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There is a Trojon Worm Virus that asks you to install an adobe flash plug-in. So far there is no repair for this virus. It destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc where vital information of your comouter is saved.

DO NOT respond to an email named Invitation FACEBOOK, even if it’s from one of your best friends. When you log onto it it opens an Olympic Tourch that burns the whole hard disc C of your compter.

This virus will be received from someone you probably had in your address book. So if invitation FACEBOOK pops up in your email delete immediately.

Recently I got a direct mailer from the NFRP, “the National Federation of Retired People.” I went to their website and found out they have been under investigation since 2001 for their deceptive mail out practices.

It seems they try to represent themselves as being approved by the Social Security Agency. By law no company, corporation or business may use any language that denotes any connection with the SSA.

In fact, they are really a company that buys mailing lists especially concentrating on people of retirement age. This is very dangerous because they ask you to respond and give your personal information. Having access to this information can lead to identity theft. Any insurance agency can buy these lists from them so, infact, they indirectly represent the insurance company that bought the mailings. Santonio, Texas is where they operate out of.

The owner of the company’s name is Elmer Gibson. Has been appearing in several different court proceedings beginning in a case initiated by The Social Security Administration October 28, 2002. Legislation is still pending in several other courts about this matter. Until a final ruling can be met it seems Mr. Gibson’s company is still mailing out these confusing and misleading mailers.

Bottom line, “the the buyer beware.” I suggest you check into any company before releasing your personal information you receive via the mail or phone. The mailer I got wanted me to mail back to them on an enlarged post card and place my personal information on the outside of the for the whole world to see. Anyone handling this return mailer would have my personal information in plain sight for identity theft. Common sense should tell anyone it doesn’t make any sense to broadcast your personal information on the outside of any material you are mailing. you for me or anyone

Posted on January 5th, 2009 at 20:27 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Idnentity theft,mailbox security,U S Mail Security,Uncategorized - Comments (3)

The FBI latest statistics are showing crime is increasing astronomically. There is a burglary taking place about every 25 minutes. Many of the items taken cannot be replaced. Family hierlooms, collections, anniversary gifts, electronics, computers, etc. Small items a burlar can carry off and pawn easily. When your computer is stolen there goes your personal identity too.

The average loss (after you settle with the insurance company) is over $1,000.00. You try your best to itemize the items stolen only to find out months later another item was stolen. It’s too late to claim that item then. It’s a good idea to video tape or hire someone to do it of all your valuables. Be sure there’s a good description of each item and if possible have an appraisal of it.

Single family homes are twice as likely to be burglarized than apartments or multiple family homes. Most burglaries occur while there is no one home. Criminals don’t like others around while they do their dirty work. If you happen to come home while the criminal is there DO NOT try to intervene. Leave the home immediately and call the police. Don’t re-enter the home until they clear it. Even though you might not see the burglar but suspect he’s there, back out and call the police. They will check your home for you. They would rather do that than set up a crime scene of a homicide. Remember, most often a person defending his/her home with a weapon have it turned on them. Don’t try it.

Unfortunately, most people don’t think or do anything about home security until they or someone they know has had a break-in. Burglars look at homes they think are easy targets. There’s many things you can do to make your home less likely to be burglarized. A lot of police departments will gladly send out an officer to survey your home and give you suggestions on home security. Take advantage of this service. It’s free and will possibly save you a lot of grief and aggrevation in the future. Hind sight is always 20/20.

The first place to look is the outside of your home. Here are some tips you might consider:

* Keep your yard well maintained. Make it look like someone is living there.
* Have good locks on windows and doors. Install reinforced deadbolts on all doors.
* Be sure all sliding doors cannot be lifted up out of their tract. You can drill a small hole at the bottom and place a nail through it so the door stays in place.
* Trim all shrubbery so as not to give a burglar a place to hide.
* Don’t display your family’s silver service or valubles in front of a picture window. That’s just an invitation to take it.
* Don’t hide a key anywhere outside your home. The best hiding place you can think of is probably the first place he will look. Leave a key with a trusted neighbor or friend.
* Be sure your mail box has a door on it that will not display your mail. A mail box full of mail is a good sign no one has been home for quite some time. If you are going to be away from home for any period of time have someone pick up your mail and news paper or have them stopped while you are gone.
* Don’t leave front door porch lights on during the day. That means you are away and won’t be home until after dark. That gives them an idea or time frame how long they have to steal from you. Have a light that comes on from dusk to dawn. That way you will not have a beacon telling would thief your family’s schedule.
* Of course, I’m a believer of home security systems. Burglars survey the neighborhoods and would rather not be interupted by a loud siren.
I recommend a loud siren alerting both the criminal and your neighbors that an intruder has been detected. Display the sign your security company where it can be easily seen. Studies have shown that has detoured thieves.
* If you are going away for a while call your local police department and tell them. They will cruise by your home more often.
* Do not leave ladders outside in your yard. Even if you do not have a two story home your neighbor might. You would be suprised as to how many people do not lock their upstairs windows.

Next blog we’ll discuss what to do on the inside of your home. When it comes to security, think about what you would do to gain access to your home if you were a criminal.

Posted on April 9th, 2008 at 07:17 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Home Security,Home Security Systems,mailbox security,security doors - Comments (2)

Quite often calls or mail comes from “pre-approved” credit card companies. Every time you respond to one of these offers, it can lower your credit score. Credit Bureaus have a toll free number of 1-888-5-optout (1-888-567-8688). Contacting them at this number will prevent these offers for two years. Be sure to tell them that you do not want them to disclose your personal information. The three largest Credit Bureaus contact sites are:

Equifax, Inc. Options
P. O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374-0123

Experian, Consumer Opt Out
701 Experian Way
Allen, TX 75013

Trans Union LLC, Name Removal Option
P. O. Box 97328
Jackson, MS 39288-7328

If you are bothered by unwanted telephone offers call or write to:

Telephone Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P. O. Box 1559
Carmel, NY 10512

Tell them to put your name and phone number on a “do not call list”. You may also tell a telemarketer that calls you to put you on a do not call list. This might only limit the amount of calls you get. A lot of charities do not use Direct Marketing lists. Some charities can bypass a do not call list because they are a non-profit charity or if you have donated to them in the past.

There is National “do not call” list. Here again, some non-profits are not required to go by this list. To put your name on this list, call 888-382-1222 or log on here.
Several states are working on laws to reduce unwanted mail and phone calls. You may want to call your state’s consumer protection agency. Be patient with some charities that may call you. Your contact might have been by mistake and the best charity with all it’s limitations can call you in error. Give them a chance to correct their mistake.

Posted on January 2nd, 2008 at 17:46 by Alex Smith in mailbox security - Comments (0)

The following are tips to reduce unwanted mail.

1. Be selective in the charity you are giving to. Even some of the more “well known” charities sell their list of subscribers. It dosen’t make any difference the amount you give. Even the smallest donation gets you on their list of donors.

2. Always include a statement with your donation making it clear that all future donations will be predicated in not giving out your name to other organizations.

3. If you are getting a large amount of mail from certain charities, write to them. Tell them they are wasting their money sending you multiple mailings. Ask to have your name removed from their list. This might not happen because the mailing you received might have come from a “bought list”. Often they do not keep these lists after a mailing.

4. Contact the Direct Mailing Association and request your name be removed from all of their direct mailing companies they are associated with. You can also write to:

Mail Preference Services
Direct Marketing Association
P. O. Box 642
Carmel, NY 10512

Posted on December 27th, 2007 at 04:32 by Alex Smith in mailbox security - Comments (0)

Your Mail Box is one of the most neglected places of the home. There are several things you should check to see if it is in compliance with your local Post Office. You want to be sure you mail gets delivered and insure the safety of your mail as well as your carrier. Many carriers have been injured by improper mail boxes. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts.

* Keep it free from hornet and wasp nests. Be sure the lid closes properly.
* Be sure the lock is in good working order if it’s required.
* Don’t have anything delivered to it that is not actual mail ( news papers, anything that dosen’t have postal stamps, common carrier deliveries ie: fedex-ups etc.)
* The box must be kept clear so the Postal Carrier can get to it.
* Be sure it’s installed in the proper area and side of street.
* Be sure it’s secured firmly and weather resistant.
* Have the box size coincide with the amount and type of mail you receive.
The carrier can refuse to deliver mail if he/she feels they could be injured by doing so. Sometimes mean dogs or unsafe sidewalks can be an example of this. Remember, that when the mail is placed into your mail box it the becomes your property. The liability of the postal service ends when it is delivered. Always have your mail held if you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time.

If you have any questions or problems, contact your local Postmaster. They will be happy to assist you in any way.


Posted on January 31st, 2007 at 13:13 by Alex Smith in Home Security,mailbox security - Comment (1)

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