Defense Against Crime

21/08/2019

Computer Tech Support Scams

Filed under: Crime Prevention,Cyber Security,SCAM ALERT — peppereyes @ 12:42 PM
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In a matter of 5 minutes, I received two computer scam calls.

One was the Microsoft  Tech Support Refund Scam – which I’ve alerted you about.

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/microsoft-tech-support-refund-scam/

The other one was someone calling me giving me a number to call (844) 575-1433.

When I called, because I was curious, I was told that my virus subscription protection on my Microsoft computer was ending.   My defense against these scammers is to sound like tell them I don’t own a Microsoft computer.  The muttered something and hung up.

Now, can get Virus protection software for FREE with my internet subscription, but I’ve purchases virus protection, for my network, and it alerts me on how many days I have left.

Just be careful out there.
just know

NO computer company will call you…ever.

NO computer software company will call you ..ever.

Just be wise…

 

 

Onyx Knight Enterprises is dedicated to providing you useful and informative data 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.  In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. – Victor Swindell

20/05/2019

20 Safety Tips to Help You …Be Safe


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According to RAINN, a sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds. You’ve probably seen stories in the media of sexual predator who follow women home from the gym, or other places. But there are several things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming their next prey.

Whether you’re our jogging, shopping or out and about running errands, there are safety tips you can follow to help lower your chances of becoming a crime victim.

 

1. PepperEyes.com motto is Get Ready! Stay Ready. – Preparation and Prevention are the keys. Think about having a fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it in your home.
2. Stay Alert – avoid being distracted by your smartphone. Use a blue-tooth if you need to talk
3. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t ‘feel’ right..leave the area.
4. Always have your keys ready. There are videos on youtube on how to use your keys for self-defense. Watch and learn.
5. If you carry a personal defense device, like pepper spray or a stun gun, whistle – knows how to use it and have it ready. The bottom of your purse is the wrong place to have it.
6. Be aware! Look around and make eye contact with people you encounter.
7. Walk with an attitude. Have that I dare you to mess with me look.
8. If security is available, ask for an escort to your vehicle — especially at night. If you know you are going out at night, have a friend with you!
9. Don’t wear expensive jewelry or carry pricy handbags when you’re shopping, running errands or anytime you’re alone. Robbers often work in pairs. One scopes out potential victims inside, then text or calls their partner with a  description to their partner waiting outside.
10. If you have children with you, keep a close eye on them and teach them about stranger danger. On the news last week was a woman trying to steal a child.
11. If you must take a purse, consider a small, crossbody bag.
12. Hide your cash, credit cards and cell phone in your front pockets, so if a thief does grab your purse, he or she won’t get away with much.
13. Try to avoid being overloaded with shopping bags.
14. When you leave, lock your doors and keep your windows up, and don’t have valuables in plain sight!
15. Keep an eye out for vehicles that might be following you. If they’re still behind you when you’re close to home, drive to the nearest fire station or police station and honk your horn.
16. In carjacking or robbery, give them your car, purse or anything else they want. Nothing is worth risking your life.
17. If someone tries to sexually assault you or force you into their vehicle, scream and fight like your life depends on it..cause it does. Do whatever you have to do to get away…do it!
18. Take a self-defense course. Search for them online. Many colleges and universities offer a FREE RAD (Rape aggression defense) class, and some will teach them to the ladies of any organization (church, yoga, etc).
19. There are several safety apps available, including Guard Lallana, Safe Walk, B Safe, and others they are beneficial to you. Research and use the one that’s best for you.
20. Knowing all of this stuff is good, doing it daily will be better.

 

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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 on 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.

02/05/2019

This is Microsoft Tech Support calling….


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I know I’ve written by the Microsoft Technical Support Scam before, but I’m getting these calls almost every week. I’ve seen messages on Next Door from other citizens.  So here is the gist of the call. (and you can probably find some of these calls on YouTube)

The phone rings you received an automated message from what is being claimed as being from Microsoft support claiming that they have noticed an issue with your computer and they want you to talk to a support specialist to help you resolve the issue.

The scammers will tell you that your computer is running slowly because of viruses or other issues. They will instruct you to look at things that are PERFECTLY NORMAL like red x’s in the event log. and tell you that your computer has major issues and that your support has expired and you need an additional piece of software – at a cost, of course.

I always tell them I’m running an Encom 511 running the lasted Orax Operating System. After a pause, this usually ends the call.  But I know next week they will call again.

I’ll stop here.  Think about this!  When you purchase a car, say a Toyota, does Toyota call you and tell you that they have noticed a defect in your car?  NO.   Now If there is a massive defect in your model car, they will notify by mail and tell you to take it to a dealership to fix, but as of this writing dealerships and manufacturers, don’t monitor your car.  

If you are running a Microsoft product and register that product with Microsoft if there are fixes to be made the software can update itself.  Microsoft pushing out operation system or software patches, and updates on a regular schedule. You also have the option to go into the Windows Control Panels and check for and install updates.  If you are on their mailing list they send an e-mail of what the patches and updates are.  You have to initiate this, Microsoft doesn’t.

Just like when you have car issues, your car has all these indicators that tell you there is an issue.  If you have computer issues, your computer will tell you.  In both cases, you will take them to a shop to get the issue resolved unless you know how to do it yourself.

If your car manufacturer called you and told you they have been monitoring your car and you have a problem, wouldn’t you be suspicious? Right?

Scammers have two weapons, fear, and ignorance.  They use one or both to get stuff some you.  However, if you are armed with the knowledge you can defend yourself.  This is how most crime is dealt with.

MICROSOFT IS NOT MONITORING YOUR COMPUTER. The NSA maybe, but Microsoft isn’t.
The latest Microsoft Operating System has firewall software and other protection measures.  You should also buy a good security suite from a reputable company like ZoneAlarm or MacAfee.

REMEMBER THESE RULES WHEN YOU GET A CALL.

  1. DO NOT BELIEVE THEM!
  2. DO NOT TRUST THEM!
  3. DO NOT BUY THEIR SERVICE!
  4. DO NOT INSTALL THEIR SOFTWARE.!

 

Reporting tech support scams

Help Microsoft stop scammers, whether they claim to be from Microsoft or from another tech company, by reporting tech support scams here: www.microsoft.com/reportascam

To report an unsafe website directly to Microsoft, fill out a Report an unsafe site form. You can also report unsafe websites in Microsoft Edge by selecting Settings and More  > Help and Feedback > Send feedback when you encounter something suspicious.

For urgent situations, use one of the following options:

Microsoft Support
Global Customer Service

 

How to protect against tech support scams – Quiz

  1. Will ever Microsoft call you or e-mail you about issues with your computer Operating system or computer?
  2. Will Microsoft request your personal or financial information?
  3. Should you ever call the number in an e-mail that claims to be from Microsoft?
  4. Should you purchase software from a stranger over the phone that called you, and installs it on your computer?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, you have failed!

 

Onyx Knight Enterprises is dedicated to providing you useful and informative data 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.  In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. – Victor Swindell

17/04/2019

06/03/2019

A College Assault Story.


The Following Story is True. The Names and Places have been changed

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Incident:  Kidnapping (Armed with Knife)  w/Aggravated Assault.

Date:  03/06/2019

Time:  5:15 AM

Reported to:    University of Columbia Department of Public Safety

Report # 2019-019292828

Location:  Alexander Place Parking Lot,  12 Alexander Street, Springfield

Suspects’ status:  At-Large

Incident description: The suspect was discovered sleeping in the victim’s vehicle by the victim. The suspect stabbed the victim’s arm pinning it to the center armrest of the vehicle. The suspect forced the victim to drive him to the area of Upper Queen Street and Upper Gathering Street where the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Suspect Description:   Black Male, early 60s, 5’10”, Medium build, Short grayish hair, black hoodie, dark pants

Important Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.

This very real incident is to illustrate how real college crime is and why you need to be prepared

Here are some Safety Tips.

  1. If possible avoid confrontation with individuals you encounter.
  2. If possible avoid becoming involved in incidents you observe.
  3. Use well lit- routes, avoid dark vacant areas, and those not frequented by other people.
  4. Avoid walking alone at night.
  5. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  6. Avoid distractions like talking on your cell phone.
  7. If your campus offers RAD, take it
  8. Carry Pepper Spray and know how to use it.

If you observe unusual activity, try to remember details as best you can. For example, what a person was wearing or any other identifiers like scars, tattoos or shoes. Please always be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking alone at night, and notify Law Enforcement immediately if you observe potentially dangerous situations or individuals.

Take advantage of all your campus safety programs.

  • escorts on-campus
  • Free Shuttle/Bus Services

Get involved and Make a Difference:  We encourage the prompt reporting of all crimes, On-campus contact your Public Safety  or law enforcement

Oftentimes, students are present when a crime is about to happen and bystander intervention is one method students may use to help prevent a crime from happening.  Learn how to develop this skill and safely intervene.

Victim Assistance:  Enrolled College of Charleston students who become victims of serious crime are encouraged to get victim assistance by contacting the Office of Victim Services (843.953.2273). Comprehensive services, including assistance with missed classes/academic disruption, are available regardless of the incident location, or if the student elected to file an official report, or not.

 

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PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products 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 on 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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