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November 3, 2012

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My Personal Experience with a Craigslist Scam Attempt

December 26, 2010

I recently took the plunge and actually posted (and sold), for the first time, several items on Craigslist. As a result of this new experience I soon learned, like any other service on the internet where you are socially connecting to (and actually meeting) other people, the cybercriminal and real-time criminal both can be lurking nearby.

Craigslist

If you are unfamiliar with Craigslist:

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums – Wikipedia

I posted “locally” an ad for a camera that I had for sale and indicated that “cash” payment was required. Within 24 hours I received the following email from someone with an email name of “Josephus Kokotu” (female) that was using a Yahoo email address that had a male’s name in it (Stanford).

Email #1: Hey I’m intersted for sure is it still available ?

I immediately became suspicious due most respondents will cut to the chase and provide further details, such as a phone number or email address; PLUS, the female name “Josephus Kokotu” did not set well with me and the fact there was male’s name in the Yahoo email address. Now, I know I may be over diagnosing this, but they spelled the word “interested” incorrectly; however, from my experience scam emails often consist of intentional misspellings.

I decided at this point to see where this was going. I deliberately responded back, using a temporary email account.

Yes Camera is still available…

Are you local?  Please provide number to contact you.

Thank you

Josephus Kokotu responded back:

Email #2: I’m off for the rest of the week so I can meet up pretty much anytime, just let me know what works for you. Cash ok ? By the way, do you have a certificate number from verifycraigslist.com ? If you don’t I’d really prefer you get one before we meet. It’s totally free, only takes a minute, and it proves your not a sex offender or violent felon. As a single woman xmas shopper it helps me feel better about meeting random people off the Internet. Anyways see you soon.

After receiving this response I noticed Josephus wanted me to visit a website to acquire a Craigslist certificate number so that I could prove to Josephus that I was not a criminal. I knew right then and there this was a phlishing scam. Folks, verifycraigslist.com, is not a legitimate site and was down when I last checked. This site, masquerading as being legitimate, is (was) used to steal sensitive information from the unsuspecting public who enter data at the site. Another clue that this was a scam email is that, I already stipulated, “cash only”, yet Josephus is asking me, “Cask OK?”.

Phlishing

I responded back to Josephus and informed her that she has no worry about me being a criminal; that I am retired Law Enforcement.  You know, I never heard back from Josephus.

In the end, most of my experience with Craigslist has been a good experience; however, it is important that you use common sense and do not fall for that false sense of security that the Craigslist service (or any service for that matter) is protecting you. It is not and they will tell you that; however, Craigslist does provide some common sense rules to follow:

  • DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON – follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts on craigslist.
  • NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
  • FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
  • CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification”
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
  • AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL “GUARANTEE” YOUR TRANSACTION.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#61)

May 26, 2010

If you are someone who is scratching your head when it comes to information technology and computers, then you need to bookmark the sites listed below. These sites are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community and are excellent computer learning resources. These bloggers work very hard to bring up-to-date and accurate content to the tech community.

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Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Firefox Add-on NoScript

Plato Press
Class-Action Lawsuit Against Google

Laptop Reviews Central
HP Compaq Airlife 100 Smartbook
reviewed at last after long overdue release

TTC Shelbyville
Reclaim Your Privacy on FaceBook

404 Tech Support
Make Your Firefox Search Engine use Google’s
SSL (https) Search for Security Reasons

I Love Free Software
Download Microsoft Fix it Center – Fix PC Problems

Netbook Freeware
Quick Config: Easily Change Netbook Settings Instantly

Worthy Tips
Gmail under phishing attack – Alert: Finalization

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Recovering from Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Who will win the Freeview HD PVR race?

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Who are you going to call? Mythbusters!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Google Reveals Google TV

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 25

AskBillFirst
Legal experts: LimeWire likely doomed
| Media Maverick – CNET News

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway: NOD32 Antivirus 4

Sugarloaf Tech
Does your Mac have an excessively loud fan noise?

Rarst.net
How to categorize RSS feeds for best experience

Lifehacker
Fix the Web’s Biggest Annoyances with Google Chrome

Crazy World of G
Go Away

thePC Security
iPhone 4G Scam on Twitter

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Win Antispyware Center

Evilfantasy’s Blog
ReclaimPrivacy.org – Facebook Privacy Scanner

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
License Giveaway –
SYNCING.NET Business Edition, 12 Free Licenses

Right On Technology
Google Facial Recognition Technology Too Nosy?

What’s On My PC
An Easy Way To Remote Into Another PC

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#53)

March 24, 2010

It is that time again…  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly rundown of links to articles posted from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you have a desire to keep up with information technology and computers, then I suggest you make these sites part of your daily routine.

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TTC Shelbyville
2000 mw USB Wireless – 2 Watts of Power

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
100 Free and Useful Portable Apps

I Love Free Software
Penzu – Free Online Personal Diary and Journal

Worthy Tips
BasicTwitter – A desktop client
to manage multiple twitter accounts

Internet Security Blog
Block, Avoid, Identify Paypal, EBay,
Bank Phishing Emails with Iconix

Canadian Tech Blogger
What free email service should I use?

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 23

AskBillFirst
Do You Really Know Where That Link Is Taking You?

Tech-for Everyone
URGENTLY!!!

Sugarloaf Tech
Uninstall Trend Micro without a password

Rarst.net
TeamViewer – functional remote access tool

Lifehacker
Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox or Chrome?

Crazy World of G
Export This Part 5

thePC Security
Comodo Dragon Review | The Secured Browser on Chromium

AKS-Feel The Change
Linkbait Generator-Generate Catchy Blog Post ideas

Carol’s Vault
My word!!! Please, don’t be rude!

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Security Guard

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free ThreatFire – Advanced Security Against Malware

Right On Technology
AT&T adding Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus soon

Freeware Pharmacy
Subsonic

Plato Press
Biggest Threat to Endangered Species: the Internet

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, Stats and Nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Building the Perfect Media Center (Part Two)

WP Xpert
Custom Header Workaround For The New WP.com Theme Titan

What’s On My PC
Test Your Internet Connection Speed

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#38)

November 25, 2009

Another great roundup of articles from the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you are a person that is looking to get an edge on the latest in information technology and computers, I highly recommend that you visit these sites on a daily basis.

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Tech-for Everyone
Media Center Recordings Filled Disk

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
How to Use Google Wave

Snakebytez
FreeCommander : An Advanced File Manager

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Internet Explorer 8 and Compatibility View

TTC Shelbyville
How To: Setting Up Active Directory Group Policies –
Network Computing

The Abbey Rose
Universe Firefox

I Love Free Software
Eraser: Permanently Delete Files from Hard Disk

Technize
Download Yahoo Messenger 10 Final

Worthy Tips
Handy Backup –
A Cost Effective Life Insurance For Your System

Mrintech
Best Collection of Aero Wallpapers for your Desktop!

Freeware Elite
Check whether a blog is down with “IS MY BLOG WORKING?”

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites November 24

AskBillFirst
Online Holiday Shopping Tips

Rarst.net
Run web app in dedicated window of Firefox or Chrome

Lifehacker
Hands-On Look at What’s New in Office 2010 [Screenshot Tour]

Crazy World of G
Gov K. Says No LNG Investigation

Computer Too Slow
How to control a desktop remotely

thePC Security
12 Tips to Avoid Phising –
Protection From Phishing Emails and Sites

AKS-Feel The Change
Resize Images Automatically with Dropresize

Carol’s Vault
Online storage services still around

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Enterprise Suite

Plato On-Line
Fake Facebook Uncovered

Evilfantasy’s Blog
GoogleGoogleGoogleGoolge

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
5 Free Microsoft Programs – Really!

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa.round 4.

Canadian Tech News Blog
CNET: Top 5 Tech Turkeys

TuneUp Blog
PDC09 – L.A. Day 1 Coverage

Freeware Pharmacy
Essential Apps For…

What’s On My PC…
Microsoft Office Templates

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#32)

October 14, 2009

They say there are hidden treasures in those blogs and the treasures in these blogs are are no exception. The blog articles listed below are articles from the blogs (sites) that are listed on the “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community. If you are looking for that treasure, then look no further; the information that is conveyed and presented in these articles are true gems of professionalism.

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Carol’s Vault
The President’s new cross: a Nobel prize for Peace

Right On Technology
T-Mobile Project Dark to Offer $50 Unlimited Plan

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Be Safe – Write Down Your Passwords

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Preview a TinyURL

Is You GEEKed Up
Up Do You Tweet on Twitter?

Plato On-Line
Bladeless Fan and Spider-Pill-Camera

Teck~Line
Now You Can Publicize Your Post To Twitter

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antivirus

AKS-Feel The Change
Check Whether your Email Account Phished or Not

TuneUp Blog
Speed Up Games on Your XP or Vista System (Part One)

Snakebytez
Manage your Passwords with KeePass Password Safe

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes – Terminology

Piyada’s World
A simple tool to disable write access on your USB thumb drive

TTC Shelbyville
Free Video Converter

The Abbey Rose
Tech Airlines©

Technize
Get All Windows & Office Updates on A DVD

Mrintech
How to Create Polaroid Photos Online?

Tecnogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa

thePC Security
Scan or Check Websites for Malware – 4 Free Tools

Computer Too Slow
Diagnose Windows Freezing

Lifehacker
CrimeReports Maps Out Local Crimes [Crime]

Rarst.net
HijackThis – unofficial standard for startup entries log

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Anyone Can View Saved Passwords on Your Computer

Tech-for Everyone
IE 8 – Protecting Your Privacy Online

AskBillFirst
Setting a Default Program to Open a File

Free PC Security
Microsoft Update Fake Emails

What’s On My PC…
A “FREE” way to inventory your movie collection…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#31)

October 7, 2009

If you are someone that is into computers, technology, and software; then, you need to follow the blogs I have listed below. Listed is a compilation of articles (from the past 7 days) from the blogs that are on the What’s On My PC… blogroll. The authors of these articles (and blogs) go to to great lengths to draft and publish these articles, without compensation, on a frequent basis.

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Plato On-Line
WHY Do We Have Sex?

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Secure Cam Motion Detection Surveillance Software – Free

Snakebytez
Google Video Increases upload limit to 16GB

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes Series

TTC Shelbyville
Scan Your Computer With Avira Antivir Rescue System

Piyada’s World
A simple tool to disable write access on your USB thumb drive

Technize-Be Techdated
Google Redirect Virus Removal

Mrintech
Pingtest: Check the Quality of your Broadband Internet

thePC Security
An Ultimate Guide to Software Update Notifiers

Computer Too Slow
Types of Internet Connections

Lifehacker DefaultBrowser
Sets a Portable Browser to System Default

Tech-for Everyone
Gmail Quick Tip — Keyboard Shortcuts

Free PC Security
Layered Security Part 2

AKS-Feel The Change
Check Whether your Email Account Phished or Not

Carol’s Vault
Choose Between a PS3 or Xbox 360 as a present

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove TrustCop

Teck~Line Lounge
Warning Fake Twitter Email Going Around

SpywareBiz Blog
Are online threats bugging you?

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Microsoft Security Essentials Final

Right On Technology
Fitbit Wireless Pedometer

Rarst.net
CrossLoop – remote access and support software

Freeware Pharmacy
GSmartControl

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
The ribbon and why others are applying it.

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Identify Poisoned Web Sites Before You Open Them

September 3, 2009

Detecting web sites in your browser that harbor drive-by downloads and phlishing attacks is a feat that is next to impossible to do without some type of active protection. These type of attacks are hidden behind the web links that you click “on”. What may appear to be a legitimate web link, could be a loaded gun.

I have featured articles in the past about the browser add-on called “WOT – Web of Trust” that provides a layer of protection in your web browser that alerts you about sites that may not be credible. I am an advocate of WOT, or any software for that matter that will protect the end user (which is you and me).

image Recently I have been experimenting with another browser add-on (for Firefox and Internet Explorer) called AVG LinkScanner. I have been using AVG LinkScanner, in conjunction with WOT, to further enhance my browsing experience and to provide an additional layer of protection from poisoned web sites.

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AVG LinkScanner works in real-time by identifying active threats in the moments beforehand (before you arrive at the web site). It does not rely on “blacklists” of sites that have been identified and databased as poisoned sites.

Search-Shield scans search results and places a safety rating next to each link, so you know where it’s safe to click.

Active Surf-Shield scans the page behind any link you click on or any web address you type into your browser. If the page is poisoned, it stops you from opening it. (This happens so quickly that you don’t even notice it.)

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AVG LinkScanner Features:

AVG LinkScanner® is the most effective protection against poisoned web pages.

It’s the only product that scans every web page just before you get there in real time, so it can identify short-lived threats.

Scans the pages behind all the links you click or type into your browser.

Scans the results of web searches in Google, Yahoo! and MSN so you know whether a page is safe before clicking on it.

Uses the intelligence gathered by a global community of online threat detectors.

Analyzes individual pages rather than entire sites because single pages may be threatened.

It doesn’t rely solely on a blacklist of bad sites that can quickly go out of date.

It can’t be identified by poisoned web sites, so they can’t take evasive action.

It doesn’t rely on opinion – it looks at what’s really on the web page.

Compatible with current products from other major security brands, so you can continue to use your existing software with AVG LinkScanner®.

Runs silently in the background – you won’t notice it until a threat is detected.

Minimal use of system resources – it won’t slow down your computer.

Easy to install and run.

Protects you immediately without need of a system scan.

Automatically updates whenever a new threat is found.

It’s quick and easy to install.

It works unobtrusively in the background and doesn’t slow your PC down.

It works smoothly alongside other major brands of security software.

AVG Search Shield now supports search engines other than just Google, MSN and Yahoo! Only dangerous, suspicious, or unknown links will be ranked; all unmarked links have been checked and found to be safe.

It’s completely free.

Works with most popular Windows OS including Win2k, XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit) and Internet Explorer (6.0+) and Firefox (2.0+) browsers.

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An Example of How CyberCrooks Will Use Michael Jackson

June 27, 2009

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Michael Jackson spam spreads, malware attacks likely

Star’s death brings crooks out of the woodwork, expect scam deluge, says Sophos

June 26, 2009 –By Greg Keizer

Computerworld – Within hours of the death of pop star Michael Jackson, spam trading on his demise hit in-boxes, a security firm said today as it warned that more junk mail was in the offing.

Just eight hours after news broke about Jackson, Abingdon, England-based Sophos PLC started tracking the first wave of Jackson spam, which used a subject line of “Confidential — Michael Jackson.” The spam wasn’t pitching a product or leading users to a phishing or malware Web site. Instead it was trying to dupe users into replying to the message in order to collect e-mail addresses and verify them as legitimate.

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Tell me, is this a safe and legitimate email?

June 4, 2009

I am going to try something a little different with this article as a way to learn from each other. I am going to make it interactive and request your participation, by leaving comments below. Please do not be afraid to leave a comment. You can use alias names for all I care. The strategy here is to learn from each other and to have some FUN!  The below scenario, I tested in a sandboxed environment, to determine what the outcome would ultimately be.

I am going to let you be the judge on this and tell me if this is a safe and legitimate email or not; AND how you came to that conclusion (leave comments below). There are clues… You can actually click on the email example below to see a screenshot of the site that I was ultimately directed to.

Note: All comments are moderated (by me) and may not immediately be displayed, until I approve them.

I received the following email, from what appears (visually) to be from WalMart. WalMart, being the conglomerate that they are, is going to give me a $500 gift card.

Is this a safe and legitimate email?

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BEWARE – IRS Stimulus Package Phlishing Scam

February 8, 2009

I grabbed this clip from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) that I feel is of great importance.  Do Not; and I repeat Do Not respond to or click on any links in email that is requesting personal information, no matter the source.

In this case, the phlishing scam involves fraudulent U.S. Internal Revenue Service Emails.  The IRS or any reputable entity, for that matter, is never going to request your personal information via email or via an internet browser link.

US-CERT clipped from www.us-cert.gov

IRS Stimulus Package Phishing Scam


added February 6, 2009 at 10:03 am | updated February 6, 2009 at 02:43 pm


US-CERT is aware of public reports indicating that phishing scams are circulating via fraudulent U.S. Internal Revenue Service emails offering users stimulus package payments. These emails include text that attempts to convince users to follow a link to a website or to complete an attached document. The website and document request the user to provide personal information.

Users receiving the fraudulent email messages are encouraged to send the email message and the website URL to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

US-CERT encourages users to do the following to help mitigate the risks:


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Cyber-Crooks are using jealousy to trick you…

January 15, 2009

Bill Mullins, who maintains the blog “Tech Thoughts”, wrote a very interesting article titled, Jealous?  Cyber-crooks have your number” (see clips below). For some reason this article, by Bill, really jumped out at me due to the deceptive tactic, he points out, that cyber-crooks are using to trick people. This one is a good one and is crafted in such a way that it could even trick a seasoned computer user. I strongly encourage all my readers to read the article to protect yourself from this deceptive tactic (click on any of the links below) and to learn from Bill simple safeguards you can put into place.  It demonstrates how cyber-crooks are using a “human emotion” to trick us.  As I always say, “believe nothing and verify everything”…

clipped from billmullins.wordpress.com

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

Jealous? Cyber-crooks Have Your Number

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Jealousy is a human emotion that surrounds us. Arguably, it is an experience with which we are all familiar.

It’s no surprise then, that Cyber-crooks are now using jealousy as a social engineering email hook, to entice potential victims to click on an email containing enclosed links which can lead to the installation of a banking Trojan on the computer.

“Hello,

I apologize for my frankness. I’m sorry for not being able to speak to you in person, but I can only talk to you via email and I feel obliged to notify you to open your eyes, you are being betrayed.

I know it is difficult to prove, but every picture tells a story, I’ll send you these pictures so that you can see it with your own eyes. Take care…big hug

From a good friend who is very fond of you

View photos here”

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Tis’ the Season to be “Email Scammed”…

December 11, 2008

Writing a blog is addictive and the addiction is enhanced when you have a friend that actually reads what you write and turns around and says;  “Hey, I have something you can blog about!”  It really makes it all worthwhile and is my way to give back what I know or have researched.

Susan, a friend of mine, contacted me and provided a copy of a scam email that she received where the writer of the email “needs urgent help”.  I was really impressed that Susan knew immediately it was a scam and a false plea for money.  I applaud her for her attentiveness and  her willingness to publicly share this story to alert other people.

Please click on the screenshot below to see this email…

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Here around the holiday’s, where helping others are commonplace, these emails, as well as other vermin (malware, viruses, spyware), have a tendency to surface from the underbelly of the internet.  The intent is to “steal your money” through deception… If you read this email, you will see that “Fred” needs urgent help because he had his little bag of belongings (money, cell phone, passport, etc…) stolen and he is in a really bad way.  He wants you to send him $2900 (to Malaysia) to fill his little bag back up so that he can come home.  Now if he broadcasted this email to thousands of people and just 1 percent of those people sent him $2900, he would have to get a bigger bag…

Trying to make some humor of this; BUT seriously never respond to any email that is from someone you do not know; do not respond to any email that you did not solicit; and, especially do not respond to any email where a financial transaction, account number, password, etc. is being requested (even if it is your bank, credit card, etc…). 

During the research of this particular email, I came across a site called “Scamdex” that I found to be helpful in educating us about “scams” and just how epidemic they are.  Scamdex is all about ‘Get Rich Quick’ Scams, Spoof Websites, Bogus Lottery Winnings, Spoof Phishing Emails from Banks, Scam Emails from African Dictators (and their wives) and all other Identity Theft and Internet Fraud.

Scamdex

Scamdex’s enormous archive of scam emails is sorted into (5)-five classifications:

  • Advanced Fee Fraud
  • Lottery Scams
  • Phlishing
  • Auction Scams
  • Employment Scams

If you need assistance on reporting or filing a complaint for a scam, Scamdex has a whole web page devoted to anti-scam resources [click here].

 

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