know I am not legally in debt with my niece and my friend. It was not my fault that they fell for the scam. I have no problem with my niece but my friend was asking me how can she recover her money. She said it happened in her effort to help me. Out of sympathy, I said I’ll give her her money back. But Shane wouldn’t let me.

Now I have a moral dilemma. Should I feel guilty and give the money back? Is it my moral obligation? What if not giving back the money would cost our friendship?

I would appreciate your thoughts.

Good business sense or just pure greed?

August 17, 2007 at 11:32 am | Posted in All, Australia, Pensiveness/Rants | 1 Comment

Qantas Airlines , Australia’s national carrier, announced on August 1st that they are increasing international fares due to fuel surcharges. The chief executive said the airlineqantas.jpg has spent $500 million more for fuel this financial year than in the previous year.

But in the business news yesterday, Qantas has posted a record pre-tax profit of $1.032 billion during the last financial year.

If this is the case, why do they have to increase fare? They still profited over a billion dollars last year even after spending $500 million more for fuel. Besides, Australian dollar is strong in the market, so it should offset the high fuel cost.

Their slogan says “The Spirit of Australia” but in practice they are actually dispiriting Australians.

Big corporations are just getting greedier each day.

I still can not forget what I have been through with them last year.

Grrrrrrr……nanggigigil bigote ko.

Di ko alam kung ano i-title sa post na ‘to…

August 13, 2007 at 10:46 am | Posted in All, Australia, Blogging, Pensiveness/Rants, Tagalog | 2 Comments

Magtatagalog muna ako. May hang-over pa ako dun sa kwentuhan naming magkakaibigan nung weekend.

Ang bilis ng panahon. Aba, tatlong linggo na pala mula nang huli akong mag post ng entry dito. Di ko na namalayan takbo ng mga araw.

May dumating akong kaibigan mula sa Pinas na pinadala ng employer nya dito for a two-week training. Ayun, dahil first time nyang makarating ng Australia, we played host to her. After office hours, lumalabas kami at nililibot namin sya. On weekends naman, shopping kami for souvenirs. Natuwa ako sa kanya. Kasi mura daw mga bilihin. Ayun, namili ng namili. Ang nangyari, nag excess baggage sya ng mga 20 kilos. Pinagbabayad sya ng AU$500.00. Buti na lang malapit lang sina Janine sa airport. Ayun, iniwan na lang sa luggage storage at pinik-up nila later.

Nakakapagod pala. Di ko rin nagagawa yung weekend sleep-ins ko. Nauuna pa akong gumising sa sirena ng footy sa labas.

After that, birthday ko naman. On the day itself, nag dinner kami sa TGIF sa South Yarra with old time friends and nanood ng Die Hard 4.0. Enjoy naman. Niloloko ko nga si Shane. South Yarra kasi is where we started. When I used to come here on business trips, sa South Yarra ang serviced apartment na tinitirhan ko everytime. Sya naman, tumira din dito with a girlfriend. Sabi ko nga, too many memories and they’re all coming back to me. πŸ™‚

Yung movie, may mga funny lines, especially sa dialogs ni Bruce Willis. Nung nagsimula ang action, tuloy-tuloy na hanggang sa end ng movie. Ok sya dahil hindi ako na-bore. πŸ˜‰

On the weekend of my birthday, me mga friends din akong pumunta sa bahay. Luto ako Pinoy food. Sinigang. Ginataang kalabasa. Lumpiang Shanghai. Pansit sotanghon. At me extrang baked honey soy chicken. Yun kasing asawa ng isang Pinay, e puti, kaya kelangan ng konting pagkain na pwede nyang kainin. Ayaw kasi ng mga puti ng sinigang. Maasim daw at di nila maintindihan ang lasa. Me nagdala ng cake, kya nakalibre si Shane. Di na nya ako kelangang ibili ng cake. πŸ™‚ Kandila na lang. Sabi pa dun sa card na bigay nya, kelangan ko daw TLC for my birthday. Ten Less Candles! Pero yung binili nyang candles, sandosena. Kaya effectively, binigyan nya ako ng Twenty-six Less Candles! Ay, tanda ko na ano?

I hope nabusog at nag enjoy naman sa pagkain ang mga bisita ko. Ako, napagod pero enjoy din naman.

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Headache, anyone?

May 29, 2007 at 10:41 am | Posted in All, Australia, Blogging, Family, Health, Life et al, Pensiveness/Rants | Leave a comment

I haven’t been feeling really good lately. I was up to my neck with work until yesterday. Well, now there are still two instruments waiting to be done and I don’t feel like moving. I just want to sit here in my desk and stare at the computer all day. I have a lingering headeache. I had to repair and calibrate an old telecom test instrument which had an intermittent fault. Bangungot (nightmare)that is how we termed a fault when it is very hard to fix, back when I was working in a GE wireless phone manufacturing in the Philippines. *Sigh* hirap talaga kumita ng pera. Glad it’s all done now.

Another reason for my headache is lack of sleep. Shane is bloody snoring! It’s loud enough to wake me up and when that happens I wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep right away. During the day, I would feel tired and sluggish, will have headache and can’t think clearly. I am falling aleep even now as I am writing this. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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