~ Everyday Garbage ~

Garbage made by garbage.

When no care is given to a UI

Can you tell what is terrible about this menu?

Who in their right mind puts the button to kick someone from the regiment next to the button to invite them to your party?

I'm no senile old man with thick glasses and shaking hands (not yet at least), but do you know how many times I mis-clicked?

Note that the menu items are much smaller than the screenshot shows.

One of these things is done every day, and the other is needed once in a blue moon.

Another Scam Text Message

A text message scam that looks about right.

This scam text message is interesting because it highlights the terrible security practises of many businesses. They often use domains unrelated to their main website. Therefore no-one can tell at a glance whether the link is genuinely owned/operated/used by HSBC.

The general way to go about these kinds of messages is to ignore any link or phone number in the message and to instead go directly to the organisation's website.

I think it takes far too long to report these scam messages to all the relevant organisations. If there was a single central place to report spam and scam texts, emails, and phone calls, more people would report them and more effective action could be taken.

There is a new way to report scam messages. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) in April 2020.

So, the latest steps to follow are:

  1. forward the spam/scam text to your network operator—usually 7726
  2. report the spam/scam text to ICO
  3. forward the SCAM text to report@phishing.gov.uk

TNT Collection is Unsafe

A collection was arranged by Lenovo with TNT to return a laptop. I picked the collection date.

A man came in an unmarked van to pick up the package wearing a scruffy TNT-branded high-vis jacket.

There was no way to verify that the collection was legitimate other than praying to the fickle gods of chance.

Some simple things could have included:

  • telling me the name of the person doing the collection
  • the person telling me what was being picked up
  • using a pre-arranged code word

In the end, the person told me the country the shipment was heading to, which was better than nothing.

Action Fraud is Committing Fraud on My Life

Action Fraud takes seconds just to show a page. Totally unnecessary.

Phishing Attempt by Text

A text message scam using the new-ish .services TLD.

There are things that can be done about this particular text message:

  • Forward the spam text to your network operator - usually 7726, and
  • Report the spam text to ICO, and
  • Report them to Action Fraud.

And you're damn right I did all three.