The email was sent to a address that I have not used in years. I only receive spam at this address.
If it sounds to good to be true it is a scam. If you receive a email like this do not respond. Simply delete it.
This is the content of the email.
Date: 13th of May 2010.
This mail is to remind you of your registered package. CONTENT: Bank Draft
of $688,000 USD officially registered by an Official of the United Nation.
The $688,000 USD is a donation to you from the U.N through e-mails
For your information the VAT and COD have been paid. Please Contact
FedEx Delivery Department Mr. Anderson Cole for shipment details and
It is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal address and telephone number:
Mrs. Margaret Blair
©Federal Express Corporation
All rights reserved. © 1995-2010 FedEx.
This E-mail is only for the above addressees. It may contain confidential
or privileged information. If you are not an addressee you must not copy,
distribute, disclose or use any of the information in it or any
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I mentioned a few days ago that Spam Whackers has been Hacked As far as I can tell it was a comment spammer that hacked the blog.
Before you ask the blog was the latest version of Word Press. So having the latest version installed does not keep you immune from being hacked. (more…)
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I’m sure that most of the world has heard about the devastating earthquack that has hit Haiti.
Though many countries have pledged aid, it is also vital that private organizations contribute to the cause.
Unfortunately a disaster likes this really brings the scum of the earth out of the wood works. They set up websites to solicit contributions for the disaster but they only pocket the money.
Legiament organiations really need donations at a time like this, but how can you ensure that your dollars go to the aid of the people who are the victoms of the disaster?
First ignore unsolicited emails requesting aid. Do not click on links in those email. The low life scammers will build websites that look very conviencing.
The BBB (Better Business Bureau) has a list of organizations that they have checked out. The BBB list of approved charities.
You can also contribute $10.00 through your cell phone provider. The $10.00 will go to the Red Cross and the amount will be added to your cell phone bill. To make a contribution through your cell phone provider text “Haiti” to 90999.
You don’t have to give a lot. These originations thrive on donations of $5.00, $10.00, $15.00 etc.
Give what you can. Make sure you give through a legitimate site.
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I just added a page that list over 400 user agents that many web masters block for one reason or another. Every user agent listed is not necessarily a bad user agent. Some are from from small legitimate SEs. I think the bulk are from scrappers, and email harvesters.
A couple of days ago Doug Heil (aka ihelpyou) started this thread Teaching How To Spam Forums. The thread was about a blog article posted on the Tucson SEO Solutions blog. Doug had come across this post which was basically a large list of links that they called a Do Follow Forum list.
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There is a lot of advice on the web in regard to SEO. Unfortunately a lot of it is bad. Webmaster who find that advice in the beginning of their quest to learn about SEO often get bit by following the bad advice.
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I just became aware of this lady (Kimberly Bock) a few days ago. I’ve only read a couple of articles that she has written. Trust me she knows what she is talking about. (more…)
A .htaccess file is an important tool for webmasters. The file is useful in regard to search engines, but it is also useful in protecting your website. A .htaccess file can only be used on a Apache webserver. If your hosted on a Windows server you will not be able to use a .htaccess file. A lot of what I can do routinely with .htaccess can be done on a Windows server, but It will probably have to be done by the server Administrator.
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I hadn’t seen any activity from this bot since Aug, 2007. I wrote this article “Who is Cyveillance?” and provided a list of then know IPs that the bot was known to operate from.
This time the bot hit from a new IP. Since the bot does not follow robots.txt it didn’t last long on my site. (more…)
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This post Please help me. Penalized by google at IHY Forums brought the need for an article like this to mind.
It wasn’t the post as much as the comments that led me to write this article. I’m sure I will not touch on all points that need to be covered, but as a moderator in two forums I’m sharing some general thoughts based on my experience. IMHO a lot of the etiquette that applies to forums will also apply to blog comments.