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Don’t get caught in a fraud scam!

Below is an email that turned up in my spam inbox. Sometimes I will have a look at what’s in there just for the fun of it. This email caught my attention and with the time of year that we’re in I thought I’d do a post on fraud. The email is in it’s full unedited form.
It’s the holiday season and now more than ever fraud is happening everywhere. The fraud in this particular email is having goods delivered to your address, and then you repack them and ship them to somewhere else. There are so many red flags with this but here’s the main things you need to be aware of. When someone uses stolen credit information to purchase items the first place that the police or federal authorities are going is the delivery address, your address. Even though you don’t have the goods on premises you can be charged with receiving stolen goods for starters.
The second thing is, how are you going to get your money when you’ve done all these things? By the fraudsters stealing more money to pay you. If you’ve given them your bank details to make things easier, then they could just rob you.
So please be careful when these work from home emails come into your mailbox unsolicited, they are never ever as good as they seem.Be cautious about what you take on for work.
Have a safe and secure week
******************** Fraud Email Alert****************************
Phyllis Frey <alvarezowcjosetv@outlook.com>
Mon 11/13/2017, 9:40 AM

We suggest you to apply for a absolutely real home based position in the shipping industry with a paycheck of 2500 USD per month and with no startup costs. The full-time position is provided by a legitimate American mail forwarding firm.

The employer trusts in the work from home techniques, because it provides a chance to decrease warehousing expenses and offer logistics points across the USA.

Job Responsibilities:

– Stay at your address to receive packages delivered to your address via UPS/Fedex/USPS within standard working hours from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on a daily basis.

– Download the list of current deliveries, your day to day tasks, and the prepaid shipping labels.

– Review parcels and take and upload pictures of the contents of every parcel.

– Combine shipments in certain cases.

– Resend the mail to customers by printing and applying labels and sending the parcels to the nearest USPS and Fedex sites.

Job Requirements:

– US citizenship with a postal address.

– Degree is regarded, but not essential.

– Capability to act on your own with minimum supervision.

– Ability to deal with packages up to 25 pounds.

If this role sounds like you, do not hesitate to apply. For this, please answer to this email with your phone number:

– Your contact number

and our HR manager will be happy to get in touch with you.

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Have you checked your Social Media lately? Part 2

A lot has happened between doing part one of this series where as a newbie to social media I started to explore the various social media outlets, and which one was best for me and new comers like me. In this second part I have a few thoughts on sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Blogs.

Facebook is clearly the hands down winner for platform that has the most active users, and in allowing its users to truly use the site in any way they wish. You can use it to create your web presence, as a blog, to post videos or photos, or to network.  Because of the versatility Facebook is the most used social media application. If you want a site that is versatile, linkable to other social platforms, and good for your business, then Facebook is a great way to start. Just remember that Facebook is very social and sometimes can come across as a little unprofessional.

LinkedIn is a more professional site where users network and can do job searches, promote their services, businesses, websites and find partners that they wish to collaborate with. It is a great way, like Facebook to promote your business and brand. LinkedIn. With this social media platform it’s more of a professional sharing community and networking platform than the other platforms. Professional networking is the main focus of LinkedIn and so attracts many professionals for that reason. It is a way of promoting your resume, business, service or brand. To grow your circle you link with people you already know, and through those links you can get an endless source of links and build your network.

Blogs and Google+ are pretty much the same. They allow you to post pictures, videos, or just about anything to promote your business, site, or resume. You can use blogs and Google+ as your main website and promote it just the same. With Google+ your contacts become your followers, and you can join groups of similar interest to build your followers and get your content seen by more people.

The similarity with all these platforms is that they can be linked to the fast paced and popular social media world of Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest and Tumbler if you do pictures. There are advantages and disadvantages with all these platforms, so look at them carefully to determine which ones will be best for your purposes. One thing to remember is you need to promote your sites, or profiles in order to get more eyes on your content. In many cases there are paid advertising options that you can use for this purpose.

Go out there and explore social media.

Have fun

Excuse Me

Excuse Me! These two little words can convey such a lot. While out shopping in the grocery store there was an elderly gentleman looking at a shelf. The rest of the aisle was blocked so I said, Excuse Me and walked in between him and the shelf and got the item I wanted. As I was walking away he said to me, “I can see you’ve got good manners.” He went on to say that people aren’t polite or have manners anymore. They push past, walk in front of you, or just stretch over you when they want to get something without uttering a word. After chatting for a couple of minutes we went our separate ways, but those two words stuck with me.

Excuse Me. Being polite or having manners has always been something that comes naturally to me and my family. From as far back as I can remember we’re taught to say excuse me if you’re going in someone’s way. We say hello, good night, good morning, please and thank you. But until now I had not realized just how much people outside my family circle aren’t as polite or good mannered. Everyone is in such a rush to get what they want, and get where they’re going that for many manners goes out the window.

In this age of technology where we live our lives electronically, we don’t need to be polite or have manners when we interact via email or social media. But we all need to remember that we have to go outside and interact with other people at some point. So, just remember to say Excuse Me, when you’re crossing someones path, it might just make their day. Being polite or being mannerly might just bring you an unexpected surprise.

Enjoy your day

Althea – VYPA

Something to think about, and a good read. – Repost

I enjoyed this and found it very informative, and thought I’d share. It’s from the site Virtual Miss Friday and the author is Michelle Dale.

Why is it so many people fail at an online business

painandpromise

I recently sent this out to my mailing list friends, and I thought, I’d post it here too, because sometimes we all need a little reminder of what drives us forward in life… So I have something which I hope will get you thinking about your life today 😉

I was recently on an interview for a podcast, and I was chatting with a guy who asked me, ‘Why is it so many people fail at an online business?’ – by fail, I’d like to think he meant ‘give up’ – that’s the only failure in my opinion, but I’ve also seen some people take YEARS to move forward and get where they want to be – totally unnecessarily.

There are 2 issues here which I feel will stall you in life, or potentially cause you to fail.

Issue #1 – Pain and / or Promise.

There’s never enough pain associated with NOT reaching your goal, or there’s never enough promise associated WITH reaching it.

Pain = I can’t go back, I’m afraid of how life will be if I don’t do this – the failure would be catastrophic!

Promise = My life will be so different, I’ll have freedom, money, love (fill in the blank) that I cannot live without!

Issue #2 – Support.

You know you need to do XYZ but you procrastinate, or you don’t know what to do, then you go into overwhelm trying to figure it all out, or you’re so afraid of the unknown you paralyse in life – often times because you’re not ready yet, and there’s nobody kicking you up the backside and keeping you accountable for it, so you consider it just fine letting yourself down – after all, who else is going to know…

So, what’s the solution?

Solving Issue #1 requires Mentorship for Readiness – you need help from someone to bring to light the good – and the bad, to help you find your pain and your promise and AMPLIFY these to a scarily realistic degree to get you to the point where one or the other is so strong – you suddenly KNOW what your purpose is in life, you FIND YOUR PASSION, and the pain of not achieving it grates on you so much… Then you’re READY to move forward.

Solving Issue #2 requires Coaching for Accountability – now you have the ‘thing’ – the real deal ‘thing’ not the logical, or practical thing – the thing that LIGHTS YOU UP first thing in the morning when you open your eyes – BUT people often still need that kick up the backside to make it all happen, just so the old ‘start that on Monday’ or ‘start that after X happens’ syndrome doesn’t kick in, and you actually achieve in a short space of time, what you set out to do.

Result – you’re ready, you’re accountable, you’re doing what you love, and you get it done fast!

There’s a huge value in this, and the value is that it will shave YEARS (maybe many of them) off your ability to start living life RIGHT NOW instead of waiting for life to start living, on that Monday that never comes…

I hope this little nugget of wisdom helps you in some way 🙂

After Hurricane Irma 

It’s been two weeks since Irma devastated the Caribbean and Florida. Two weeks of uncertainty for millions of people, for what’s going to happen next, and where to get the help that is needed to move forward. For me and many here in Southwest Florida who have been less devastated our thoughts are we survived but what can we do to help the less fortunate than us.

Irma has been an experience that I wouldn’t want to go through again and I’m sure many of us feel the same. However Mother Nature is unpredictable and nothing is certain. One thing that I know is for sure is the assistance that has been given by organizations like the #Redcross, #FEMA, #Unitedway, #Samaritanspurse and all the other charities and groups that have stepped in to help. It is much appreciated.

As we all rebuild our lives, our homes, our communities, our countries we should all be thankful we survived hurricane Irma.

Now for those that can please donate your time or funds to the various charities that are on the ground helping they need as much help as we can give.

Thank you. 🌹

Major flooding if streets, homes and businesses.
Downed trees, power lines and buildings.
Rain and wind during Irma