Tax Scams 2018

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 →

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Friend/Family Scam

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 →

Equifax Cyber Security Incident

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 →

Microsoft Scams

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.

Roseylinns Reflections

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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