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Fake IRS emails

July 26th 2012

I have seen two, one pretending to be from alerts@irs.gov, the other pretending to be from noreply@irs.gov.  They are, of course, fake, which is obvious when you hover over the hyperlinks.  

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Fake US Airways reservation email

July 25th 2012

  Text: You have to check in from 24 hours and up to 60 minutes before your flight (2 hours if you’re flying internationally). After that, all you need to do is print your boarding pass and go to the gate. Confirmation code: 032421 Check-in online: Online reservation details   Flight 5352 Departure city and […]

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Fake AICPA emails

July 19th 2012

  As always, hover over the link and it’s obviously fake.  The text of the message is: “Dear accountant officer, We have been informed of your alleged assistance in income tax refund infringement  for one of your employers. According to AICPA Bylaw Section 765 your Certified Public Accountant status can be cancelled in case of […]

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What on earth is going on at the Sophos blog?

July 18th 2012

Picture says it all, really.

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Fake craigslist emails

July 17th 2012

    As always, if you hover over the hyperlinks in the email it becomes obvious that the email is a fake.

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Well done Sanyo (a great use of social media to get an urgent message out to the masses)

July 6th 2012

Seen on Facebook: Clicking on the advertisement takes the viewer to http://www.sanyo.com.au/.  From there, we find a little down the page this – http://panasonic.net/sanyo/20120124/nr20120124au.pdf The PDF contains this warning – you can understand the urgency: "SANYO Oceania Pty. Ltd. (SANYO Oceania) has announced that some SANYO Convection Grill Microwave Ovens (EM-C8787B) sold in Target stores […]

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A worrying online scam…

July 5th 2012

  Source: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/how-banks-fight-hackers-and-fraudsters-20120404-1wc0h.html Even the most cautious amongst us would probably have been tricked if the target of such a sting… “Just got done for $1000. We import goods from China / Hong Kong and have been doing so for 10 years. The Scamers hacked the email account of the company in HK and waited […]

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While we’re on the topic of crashing web browsers…

July 4th 2012

Nearly. Every. Time. I. Close. Chrome…  Yes, I’ve done the researching, and the attempted fixing, and uninstalling/trashing data/reinstalling etc etc etc… if it were Internet Explorer I was having trouble with I’d probably get it fixed in short order…  

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Ah, how things have changed…

July 4th 2012

Image source: http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/funny-animal-captions-animal-capshunz-it-might-freeze.jpg

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Installing updates for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 can take longer than expected in some scenarios

July 3rd 2012

.NET Framework 4 related updates have led to the loss of far too much valuable time for me in recent days – I am very grateful to Susan Bradley for the heads up. Installing updates for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 can take longer than expected in some scenarios http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2570538

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