Buy a Lottery Ticket Lately? – Fraud Alert

Since Wednesday’s powerball lottery drawing is at a staggering $485 million I would not blame even the most rational readers of this blog to be tempted.  It is also a great opportunity for me to pass along some information that may save you from being a victim.
Let me use myself as the example.  I’ve noted myself not always 1) getting 2) checking receipts from convenience store runs.  If this resembles your experience ask yourself; would you notice if you were overcharged a dollar or two?

Here is the issue.  Unscrupulous convenience store clerks are betting you simply decline a receipt or don’t closely check the one you receive.  Seems that they are skimming small amounts from customers to support their own lottery habits.

Obviously the vast majority of convenience store workers are not stealing from you but it does highlight the fact that you should at least 1) get a receipt 2) check it.


Not the most boring security podcast in the world

I had muted expectations when I stumbled upon a podcast by Stewart Baker.
“A podcast by a lawyer on the topic of cyber security?  Should be as interesting as reviewing previous year tax returns”, I thought to myself.  “I’ll give it 30 seconds”, as I looked around for something, anything to divert my attention.

With nothing in sight, I queued up the podcast…  and was pleasantly surprised.  It is in fact not the most boring podcast in the world, far from it.

Give it a listen and see if you agree: