It only took CIBC five days and one false conclusion to determine that an email from "firstname.lastname@example.org" and signed "C..I..B..C Online Services" was not real. See the incredible detective work below:
FW: C - I - B - C ALERT - Your E-Statement Balances email@example.com To: [Me] Friday, November 15, 2013 2:49 PM
Dear Sir or Madam,
Thank you for bringing this e-mail to my attention.
This is a legitimate e-mail from CIBC.
To view your recent eStatement, please follow the instructions below:
- Sign on to your Online Banking. - Select My Accounts. - Select View eStatements.
For more information, you may speak with our Online Banking department.
You may call CIBC Online Banking at 1-888-872-2422. If you don't have a Telephone Banking password, at the start of your call press 0 to be connected to a representative. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you're calling from abroad, the number is 1-902-420-2422.
Thank you for visiting www.cibc.com.
Francis Internet Communications Specialist
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From: [ME] Sent: 15 Nov 13 14:42:07 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: Subject: FW: C - I - B - C ALERT - Your E-Statement Balances
_______________________________________ From: C I B C - Services [email@example.com] Sent: Friday, November 15, 2013 1:10 To: [ME] Subject: C - I - B - C ALERT - Your E-Statement Balances
DEAR VALUED CUSTOMER,
Your most recent monthly statement is ready and is available for download (see attachement). The statement includes all C I B C transactions and your starting and ending balances.
We email you to let you know your account statement is ready. You can view or print a copy of your statement from the same page. kindly download the attached file to view your most recent statement.
I don't own an iPhone, but this is a pretty sweet new feature:
There's a new feature [in iPhone OS 3.0] called Find My iPhone. . . . it will allow you to see on a map where your phone is. . . . You can send an alert tone to your phone that will play, announcing it's lost. It will play even if you left your phone in silent mode. . . . If your phone is really lost, there's a remote kill switch to wipe your phone of all your data.
I'm also super-stoked to discover that Leopard users will be able to upgrade to Snow Leopard for a measly $29. Hello, new iMac!
For the last year, I'd been hoarding my gold-pressed latinum to buy the ever-imminent new MacBooks and they were finally announced yesterday. Which turned out the be same day I bought a refurb'ed white and plastic MacBook.
I don't care about the aluminium. I don't give a hoot about the new trackpad. I'm not a fan of glossy screens. I could care less about the multi-touch (and I just did and will probably continue to do so at regular intervals). Here's what I care about: a similarly specified refurb'ed white Macbook goes for 250$ CDN less.
The only thing I liked about the upgrade and that gave me a moment's pause was the graphics chip. Diablo 3 is coming out probably next year-ish and well before our next computer upgrade is due so this purchase is going to be the laptop that will allow me to summon Zombie Wall. I'm going to have to rely on Blizzard's usual kindness to lower-end machines and play it on rock-bottom resolutions.
So I decided to get the latest old-school machine and spend the difference on a refurb'ed Time Capsule, which I've been eyeing for nearly as long. It will come in very handy with two laptops in the house. And I can recoup some of its value by selling my old Airport Express and my current USB-anchored external HD.
My reason for writing this is to offer people drooling over this new bejewelled and gilded scarab a way of getting (in my view) a little more bang for your buck.