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Scam Alert

If this had happened today, I would have thought it was from a friend, trying to pull an April Fool’s Day joke on me. This is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke on you, really. This is just odd timing.

Woman at computer (free clip art)

Woman at computer (free clip art)

Yesterday, I was at home, working on the computer. I had just finished all I could do on my income taxes, done a bit of blogging, and had started to work on writing a post for the Ruritan Rapidan District website that I created and maintain in my spare time.

Then the cordless cell phone beside my desk rang. The Caller ID identified the number as 215-249-6100. Not recognizing the number, and thinking it might be a “real” telephone call, I decided to answer it.

I’m not sure now if I’m glad I answered it or not. Often I let the home phone just go to voice mail to screen the calls – there are so many telemarketers “out there” that did not seem to get the message that my phone is on the National Do Not Call Registry!

Be that as it may, I answered the phone. A male with a foreign accent asked to speak to me. Well, our family has dealt with a few doctors recently with a similar foreign accent, so I still thought it might be a legitimate phone call. I replied that I was the person he was asking to speak with.

Then the adventure began. The man identified himself as a Microsoft Windows Security employee. He informed me that he was calling to tell me that his company has identified my computer as having a virus!

Microsoft Windows logo (free clip art)

Microsoft Windows logo (free clip art)

As you can imagine, my immediate reaction was to think that this phone call was an attempt by someone who has malicious intent. (And I feel very bad for the many people “out there” that are not technologically savvy enough to see right through this type of ploy, and immediately fall prey to this predatory behavior!)

So, I repeated back to this man, “you are calling me to tell me that my computer has a virus on it?” His reply was, “Yes ma’am, a very serious virus, and I’m calling you to tell you how we can help you to remove the virus.” I thought to myself “I’ll bet you are!”

My reply to him was “You can tell, from where you are, that my computer has a virus on it?” His reply again, was, “Yes ma’am. a very serious virus. and I’m calling you to tell you how we can help you to remove the virus.”

Now I’ve decided to have a bit of fun at his expense. So I asked him “Well, I’ve got eight computers here, can you tell me which ONE of those computers has a virus on it? I really need to know which ONE!”

Computer hacker (free clip art)

Computer hacker (free clip art)

Well, as you can imagine, there was a brief pause at the other end, and then the man spoke “you have eight computers there?” to which I replied “yes sir, I have eight computers here, and if one of them is infected, I really need to know which one of those eight is infected, so I can take care of it right away!”

Then the man started to stammer and sputter “ummmmm…. eight computers…. ummmmmmm…. I don’t know….. ummmm….. eight computers…….”

My tolerance for stupidity depleted, I decided to put him out of his misery. I know it’s rude to interrupt, but I interrupted him (sorry) and said “Let me make this easy for you. I don’t believe that you are a legitimate business. I think you are a spammer, scammer, hacker, identity thief that is trying to rip me off. I have all kinds of firewalls, anti-malware, anti-spamware programs on my computers,and I don’t believe that you are who you say you are. Put this phone number on your ‘Do Not Call List’ and do not ever call me again!” And then I hung up the telephone.

Then I went to Google, and typed in the phone number 215-249-6100. The search results led me to a website called callercomplaints dot com, where people can register a telephone number and complain about it. There were already several complaints logged (with details) for that phone number. I added my complaint to the list – you can read it if you want to.

Please remember – when someone calls YOU and wants information from YOU, do NOT GIVE IT OUT! It is a SCAM! Hang up the phone!

Busy busy busy

Unfortunately I have been too busy to keep posts coming on this little blog of mine. There just are not enough hours in the day! Rumors were that Google was going to be sending out another major Panda update by the end of November. If it did do that, I can’t see where it made any difference in my Page Ranks, so I guess I should just breathe a big sigh of relief over that.

One of the blog broker companies that I have been working with for about four years has suddenly gone quiet. I’m not sure if I’ve angered them so that they will never give me any work again, but I have been out “beating the bushes” looking for other sources of income. Doing my local networking thing has mixed results, my relatives think I am wasting my time networking with the local people, but I’d like to think that somewhere down the line I will meet someone who will find my skills to be exactly what he/she is looking for to help them grow their business and we will create a wonderful synergy that will astonish all of the critics that don’t understand the value of having a correctly coded well designed website and to actively market it. Having a website just sitting on a server, without ever updating it, without marketing it is a sad waste of resources. And yet that is what so many of the local companies are doing.

I’ve always loved horses but I do wonder if I will ever get these horses that I’m leading to water to drink, or if they will all just perish because they don’t believe that the water I am leading them to will quench their thirst. I guess time will tell.

The future of SEO – to be, or not to be?

Hamlet (free clip art)

Hamlet (free clip art)

Over the past several weeks I have been reading on a lot of self-proclaimed SEO and SERP people’s websites and I get the distinct impression that the future of SEO and SERP is going to be largely dependent on social interaction between the website and its readers. I have also gotten the distinct impression that the “blogroll” links that many blogs have will not be given any weight in the foreseeable future Google indexing algorithms.

So, what does that mean to me? First of all, I think that it means that a website should have an associated Facebook page. This is going to become more important down the road. Also Google Places, Google +1, and any other Google social thing has going on. After all, I think it only makes sense that Google is going to be favoring their products over any other. I think that it means that I might as well remove my blogroll widgets. All they are doing is taking up space on the blog. If a blog is a mature blog, that blogroll takes up valuable “real estate” (space) that would be better put to good use by putting in a tag cloud or a Facebook widget that displays an associated Facebook page or other Social Media product in use.

Additionally, it suggests to me that it would probably be a very good thing for businesses to incorporate a blog into their website. The blog would be a good place to dole out tips and perhaps run opinion polls. I think that in the spirit of showing “social interaction” that it would be appropriate for the blog to have comments enabled. When Google does its future indexing, if their robotic spiders find comments on the website I suspect that would make the Google spiders very happy. And I don’t know about you, but I want happy spiders, don’t you?

happy spider (free clip art)

happy spider (free clip art)

This has been fun

Nothing like a little bit of knowledge to make someone realize how much there is that they don’t know! This is the last week of the Facebook/Twitter “Blast” that I signed up for. I still don’t think I have any idea of what I am doing here, but that is OK I guess. I AM getting the opportunity to read lots of people’s pages and tweets and finding a lot of people with similar interests, and others with fresh perspectives, so I think that is a good thing.

Participants in this “Blast” are entered in a drawing to win a gift card. I don’t even care if I win or not, just “meeting” all of the other folks has been enough reward for me!

Amazon Blast

Amazon Blast

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Makobi Scribe and Sason & Pobi  are bringing you this Amazon Facebook blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open WW.

And now we go back to twitter

It wasn’t until after I signed up for the four weeks of the Facebook and Twitter blast that I realized that if the event was going to be alternating between the two that the smart thing to do would be for me to set up two different twitter accounts and then two different Facebook accounts. Oh well…. next time!

I have set up a second Facebook page – hopefully I can arrange for the final week to be having the last week of the Facebook Blast to be sending some love to that page.

I’m a bit confused, concerned that I might be doing something wrong because there are a lot more likes and follows than I expected to get. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really GLAD of that, but I keep wondering if I am supposed to be doing something more than what I have been doing! Well, whatever happens I hope that no one gets angry with me and says “you were supposed to be doing XXXXXX and you didn’t and now we all hate you!”

I DO know I am supposed to be putting some graphics on this blog post, to be letting any readers be able to participate in the Blast. So, here they are!

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Amazon Blast

Amazon Blast

Makobi Scribe and Sason & Pobi  are bringing you this Amazon Twitter blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open WW.

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