Phish Warning! Police Dept #225

By the looks of it this phish email has been around for years. I Googled it and found it back in 2005. Don’t click on any links you see in this email if you get it. The link that says CLICKINGHERE points to (I’ve disabled it here.)

The best part is the first few words – webmail police!

FROM: Police Dept #225 <>

SUBJECT: Restore Your Web-Account Access.


We the webmail police investigating department recently reviewed your account, and suspect that your Mail Account might have been accessed by an unauthorized third party.

Protecting the security of your account is our primary concern.Therefore, as a preventive measure,we have temporarily limited access to sensitive account features and we need information from you to enable us curb the crime rate in identity theft in internet.You have to restore your account with your webmail account management.

To restore your account access, we need you to confirm your identity by  CLICKINGHERE.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to protect your account.

Thank you.

System Administrator And Police Department.

Before You Forward Chain Email “Interesting about McDonalds”

It might take a while, but chain letters eventually touch enough people. It’s been a while since I was fooled by one, but this one got me – for about an hour. Before you boycott Mc Donald’s read this.

Dr. Forrest’s reaction (PDF):

February 23, 2009

SUBJECT: Email concerning McDonald’s restaurants was NOT written by David Forrest

A chain email message regarding use of imported beef by McDonald’s restaurants has circulated in various forms for several years. One version of the chain email falsely identifies David Forrest as the author. David Forrest is not associated in any way with the contents of the chain email.

Web sites that have posted information regarding various versions of this chain email include:

Your efforts to curtail circulation of the chain email are appreciated

David Forrest

The chain letter that I received via e-mail from a friend with no relationship to Texas A&M:

Subject: Fw: Interesting about McDonalds
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 07:55:09 -0700 (PDT)

*Subject:* FW: Interesting about McDonalds


I’m sure those of you who aren’t in the cattle business don’t understand the issues here. But to those of us whose living depends on the cattle market, selling cattle, raising the best beef possible… This is frustrating. This will keep us from ever stopping there again, even for a drink. The original message is from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association American cattle producers are very passionate about this.

McDonald’s claims that there is not enough beef in the USA to support their restaurants. Well, we know that is not so. Our opinion is they are looking to save money at our expense. The sad thing of it is that the people of the USA are the ones who made McDonald’s successful in the first place, but we are not good enough to provide beef.

We personally are no longer eating at McDonald’s, which I am sure does not make an impact, but if we pass this around maybe there will be an impact felt.

All Americans that sell cows at a livestock auction barn had to sign a paper stating that we do NOT EVER feed our cows any part of another cow. South Americans are not required to do this as of yet.

McDonald’s has announced that they are going to start importing much of their beef from South America . The problem is that South Americans aren’t under the same regulations as American beef producers, and the regulations they have are loosely controlled.

They can spray numerous pesticides on their pastures that have been banned here at home because of residues found in the beef. They can also use various hormones and growth regulators that we can’t. The American public needs to be aware of this problem and that they may be putting themselves at risk from now on by eating at good old McDonald’s.

American ranchers raise the highest quality beef in the world and this is what Americans deserve to eat. Not beef from countries where quality is loosely controlled. Therefore, I am proposing a boycott of McDonald’s until they see the light.

I’m sorry but everything is not always about the bottom line, and when it comes to jeopardizing my family’s health, that is where I draw the line.

I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) …. and those 300 send it to at l east ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) … and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!

I’ll bet you didn’t think you and I had that much potential, did you? Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.

David W. Forrest, Ph.D., PAS, Dipl.
ACAP Department of Animal Science
Texas A&M University
Phone (979) 845-3560

Phone Phishing or Telemarketing Gone Wild

This is a serious problem folks! I’m getting 2 and 3 calls per day on my cell phone from some unknown telemarketing “company”. Apparently, the national do not call list doesn’t apply to these folks – or maybe the law doesn’t apply.

The numbers that have called me
9/4/2008 50622914747
9/3/2008 50622313055
9/3/2008 50622747453

I ran across from which I see dozens of numbers. People can comment on

Caller ID: 1 561-253-1135
Caller: FBK Products

The last person on the list suggested call them toll free 1-800-880-7122
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 8am-10pm (EST)
Friday – 8am-5pm (EST)
Saturday – 8am-2pm (EST)

Another person said flood them with email/virus/dos/phish

(I like that idea)

Sales and Marketing: