Did you get a check in the mail for a sweepstakes that you didn’t enter?

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Here’s the scenario: You go to your mail box and find a letter, usually without a return address, and usually sent from someone outside the country. You open the envelope and inside you find a letter and a check. The letter says you’ve won some sweepstakes and all you have to do is make arrangements…

Email: “Very, Very Serious Warning” or “If This Passes, There Will be War”

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Recently an email has been making its rounds, this one challenges the reader to see “how fast can we get this one around the United States of America?” It says: On Wednesday [11 November 2009] the Obama administration took its first major step in a plan to ban all firearms in the United States. The…

Conflicker.B Infection Alert

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Beware of emails that are circulating from “Microsoft Windows Computer Safety Division” regarding the Conflicker.B worm. The text of the email encourages you to run the attached “system scan” file to “prevent your files from being compromised”. DO NOT DO THIS! Instead, update your antivirus/antispyware program and run a full system scan, then visit Windows…

FRAUD: Review annual Social Security statement

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Here’s another case of email fraud, this time supposedly from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is not really from the SSA, nor does the link take you to the SSA’s website (it takes you instead to reedasv.be, which is not an agent of the US Government). So, you’ve been warned. If this post potentially…

BEWARE: Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721) email

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I got an email from “Microsoft” today warning me of a “Critical Update” for Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express (KB910721). The “hot fix” in the email isn’t remotely related to what the topic of the KB Article is about, either. The actual KB Article is entitled “Error message when you try to open e-mail messages that you…

Running Naked with Silver: What they didn’t tell you about the Bank Bailout

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Running Naked “Naked Shorting” is a commodities market term that means selling something today for something that you won’t have until later. A good example is with grains. A farmer may not have any grain to sell you today, but he can sell you a whole bunch after the harvest. That’s great, but he needs…