Archive for March, 2011

DVLA “Update Your License Details” Scam e-mail Warning

Watch out for emails claiming to be from DVLA asking you to verify your driving licence details via an online link – it’s a scam. DVLA has not sent any such email, so if you get one delete it immediately.

This is a phishing exercise. Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to fool users, and exploits the poor usability of current web security technologies. Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, public awareness, and technical security measures.

The DVLA email we are discussing today appears to be an attempt to trick drivers into providing personal details. If you get the email below, do not respond to it and delete it immediately.

From: DVLA

Subject: Update Your License Details

We are currrently upgrading our database and all drivers are required to update and verify there driver’s license details.To complete your license verification with us, you are required to fill out the form in the link below.

{Fake link}

Drivers that refuses to upgrade his or her details within two weeks of receiving this verification email will lose his or her driver’s License and will have to take a fresh driving test.

We sincerely apologise for any inconviniences this might have caused you.

Thank you for your co-operation.

(c) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Swansea SA6 7JL

Observe the mistakes in the email.

The word “licence” has the incorrect American spelling of “license”

The word “inconviniences” is wrong – it should be “inconveniences”.

The term “a fresh driving test” is not British English. That is also American/International English. In the UK, bread is fresh; driving tests are not.

The line “We sincerely apologise for any inconviniences [sic] this might have caused you” – that is past tense. This would have indicated you have done it already. A British English speaker might say, “We sincerely aplogise for any inconvenience this may cause you”.

The line “Drivers that refuses to upgrade his or her details” is wrong. What’s with the extra “s”? Maybe Mr Nbogo meant “Drivers that refuse”? Also, one doesn’t “upgrade” his details; one upgrades a database. He probably means update.

At least they didn’t put a “z” in apologise. They tried a little! The scammers need to go back to school before they pretend to be British.

Probably this e-mail is from African scammers. Do not reply to it. Do not open the link in it. Simply delete it.

If you have opened the link – virus sweep your computer immediately. If you have filled in any details, refer to this advisory on the DVLA website and get in touch with them. You may need a new licence number.

Dyson Spare Parts Shop

Looking for a Dyson spare parts shop local to you?

If you need Dyson spare parts, Dyson Hoover parts, Dyson vacuum cleaner parts, Dyson upright vacuum cleaner spares, Dyson Ball vacuum cleaner parts, Dyson compact vacuum cleaner parts, or in fact any part for any Dyson vac, cheaper than Dyson UK will charge you, you just found the right page!

Buying mail order or direct from the internet is the cheapest method you will find. But, you shouldn’t just choose any old website. Who are they? Will they deliver?

It is far preferable to use not only a well-regarded and trusted supplier, but one who has an actual bricks and mortar shop too. One where you can call a proper landline number (not one of those silly 0870 or 0845 numbers that might ring god knows where) and speak to a British English speaker in the UK to check stock, check part application or even to check they actually exist.

To get our top recommendation for Dyson parts in your area, please select your location from the drop down menu below and then click the button “Take me to the Dyson Shop!”

Paypal Scammer Jeff Smith jeffsmith@check-ride.com

Paypal and Credit Card Chargeback Scammer:

Jeff Smith (Check Ride)
13632 NE 177th PL
Woodinville, WA 98072
United States

jeffsmith@check-ride.com

Nochex Review. The Paypal Alternative. Or is it?

Looking for a user review of Nochex? Looking for a UK alternative to Paypal? Read on.

I’ll give a positive shout here for the Nochex SELLER ACCOUNT. We use it on our site for small parts orders, but it is limited to £100 per transaction, and UK cards only unless you open the Merchant Account.

DO NOT open a Nochex Merchant Account. We got stung this way when asking them for a larger transaction limit on our seller account (trying to escape the awful Paypal). They ask you your likely monthly turnover, you tell them, and they then want to retain that much forever as security against chargebacks! This means depositing maybe thousands of pounds with them, and then just kissing it goodbye as long as you use the account (ie forever)!

They tried to sting us this way. They don’t tell you all this until you have opened the account and they have had your £50 setup fee. I asked them to revert the account back to seller status when I found this out; they wouldn’t. So I closed it and my wife opened another the same day.

They then held our money in the old account frozen for 6 months in case of a chargeback (that we have never had anyway). Big thumbs down for the Nochex Merchant Account.

However, the basic seller account, for small orders from UK customers below £100 each, is not too bad. That said, there is a £1000 a week withdrawl limit. They charge less fees than Paypal, have a UK call centre, the money is in your account faster, and no account freezing or silly chargebacks like Paypal as well. If you are a small UK seller with UK customers, the SELLER ACCOUNT is just fine.

We use Paypal for some larger and overseas transactions, but currently have hundreds of pounds reversed, frozen or whatever they call it, for spurious chargebacks where we can prove the item was delivered by courier. I am seriously searching for a viable alternative to Paypal, preferably one that doesn’t have the fraudulent chargebacks that Paypal allow people to get away with.

When selling with Paypal, you must accept that there is always the possibility that you will be giving the stuff away. If you can accept that, then Paypal is for you. Why is this? Because they will take your money back at the drop of a hat on teh slightest whim of any buyer. If it isnt in your account, they will steal it from any linked accounts. (Hint: never load a Paypal account from a card or account if you are a seller, or if you must, use an empty account, one you intend to close or a card you can cancel or “lose” and get a replacement [with a new number] tomorrow). Paypal WILL steal your money. It’s not a matter of “if” — its a matter of when, how often and how much. Can you afford that risk? I cant.

NatWest Nigerian Scam in Russian Language

Here is a Nigerian scammer who speaks Russian who may be soon invading your email inbox. His email is accountant2009@videobank.it which suggests Italy, but his IP address is 82.128.104.217 which traces to Warri in Nigeria. Yet he gives a dodgy UK cellular based telephone number +44 70457 07946 which is nothing at all to do with Russia, Italy or Nigeria.

So here is our scamming Nigerian email in Russian:

Добрый день!
У меня есть мужество, чтобы искать надежный и честный человек, которые будут способны помочь мне в этой финансовой операции полагать, что вы никогда не подводил меня ни сейчас, ни в будущем.
Я Mr.John Cunnane клиентов по связям с NatWest Bank Plc, Великобритания. При переходе через некоторые старые файлы счет в банке записей, я обнаружил, спящие счета в NatWest Bank Plc с сальдо США $ 1,800,000.00 (1800000 долларов США) только. Владельца указанного счета является гражданином России по имени н Владимир Мироненко и управление NatWest банк направил рутинной уведомления в его адрес, но не получил ответа.

HP Image Zone and Windows 7

If you have an HP printer and enjoy the free Image Zone software that comes with it, beware of upgrading to Windows 7.

HP Image Zone does not work on Windows 7. There is no fix, no workaround and no Windows 7 driver. HP doesn’t support the software any more, and has no intention of writing updated drivers for it. There is no later programme they offer that offers anything near the functionality.

I Googled this subject to death recently and this is the cast iron result. MS knows all about these type of issues and has something called an “XP Compatibility Pack” that is supposed to solve these problems. Unfortunately, with most versions of Windows 7 this is a paid-for add on. I dunno about you, but I think Bill Gates has enough money and doesn’t need any more of mine!

I love my new Windows 7. I also love my HP Image Zone. But the two never shall be together.

I got around it by rebuilding an old machine running XP that I only use for anything I want to do in Image Zone. That’s all I could do. I tried various alternative programs and none were as clean or as simple as Image Zone. Jeeze….. it was like losing a close member of the family I had used it for so long!

However, there was light at the end of the tunnel — of sorts. The basic “Paint” program in Windows 7 is well ahead of, and totally different to, any previous version. Its pretty cool actually. The only thing it doesn’t do is allow you to flick to black and white. But it also has some great features easily allowing you to insert arrows, text, speech bubbles and all kinds of stuff that Image Zone was lacking.

I dunno about you, but I find Photoshop far too complicated. It takes a couple of dozen clicks to convert an image to black and white for example. If you just want to resize images, add arrows and do simple stuff as you will want to do with many images for websites, etc., the “Paint” in Windows 7 is the one for you.

The loss of Image Zone will not feel so bad once you have gotten used to the all new “Paint” program.

What else doesn’t work on Windows 7? Well my old Dymo 320 Label Writer didn’t — no drivers for that either. So I had to spring for a newer 450 Label Writer from Amazon (which again, is streets ahead of the old 300 series ones).

So in synopsis, changing to the rather superb Windows 7 is not without its drawbacks if you are set in your ways with some old programmes and hardware. But having had my new Windows 7 for a few months now, I am thoroughly enjoying it. Windows XP feels somewhat archaic now and I wouldn’t go back. Yes, it was inconvenient losing a superb old programme or two and having to replace an otherwise OK label writer because of driver issues, but it is a small price to pay in the face of progress.


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