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    Sara Confronts a Local Business Scammer

    Sara ordered nearly a thousand pounds worth of window shutters and six months later she says


    “To date I have not received my shutters and I’m still trying to get my money back”


    The business wouldn’t return her calls or respond to her emails.


    She says “the only time I get through to him is calling him from telephone numbers which he doesn’t recognise. Since I placed my order he has changed his website and is trading under a new company name. He is still taking orders – and presumably money! – from customers. “


    The Fightback Ninja heard what had happened and contacted Sara with an offer to publicise the story on his blog Fightback Ninja Blog and on his radio spot on Brooklands Radio.


    Sara didn’t reply straightaway but instead forwarded the Ninja’s message to the company.


    And suddenly they wanted to talk with her.


    That’s the power of Radio.


    Cheats want to stay hidden from the glare of publicity.


    Sara says “I finally got a reply from Mr X after I forwarded Fightback Ninja’s offer to do a case study on radio and the www. After learning of his circumstances, I didn’t want to add to his problems.The good news is the credit card company have upheld my claim so I’m not out of pocket which makes me more inclined to draw a line under the matter”.


    Well done Sara (with a little help from the Fightback Ninja)


    If you are scammed, don’t just accept it. Do whatever you can to get the money back and stop the scammer if possible. Also you should report the scam to Action Fraud.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at https://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

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    So long as we don't have to dress like Sara... looks slightly uncomfortable.

    This might be interesting read for you re the talktalk data breach issues ( if you haven't already read it ) https://geoffwhite.tech/
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    Thanks. Will have a read.

    never trusted Talk Talk with data or anything confidential.
    A company with the world's worst customer service should always be skirted around.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at https://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

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    Twitter Fights Back Against Scammers

    Twitter is enormously successful, but this has meant that a whole community of people create and sell dummy Twitter accounts by the thousands, largely to scammers and spammers .


    This is a problem for Twitter as they prohibit use of automation to create accounts and the selling of accounts.


    Twitter is always looking for better ways to identify these dummy accounts before they are used for sending scams and spam messages.


    A group of researchers approached Twitter asking for permission to purchase credentials from a variety of Twitter account merchants. They got their permission and spent $5,000 over ten months buying accounts from at least 27 different underground sellers.


    This totalled some 121,000 Twitter accounts at prices from $10 to $200 per thousand.


    When you crate a new Twitter account there are two barriers that should stop scammers but they don’t.


    First is the Capcha –which is the picture containing numbers and you have to key in the numbers. Computers are very poor at doing these so it prevents an automatic system from making accounts. However, the scammer pay workshops in China, India or eastern Europe to solve the Capchas.


    Second is the need for a valid email address but these can be created automatically on services such as Hotmail, so problem solved for the scammers.


    The researchers bought a lot of Accounts from the merchants and identified key qualities that were consistently present. This then enabled the creation of profiles for each merchant.


    Twitter then used those profiles to delete large numbers of dummy accounts that had been created.


    As the merchants typically built up a bank of thousands of accounts before selling, they then hit problems as most of their accounts had become worthless. The 27 merchants concerned lost a lot of money and their reputations.


    The project was a big success. However checks some months later showed that the merchants were changing their methods and the profiles no longer worked so well in identifying the dummy accounts.


    It’s a constant battle for Twitter but they are fighting the good fight.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at https://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

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    Royal Mail Opt Out of Junk Mail Deliveries

    Royal Mail deliver letters and parcels to your door every day, but they also drop lots of leaflets and other unaddressed mail through your letterbox.


    They have an opt-out service you can sign up to stop them leaving you this stuff, but you don’t see this service advertised ever. They make too much money from leafleting for them to advertise how to stop it.


    Royal Mail say their Door-to-Door Opt-Out is a free service that will stop unsolicited, unaddressed mail delivered by the postman. Signing up to the scheme is the single most effective measure you can take to reduce junk mail.


    Now Royal Mail has never done much to promote its opt-out scheme for leaflets and as a result few people know it even exists. Yet, the opt-out scheme will prevent leaflets in with your post, these are mostly from household name companies such as Virgin Media, BT, Sky, Talk Talk, Farmfoods, Pizza places, Morrisons and sometimes local companies.


    There are two types of junk mail


    direct mail addressed to an individual
    door to door mail marked for “the occupier”
    It’s the second type that this opt out can remove but the first type will always get through. The Royal Mail say that ‘The Occupier’ type mail is only 25% of the total junk mail.


    How to Register


    On the Royal Mail website, search on “opt out” and you’ll find how to download the PDF form you must fill in and return to Royal Mail. After two years, Royal Mail will kindly take you off the opt out list without reminding you. So you need to regularly re-register.


    The Direct Marketing Association says more than a third of recipients respond “positively” to direct mail, so perhaps some of it is useful.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at https://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

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    Doorstep Cold Caller Warning Signs

    Doorstep or cold calling is the act of making uninvited visits to your home with the intention of selling goods or services. It is not illegal and does not require a licence.
    Door step cold caller sticker scheme.

    Are you fed up with receiving visits to your home from cold calling traders?

    Are you concerned about rogue traders calling on your elderly or vulnerable neighbours, seeking work?
    If so, say "no" to cold calling doorstep traders with a Trading Standards door sticker.

    This sticker initiative is designed to empower residents, giving them the confidence to deal with cold calling traders. Traders should respect your wishes but if they don't, they may be liable to prosecution for ignoring your request to leave and not return.

    How do you get a sticker?
    Sticker packs can be collected from your local district council, police station or library. If you have any trouble getting a sticker pack, please contact Trading Standards. You can find details of your nearest Trading Standards office by entering your postcode at https://www.gov.uk/find-local-trading-standards-office

    Register your sticker

    You can register your stickers online.

    Registering your sticker pack enables the council to gauge their popularity and success at deterring cold callers and identify neighbourhoods where stickers are not being displayed and attempt to increase take up in those areas.

    Trading Standards Newsletter
    Many Trading Standards offices publish regular newsletter including information on scams and rogue traders.
    Check the online details for your nearest Trading Standards office.

    Q. What should you do if my sticker is ignored?
    Unfortunately, not all cold calling traders will respect your wishes and some will ignore your sticker. If this happens, try complaining to the company and ask them not to visit you again in the future.

    Also send a copy of the letter to Trading Standards.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at https://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

    The Fightback Ninja

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    FBI Take-Down of Fake Security Software Sellers

    In 2011, an FBI and international cybercrime initiative set out to seek and disrupt hacker organizations.
    Operation Trident Tribunal was born, which included the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice and authorities from many other countries including Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Latvia, the Ukraine, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Operation Trident Tribunal targeted specific sophisticated business enterprise believed to have the ability to steal millions and found to be associated with criminal gangs responsible for selling $72 million in fake Antivirus programs to over 960,000 computer users.

    The money was made by selling software that claimed to find security risks on PCs and then asked for cash to fix the non-existent problems.

    Operation Trident Tribunal, seized more than 40 computers used to host Web pages and conduct fake scans designed to scare people into believing they needed to purchase bogus security software to clean their systems. Raids conducted in Latvia enabled police to seize five bank accounts that were apparently used to funnel money to one gang of scammers; other accounts were seized in Cyprus. Latvian authorities also arrested two people accused of running one of the gangs.

    The scam operation targeted by the FBI allegedly used the Conficker worm to infect “hundreds of thousands” of computers with scareware, then turn around and collected more than $72 million peddling fake antivirus products to clear up the problem.
    The FBI says up to 960,000 users were victimised by the scheme, paying prices of up to $129 for fake software to resolve the problems.

    Good riddance to a lot of thieves and their scam.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at https://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

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    Roger Annies and the Royal Mail Opt Out of Junk Mail Deliveries

    Roger Annies was a good neighbourhood postman in South Wales.
    The Royal Mail have an opt out service for people who don’t want unaddressed mail from their postman.
    (for how to register – go to http://fightback.ninja/royal-mail-op...il-deliveries/).
    Royal Mail don’t advertise this service as they make a great deal of money from delivering Marketing mail..
    Roger Annies was asked by his customers how to stop the junk mail and he created his own leaflet and distributed it to his customers. Mr Annies was disciplined after Royal Mail bosses discovered he had delivered his own leaflet to houses on his south Wales round highlighting the little-known opt-out clause which can stop unwanted mailshots.
    He was suspended on full pay but the subsequent publicity led tens of thousands of people to join the direct mail rebellion. After a national outcry over this, he was reinstated, but was told he would not get his old round back and was relegated to a sorting office job.
    The Direct Marketing Association said 200,000 extra people had signed up to the Mailing Preference Service, which removes people's details from companies' mailing lists, in the month after Mr Annies delivered his leaflet.
    Royal Mail said it did not have specific figures but its switchboard had been jammed with callers wanting to find out how to stop so-called "door to door" items.
    Mr Annies drafted his leaflet after being inundated with complaints about junk mail. The note read: "You may have noticed your postman now has to deliver anonymous advertising material called door to door items. This means a lot more unwanted post in your letterbox. "You might be interested in reducing your unwanted mail and reduce paper usage in order to help save the environment. If you complete the slip below and send it to the Royal Mail delivery office you will no longer receive door to door advertising items."
    Bad Royal Mail.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at https://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

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    Google Safe Search

    Google Safe Search is a feature in the Google Chrome browser designed to keep adult Internet content out of search results for children. It also provides some protection against malicious websites. Google maintain a list of websites that have been hacked and hence are dangerous to visit and warns you if you try to go to one.
    To activate Safe Search:-
    1. First of all, login to Google if you have a Gmail or other Google account.
    2. Go to page https://www.google.com/preferences
    3. Tick the box to turn on Safesearch
    4. If you want to lock the PC so no-one else can change those settings or bypass Safesearch then click on Lock SafeSearch
    If you have more than one browser available on the computer then you’ll need to repeat this process for each browser.
    Then you’re protected by Google Safesearch.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at https://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

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    Scambaiting with the Crown Prince

    There are a lot of the so called Nigerian 419 email scams around.
    Here’s how one recipient made it fun.
    Mohammed Abacha.
    Plot 23,Tjani Street G.R.A, Kano State, Nigeria.
    Attn:Sir/Madam
    I am Mohammed Abacha, the eldest son of the late president of Nigeria, i was falsely acussed of murder and as such was imprisoned, but thanks to Allah,i have been released for my innosence. Well dear friend i need your assistance in transfering some of my money into your account, because the government is making plans to seize them, as they did to my fathers own.Please view these site and read it'scontent carefully,http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/wor...wsid_741000/74
    1506.stm The ammount is $12 million in a Security Company Abroad. All that is needed is for me to instruct the company to transfer the funds to your account, i will renumerate you with 20% at the end, but most of all is that i solicit your trust in this transaction. I have been confined only to Kano and all my calls are monitored,So i will get my private attorney to get you the needed informations.
    Please reply to (mohammed48@...)
    Best Regards
    Mohammed Abacha
    This is the response:
    Dear Mohammed: I know just how you feel. My uncle, the Emperor of the People's Republic of Arkansas deposited 500,000 Arkansas shekels in the bank of Nigeria. He was assassinated by the Baptist Christian Militia And thereafter had to go into hiding. I was accused of helping my uncle hide from the revolutionary forces and for three years was surrounded by pygmies who followed me everywhere I went . Thanks to Allah, or maybe it was Zeus, all of the pygmies called in sick one day and I was able to escape. Now, I'd need to recover my Arkansas shekels from the Bank of Nigeria .
    All I need from you is your bank account number, routing code, credit card numbers with expiration dates, a few samples of your signature, your birth date, your mother's maiden name, your thumbprint, the name of your pet, your astrological sign, and a naked picture of your grandmother. I'm sure you would end up with more Arkansas Shekels than you can count. I will also introduce you to an attorney, also a friend of Capt. DuBois, who is prepared to send you a huge bill for doing absolutely nothing to facilitate this transaction. The bill should be paid promptly, or he'll sue you. For extra money, he'll refer you to a patent lawyer, an accountant, and a psychic.
    Mohamed, you seem to be the kind of guy that I can trust. If you help me you will have more Arkansas shekels than you can count. you will not have to worry about your 12 million American dollar chicken feed. We're talking shekels here .
    Crown prince Mr. Doctor Kazimierz Korwiczski
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at https://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

    The Fightback Ninja

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