Defense Against Crime

25/11/2016

Greed Plus Stupidity equals Danger


Yesterday, I received a Phone call. I didn’t check the number at the time.  I later looked atAnnoying call my phone and the number was from (876)-321-3946 (Jamaica).  The gentleman told me that I had won 6.5 Million Dollars and a New BMW.  He then asked if I was excited about this. I asked him to repeat himself, and he did.  Mind you I did not enter any contest, which is the first indicator that this is a SCAM.  He then asked if I was near a western union, I was about two block from one.  I told him “No”.  He went on to say that the IRS required that I fill out a form…blah blah blah.  In my mind, I was thinking “The IRS doesn’t use Western Union”. He went on to say that the IRS required me to pay some type of fee …blah blah blah.  The was the other big key to this being a SCAM.  See if you win a cash prize, you are required by the IRS to list it on your income taxes, you do not pay penalties and taxes before you received the fund, however since your winnings are reported to the IRS, they know what you won.

I’m sure several of my readers have receive scam calls. I know I received about 20 of the IRS Scam calls. That’s the one that wants to scare you by informing you that you are about to be arrested by the IRS unless you wire them money right away (Click here to learn more).  There is also a Government Grant Scam you need to be aware of.

The calls the one I receive depends on two factors from my end. The first is Greed.  Free MONEY.  Free Millions.  I mean that’s why like of people play the lottery.  For $1 I can possible be a millionaire, however, usually someone you don’t know may win. At least we know there are winners, but the odds are the winner won’t be you.  The second factor for this scam is stupidity or ignorance of the law.  See the scammer threw around the ‘IRS’ term several times to make themselves sound legitimate.  Fortunately, I do my own taxes, so I know you pay taxes based on what you have received in your hands, not the promise of money.

According to IRS regulations you don’t pay taxes to enter a sweepstakes. You should not pay to play a sweepstakes. In addition, sweepstakes prizes and gambling wins must be reported and are taxed differently. If a sweepstakes sponsor tries to withhold some of your winnings, you need to take extra care that you are not dealing with a sweepstakes scam.

The IRS requires that you report your sweepstakes winnings as “Other Income” no matter what the value.  Also, remember, too, that although sweepstakes sponsors must file a 1099 form for prizes over $600, they can report prizes of any amount to the IRS. If a sponsor reports you as a winner but you don’t report the prize on your taxes, the IRS might notice the discrepancy and investigate your taxes.

 Things You Can Do to Avoid Being Scammed

  • Spot Deception. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.
  • Learn the Facts: Type a company or product name into your favorite search engine along the with words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” Or search for a phrase that describes your situation, like “IRS call.” You can even search for phone numbers to see if other people have reported them as scams.
  • Seeing is NOT Believing -Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.
  • Don’t buy a pig in a poke! – Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like lottery winnings, debt relief, credit and loan offers, mortgage assistance, or a job. They might even say you’ve won a prize, but first you have to pay taxes or fees. If you do, they will probably take your money and disappear.
  • Consider how you pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, but some payment methods don’t. Wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram is risky because it’s nearly impossible to get your money back. That’s also true for reloadable cards like MoneyPak Reloadit or Vanilla. Government offices and honest companies won’t require you to use these payment methods.
  • Talk to a real person. – Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert — or just tell a friend. If you are like me and you suspect something, give them fake information.  I have a whole fake persona that I have complete with name, birthday, SSN, and I use an  old address.
  • Terminate robocalls. – If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal, and often the products are bogus. Don’t press 1 to speak to a person or to be taken off the list. That could lead to more calls.
  • Be suspicious about free trial offers. Some companies use free trials to sign you up for products and bill you every month until you cancel. Before you agree to a free trial, research the company and read the cancellation policy. And always review your monthly statements for charges you don’t recognize. This is especially true of internet and radio ads.
  • Don’t deposit a check you receive and wire money back. By law, banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. If a check you receive from a company is deposited into your account turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for repaying the bank. This is a well-known scam of sweepstakes, and job offers.
  • Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams. Get the latest tips and advice about scams sent right to your inbox.

If you spot a scam, report it at ftc.gov/complaint. Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice.

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

11/11/2016

How to protect your package deliveries from Porch Pirates


This year’s Christmas  Online shopping  expected to exceed  $82 billion, according to most porch-pirateindustry analysts, with upward of 121 million shoppers who planned to click “buy” on Cyber Monday alone.

That’s a lot of packages that will need delivery, and a lot of potential booty for opportunistic thieves.

Last Christmas season, home video camera caught delivery personnel mishandling packages, this year with the increase of home security cameras, the images are capturing something else …thieves labeled as “Porch Pirates

These “Porch Pirates,” as they are being called  typically tail a delivery driver and pounce on the merchandise as soon as the driver is out of sight. They also cruise subdivisions looking for possible targets.

This summer a couple in Lodi set up a home security camera to help monitor who is coming to their house. The camera did capture something interesting a porch pirates. After a few incidents of having packages stolen they couple retaliated by filling a box full of fecal matter f or the thieves.

In various subdivisions a scan of the Nextdoor social network  tells the all-too-familiar tale: A package, waiting for its recipient to come home, is snatched off the front stoop, often in broad daylight and sometimes in clear view of security cameras.

“It’s an easy target,” said one evening deliver service owner, in response to a problem one of his own neighbors experienced. “Usually there’s something of value in there, and there’s nobody watching over it.”

But consumers have plenty of options for protecting their holiday bounty and their packages all year, experts said, from requiring a signature on all deliveries to having their packages sent elsewhere for safekeeping.

What  Can you Do?

The U.S. Postal Service, which expects to deliver 600 million packages nationwide over the holidays, recommends the following:

  • ask friend or neighbor to pick up your mail if you know a package is coming that day;
  • Have packages sent to your place of employment or to a family member or friend who can accept it for you during daytime hours.
  • if possible; using services that require a signature on delivery; or even renting a P.O. box.
  • Any mail theft should be reported to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and to local police, she said. Complaints can be filed online at  US Postal Inspector Site
  • Always require a signature on delivery.
  • Provide instructions to the shipping company on where packages can be left securely and out of sight. You can opt to pick them up at the delivery company.
  • Insure all your packages.
  • Install a Security Camera to capture any illicit activities that you can then give to law enforcement if necessary. Many security companies are now offering motion activated doorbell cameras that will give a better facial image of people coming on your porch.

 

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

28/10/2016

Halloween Safety Tips


Halloween is a time for enjoyment…not harm!

At PepperEyes, we believe your personal safety and protection plan should include a variety of knowledge, tools and techniques to keep you and your loved ones safe year round. Whether you’re a single, a young professional, or the head of your household – the best plan is one that evolves and is practiced over time and improves as new strategies and tools come on the market.

This Halloween, make sure your family’s experience is full of treats, not tricks, with these Top Halloween Safety Tips to include in your personal protection plan:

  1. Be Car Aware – Car accidents involving pedestrians see a sharp spike every Halloween – do not become a statistic! Make sure everyone is always looking both ways before crossing the street (hand-holding recommended but not required).
    1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
    2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
    3. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars
  1. Adult Avoid Driving During Peak Trick-or-Treating Times – On the same note, play it cool for the night and stay off the road for a few hours while the little creatures roam. Pedestrian traffic and drunk-driving numbers are at an all-time high on Halloween night.
    1. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
    2. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
    3. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  2. Keep Eye on Road, not your phone  – Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  3. Stay in Familiar Areas – Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  4. Stick Together – Nobody wants to go looking for a missing Princess in the middle of the Halloween party, so keep an eye on your friends.
  5. Keep the Tricks to a Minimum – Not everyone shares the same Halloween spirit, so don’t turn your night of fun into a night of fright. Understand the dangers of “harmless” pranks like egging, ding-dong ditching, and scaring innocent trick-or-treaters. Your safety my depend on common sense.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

Keep your Pets Safe

  • Keep your pet away from the front door – Dogs in particular need to protect their home and may bite bizarre looking visitors or become frightened.
  • Ensure decorations cannot be pulled down – Your pets can become injured or entangled in your holiday and cause harm to themselves in their panic to get free.
  • Do not take your pet with you in the care while your child(ren) are trick-or-treating – Scarry creatures of every size and shape walking by the car may be very frightening to your pet sitting in a dark car. Your friendly pet may become not-so-friendly.
  • Do not give your pet candy – certain treats like chocolate, caramel apples, or other chemicals can be lethal to your pet.
  • Keep your pet in a safe location – There are lots of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured or stolen pets in their yard or have freed them to roam outside at night.


PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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17/10/2016

Spotting a Potential E-Mail Hack

Filed under: Cyber Crimes,SCAM ALERT — peppereyes @ 1:06 PM
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scamWith all the talk if Russians or other foreign entities I thought I would like to tell you how
such hacking can take place.

I received this e-mail that is suppose to be from someone I know Jerry Swindell, who stays in the United States.  But note these items.

  1. E-mail from Jerry Swindell has an e-mail from Charles Davidson.  I actually have Jerry’s E-mail and this is not his.  First Read Flag.
  2. 2) Notice that is has the usual virus hook which take the form of ‘Check This Out’, ‘See What I found out about you’, ‘Want to see something funny’  or any similar  lines
  3. The E-mail Link would make you think it’s a story about someone you know ..My friends Richard Channing.  However, there are two letters you need to notice..’ru’. My friends Jerry says in New Jersey. He has two e-mail addresses both ending in .com.

It would be fair to say that there is highly probably that this is a malicious e-mail, and YOU SHOULD NOT CLICK THE LINK…OR ELSE>

Many Cyber Security attacks can be avoided  if you just pay attention.

  1. Delete the E-mail
  2. Add Address to your junk mail filter

 

You have been warned….

 

 

13/10/2016

Why You Should be ready to Defend Yourself with Pepper Spray from Vicious Dogs


1,000 Americans per day are treated in emergency rooms as a result of dog bites, you don’t have to be one of them.

Sometimes when I’m out walking my dog Frisky, we occasionally encounter another dog, so far most of these dogs have just been hyper and friendly. However, I have a co-worker who walks her dog only to have been charged at and almost attacked by a neighbor’s dog.   Depending where you live the breed of dogs that people have can vary.  They range between pit bull to poodle, from beagles to boxers, from pugs to bull dogs.   But you have to ask ‘Do I really need to worry about dog bites?’  It depends, depending on the turnover in your subdivision or what dogs are in nearby subdivision you can suddenly be facing a dog you’ve never seen before.hqdefault

Dog attacks can be a real problem, especially if you are a runner and enjoy going out for a
jog early in the morning or late at night. My dog is very friendly but there is something about runners and people on bikes that make her bark at them.  There have been lots of people who have complained about being forced to give up jogging or changing where they run because they encountered too many stray dogs.

As a dog owners I care about my dog, as do many other dog owners. Often I think about what I will do in case of an attack. Many dog owners are the same way. I often see them walk with walking sticks, or golf clubs.  You want to make sure you can protect yourself and your dog. We also want to not bring harm to anyone else pet. This is one of the reasons we recommend Pepper Spray.

Now, while I care for my dog, there have been times where she has wondered off. Being a Beagle I have to keep my eye on her when we are outside because she will go where her nose takes her.  However there are many dog owners that are irresponsible and do not follow leash laws. There are also many places where such laws do not exist and stray dogs are abundantly found. In addition there are several dogs that just get out.  Once when I was walking Frisky, a Boxer broke thru the fence and charged at us.  He just wanted to play. I could tell be cause he wasn’t barking, or growling, and his tail was wagging.  It really could have gone the other way.

Q:Does pepper spray work on dogs?

The answer to that question is yes pepper spray can be an effective means to disable any dog that’s hasn’t been trained to resist OC Pepper Spray like Police dogs.  Dogs have a highly sensitive olfactory system, if you can get a full spray into an attacking dog’s face, you can make it retreat. It takes hours to get over the effect of pepper spray for dogs and this will give you plenty of time to get home to safety.

What should I do when a dog starts chasing me?

First look at the dog. Is it growling? Is the fur on its back standing up?  Is its tail wagging? I know there are people are terrified of any dog and would use pepper spray on any dog.  However, pepper spray should be used as a final defense solution. Most dogs will not pursue you if you slow down (runners). Others can be scared away if you show you are not afraid of them and react with a loud and authoritarian voice or by showing authority.

However, attack dogs will not respond to such tactics and by showing aggression or throwing things at them will only enrage them. Pit Bulls in particular can be very vicious and if you are chased by one or for that matter any violent dog, your best bet is to climb to a high rise location such as a tree or car. Immediately call the police as the dog might endanger someone else.  If you can’t do any of these things then liberally use your pepper spray, and make sure that the wind is blowing away from you, because you don’t want to accidentally get any pepper spray in your face.

What to use if you don’t want to use Pepper Spray.

Generally a loud noise is also a great deterrent for an attacking dog. You can use the following products to protect yourself from stray dogs:

Sports Air horns: An air horn is a simple device that releases a very loud and shrill noise when you use it. It uses pressurized air to create a sound that will make any stray dog or debt collector stop in its attack and flee.

Sonic Animal Chaser: This product has proven itself to be very useful at times. It produces a high 25 KHz frequency sound that the human ear cannot detect, yet it is able to deter vicious dogs without harming them.

This animal chaser has an effective range up to 20 feet (6M) with a prime operating range of 5 to 6 feet.  To make sure you are pointing the chaser at the right place a laser sight is built-in.

The sonic animal chaser is the safe, effective, humane way to repel dogs, cats, squirrels and other garden pest.

Sound based dog repellents may not work on trained attack dogs though. They are given special training to ignore any distracting noises.

The most important thing is to report animal attacks to vicious animals to the police if a trained dog attacks you or someone you know. By reporting careless dog owners and helping stray dogs get captured, you will make your streets and your parks safer for everyone.

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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