Category Archives: Online Safety

Misleading websites are key in locksmith wannabe business

Yet another locksmith scam is making the rounds with the help of tech savy con artists. The way the scam works is that people create websites that imitate a legitimate locksmith company’s website. Going so far as to even imitate the domain name by simply adding a letter or dash to the domain. This confuses customers into thinking they reached a reputable company. When customers call, believing they are talking to someone at an established, trustworthy company, the scam locksmith cashes in. Not only does he hurt the real locksmith company, but when the phoney locksmith arrives the consumer pays more than what they should have paid.

In Palm Beach, Florida, a man was arrested because he set up websites over the past several years that closely resembled the names of established South Florida locksmith companies. Consumers would look up one of the legitimate companies but end up on a website created by the con man, police said. He registered domain names that were exactly the same as the real locksmith company’s domain with an s added at the end and then created his own website. He used that same tactic with at least five other locksmith companies and created 40 misleading websites.

Police said they spoke to victims of the scam, many said they were quoted one price, then charged another. The customers thought they were calling the established locksmith companies.

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Is your social media activity bringing a visit from uninvited guests?

happy holidaysWe all know to lock our doors when we leave the house. But when it comes to social media activities many of us are inadvertently opening the door to expensive home damage and putting ourselves and our possessions at risk, according to the MetLife Auto & Home American Safety Pulse: Danger at the Door survey.

You’re surely not leaving your doors open for thieves to just walk in, but you might unknowingly invite burglars in via social media. According to MetLife Auto & Home’s safety poll, nearly 8 out of 10 (79 percent) people say they never leave their doors unlocked, under any circumstances. However, 15 percent of the total population report using social networking sites to post updates when leaving their homes, and more than double that amount, a full 35 percent of younger Americans (aged 18-34) “check in” to locations and tweet about their whereabouts. While these social notices help friends keep tabs on friends, they can also give burglars clues about the best time to strike — especially when updates or photos indicate that a person or family is away for an extended period, such as on a holiday vacation.

What can you do to protect yourself online? Use common sense and be careful what information you share. Unless your Twitter posts are private everyone can see your message, even if you’re just talking to your best friend. Facebook has added options so you can select who can see your post – take advantage of these privacy features. Talking about your travel plans is probably best kept for private messages with your friends and kept out of conversations with the virtual world.

We wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season and all the best for the coming year!