Category Archives: Scams & Hoaxs

What scams and hoaxs are out there online and via email that you need to watch out for. Things not to click on and not to forward to everyone if it’s a hoax.

Phone Support Scams – Don’t call us, we’ll call you!

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Most of you by now must have either experienced this if not heard someone who has, where you will get a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft or your phone provider, etc.  See my previous article: http://blog.twinbytes.ca/calls-from-microsoft-about-computer-problems-phone-scam/ Now that consumers have gotten educated and know better (most of you at least), there is a new method they use.  They don’t… Read more »

Safety online – for business and kids.

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As technology continues to improve, our safety, and the safety of our children in this digital age declines.  There are a number of things you should be aware of in how to practice safe surfing online. Learning to identify safe sites is key.  When you do a search, your anti-virus protection should identify what links are safe to click on… Read more »

Facebook hoax about keeping info private with new Timeline

The following hoax has been going around Facebook for some time now:  Hey everybody. I like to keep my FB private except to those I am friends with. So if you all would do the following, I’d appreciate it. With the new FB TIMELINE on its way this week for EVERYONE…please do both of us a favor: Hover over my… Read more »

Calls from Microsoft about computer problems – phone scam

Many people are getting calls now from companies who initially identify themselves as Microsoft saying that they noticed you have problems with your computer and they need to be fixed right away before your computer crashes. Once you start questioning them, they sound a little fishy and some will hang up on you right away, but some will actually give… Read more »

Facebook will start charging – HOAX

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I’ve posted a link on Twinbytes Facebook page about this hoax that Facebook will start charging.  You can see it here http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/TwinBytes-Inc/144250883898 Do not post and repost the link as it says to do. Remove it from your profile and if you told friends to post it, tell them as well you made a mistake. Check sites like Sophos before… Read more »

Mac’s get viruses too, stop being ignorant!

I’ve said many times before, Macs get viruses too and not to be ignorant in purchasing a Mac thinking you’re safe. Mac World themselves agrees that viruses for Macs are on the rise. I’ve linked to their article below. The one reason Macs don’t get as many viruses is because there’s not as many Macs out there. Why would someone… Read more »

Nothing new….threats on Facebook!

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If you’re following me on my Facebook fan page you’ll already know about this. http://www.facebook.com/pages/TwinBytes-Inc/144250883898 Many scams on Facebook that appear to be links that your friend posted on your wall telling you to click to watch this video of Bin Laden getting beaten up. Other videos like that which sounds interesting enough to click on. I would love to… Read more »

Email hoax – missing child

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DON’T FORWARD THIS.  IT’S A HOAX!  Before forwarding anything like this, it’s a good idea to check your sources like Snopes.com which I’ve linked to below. http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/missing/trembley.asp These scams just waste our time but more importantly, they  tie up more Internet bandwidth slowing everyone else down, and it uses more of your emailing sending limit.  Yes, you probably didn’t know… Read more »

Why people are looking for alternatives to Geek Squad and Nerds

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There are so many computer repair companies out there trying to make a quick buck, and they don’t care about customer service in the least.  Ofcourse, we are all in business (regardless of the type of business) to make money.  We’re not running a charity here.  However, there comes a point when you don’t “get what you pay for”.  Everyone’s… Read more »