Phishing / Fishing Karma

It was only writing the first article, ‘e-mail phishing alert!‘, that I made the connection between ‘phishing‘ – fraudulently acquiring someone else’s property by electronic means; and ‘fishing‘ – fraudulently acquiring someone else’s body for food or sport (both pronounced ‘fishing‘).
Yeah OK, I am a bit slow. I just hadn’t thought of it before.

It’s all a bit sneaky really, Phishers fraudulently acquire someone else’s property by electronic means; and fishermen pretend that sharp hook’s a tasty meal for little fishies to eat.
Of course, humans who get caught out electronically tend to fare better than the fish, who have got a lot more to lose once they’ve taken the bait. But the principle’s the same.

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Phishers and Fishermen

So the similarities between phishers and fishermen?
Some ideas I had ~

  both lack compassion for their prey, not caring the emotional, mental or physical pain their victim suffers.

  both throw out sharp little hooks to catch their prey on. This is disguised as bait to catch their victims. Fish get caught on the hook hidden by a tasty snack; and people get duped by an electronic hoax.

  their victims are random ~ whoever was unlucky enough to be caught at the time.

 it takes time and patience to catch random victims. That’s a lot of time and concentrated effort to put into ruining someone’s day, or ending their life; this makes for abysmal karma.

  …which is how we can develop compassion for phishers and fishermen.

Developing Compassion for Phishers and Fishermen considering their Karma

These people don’t have much idea of the misery they’re causing themselves in the future. (It’s nothing compared to the present suffering they’re causing.)
It’s definite that the negative karma reaped will be similar in nature, but worse in effect than it’s cause, due to how karma works. These unpleasant experiences can appear later in the perpetrator’s life, but will most likely be in future lives.*
What a terrible curse to hand down to their future selves 😦

Considering this makes it easier to feel compassion for fishermen, especially those for who whom it’s their livelihood. They’re also very good reasons never to fish; or to cut down, with the intention of giving up if you do. The section on  ‘Karma’ in Joyful Path* gives some wise advice on this BTW.

It just made me wonder if being the victim of phishing is a karmic result (like a cosmic payback) which is an ‘experience similar to the cause’.

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* from ‘Karma’,  Joyful Path of Good Fortune p248 my book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
o the Urban Dictionary definition of phishing includes the ‘collecting logos and graphics from a genuine source (e.g. Citibank) and making fraudulent e-mails out of them, to obtain data about a person/s
o fish image by Jas (in ‘Being Phished. A Karmic Effect of Fishing?’ which begins these ideas here.)
0 Phishing Alert! Where it all started.

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Being Phished. A Karmic Effect of Fishing?

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It’s all a bit sneaky really

Phishers fraudulently acquire someone else’s property by electronic means; and fishermen pretend that the sharp hook’s a tasty meal for little fishies to eat.
Of course, humans who get caught out electronically tend to fare better than the fish, who have got a lot more to lose once they’ve taken the bait.

But the principle’s the same.

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It makes me wonder if being the victim of phishing is a karmic result (like a cosmic payback) which is an ‘experience similar to the cause’.
… Just an idea.

o continued from ‘e-mail phishing alert!
o These ideas expanded in ‘Phishing Karma
o image by Jas

so is that a feasible idea? Or have I taken the analogy too far. You be the judge, let us know below  


 

e-mail phishing alert!

BT e-mail account hacked by phisher

That sounds like a newspaper heading, and not where I’d normally post this; but my ma phoned yesterday to say of the awful time she’d had after her BT e-mail account got hacked.
You hear about these things, but it really upset ma. Needing to to warn others I Facebooked it. It’s been a popular post, with people agreeing with the alert, so I’m giving the details here.

Phishers fraudulently acquired Ma’s e-mail contacts list

Phishers pretending to be BT fraudulently aquired my ma’s email details and password.
BT‘ (ie. the phisher) mailed her that:
Your e-mail has been suspended because of over loading“; and then another message reading “your account need to be closed, please re-register.” Which of course you need to provide all your details to do.

It’s quite emotive language, designed to target our fear of losing something perceived to be valuable. It gives a sense of urgency, prompting immediate action. My ma had already filled out some of ‘BT‘s’ forms before she smelt something phishy, but some details had already been sent. This gave the phisher access to ma’s contacts list. They then mailed all her contacts pretending to be her in urgent need of money. She wasn’t able to contact everybody to warn them, as the phisher finished the job by wiping her contacts list.
That in itself is a worrying thing.

Don’t answer e-mails that smell phishy!

Ma said it felt “awful, such an invasion of privacy.” [The real] “BT were very good in sorting things out, but it took hours and I had a crunching headache at the end of it.

These people really need to get proper jobs; they’re creating terrible karma for themselves in the future by deceiving and stealing from others.
We can protect ourselves and them by following our intuition, and not answering emails that smell a bit phishy.
~ Be warned people!

nb. Translations & disclaimers:
o If something ‘smells fishy‘, it means it’s suspect or suspicious; as in the fake e-mails smelt fishy, and could be a con.
o phishing‘ – fraudulently acquiring someone else’s property by electronic means. (pronounced ‘fishing‘.)
o It was BT in my ma’s case, but it could’ve been any company that does business on-line, and it certainly isn’t the first I’ve heard of, mail or otherwise.

Further Thoughts:
Being PhishedPhishing Karma 

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