New Nigerian Scheme Utilizing Craiglist

July 31, 2009

I posted this clip, from the FBI (Colombia, SC), to alert people to a Nigerian scheme that targets homeowners and/or prospective renters. Currently the scheme is in operation in the South Carolina area; however, it will be a matter of time before it expands to other areas and/or evolves further into something similar, but using different tactics.

This is an excellent example of how the criminal element uses the internet to trick people. As I have always said; “believe nothing and verify everything”.  Many people believe that the internet is that higher authority that can be trusted.  It is everything but that!

webclip A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!


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July 22, 2009


New Nigerian Scheme Utilizing Craigslist
Scam Being Perpetrated in South Carolina


Homeowners list their homes for sale with real estate agents, who will list the homes for sale in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and also with public search websites, which allow individuals to query homes for sale via the Internet. Nigerian scammers find homes listed for sale on these public search sites, copy the pictures and listings verbatim, and then post the information onto Craigslist under available housing rentals, without the consent or knowledge of Craigslist, who has been notified.


After the posting is listed, unsuspecting individuals contact the poster, who is Nigerian, for more information on the “rental.” The Nigerian scammer will state that they had to leave the country very quickly to do missionary or contract work in Africa and were unable to rent their house before leaving, therefore they have to take care of this remotely. The “homeowner” sends the prospective renter an application and tells them to send them first and last month’s rent to the Nigerian scammer via Western Union. The prospective renter is further told If they “qualify,” they will send them the keys for their house. Once the money is wired to the scammer, they show up at the house, see the home is actually for sale, are unable to access the property, and their money is gone.


This type of Nigerian scam is becoming more prevalent nationwide and recent reports indicate this scam being perpetrated locally in Charleston, Columbia, and Hilton Head, South Carolina. The South Carolina Association of REALTORS®, a non-profit trade association, provided information to the FBI on this scam.

[ SOURCE: FBI – Colombia, SC ]

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Download FREE Music – New Artists – New Music

July 30, 2009

Powered by Microsoft and Reverbnation

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Microsoft is sponsoring (in partnership) with Reverbnation a 1000 FREE Song Downloads from new artists. The songs can be downloaded in the M4A or MP3 formats; AND, There is also an option available to listen to the songs to help you decide which songs you want.

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If you want to listen to something new and something different then jump over to Microsoft’s MySpace Page OR over to Reverbnation’s FREE Music Giveway to get started.

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Safety is every Tech’s business…

July 30, 2009

Following my retirement, I landed a part-time job in the field of Safety & Security. Safety is a big deal, especially from a liability standpoint, when it comes to the management of people and the environment which they work in; however, sometimes making people understand what is safe and what is not safe is a real challenge. We often have to resort to visuals (such as signs and graphics) that standout to get the point across; AND, even then that does not work.

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Using my skills as a former computer information specialist, in my current job capacity, I have produced signage (on the computer) for safety concerns and issues in the environment for which I am working; however, none of my signage has reached the level such as seen on the website “Safety Graphic Fun” .

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If you have some spare time and want to humor yourself and see an example on how we human beings, having not evolved from monkeys (my beliefs); BUT how we are evolving into monkeys (my beliefs), then give this site a visit. It is a nice run on bizarre safety signs that we, as humans, have designed to alert other humans of unsafe conditions.  Enjoy!

Oh…  Too keep this article tech related… If you are interested in designing your own safety signs, I encourage you to visit “Sign Builder” [ HERE ].  Sign Builder includes a number of web-based tools designed to facilitate the creation of custom general and safety signs.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#21)

July 29, 2009

We are now entering the 21st week of “Geek Squeaks”…  The “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community, continues to mill out, article after article, tech information that would make the experts blush. This is my way, at “What’s On My PC…”, to shine light on these authors for the contributions they make to help others. The articles reflected are articles posted in the past 7 days.  I encourage you to visit these sites, on a regular basis, to learn more about computers and technology.

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Tech-for Everyone
Is That A Terabyte In Your Pocket (PC)?

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free Lifetime License for
SUPERAntiSpyware Professional – 20 to Give Away

Teck~Line
New Mockup Release of Firefox 4.0

Sugarloaf Tech
Restore Task Manager

The Abbey Rose
ScribeFire

The Spyware Biz Blog
Your Internet data will vanish!

TTC Shelbyville
Remove Old Drivers to Optimize Your Operating System

Snakebytez
Product Key Finder

Tux in the Midwest
World of Warcraft… the Movie?

Scoroncocolo
Vista and XP Keyboard Shortcuts

AKS-Feel The Change
PC World Magazine August 2009

Rarst.net
iConvert – online image to all-platforms icons converter

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove “Your System Is Infected!” Popup

Plato On-Line
Internet Nuclear Attack Possibility

Carol’s Vault
Moovida – Bring the best of internet video,
music and images to your HDTV, laptop or PC

Piyada’s World
Create Gif image or make funny face online free with Loogix

Crazy World of G
FilzMail

Lifehacker
SuperF4 Truly Kills Faltering Windows Apps

Evilfantasy’s Blog
F-Secure Health Check

Free PC Security
Windows Steady State – Free Hard Disk Protection

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A Portable Start Menu for your Flash Drive

July 28, 2009

I generally am a person that likes to be organized; even when it comes to managing files and program apps on my flash drive. I have tried numerous menu launchers on my flash drive and the one I settled with in the end is called “Portable Start Menu”. This little menu app installs an icon in your system tray that serves as a start menu for your flash drive apps and it does not stop there.

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There are (3)-three features that I really like about Portable Start Menu:

You can configure Portable Start Menu, to automatically launch an application (or applications) when it starts up. For example, I carry my personal information manager with me. When I plug in my flash drive and start up “Portable Start Menu”, my personal information manager will automatically load and it is the first app I see.

    When you click on the Portable Start Menu Icon in the tray, you can readily see how much space you have remaining on your flash drive.

      When you get ready to unplug your flash drive, there is a menu selection available [ Close all running applications ]. This option will attempt to close any app you have open and once the apps is successfully closed a popup box (with an audio alert) will appear informing you it is safe to pull the drive. This feature alone is unheard of in the other portable menu apps I have tried. Many people lose data or cause file corruption on their flash drives due they end up pulling the drive before it has completed its’ operations.

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        Description:

        • Organize and launch applications via a tray menu
        • Closes running applications on USB-Sticks automatically
        • Checks if an application has been changed before execution
        • Quick Start functionality to start applications with a few keystrokes
        • Runs on USB-Sticks without leaving any traces on a host PC
        • Portable Start Menu is Freeware
        • Close running applications when you exit Portable Start Menu
        • Safely remove your USB-Stick
        • Supports relative paths
        • Can open folders, web sites, files, etc…

        Portable Start Menu is my menu launcher of choice on my flash drive. I have been using this app for over a year and it has not ever let me down.  Highly recommended!

        System: Win9x/Me/NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista
        License: Freeware

        [ GET IT HERE ]

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        Very cool animated site on how to build a computer…

        July 27, 2009

        If you are thinking about building your own computer OR you want to learn more about the internal components of your computer, then “PCitYourself” is an good starting point.  This site provides “How To” instructions in conjunction with flash based technology, to animate “step-by’step”, the process of choosing parts for a computer, building the computer and the installation of the Bios, Operating System and Drivers. Watching the parts flying around and landing in their respective places inside the PC will entice you to want to build a PC.  Great educational tool and very well done!

        www.pcityourself.com

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        Finding Icons for that Special Project

        July 26, 2009

        If you are a blogger, web designer, graphic designer or someone just looking for an icon graphic for that special project I suggest you use “Iconfinder” .

        www.iconfinder.net

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        Iconfinder provides high quality icons in an easy, efficient and searchable way.  The database of icons, that continues to grow, currently consists of over 106,000 different icons in over 160 icon sets. You can either do a search for an icon or you can browse the icon sets.  I am sure you will find a good, high quality icon, for that special project. The majority of icons provided by Iconfinder are FREE for personal use and some of the icons are even available for commercial use.

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