SIN Spam Callers Using Inactive Numbers

I received a phone call from this number with an automated voice who stated the following in a mildly pleasant accent:

Unintelligible -administration- the reason of this call is to inform you our department has decided suspend your Social Insurance Number and it’s benefits. As we have recieved complaints of suspicious activity on your Social Insurance Number. Your Social Insurance Number is getting used illegaly for money laundering and fake loans. If this is not getting done by you, please press one to speak with our officer to resolve this. Prevent your social insurance number from suspension. Thank you.”

I’ve tried to call back this number using Pop-Tox, and it says this number is not in service.

Whatever you do, do not give away your name, voice inflections or anything else relevant when answering these calls. Better yet, ignore and block them asap! For more info on that, check out this article here: Why Phone Fraud Starts With A Silent Call

Numbers I’ve received this call from so far are as follows:

18004163484

18008596443

To see similar phone calls I’ve received who are instead claiming to be the CRA, Click Here.

Updating Facebook Thumbnails

If you’ve ever posted a link from the same site on Facebook, you’ll sometimes notice that the preview image doesn’t match the data you know is on that site. To fix this, you’ll need to refresh your posts URL.

Why? you ask. Well, Facebook caches information that they took from their first scan of the page, and continues to draw on this information, until told to update!

Why doesn’t deleting and re-posting the link work? Facebook’s cache is holding that original scan the link, and will continue to give you and everyone else the same outdated preview.

How do you fix this???

There are three methods you can try to update Facebook’s cache, I have written one out here, with a link to the original article by John Doppler that showed me how to update it, as well as two more methods, which are a bit harder.

Step 1: Click the date and time stamp under your name at the top of the post.
Step 2: CLICK THE THREE DOTS In the upper right hand side of the post across From your name, and choose the “Refresh share attachment” option.

Step 3: Click Save

Step 4: Reload page and check!

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Tiktok – Secretly a Spy Tool

Many of you in the Cosplayer world have either heard of or used Tik-Tok. If this is you, please uninstall it, or at least be aware of what this Tool is actually doing.

Friday January 10th – 00:38 am I got the below notification:

(1 of 2) Koodo: You’ve used 100% of your 5120MB of data. To help manage costs, your data has been paused until the end of your bill cycle at 11:59pm on 2020-02-01.
(2 of 2) To unpause your data, reply with one of the following data options which is valid until the end of your bill cycle:

22YES to get 1GB at $22.00

12YES to get 300MB at $12.00

YES to get 100MB of data for $5.

Or visit koodo.com/datatopups

This notification raised many flags, and I did a quick Google Search which brought to light the following:

Poor Security Measures Allowing Users to be Hacked

Spy Tool

Why it is a Spy Tool

The US has even opened a National Security Review into Tik-Tok

In Conclusion – This App asks for use of your camera and microphone, and doesn’t have limits as to where this data goes!!!!! Watch what apps ask for, and be safe out there friends!

TD LOST PREVENT FRAUDULENT PHONE CALLS FROM – 18669750925

I received a phone call from this number stating this wasn’t a spam call, and I needed to provide sensitive information as there was troubles with my TD account.

I’ve tried to call back this number using Pop-Tox, and it says “Sorry, something looks wrong with this number. .

However, after trying to Reverse Cell Phone Number Lookup, I got this:

Links below go back to 2012 stating this number as fraudulent:

Google Search

Had issues with my card so i called the number on the back.  It had been locked by loss prevention. Got a call from this number soon after.  It is loss prevention, but the smart thing to do is call 1-866-222-3456 the number on the back of your card

800Notes.com

Whocallsme.com

YellowPages

My conclusion is is that much like this Article CRA Spam Callers Using Inactive Numbers’ these scammers have been using this number as well as TD since 2012!!! So, like recommended in the bit I quoted above from 800Notes.com, when in doubt, always use the number on the back of your card!

Click on the links below to see TD’s tips on the matter!

Protecting Yourself against Future Attacks

If You’ve Received a Suspicious Text Message or Phone Call

*PHONE TIP!* Whatever you do, do not give away your name, voice inflections or anything else relevant when answering these calls. Better yet, ignore and block them asap! For more info on that, check out this article here: Why Phone Fraud Starts With A Silent Call

Story Twisters

I like to talk – SURPRISE! However, when it comes down to it, what I especially like is exchanging stories – you tell a story, I tell a story vice versa – I am fairly open and completely honest about my life, as I don’t believe in keeping secrets, or hiding how I feel, who knows maybe my stories will help you, as I know many people’s stories have helped me! However, if you are going to judge everything I say without an open mind, I probably won’t share anymore stories with you.

That being said, one day, I realized things I had said were coming back to me twisted through another in an effort to make the subject of my story look like an ass, this person also feeding the information to someone else I had already moved away from speaking to, as similar events had occurred. I’m all for sharing stories, but to manipulate a story for your own use! – It wasn’t just one story either, it was every single one that I told about this particular person, and they decided according to their finite knowledge that this person was a piece of garbage and that I shouldn’t associate. – I was appalled, and immediately cut ties with this person, removing them from Facebook and any other social site.

I’d like to be very clear. Just because your way of life is different then mine, and you don’t care or want to understand it, doesn’t give you the right to pass critical judgement behind my back and say what I should or shouldn’t do. I will tell you my opinion on a situation if you ask for it, based on my experiences, but I will NOT say you HAVE to follow what I say, it is your life.

Now I write this in hopes of making some soul feel better about doing the same. It is not right for others to twist your stories, and you have a right to say NO and to remove these harmful people from your life. ‘It takes all sorts to make a world!’ as my late New Zealander friend Alice used to say, and it is up to you which ones you chose to love, and why, not everyone else’s business.

P.S. If you feel I ever missed or misconstrued information in telling a story, please let me know!! I’m only human, so know if I did, it wasn’t in malicious intent.

Research Your Apps – Free Doesn’t Mean Free

I’m quite fond of the fact that in our technical day and age, it is becoming more and more common place to ‘Have an App for that!’ Apps make our lives easier, from helping cutting down extraneous tasks to graphic editing. For Android users, many apps are free, made by other users, which can include options such as either ‘Pay to use better options’ or ‘Pay to get rid of ads’.

That being said, an easily downloaded application has become scammers next target. A Toronto Security company has discovered an App called ‘Xhelper’ which is now termed as a malware that is impossible to remove, as it has the ability to reinstall itself and is designed to remain hidden! It even has code to ensure it isn’t deleted when a Factory Reset is prompted, and performs malicious actions such as “showing advertisements to the users, downloading and executing more malicious payloads from its remote server onto the users device”

My advice as a tech user is to research your apps before downloading! Look through those Reviews, weed out the Automated replies, make sure this app is right for you, and if it looks suspicious, DON’T DOWNLOAD!!!! And as an extra layer of protection, or to ensure that you haven’t already succumbed to this malware, install a malware detector.

Stay safe out there my friends!

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CRA Spam Callers Using Inactive Numbers

I received a phone call from this number with an automated voice who stated in broken automation that “ignoring this call would cause legal action before a magistrate.

I’ve tried to call back this number using Pop-Tox, and it says this number is not in service.

Whatever you do, do not give away your name, voice inflections or anything else relevant when answering these calls. Better yet, ignore and block them asap! For more info on that, check out this article here: Why Phone Fraud Starts With A Silent Call

Numbers I’ve received this call from so far are as follows:

12264698493

0114160998784 (Spoofed, that’s why there is a 0 at the front)

16135977184

19852217330

Say No to Pesticides Killing Off Our Bees!

Just when I thought humans had started figuring it out, we’ve got sneaky buggers trying to re-instate chemical usage that will finish killing off our already endangered bees! As a gardener, I’m aware it may be “easier” to grow plants when you don’t have to worry about bugs, but when you don’t have the pollen carrier, the plants will just DIE, and so ends green things being able to live on this earth, at least in our current natural cycle.

‘Sum of Us’ activists have put forward a campaign to save these poor bees, let’s do our part in ensuring our future!

Dozens of bee species are now extinct or on the verge of disappearing. But Bayer and its cronies are twisting the EU’s arm into ignoring bee-saving rules against harmful pesticides — the same rules that got toxic neonicotinoids banned last year.

We all rely on bees to pollinate fruit, vegetables and crops. But around the world bees are in decline, putting the future health of our planet at risk — and unless the EU takes concrete steps to save the bees, this trend shows no sign of reversing.

MEPs urgently need to challenge the bureaucrats that buckled to Bayer’s lobbyists. MEPs could force a U-turn, and revive plans to crack down on all bee-harming pesticides. 

It’s the EU’s job to force corporations like Bayer to take bee health seriously — and prevent deadly, bee-killing chemicals from flooding our fields. Bayer shouldn’t be telling the EU what to do. Across Europe, MEPs plastered their election campaigns with pledges to save the bees. Will you sign the petition now to tell MEPs to live up to their promises?

Sign the petition to demand that MEPs fix this mess urgently and protect bees from deadly pesticides.

Click here to learn more!

15197812890 – CRA Spam Callers Using Active Numbers

I received a phone call from this number with an automated voice who stated in broken automation that ignoring this call would cause legal action before a magistrate.

I’ve tried to call back this number using Pop-Tox, and it goes straight to a personal voicemail. After 5 times of dialing back, the lady whose voicemail it was picked up, and she had no idea that this was happening to her number.

This is the newest and ballsiest move I’ve seen these guys perform so far, this is going to cause headaches for basically anyone who owns a number. I’m not even sure there anything our providers can do to prevent this!