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The Middle Path, One Day At A Time


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Keeping Your Computer Safe on the Internet [FREE]

These days the very concept of “Internet Safety” seems like an oxymoron.

In this FREE 99 page ebook I summarize popular articles from Ask Leo! covering the basics – the things you must do, the software you must run and the concepts you need to be aware of – to keep your computer and your data safe as you use the internet.

It’s not hard, and once things are in place it’s not even time consuming.

Excellent advice from an impeccably reputable source.  Don’t even think about not downloading and reading it!

The Puget Sound Software Store: Internet Safety – Keeping Your Computer
Safe on the Internet [FREE]


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How to Avoid Haiti Earthquake Scams

As with every recent natural disaster, Haiti earthquake scams started almost immediately, and the scammers were out in full force within a couple of hours.

The FBI issued this Haitian Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert on the day of the earthquake.

Here are the main Haiti earthquake scams we’re seeing or predicting — and how to avoid them:…

http://www.scambusters.org/haitiearthquakescams.html


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Wasting Away: The Squandering of D.C.’s AIDS Dollars

Wasting Away: The Squandering of D.C.’s AIDS Dollars – washingtonpost.com

While the sick languished in alleyways and on park benches in the city with the nation’s highest AIDS rate, D.C. government allowed widespread waste and mismanagement to overwhelm the city’s AIDS services. A three-part documentary explores some of these groups and the lives impacted by a lack of care.


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A Bad Economy is Good for Scammers

This week, Scambusters.Org has an excellent piece on everyday scams that are being perpetrated on folks like you — today.  I’m in the condo security business, and I can assure you this is happening. 

Please read the article, and then send the link to others.  Or print out the article and mail it to folks if necessary, especially your Seniors.  This is the real deal.

Unpaid Fuel Bill

Phantom Mortgage

Bait-and-Switch

Mortgage Scams

Gas Saver

Work-at-Home Scam

Technicians at your Home

A Bad Economy Is Good for Scammers — Watch Out for These Super-Sneaky Cons…


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Airport Scams and How to Avoid Them

Assuming that any of you can afford to travel during the coming holidays (I know I can’t), you might care to check out this page of ScamBusters tips on airport scams.  The intro says “5 Most Common…”, but there is a lot of good information.  I recommend reading the whole thing.  Some of it is useful advice for any kind of travel.
The 5 Most Common Types of Airport Scams and How to Avoid Them


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7 Top Pet Scams

…human affection for animals is increasingly an open-arms invitation for pet scams. Animal lovers are easy prey for crooks. Our love, especially for four-legged pals, can be so intense that we fail to spot the scam when it’s pulled.

This week we’ve compiled a list of the 7 most common pet scams currently doing the rounds. If you’re an animal fan, you may save yourself a lot of heartache, not to mention hard-earned dollars, by getting wise to these con tricks. …

7 Top Pet Scams That Cost Money and Even Animal Lives


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Fraudsters cash in on Myanmar, China

Fraudsters cash in on heartbreak – Scambusters.org

It had to happen (and frankly, we’re surprised the scams didn’t start even more quickly). With the plight of earthquake and cyclone victims in China and Myanmar hitting he headlines — and our hearts — every day, it didn’t take aid scammers long to put together phony relief campaigns and solicit donations. More on this below. …