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Letters to the Editor - May 12, 2014

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NO LETTERS
I’m surprised at the lack of opinion of our local citizens these past few weeks. I can’t remember an issue of The Woodinville Weekly without an editorial page and I’ve been reading for quite few years. Surely someone in Woodinville is concerned about something. The suspense is killing me!
Walt Fogle

CUSTOMER SERVICE
I live in a cul-de-sac with the entrance located in the middle of the Woodinville-Duvall Road widening project. I would like to thank the road construction crew for their great customer service! Customer service isn’t something I normally think of when it comes to road construction projects, but that is exactly what this crew provides. I also feel that many people have taken the suggestion to heart and found alternate routes around the project. This is also greatly appreciated! I have tried to reduce my daytime trips as much as possible to stay out of their way.

Could you provide clarification about the speed limit for myself and other drivers? There seems to be some confusion. Is it 25 m.p.h. only while work crews are present and 35 m.p.h. the rest of the time? Or 25 m.p.h. day and night until the construction ends?
Melanie Reynolds

FLOODING
Thank you for the article about our ongoing problems with flooding on 185th NE. We’ve had this situation ongoing for over three months now so it was helpful to see your attention to it.

Sadly, the heading for the article is not accurate. The flooded road has not been fixed — probably because the beavers continue to build across the outlet to Cottage Lake.

Again, thank you for your attention to our situation, but I’m afraid the beaver dam will need ongoing attention and the road raised as soon as possible.
Bill Kearney

PHONE SCAM
There’s a phone scam around that I want to bring to your readers’ attention. Fortunately my computer background has immunized me, but I have received this call around five times so it must be working on some folks. The scammers’ script starts something like: “I’m <so and so> from <some high-tech sounding company>. We have noticed many infection files and folders downloaded onto your Windows computer. You are spreading infection to other computers in your area. We need to help you make it stop.”

The first few times, I simply said “No thanks,” and hung up. Last week I decided to play along. “What’s my IP address?” I asked.
Click.

The scammer knew he was dealing with a slightly tougher customer. (A scammer has to do some serious homework to get this answer correct. Yet he would have a very tough time knowing about “infections” on my computer if he can’t answer.)

Today when I got this call again, I asked the same question: “What’s my IP address?” “523.216.49,” he said without hesitation. Well that’s not correct — not even possibly right. But in the moment, it was a plausible enough response. I was taken aback. His confidence took chutzpah!

Still I knew I was dealing with a scammer. “OK, what do I need to do?” I said.
“Are you near the computer?” and he guided me to my .INF folder. “See all the folders and files in there?” he asked, sounding like a smug magician. “INF stands for ‘infection’.”

Now this is where the scammer nails the owner who lacks knowledge of the computer’s guts. If you get this call, stop right there and do whatever you do when someone is trying to steal from you.

“INF” stands for “information,” not “infection.” The computer won’t work without the stuff he pointed out to me as dangerous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INF_file). The scammer was going to help me...do what exactly? Oh, and take my money.

If you think about it for a moment, why would a malicious hacker store dangerous stuff in a place called “infection?”
Frank Sanger

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