Saturday, June 15, 2019

4 Online Scams And How To Look Out For Them

4 Online Scams And How To Look Out For Them

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Sadly, there are several types of online scams that you need to look out for. Many of them have been around for some years, whilst others are newer. Many online scams concern phishing or asking for your personal details and banking details.  We’re going to look at some of the most prevalent online scams, along with looking at what you need to do to protected yourself from them. A rule of thumb is never to give your personal details online unless you are absolutely sure that the site is genuine (Paypal for example) and that the site is secure. You can ascertain if the site is secure if you see a little padlock on the left of your search box on your tool bar. You might think that most of these scams are easy to spot, but you’d be surprised how many people fall for them. The scammers only need a small percentage of people to fall for such a scam in order to make it worthwhile for them.

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1. Unsolicited requests for money

One type of scam is a direct request for money, after you have been groomed by the sender of the email. This might be from a person who has posted a job offer on a professional jobsite, for example. You send you CV, and they send you a contract, but if you look at this carefully you will see, somewhere, that it is a sample one that has been downloaded from the internet. You will be asked to sign it and return it and then, as happens in one scam, you will be asked to send money to cover your air fare.

2. Fake lottery wins

There are emails telling you that you have won a lottery that was held by a reputable company such as Microsoft, and of course an amazing amount of money has been won. Check with the legitimate company to find out if they have run a lottery and don’t follow any links on the email, as they will be to a bogus site and not the real one.

3. Phoney investments

You may also get an email asking you to invest in an incredible new company. Now, if you get one of these, stop and think; how could you possibly be considered good investor potential when you only earn an average salary?

4. Poor service offers

If you have a website, you may get an email saying that if you buy into SEO services, your site could easily get into the top search engine rankings pages (SERPS). If you have one of these, check the first ten pages of Google’s SERPS. If the company who sent the email isn’t in these, then how could they help you?

How to steer clear of online scams

The best piece of advice to give you about online scams is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is, so don’t waste your time or money. Always check website addresses and look carefully at where the site is registered, for example ng is Nigeria where some of these scams originated. Also look carefully at the grammar, spelling and punctuation as some emails are clearly  not written by native English speakers.

Take care and don’t be a victim of an online scam!

Lynne Evans is a writer who knows the importance of being aware of your online security and disregarding emails which don’t seem quite right! She recommends the Accident Advice Helpline as a great way to claim against physical injuries.



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Creepy Crawlies, Go Away!  The Dangers Of Centipedes And How To Get Rid Of Them

Creepy Crawlies, Go Away! The Dangers Of Centipedes And How To Get Rid Of Them

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Centipedes are one of the most common pests that can be found in any home. Like roaches, spiders, ants, and other pests, they will only inhabit your home if they found a good source of food, and unfortunately, homes usually offer a lot of those.

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Are Centipedes Dangerous?

The centipedes that you commonly see around your home and garden are typically harmless. However, they do have a poison gland located in their jaw, and they do have pincer-like claws to bite their preys and predators with. In smaller insects, the poison they carry can be pretty deadly, but in humans, the toxin is pretty harmless; that is, if you are perfectly healthy and are not suffering from weak or compromised immune system. If your immune system is weak and compromised, a simple centipede bite can become a severe allergic reaction.

The bite of a centipede can cause pain and inflammation of the bitten site. To treat it, you first have to wash the bitten area with water and soap before applying an ointment. If the area becomes too painful for you, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication.

However, if you are allergic to centipede bite, then you might need a trip to the emergency room, especially if you begin experiencing dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, and hives.

Getting Rid of Centipedes

Centipedes are quite easy to get rid of since you only have to remove their food source and they will leave your home to search for a new one. This means, of course, that you need to give your home a thorough cleaning, especially your kitchen. This will get rid of the smaller insects in your home such as flies, spiders, etc., which are s what centipedes normally eat. A clean home gets rid of not only the centipedes but other insect pests as well, such as roaches, flies, ants, spiders, among others.

In addition to cleaning your home, you should also see to it that your garden is clean as well. Say for example your garden has piles and piles of dead leaves, twigs, and branches, then you need to dispose of them properly. Centipedes are attracted to moist and dark places, and these piles of debris give them just that. Also, your garden debris can also provide home to other pests such as snakes, more roaches, flies, etc. Of note; see to it that tree branches and garden bushes are not touching any part of your home. The centipedes could easily gain entrance into your home through these “bridges.”

Once you are done cleaning your home and garden, the next step is sealing all the cracks and crevices the centipedes use as entryways. They are very small creatures, so they can easily slip through gaps in the wood or under the door.

Centipedes are beneficial creatures since they prey on pestiferous insects; however, they can become a threat when they overrun your home. The threat only grows if you or one of your loved ones is allergic to centipede bite. For this reason, you need to get rid of them immediately. Call your local pest control company and ask about their services.

Jennifer Daleo is a freelance writer for home blogs. She gives cleaning tips and shares DIY ideas for home improvement projects.

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The Most Important Photos You Will Ever Take – And How To Make Them Great

The Most Important Photos You Will Ever Take – And How To Make Them Great

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In the modern digital age we take arguably more photos than ever before. Whereas once we might have taken photos only at special occasions, then had to wait while we sent those photos off to be developed, we can now take photos wherever we are and at the drop of a hat. You’ll take pictures on the go of days out in the park, and you’ll take them when you see a nice view go by when you’re on the train.

This is of course a good thing in that it allows you to document your life more and to keep more memories. You’ll be able to flick through those memories and really relive whole periods of your life, and you’ll be able to pick your favourites to display in any number of ways – whether it’s on your walls or your Facebook profile.

However it also has negative consequences, making pictures much more throwaway and disposable. While they were once rare opportunities to capture a moment that you would stage and maybe even dress up for, they are now things you do quickly and easily on a whim and then archive often never to see again. Using your phone even rather than a professional camera, you can now just point and click and capture a moment with no thought and with little concern over the quality of the final image.

Some events still deserve proper care and attention in your photography. Here we will look at which ones those are and how you should go about making sure that you do them justice.

Your Wedding

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Your wedding is one of the biggest events in most of our lives and it’s an event that has a hugely visual quality. You will have spent thousands of dollars and weeks of your life choosing and decorating the venue, and you’ll have given just as much attention to the way you look. This is also one of the rare occasions when all your friends and family will be in one place and it’s really an important day to remember. Hire a professional wedding photographer and listen to what they say so that they can take some beautiful pictures of your beautiful day.

Holidays

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When you go on holiday you will probably be experiencing a different country and a different way of life. Likewise, you will once again be forming a special memory where you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself and where you will spend lots of time with your loved ones.

The secret to good holiday photography? Make sure that you or someone you know are in most photos (otherwise it could just be a postcard), take the time to arrange the shot composition to create depth and drama, and take a good camera with you. Then delete about 30% of the pictures you take…

Babies

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When you have a baby you’ll want to document the moment and capture their youth. Partly you’ll do this because you’ll be so excited to have a new member of your family, but it’s also a good idea for posterity so that you can blackmail them in later life. Make sure not to take too many that are the exact same though (don’t expect people to care if you do) and make sure that you take the same number of pictures when their sibling comes along.

Today’s guest post is by Arnold Parker; he is an ace photographer and specializes in wedding photography. A creative person by nature, he has a keen sense of aesthetics and often indulges in painting as a hobby.

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