Hey, somebody has to win, right? All you have to do is download an app to your smart phone and register to have a shot at a free iPad 2, courtesy of Marco Island Florist.
It’s to promote the use of FloralappTM, a phone app that offers a streamlined, fast way to order flowers and gifts while on the go.
Entering the contest to win an iPad 2 is easy, says Nancy Carrington, owner of Marco Island Florist.
“All you have to do to enter is download our app on your phone with keyword MARCO and fill out the profile page. The winner will be announced at our open house on Nov. 12.”
Has this sort of giveaway been done here before?
“I don’t think so,” Nancy says. I certainly don’t remember one like it.”
For details on the Floralapp iPad giveaway, call 394-8141 or visit marcoislandflorist.com.
Chef Alberto moving
up the trail
About two months ago in this column, we reported that one of Marco Island’s best-known chefs would be leaving his position on Marco to open a restaurant bearing his name on Fifth Avenue South in Naples.
We agreed to keep his name confidential until the deal was official. Now it is, so Alberto Varetto, long-time chef at Sale e Pepe restaurant at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, is working to open Alberto’s on Fifth, a high-end Italian restaurant on the avenue, next to the Mangrove Cafe.
It’s an impressive space in an imposing building and Alberto hopes to build a quality restaurant and a clientele to match.
There’s no legal limit to this ‘phishing’
The recent scam in this area involving a fake Internet message sent to many Comcast customers was a textbook example of the cyber crime called phishing.
Now, our friend and computer whiz, licensed Macintosh/Apple consultant Patrick Junkroski, passes along this valuable alert about a scam involving Apple products. The resemblance to the fake Comcast emails is striking.
“The report, posted on MacRumors.com, discusses a phishing scam in which an email pretending to be from Apple is being sent to MobileMe members, asking them to click on a link to update their MobileMe account to the upcoming iCloud. Do not click that link.
“While simply clicking on a link currently does not pose a threat to the Mac OS (operating system), the page you would arrive at has been created to look like it’s part of Apple’s Web site. It’s not. It is designed trick you into giving personal information, including ‘updating’ your credit card information.
“The bulk of the iCloud transition is scheduled for next year, so you will likely receive legitimate correspondence from Apple, or us, about it as time goes on. If you ever have any questions about the legitimacy of one of those emails, or need assistance with the transition when the time comes, remember that we’re only an email or a phone call away.”
Our thanks to Patrick for that information. The “phishers” are quite skillful in many cases and they reel in a lot of trusting consumers.
If you have ever been a victim of phishing, you know what it is. If you have not, you probably need to know, in that anyone who ever goes on the Internet needs to know.
Phishing, according the Webopedia.com: “The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.
“The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security and bank account numbers, information the legitimate organization already has. The web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information.”
If you want more information about this fake message to Apple users, the web site MacRumors.com is a good source, a lot more than rumors.
And if you need any computer-related help, you might want to contact Patrick Junkroski, whose firm Technology Pros, Inc., serves clients in Marco, Naples and elsewhere in Southwest Florida.
Contact information: Web site mytechnologypros.com. Phone: 394-1241.
PS: Patrick also does Windows.
Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail email@example.com.
Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.