This is an email I received and I just want to share this to everyone, as Christmas is just around the corner, we will be seeing many promos/offers, watch out and be careful, some are NOT to be trusted.
The holidays are upon us and the cyber-cons are everywhere. Do not lose any of your hard earned money to scams.
Shoppers — and cyber criminals are quite busy, too, hoping to lure you in with a deal that seems too good to be true.
“We’re all looking for a great deal online, but some sites offer electronics or luxury goods at prices that are too good to be true,” said Alison Southwick of the Better Business Bureau.
“Every holiday season BBB hears from holiday shoppers who paid for a supposedly great deal online, but received nothing in return.” (For more tips on shopping safely online, see the BBB’s list here.)
1. Security software company McAfee recently released its “12 Scams of Christmas” list, and offers of “free” iPads — among this year’s most coveted tech gadgets — comes in at No. 1.
“With Apple products topping most shopping lists this holiday season, scammers are busy distributing bogus offers for free iPads” via e-mail spam, McAfee said.
In the e-mail, “consumers are asked to purchase other products and provide their credit card number to get the free iPad. Of course, victims never receive the iPad or the other items, just the headache of reporting a stolen credit card number.”
Meanwhile, in the Facebook, Twitter or other social media version of the ruse, users are asked to “take a quiz to win a free iPad and must supply their cell phone number to receive the results. In actuality they are signed up for a cell phone scam that costs $10 a week,” McAfee said.
Here’s the rest of the company’s “12 Scams of Christmas” list:
2. “Help! I’ve Been Robbed” — “This travel scam sends phony distress messages to family and friends requesting that money be wired or transferred so that they can get home.”
We and other news organizations have written about this before, especially as an issue on Facebook, where people feel like they trust information that’s posted. With so many people traveling during the holiday season, though, it’s easy to fall prey to this one.
3. Fake gift cards — Social media (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace as examples) are used by no-goodniks to “promote fake gift card offers with the goal of stealing consumers’ information and money, which is then sold to marketers or used for ID theft,” says McAfee.
“One recent Facebook scam offered a ‘free $1,000 Best Buy gift card” to the first 20,000 people who signed up for a Best Buy fan page, which was a lookalike. To apply for the gift card they had to provide personal information and take a series of quizzes.”
4. Holiday job offers — Maybe for some, the recession is over, but not for many of us still. Which is why “as people seek extra cash for gifts this holiday season, Twitter scams offer dangerous links to high-paying, work-at-home jobs that ask for your personal information, such as your e-mail address, home address and Social Security number to apply for the fake job.”
5. “Smishing” — You’ve heard of phishing? “Smishing” is when a phishing SMS, or text messages, arrives on your cell phone, wanting you to bite.
“These texts appear to come from your bank or an online retailer saying that there is something wrong with an account and you have to call a number to verify your account information. In reality, these efforts are merely a ruse to extract valuable personal information from the targets,” McAfee says.
“Cyber crooks know that people are more vulnerable to this scam during the holiday season when consumers are doing more online shopping and checking bank balances frequently.”
6. Suspicious holiday rentals — Many of us are looking to save on that Christmas-y cabin in the mountains or chic vacation apartment in the city of our dreams. “During peak travel times when consumers often look online for affordable holiday rentals, cyber crooks post fake holiday rental sites that ask for down payments on properties by credit card or wire transfer.”
7. Recession scams continue — “Scammers target vulnerable consumers with recession related scams such as pay-in-advance credit schemes. McAfee Labs has seen a significant number of spam e-mails advertising pre-qualified, low-interest loans and credit cards if” — that emphasis is mine —”the recipient pays a processing fee, which goes directly into the scammer’s pocket.”
8. Grinch-like greetings, involving e-cards — Electronic cards can save paper and postage, but “cyber criminals load fake versions with links to computer viruses and other malware instead of cheer … Computers may start displaying obscene images, pop-up ads, or even start sending cards to contacts that appear to come from you.”
Google admitted for the first time its “Street View” cars around the world accidentally collected more personal data than previously disclosed — including complete e-mails and passwords —potentially breathing new life into probes in various countries.
9. Low price traps — Discussed above, as the “too good to be true” deals, which are promoted on some auction sites and fake websites. The aim, McAfee says: “the goal of stealing your money and information.”
10. Charity scams — “Common ploys include phone calls and spam e-mails asking you to donate to veterans’ charities, children’s causes and relief funds for the latest catastrophe.”
11. Dangerous holiday downloads — “Holiday-themed screensavers, jingles and animations are an easy way for scammers to spread viruses and other computer threats especially when links come from an e-mail or IM that appears to be from a friend.”
12. Hotel and airport Wi-Fi vulnerabilities — This is an anytime risk with thieves who are savvy enough to hack into public networks being used by hurried travelers. Hacker-thieves can steal credit card numbers, bank accounts and other forms of personal identity; try not to access bank accounts, for example, or give your credit card number online while using public Wi-Fi. It’s a good rule for every day — not just for the holidays.
Thanks for reading.
A forwarded email.. very funny…
After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women – she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target.
Dear Mrs. Samuel,
Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Samuel, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.
1.June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people’s carts when they weren’t looking.
2.July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3.July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women’s restroom.
4.July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, ‘Code 3 in Housewares. Get and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money.
5.August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.
6.August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.
7.August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged…
8.August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’ EMTs were called.
9.September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his
10.September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.
11.October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the ‘Mission Impossible’ theme.
12.October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his ‘Madonna look’ by using different sizes of funnels.
13.October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled ‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’
14.October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed ‘OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!’
And last, but not least:
15.October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here.’ One of the clerks passed out.
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Lechon is one of the most favorite food here in Philippines, and it is widely served during special occasions, a favorite by many.
Lechon is a whole roasted pig, some put different kinds of veggies/spices/herbs in the belly, others brush olive oil or butter to the skin before roasting it. Others prick the skin while others don’t. Cooked over live coals.
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Last week, my mom celebrated my nephew’s birthday and Christening and this one was part of the food served. Boy oh boy, I was the one who was in charge in chopping it, and of course the first one to take a piece of that crispy skin.
It was sooo good, but of course if you have highblood, you shouldn’t be eating this… There were other foods served, like king prawns, fried big fishes, crabs, but the lechon was the best of all. Of course most people here consider it as the best of the best, imagine a whole roasted pig lying there on the table ready to be eaten. A whole lechon can be bought for less than US$100.00, depends on the size.
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Enjoy the pics, hope your mouth is watering also…:D
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