OK, your first clue should have been...

This IT pilot fish gets a call from a friend who complains that her computer has acquired a virus.

What happened? fish asks.

"She said that she opened an email from her Internet security provider, warning her that her laptop had been stolen," says fish. "They would happily help her find it if she would only click on the secure link and download the location to her system.

"Click away she did. She was surprised when her system rebooted with an unknown account on her system and she had no access to anything.

"Calmly I asked, 'Your laptop is missing? What computer system were you using to read the email?'

"She replied, 'My laptop of course -- it's the only computer I have, you know that!'"

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