From: Craig Phillips []

Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2012 3:26 PM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Lady in Spain


Having trouble viewing this email? Click here


Cocktail Talk


September 2012

Cocktail Talk


Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


Cocktail Talk is archived on


Currently, on Cocktail Talk -  Lady in Spain


Cocktail TalkNancy is a Banker, I think she's an exceptional one, and based on what you're about to read you may think so too.


A little old lady goes to the bank to scrape up some money to help a friend. Scrape, not withdraw. She is not going to the teller window withdrawal slip in hand, she's going to access her safe deposit box. It's that important.


She waits nervously for the first available banker and soon enough she gets Nancy. Nancy knows a lot of people, a lot of people, but these two have never met. They go into the safety deposit vault to do their respective keying as the woman tells Nancy about her friend who is in distress and desperately needs her help.


Her friend is stranded in Spain, something happened and she needs money fast, she said so in an email. Nancy is not buying it and starts to challenge, this goes on for a while, it is very uncomfortable, the woman is, for lack of a better word, pissed. 


Nancy tries to explain that this sounds like an email scam, tries to validate what she's saying by telling the woman how it happens, tells her what email accounts are most likely to get hacked, even asks her "Was it a Yahoo account?". The answer was yes. Nancy stands her ground and makes the woman promise she will try to reach the friend before sending any money anywhere, she promises and storms off.


A couple hours later there's a ruckus at the bank. "I was here this morning", "the curly haired girl", "safe deposit box", oh boy. Nancy takes the woman aside and finds out that the friend trapped in Spain was in fact at her desk at work. The woman called repeatedly but got no answer, and to her credit drove to her friend's work and found her there. Her Yahoo email account had been compromised and everyone in her address book got the same email asking for help. Imagine that.


It might have looked  a little like this:


I'm with family on vacation in Madrid, Spain, we got mugged last night in an alley by a gang of thugs on our way back from shopping, one of them had a knife poking my neck for almost two minutes and everything we had on us including my cell phone, credit cards were all stolen,quite honestly it was beyond a dreadful experience for us but looking on the bright side we weren't seriously hurt or injured and we are still alive so that is whats important. I've reported to the cops here and canceled all our cards,it appeared I had acted quickly enough or they almost would have succeeded in cleaning out my bank account. I'm really having some difficulties clearing our hotel bills and also need to pick up a voucher ticket at the counter for us to catch a flight back home as soon as possible.


All we need right now is $2,250.00, but anything you can spare pending when we get things straighten out will be appreciated and I promise to refund as soon as we arrive home safely.


Write me back and let me know how soon you can get it to us asap.


This time it didn't work. Nancy* stepped up, held her ground, and risked reprimand with nothing to gain.



I think Nancy's a hero, that's my call, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.


* Congratulations can be sent through Nancy's email at



CN Consulting, Inc -
Computer Consulting for Business!



CN Consulting Inc. (CNCI) is an independent consulting company formed in 1990 and located within easy reach of both Chicago and Milwaukee.


CNCI maintains a select client base providing consulting services concerning the use of information technology. We persistently look for advantage to our clients in added value and reduced cost made available by advancing technology.


CNCI does not have financial interest in any given product or product line. We evaluate current and emerging technologies solely based on their benefit to our clients. CNCI implements the solutions it recommends and readily partners with companies that offer products and services to the advantage of our clients. CNCI offers complete client support with singular accountability.


We maximize the benefit of our clients' existing technology, systems, and platforms while integrating the benefits provided by new technology.


Business Continuity and Business Development are our goals with Continuity being the foundation of Development.


This email was sent to by |  

CN Consulting, Inc. | 23830 112th St | Salem | WI | 53179

No virus found in this message.
Checked by AVG -
Version: 2012.0.2197 / Virus Database: 2437/5193 - Release Date: 08/11/12


This email was sent by the author for the sole purpose of testing a draft message. If you believe you have received the message in error, please contact the author by replying to this message. Constant Contact takes reports of abuse very seriously. If you wish to report abuse, please forward this message to