It Never Stops!

You would think that after some time people would catch on and the scammers would find a new way to entice us. But NO! It seems that what goes around, comes around. Here are two examples I recently received.

STAY ALERT! DON’T CLICK IF YOU DON’T KNOW


An email from Bank of America warning me that my account was locked and I needed to ‘sign in’ to unlock it.

Security Alert_ Unusual Account Activity Detected  (you can click on this)

If you look at the email and simply roll your cursor over the links you will see:

  1. It is addressed to ‘All Recipients’,
  2. Both the sender address and recipient link to ‘xx@yy.com’,
  3. The ‘sign-in’ link points to ‘http://adamitcorp.com/login.php’ and
  4. I don’t have an account at Bank of America!


The classic Nigerian scam – I thought this one died years ago

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR,
Garki 11, Garki-Abuja.
Our Ref: FGN/CBN/NIG/011/2018.
Tel/Fax: +234-003 087 5119

Attention: Fund Beneficiary,

I wish to use this medium to inform you that your CONTRACT/INHERITANCE Payment of US$10.5M (Ten Million Fiv Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from CENTRAL BANK have been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward transfer to you via either bank to bank wire transfer Or through ATM Inter-switch CARD,as a medium to pay you,your long overdue unpaid fund.The approved sum has been programmed to be released to you upon your response to this letter.We have made several attempts to contact and pay you but,all effort failed,this is the 3rd and perhaps the last letter to you in respect to this matter.

I received a letter that your unclaimed approved payment which has been overdue for payment should now be paid to Lawrence R. Larson of
7251 Grove Road, Apt. 160, Brooksville, Florida 34613 U.S.A.In the said letter titled change of beneficiary/ownership. Its clearly stated that you are dead and that he is your next of kin, it went further to say you signed a deed and an agreement with Lawrence R.Larson to become your beneficiary before your untimely death.Officially arrangement had been concluded for the approved funds transfer into the account below.

Name of Bank: TEXAS CHAMPION BANK
Bank Address: 6124 S. Staples, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413 U.S.A.
Routing Number: 114914723
Account Number: 909009245
Account Name: Lawrence R. Larson

But because of the elaborate global scam, I decided to contact you first for confirmation before transferring the funds and if after seven working days, no response is received from you, it will be assumed that you are dead and as such authorization and approval will be granted on behalf of Lawrence R. Larson to claim/receive the fund.

But if you are well and alive then confirm this letter and reconfirm your Information and how you want your said fund to be paid to you without further delay.Send your responses to me immediately by email.As we are mandated by World Bank and United Nations{UN},to you pay within the next 72hours upon reconfirmation of your personal and account details.You are therefore advised to reconfirm your following information/Details.

1. Your Full Names………
2. Current Address……….
3. Current Phone Numbers….
4. Gender/Sex………
5. Age…………….
6. Occupation………
7. Copy Of Your Identification…….

I assured you that your fund transfer will be executed within 72hours in receipt of your re-confirmation of your personal details.Therefore kindly reconfirm your details and call me immediately for the transfer to be executed.

I await for your immediate and positive response soonest via Email- hejo98765@outlook.com

Best Regards.

Mr.Godwin Emefiele.

Executive Governor,
Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN).
Direct Number:+234-003 087 5119

 

August 10, 2016 Meeting

We will demonstrate the upgrade of one of the club’s HP laptop computers, replacing the current HDD with an SSD drive and upgrading the operating system to Windows 10.

While the computer is ‘doing its thing’ we will have an open forum random access discussion.

The meetin will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. NOTE: We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room. All members and guests are invited to attend an optional NO-host dinner prior to our general meeting. Dinner will be at 5:45 PM at The Bistro located on the ground floor of the Elks Lodge.

Automatic Windows 10 Installations

Microsoft’s latest operating system will begin to automatically install on many home Windows 7 and 8.1 machines from now on but questions remain over how easily it can be blocked.

From Monday this week Windows 10 will automatically begin installing on many home machines running Windows 7 and 8.1. Windows users will be able to stop the installation, as they will need to confirm they want the free upgrade to Windows 10 to continue. But while it can be refused, the upgrade may repeatedly try to install itself on Windows 7 and 8.1 machines.

This marks the start of a new phase in the rollout of Windows 10: Microsoft has changed the status of the upgrade to that of a “recommended” update, which consumer Windows 7 and 8.1 machines typically attempt to install automatically on a regular basis.

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Tech Republic, by | February 2, 2016, 6:40 AM PST

Digital Devices, Cyber Security, and Privacy

With the burgeoning use of digital devices we feel connected. We can share pictures, send messages, download apps, FaceTime, hangout on google, and what not. Along with all the good stuff comes the dangers of cyber security and concerns over privacy. With a click we can download a malware that sends all our logins, and passwords to an attacker. Unknowingly the use of free wifi can expose us to a potential attack on our devices.

At our General Meeting on November 11, 2015, Sanjiv Pandey will talk about various issues related to digital devices and what you can do to protect yourself.

Sanjiv is Manager, Software Engineering at RSA, the security division of EMC Corporation. Together with his team they develop threat detection solutions to secure fortune 500 companies. Sanjiv has an MS degree in Computer Engineering from University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to the featured talk, there will be a Technical Presentation by Richard Man of ImageCraft (C4Everyone.com) on the JumpStart Microbox Education Kit for the Cortex-M.

Agenda for the meeting is:

  • 5:30 PM NO-host dinner, Bistro Cafe
  • 7:00 PM Registration
  • 7:15 PM Business meeting / Random Access
  • 7:30 PM Technical Presentation, Richard Man
  • 7:45 PM Coffee Break
  • 8:00 PM Presentation, Sanjiv Pandey
  • 9:00 PM Adjorn

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All members and guests are invited to attend a NO-host dinner prior to our general meeting. Dinner will be at 5:45 PM at The Bistro located on the ground floor of the Elks Lodge.