LG Scam Letter?

Last February 10, I received an email coming from theis email address: 

LG - lslguk5@peoplepc.com

I strongly suspect that this letter is another Scam letter so beware. Here's the complete email:

Fantastic Prize

Congratulations! Your e-mail ID attached to a ticket CN6327932 was among the selected lucky winners of 700,000 POUNDS in LG PROMOTION 2009. This is to PROMOTE and ENCOURAGE the use of Lg Products as a global village around the World. 

All winners for the online version were selected randomly by the Lg Electronics Balloting System without the winner applying from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system. LG collects all the E MAIL ID of the people that subscribes to yahoomail,msn,freenet,hotmail,t-online,web.de and others. 

Contact our claims Agent below for claims

E-mail: mrkeeganesq@gmail.com
Phone: +44-704- 571-1167

Once again, congratulaions

Yours Faithfully

PeoplePC Online
A better way to Internet

Notice these things which are very common to scammers. I also gave some simple tips and synopsis to avoid being scammed.

1. The email addressed used. Whenever you receive an email like this, look first the email address used. For example if it say that it comes from LG, then its email address should be like: name@lg.com. It is most likely that famous companies like LG, Paypal, Samsung etc, will use their website email addresses rather than use other email address like yahoo, gmail, msn, and even peoplepc etc. 

2. Analyze the content. See if the content says that you won a big amount of money from automated lottery and draws. Always remeber, a ligitimate lottery is most of the time a form of business. Meaning you have to bet first, or at least buy something from a certain company whether online or offline before you can join their lottery. Without any investment, even just a time investment, most likely it is a scam even if it explain that your email has been automatically added. 

I never bought an LG product in my entire life yet. 

Furthermore, internet companies like Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL etc, can be sued legally if they will give away your email without your consent. And most likely, you are the one who is suppose to distribute your own email address and not these internet companies. 

3. Notice the email of the person to be contacted. Like the number 1 tip, ligitimate business use a reliable email address, bearing the name of the company as its signature email. 

4. If it will ask you further information like name, address, contact number, other email addresses, etc, this is most likely a scam who wants to gather personal information to hack. Sometimes, they use your information for illegal activities. 

5. Don't ever send money as payment for extra fees so that they can send your big sum of money through bank. Ligitimate draws are most likely free of charge when they send you money, or at least, all fees should be deducted from the amount you won. 

I hope that Peoplepc.com will try to investigate and trace who uses their company's name as sender of this email. 

We need to be very vigilant concerning emails like this. I just checked the Scam email database and I found out that there are some users who uses peoplepc.com but there is "NO" report yet of this email. So this might be new. BEWARE. 
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Welcome Solar Powered Phone: Blue Earth of Samsung

Even cellphone companies are now thinking green. Why not? Now that our world is facing lots of problems with global warming and economic crisis, it is only reasonable that we go to alternative renewable energy. It might be a little pricy now but I think this will be a good investment in the long run.

The Blue Earth of Samsung is built out of recycled water bottles. It also has a pedometer that tells you how many trees that you saved by walking instead of driving. It is the first touch screen phone with a solar panel at the back of the phone but without sacrificing the camera feature.

The solar panel is said to run the phone for 3 minutes in 10 minutes charging time using the solar panel. Not bad at all, especially in times that you have runned out of batteries.

In addition, Blue Earth has a widget-friendly TouchWiz interface and dedicated Talk and End buttons. It also comes with Bluetooth, Eco Mode and Eco Walk.

The price, internal storage capacity, media features and other data capabilities is not yet disclosed. I will be waiting for its coming updates.

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Chikka Probably Not Compatible With Ubuntu

I tried installing Chikka Messenger in my Ubuntu using WINE. Downloading the files is never a problem. I installed it perfectly. To my dismay, all other parts of the installed new software are running perfectly except the Chikka Messenger itself.

I really do not know the issues behind the program. But Chikka is suppose to be a very light program that can easily be run through WINE. But the fact is, it won't work in my Acer Aspire 4330 with Ubuntu. I am not making a conclusion that Chikka can not be run inside Ubuntu, but it is PROBABLY incompatible with Ubuntu.

I would love to try Yahoo Messenger soon. So watch for my updates.

Chikka Messenger is a messenger used for FREE Cellphone Texting. This is a great program that will really save your load in your cellphones. This software run in Windows.
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Issues From Friendster's Gcash Feature

There are some comments going around the Gcash feature of Friendster. Some people are really worried about this feature because Friendster has not proven itself to be trusted when it comes to security purposes. There has been many incidents of spamming. I myself is a victim of these Friendster spams. I think this is a valid concern for this feature especially that it now involves money transfers.

I think one of the issues that Friendster should work on first is the logging off issue. Though many Filipinos now have their own internet connections in their homes (thanks to Globe and Smart) still millions of Filipinos mostly students are using Internet Cafe's for their internet connection. Friendster therefore needs to consider to reconfigure their “logging off” process.

In some social networking sites, once you close the browser, your account of that particular social sites will automatically logged off. Unlike in Friendster, unless you explicitly logged off, your account will still be logged in even after rebooting your computer. And this is a very unsecured way of having a membership sites and a big disadvantage of those who goes to Internet Cafes.

On the other hand, instead of murmuring, here are some tips that you can do to prevent hackers from your account:

  1. Make sure that your account has been properly logged off before you leave the internet cafe.

  2. Double check your account if you have properly logged off. You can do this by clicking the log out button, close your browser, and launch a new browser and go to the log in page again. If you see that your account is still open, then click log off, and do the same process.

  3. Be sure that you don't click the check box that says something like: “Remember Me, Keep Me Signed In, Automatically Sign In”, etc. If there is a check in the box, click it once to uncheck it. Do this step especially if you are in Internet Cafes.

  4. If the three reminders above doesn't work, try to restart the computer, or ask the Internet Cafe attendant to help you restart the computer.

Most hacking happens because of our negligence and carelessness in using membership sites. Of course, membership site owners are partially to be blamed for it. But the point is, where ever we are, we need to be responsible to things that we use, even to our internet membership accounts.

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Send Money Through Friendster

Good news for all Filipino Friendster fanatics. You can easily do money transfer through Friendster via Gcash. With partnership with GXI, online money transfer has never been that convenient and reliable.

For a very minimal charge of 2.50 per transaction, if you are a Friendster member, you can easily send Gcash to any of your friends in Friendster. You can do this by simply viewing the profile of your friend, the recipient of your money transfer, click the Gcash button after specifying the amount. For security and authenticity, an automatic text message will be sent to your Globe or TM SIM.

In this way, Friendster will be more mircro-ecommerce social website similar to Multiply. This will encourage Friendster users to be more business minded than to waste time in simply chatting and surfing their friend's profiles. This is good especially now that the economy is down.

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