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I have been using the internet for more than 25 years, and while I am not the most careful person with internet security, I don't do things like use "password" as my password.

But today, I got caught in a "phishing" scam, about an hour before the warnings went out everywhere.

You may have read about it, but basically, I got an email saying someone had shared a Google Document with me, and I needed to connect my account to Google Docs.

Like I said, I am not usually gullible like that, even when I get emails that say I have won $80 million in the South African lottery.

Plus, it came from a local school address, from a school psychologist on a day I was working on a story on teen suicide.

So I connected, and it then sent emails to every person in my address book. Every person.

I changed my password and did all the other things, but the one thing I cannot do is email people to tell them it's fake — because gmail says I have sent too many emails today.

You can read Bill Toscano's blog at poststar.com/blogs or his updates on Twitter, @billtoscano_ps.

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