SHCC WYSIWYG Article from December 2015

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This article was written by Don VanSyckel, the club president, as a part of "The President's Pen".  This article appeared in the December 2015 WYSIWYG newsletter.

Internet Scams, I Have Money For You If

by Don VanSyckel

A couple of items have crossed my path that seemed legitimate but weren't. So I'd like to take this opportunity to remind all my SHCC friends of a few safety tips.

1)No one is going to give you money, for any reason or under any circumstances. So don't click that link no matter how curious you are. Simply delete the email.
2)Before clicking any link in any email, always hover over it and observe the destination in the lower corner of your email reader. If the email address doesn't match the email content, don't click the link. remember to read the entire link address in the lower corner. A popular trick is to set up under a seeming valid name. For example: google.com.ru Looks like Google, right? The domain is "com.ru"not google.com Don't be fooled or be in too big a hurry.
3)Be leery of any company that's using gmail for business. Come on now; domains cost $10 to $30 per year and offer email and email forwarding. So why would any honest company do business via a free email account that offers no security or authentication.
4)Stay away from online gambling sites. Regardless of the URL address, virtually all of them are located outside of the US and no rules apply. That's no rules apply. It doesn't matter what the web site states. If you need to gamble make a trip downtown to one of the casinos or there's bus trips to Mount Pleasant and Kalamazoo.

If you don't understand any of the items above, ask someone. If they don't know ask someone else or ask the question at the SHCC meeting.

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