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The Latest of the Persistent “Verizon” Identity Theft Attempts

This might be amusing if it weren’t so scary.  It is sent to multiple addresses, and I don’t have an account with them, but some people might fall for this and click on the links.  If you do, and you don’t have a really good security software setup, kiss your bank information goodbye!  (I removed the links just in case you don’t have Norton or equivalent).




















To make it even scarier, that email was followed up with this one:

Note that the URL’s are all bogus.

Do ya think Wells Fargo would need to use: client22601-wellsoffice….?

DO NOT EVER RESPOND TO AN EMAIL FROM YOUR “BANK.”  If you think they actually need information from you, log off, go to your cell phone and call your local branch.  Better still, go in the building in person.  If you get this stuff, forward it to the link below: (notice the URL is

The address of the FBI criminal tip link:


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The Junk Email Account from Hell





Can anyone out there help me?  Not a huge fan of getting Betty White on my screen 6 times a day!

I know I can close my account, and I did set it up to be a “catch all” for minor spam, but  it is on so many of my sign-ins it would take me a week to re-designate them all.

I just returned from a wonderful week in Cabo San Lucas to find that I have been found by the most pernicious e-mail spam generator I have ever seen.  This guy is persistent, frequent, mostly all the same format and he is sending to a fictitious name I haven’t used in a year or so.  It really has me scratching my head.

  1. Why after no activity on my account for a solid week would they choose to attack me?
  2. I didn’t change my security settings or sign up for anything while I was away.
  3. How in the world did it start coming to “Furd Farkel?” That is a name I put on a couple of white paper requests over a year ago.

Of course, most of the templates have a provision to opt-out, but they also are claiming to take from 3-5 business days for the opt out to go into effect.  At t he rate these guys are going, that will be over 100 emails.

I have been receiving things from the following list:

Devry University   –   DeVry University []

Aggaston Fund Network   –  Advance Update []    a “cash advance” for $1400 I didn’t ask for)

Pimsleur Language – Incredible Learning [] guaranteed to have you speaking a different language in 10 days

Bosley For Women []  – hair restoration

Energy Maker [] – “free” energy

Rapid Refinance [] – 30 year fixed for 3.1% and no credit check ?

Vin DiCarlo [] – where I was one of only 3 people selected to become irresistible to all women

Federal Bureau of Investigation [] – for only $135 handling fee, they send me $200,00US

EFCC FRAUD ALERT [] –   $200K just for all your account information

Mrs. Regina Ahmed [] – who has $200,000,000 she wants me to hand out for her and will let me keep 20% for my trouble

Overstocked Auctions [] – comes every hour

Pintrest Card Give Away []  – free $150 card for filling out a survey

This is about half of what I got in a two hour period, and none of them had ever showed up before.  If any of you out there recognize the  URL’s or have any insights as to how to get off this insidious band-wagon short of dumping the account, please let me know.



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Three Controversial Uses of GPS Tracking

GPS tracking is an amazing technology that evolves constantly for new uses beyond navigation. The law enforcement community and businesses have begun using GPS tracking in ways that worry privacy experts.

Because GPS tracking allows someone to unobtrusively monitor a vehicle in real time, some question if the practice is ethical.

Monitoring Devices

Nicole Ritchie had one because she drove drunk. Lindsey Loan wore one during rehab and after for her legal problems related to substance abuse. Football star Michael Vick wore a bracelet after he got out of prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring.

The criminal justice system commonly uses GPS monitoring devices to track individuals on probation, parole or house arrest for a variety of crimes. In several states, registered sex offenders are required to wear a tracking bracelet even if they are no longer under state supervision.

These monitoring devices are designed to be intrusive. While someone convicted of a crime may prefer electronic monitoring, it is not a foolproof system. If someone removes the bracelet or if its battery is not charged, the bracelet is useless.

Sex offenders who are no longer under any sort of legal restriction are not likely to be inclined to keep the bracelet on and in working order. This leads some members of the public to question if it is cost-effective or even useful to continuing this monitoring.

Fleet Tracking

What is fleet tracking? When a business has multiple vehicles driven by employees, it often installs GPS tracking on each vehicle. Aside from the obvious benefit of routing vehicles and locating them if stolen, employers are using the trackers to increase worker productivity.

With GPS tracking, businesses can tell how fast employees drive, the number of times the vehicle has stopped, as well as the location. Because employers can purchase systems that broadcast in real time, they immediately know when an employee spends an excessive time at a service call, parked in one location or on lunch break. Employees may not like this tracking, but most employers inform employees. Employees are free to accept the policy or find other employment.

Under Cover Surveillance

Police have conducted surveillance on criminal suspects for years. Previously, most surveillance relied on someone following someone and taking photographs or video. Now, a person can be under surveillance without someone physically following them. Courts have ruled that police don’t need a warrant to place GPS tracking devices on the vehicle of a person of interest.

If someone parks a car and goes inside a building, police or anyone else can place a small tracking device under the bumper or in some other location not highly visible. From this device, they may be able to track the vehicle in real time. On other occasions, police retrieve the device the same way they placed it and then have location data to use. Expect continued court battles over whether this type of surveillance continues to be possible without a warrant.

Any technology has benefits and drawbacks. GPS tracking is no different. We have security of mind knowing we have directions to our next destination. Unfortunately, the same device allows others to identify where we are going and when. A balance of safety and privacy is important in the use of this technology.

Peggy Crippen, a guest blogger, regularly writes about business and technology, including GPS tracking.


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Negotiate for What You’re Worth

Discussing salary can make even the most confident person cower in the corner. Money can be an incredibly uncomfortable topic and negotiating for a better salary can be intimidating. If you have recently graduated with your MBA and find yourself in the competitive job market, it is in your best interest to know what you’re worth. Here are some great tips for negotiating the best possible salary right out of school:

Average Salary

There are several sites online that you can use to research the average salary for the position you are interviewing for. This will give you an idea if the salary you are being offered is fair or if you are being low-balled and have room for negotiation. Check out and to research thousands of positions.

Talk to People

One of the best ways to get a feel for a great offer is to talk to others in the same position in similar companies. If you find out that people are making more elsewhere, you have opened the door to negotiating with the human resource manager. Explain to them that you have researched other companies and what they are offering and ask if they can better their offer.

Start Higher

Many companies have wage scales in place for the various levels or grades within their company. If you can’t negotiate a better salary, try to negotiate a better starting level. If you can perform the job there is nothing wrong with asking to start at a higher grade. Not only will this net you a better starting salary but it will also give you a leg up on those that came in on the ground floor.

Your Personality

While it may be surprising to you, your personality has quite a bit to play in the salary you are offered. People that will mesh well with the company culture are often offered more in the way of wages than those that won’t. Do your research and apply to companies that have a culture you are well suited for. For instance, if you are type-A in overdrive, you don’t want to apply for a company that has a laid-back culture. Not only will they not be the right company for you, you will not be the right employee for them.

Time it Right

The time to start talking about salary is not at the beginning of the interview or even at the end. The best time to negotiate is after you have been given a firm job offer. At that point, negotiations are wide open. The proper approach to negotiating after a job offer is to take your time. Don’t jump at the offer, instead, schedule a meeting to discuss the offer, cement your job responsibilities and negotiate a better salary if warranted.

Be Flexible

A company may not be able to offer you more in the way of salary but they may be able to sweeten your benefits package. Weigh your options! You may be better off taking a lower salary with a great company than a higher salary in a less desirable position. If the company you want to work for can’t offer you more money, ask if they can offer you better health insurance coverage, more time off or anything else that you think would benefit you. It doesn’t hurt to ask; these are negotiations after-all.

Andy Anderson is a career counselor who writes for, a site featuring extensive information and listings for the best accounting MBA programs available.


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