The IRS has released a list of the new tax scams making the rounds this year. At the top of the list to look out for is the Telephone Scam: The Sequel. Like a really bad movie sequel the scammers have come up with an unwelcome update on the Telephone Scam. In a nutshell: Scammers steal data... Continue Reading →
The other day one of my relatives shared with me a strange phone call they received. As they picked up the phone they coughed and sneezed. From the other end of the line came, "how are you feeling?" "Fine," they sniffled and grabbed a tissue to wipe their nose. "Who is this?" "Your eldest grandson."... Continue Reading →
John Oliver on October 15, 2017 did a show about the Equifax credit breach that has impacted 145 million people. Keep in mind that John Oliver uses language, examples, and jokes not safe for work or young children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPjgRKW_Jmk If you were one of the 145 million impacted there are some things to do*: Add... Continue Reading →
On July 29, 2017 Equifax discovered that attackers exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access from mid-May through July 2017 to certain data files. On September 7, 2017 they announced to the public that a cyber security incident impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers occurred. According to their statement the incident also impacted... Continue Reading →
Lately I have been getting an increased number of IRS Phone Scams. As I mentioned in previous posts the IRS first sends out a letter if there is an issue with your taxes. You can contact the IRS directly to determine if there is an issue with your taxes. Here is the video from the IRS that... Continue Reading →
In the past few days I have received an increase in these Microsoft Scam phone calls. Again the best thing to do is not answer the phone. The second best is to just hang up on them.
With the release of Windows 10 there has been an increase in Windows Scams. There is a new email scam going around to and the Microsoft Call Center scam calls have increased. I have noticed that since the release I have gotten two phone calls from the “Microsoft Call Center” in a short time. Also in the news recently there was an alert about a bogus email claiming that Microsoft was upgrading users to Windows 10 via email. Anyone who does click on the link in the email can find their computers taken over by the scammers and will be forced to pay a ransom to get it released back to them.
On August 16, 2015 I got another one of those Microsoft Call Center Scam phone calls. It came in at 9:14 P.M. my time, which puts it 14 minutes outside the allowed call time mandated by the FTC. The…
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A tiny sugar ant conference on the counter: A method for getting rid of sugar ants: Set out a small container with maple syrup. I've put mine in the general location where I'd seen them before. Wait a few days for the colony to get used to the maple syrup location. Add ant poison to the... Continue Reading →
A recent hoax circulating online, and in a flyer on a college campus, suggests that voters can vote via social media. The flyer or online image says that in order to vote for Hillary Clinton voters need to type "Hillary" with the hashtag "PresidentialElection" on November 8 in order to vote for her. No state... Continue Reading →