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Let’s Wake Up – It’s NCSAM

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

“Now in its 10th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since President Obama’s proclamation in 2004, NCSAM has been formally recognized by Congress; federal, state and local governments, as well as leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.”

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Today’s quote:Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” ~ Mark Twain

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October 2, 2013 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment


Word Of My Skill As An Investor Spreads To Malaysia

Dear Friend,

I am Mr Ibrahim  Mukaembe,i am the son of late Edward  Mukaembe who was the former minister of finance in Sierra Leone, my father died as a result of the war in my country and this made me to run to Malaysia as Refugee to seek political asylum.

Before my father’s death, he deposited the sum of $20,000,000 twenty million United States Dollars in Nico Security Finance Firm on my behalf which i did claim before i departed to Malaysia.
I managed to travel with the money to Malaysia and the money is currently in the office of the United Nations in Malaysia.

I urgently need to invest the money in any country where i can get a reliable assistant with a profitable business clue so that I and my two brothers can comfortably settle for a life.

In good faith,i would offer %30 of the money to you on receipt of your acceptance to assist me.

I urgently wish to have your response at ( or for me to know the best way to follow my days.

Yours Faithfully

Ibrahim  Mukaembe

Same e-mail twice?

Today’s free link(s): Widespread Harassment from Phony Debt Collectors Raises Concerns of Mass Data Breach

Scammers have Social Security and bank account numbers, home addresses and employer information

Arlington, VA – August 3, 2009Better Business Bureau is issuing a national alert today about phony debt collectors that are calling consumers nationwide and claiming that they have defaulted on a payday loan and will be arrested if they don’t pay immediately. Claiming to be lawyers, the scammers say they are with the “Financial Accountability Association” or the “Federal Legislation of Unsecured Loans” and are equipped with a disconcerting amount of personal information about their potential victims.

(I became aware of this item on Bill Mullins’ Daily Net News, which I read everyday as part of my morning routine.)

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August 7, 2009 Posted by | advice, Internet scam | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tech Paul Has A Dream

(With apologies to MLK Jr.)

Folks, today I’m going to share with a secret, recurring fantasy I have. I am aware that this is a risky thing to do, and some of you may think me nuts when I’m done.. But, here goes:

In my fantasy, I’m endowed with a magic arm. With my ‘magic’ arm, I can reach through the phone. I just shove my hand in the receiver end of my phone, and it will pop out the speaker of my caller’s phone. Like in a cartoon. I have this fantasy every time a telemarketer calls.

I will leave it up to your imagination what my hand does to the telemarketer (or recorder that plays the “pre-recorded announcement”) at the other end of the line.. but I will give you a hint: they never use the phone to ‘pitch’ another living soul ever again.

Since I do not have a ‘magic arm’ nor cartoon-like superpowers, I registered my phone number(s) on the National Do Not Call List.dnclogo

By doing so, supposedly, telemarketers would be barred from calling me, and if they broke the Law, I could simply report them and they would be prosecuted (probably just fined. I know you were thinking Public Flogging, or worse). More information on what the service, and law, does and does not do, is available here.

Wonderfully, the suppers interrupted by real live salespeople has been greatly reduced. Regrettably, I had to use the word “supposedly”, because I still rather regularly get spam (recorded) phone calls – at least one a week from “Daisy” at some carpet cleaners, some “urgent” call about my credit card (in both a male and female voice), and one that tells me my car’s warranty is about to expire.

Fortunately, I have only experienced “annoyance” calls, and no really dangerous con artists are going after me or my getting-up-in-years parents (I registered their numbers as well).
I cannot – with certainty- say if this is directly attributable to the No Call List. But, I can’t say it isn’t, either.

Tip of the day: If you have not already done so, click the link (above) and get your (and maybe, your loved one’s) phone number(s) on the list. It is an easy two-step process.
1) Enter up to three numbers on the form, and provide a valid e-mail address. (If you have more than 3, revisit the page.)
2) Copy the URL link in the e-mail you receive from, and paste it into your browser’s address bar.


That completes the registration process. You will have to wait for the legalities to cover you, so don’t delay. These kinds of things only work for us if we use them!

[update: A reader has provided more information: “I thought I’d mention that recorded phone calls are illegal as of December 1st 2008. Not that those “spam (recorded) phone calls” are made legally but now there is one more reason to report the calls to Here is the news: (not sure if the link will work it’s “FTC: Robocalls Must Now Include Terminator Option”)” — from Ex Telemarketer.]

Today’s free links: a quite excellent resource page, Do-it-yourself: Stop junk mail, email and phone calls – A free guide to reducing unwanted or intrusive advertising

Tom Mabe is a comedian who has a unique way of dealing w/telemarketers… as heard here.

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April 24, 2009 Posted by | advice, spam and junk mail | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments