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Vishing: a new form of Identity Theft!
Electronic thieves have a new means of attack – text messages. Over the last several years, bogus emails have been used as a way to garner account information. As Internet users have become more savvy and learned not to click links in unsolicited emails, thieves have had to change their tactics. The latest scam involves using a text message to get you to reveal personal financial information. Do not respond. Simply delete. Please read below for more information on Vishing.
“Vishing,” short for “voice fishing,” has become the method of choice. Instead of sending you an email with a link to click on, thieves send you an email or text with a phone number to call — “fishing” for account information over the phone. The email/text appears to be from a financial institution and the typical story usually involves a “breach of security”, requiring you to call a special number and leave your account information for verification. As you can imagine, the email/text is not real, there was no security breach and the only reason they want you to call is so they can steal your account information.
In some instances, you might be asked to record your account number, PIN number or other piece of personal information. In other cases, someone might provide you with a piece of personal information — such as an old address or employer name — then ask you for “additional” account information. Sometimes you are asked to use the touch-tone pad on your phone to enter credit card numbers or access codes. Vishers have even been known to impersonate the Caller ID information on someone’s home phone.
What to do if you suspect a vishing attack.
It’s important that you are aware of the new and more sophisticated ways in which thieves are trying to steal personal information. By staying one step ahead of the bad guys and being vigilant in guarding your personal information, you’ll be much better prepared to avoid identity theft.
If you suspect an email/text, do not call the number provided in the note. If it tells you, for example, to call Bank X at a certain number, disregard that number and call the company directly at a number obtained from a reliable source. Advise them of the content in the email.
Is Going Rogue, the Sarah Palin book, part of her future political plan? The review of Snopes.com says in part:
“Few politicians own up to wanting high office for the power and prestige of it, and in this respect, Palin fits the conventional mold. But “Going Rogue” has all the characteristics of a pre-campaign manifesto, the requisite autobiography of the future candidate.”
See the entire snopes entire preview of her book here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091114/ap_on_re_us/us_palin_book_fact_check
“The “death panels” are already here”
Sorry, Sarah Palin — rationing of care? Private companies are already doing it, with sometimes fatal results
By Mike Madden
July 17, 2009. Why Haven’t I Posted in the Last Few Weeks?
A common everyday bacteria that we all have in our intestinal tract got into my chest cavity causing a large abscess to form on my liver. Two trips to the ER didn’t identify the problem. A new primary physician did diagnose it correctly and had me admitted to the hospital. A medical procedure to drain the abscesses went awry, an artery was punctured causing another procedure to clamp off and cauterize the artery. Released from the hospital on day six with a drain from the chest cavity and a medical fanny pack pump that injected antibiotics one hour each day and required recharging every three days. After a slow recovery I’m back to near normal.
Memorial Day roll call honors 148,000 veterans
A tender story of the actions of those participating in the roll call of the names of those who died in the military service of the United States of America. See the full story here: http://tinyurl.com/p56auo
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From www.about.com comes the following:
President Obama signed in law on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (HR 1), which passed Congress on Friday, February 13th. The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill into law. There are excellent summaries of the tax portion of the legislation in the CCH Tax Briefing (pdf, 8 pages) and a very detailed analysis from Congress in their 285-page summary of the final tax legislation. Here’s a quick look at what’s in the stimulus package for individual taxpayers.
Here is the link to the summary:
“We saw more aggressive fact-checking by journalists in this election than ever before. Unfortunately, as a post-election Annenberg Public Policy Center poll confirms, millions of voters were bamboozled anyway.”….. a quote from:
Our Disinformed Electorate
December 12, 2008
by Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Brooks Jackson
Read the entire article here: http://www.factcheck.org/specialreports/our_disinformed_electorate.html
The Associated Press reported today that on the U.S. border with Mexico, “U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 149,238 fewer people from the start of July through November, down 34 percent from the same period last year, according to monthly figures provided Tuesday by U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Mario Martinez.” Do the math and that is still around 57,939 per month AND that is only the ones that got caught. We are being invaded, aren’t we? AP also reports that there are 11,000 Border Agents and 6,000 National Guard troops watching the border.