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COMMUNITY BLOG - Vaishnavi Shimpi - let's stop phishing!

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Author: Vaishnavi Shimpi


I got a call the other day

I won a lottery, such a lucky day.

They sounded very flattering

But I didn’t recollect ever participating.

You are our loyal customer, this is a special one,

Amongst many nationwide, you are the 'chosen one'!

Send us your bank details,

So that we can 'transfer' the money

We also need your 'verification'.

And they asked me for my personal history...


My bank account is blocked they said.

I panicked, and asked 'why'?

Some mischievous activity was found

We'll help you, you just follow by.

We need some 'verification' so,

Tell us your account number and password.

You have provided the correct information,

Now we'll give your account a resurrection...


I got an SMS the other day

This is 'urgent' it did say,

It's regarding your parcel delivery,

'Act now' or it'll be on it's return journey.

Your 'part' payment is still pending

If you don't pay now, it'll be marked for cancelling.

I 'panicked' and clicked on the link

It took me to a portal that looked all genuine.

I didn't bother to check the URL

Didn't notice something was a bit unusual.

I gave away my bank details, not realising

it was actually someone 'phishing'.


Beware of all these scenarios

They are more than common,

This'll not happen to me

Is simply a disillusion.

There are many out there,

Who are on your lookout,

They mostly sound urgent or authoritative,

It is best to be safe and stay out.

These days it is good to stay suspicious

It's a good way to keep away those mostly dubious.


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Vaishnavi Shimpi




A traveller, poet, culture enthusiast, mum, software professional and cyber security and data privacy specialist. Having seen close family members falling prey to phishing attacks, Vaishnavi realised the lack and importance of cyber-security literacy amongst the older and younger generation alike. She has found a simplistic and quick way to spread security awareness through poems.


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COMMUNITY BLOG - guest author Vaishnavi Shimpi - 14 February 2022

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