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  • Geebo 8:17 am on May 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: customer support, , Gmail,   

    Don’t fall for fake customer support numbers 

    Don't fall for fake customer support numbers

    Having problems with your Facebook account? How about your GMail or Office 365? Surely giant corporations like Facebook, Google and Microsoft have customer service numbers that you can call. Actually, they don’t. Gone are the days when you could call just about any company up on the phone to try to get them to resolve your problem, especially tech companies. Behemoths like Facebook and Google have become such large global corporations offering free services that it is financially unfeasible for them to offer phone assistance. That hasn’t stopped some from trying to take advantage of that situation.

    If you were to go to your search engine of choice looking for these numbers you would definitely find some. However in many instances they are not legitimate numbers. Instead they are scam artists posing as these companies in order to take something valuable from you. They could be trying to access your GMail or Facebook accounts in order to steal personal information or they could be falsely charging you money to ‘fix’ whatever issue it is that you have.

    For the record, Geebo is very approachable and you can even Tweet at our CEO.

     
  • Geebo 7:26 am on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: email,   

    How to spot a scammer by their email address 

    How to spot a scammer by their email

    While no tip is guaranteed to be 100% accurate all the time here is a tip on how to spot a scammer by their email address.

    While scammers can use free email services like GMail or Yahoo a recent trend by overseas scammers is to use ‘off brand’ email addresses. A number of the addresses seem to have some kind of connection with the United Kingdom (UK) including proclaiming to be fans of a number of football teams (soccer) from the English Premier League. Another set of email addresses have various names of occupations or that they belong to some kind of car club.

    This is not to say that scammers won’t use free email services commonly used in the US. A good tip in that instance is to be wary addresses that seem to be a random string of characters rather than something that reflects a name. Also be wary of email addresses that have suffixes that indicate they’re from overseas such as .uk or .in for example.

    Again, no tip is guaranteed to be effective at all times but with a little bit of knowledge your online buying and selling experience can be a better one.

     
  • Geebo 7:59 am on May 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: compass, , lightsaber, star wars, world war 1   

    Finds of the Week: WW I compass and Force FX Lightsabers 

    Finds of the Week: WW I compass and Force FX Lightsabers

    If you’re into history and a fan of a long time ago, a seller in Greenacres, Washington, is offering a World War I era compass said to be in great condition.

    Finds of the Week: WW I compass and Force FX Lightsabers

    Now if you’re a fan of a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away a seller in Sandy, Utah is offering not one but three Force Fx Lightsabers from Star Wars including the Kylo Ren model. Channel your inner Jedi or Sith with these awesome collectibles.

     
  • Geebo 9:29 am on April 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: politics, selfies, voting   

    Off Topic Friday: Ballot Box Selfies 

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    Love’ em or hate ‘em selfies are here to stay. They are a way of expression that almost an entire generation of young adults uses. A lot of these young adults are now registered voters and want to show their civic pride by taking a selfie in the voting booth or by the ballot box. While a number of states do allow these selfies many still do not. For example New York does allow the practice while neighboring New Jersey does not.  Many laws enacted to prevent photography in the polling place were made in order to discourage voter fraud but those were written decades ago. Do they still apply in today’s ‘photograph everything’ society?

    Mobile video sharing app Snapchat says no. Recently they filed a 28-page friend of the court brief in New Hampshire asking the Granite State to repeal their photography ban claiming it is a First Amendment right.

    What do you think? Are ballot box or voting booth selfies a protected form of expression or is it trivializing the voting process? Please leave your response.

     
  • Geebo 9:27 am on April 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Why you need a good resume 

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    At Geebo we see a number of resumes submitted every by people looking for employment. Unfortunately we also see a lot of resumes that would discourage an employer from looking at them. Too many times we see resumes that are severely lacking information or don’t have any information at all so we’d like to help our users in crafting a good resume.

    Google docs has a number of resume templates that are free to use. If you’re fortunate enough to own a copy of Microsoft Word there are resume templates there as well. If Word is out of your price range there are also a number of free alternatives to Word that are just as good. Or if you can afford it there are resume services that you can enlist. However, if you’d prefer to write one from scratch this article can help you get started.

    Lastly the best tip that can be given for writing a resume is to a use a professional sounding e-mail address in your contact information. It’s best to use some combination of your first and last name, After all you don’t want a potential employer to discard your resume after just seeing the e-mail address. Now go get that job.

     
  • Geebo 9:51 am on April 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gift cards, itunes, ,   

    New online scam uses iTunes gift cards 

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    Police in Upstate New York are telling people to be aware of a new scam taking place on some online classifieds sites. According to authorities scam artists posing as online sellers of a vehicle are asking people to pay with iTunes gift cards. The ‘sellers’ instruct the buyers to call a toll-free number where they are then told to read off the serial numbers from the backs of the cards. The buyer is then out of their money and no vehicle is ever delivered.

    While this scam may only be localized to Upstate New York presently, it could certainly occur in any municipality. Scams like this also tend to ‘go on the road’ so to speak. When a scam is discovered by police in one area it could then easily move on to another. That is unfortunately the way in the digital world of today. The scam artists don’t even have to be in this country.  In too many cases people who have been swindled are often times left with no recourse. In the majority of instances in online commerce it’s often best to deal locally and with cash.

     
  • Geebo 10:35 am on April 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: mirror, reflection.,   

    Why you should be aware of your reflection when selling online 

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    There’s a very infamous piece of early internet lore where a man was trying to sell a tea kettle online. As the legend goes the man took a picture of the kettle but its well polished surface showed a reflection of the man who appeared to be in a state of undress.

    If you’re selling items online a reflection that results in some embarrassment could be the least of your concerns. Sometimes it only takes one piece of personal information for a skilled criminal to use it to their advantage for such crimes as identity theft or burglary.

    In order to avoid showing a reflection try using natural light instead of a flash or shooting the object from an angle instead of straight on. Not only will that keep you safer but it will also make the item look more appealing for sale.

     
  • Geebo 8:56 am on April 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: e.t., , Illinois, Lisle   

    Find of the Week: Full size E.T. replica 

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    Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or just movies in general you can now own a great piece of movie memorabilia. A Geebo seller out of Lisle, Illinois is offering a full size limited edition replica casting of E.T. from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial that was cast for the 10th Anniversary celebration. According to the seller it’s the last cast to directly come from Steven Spielberg’s warehouse and it’s said to be in excellent condition.

    No word on if it can be retrofitted with a walkie-talkie.

     
  • Geebo 11:53 am on April 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dodge, flagged ads, Minnesota, truck   

    ‘Mean mom’ sells daughter’s car online. Find out why. 

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    A Minnesota woman calling herself ‘The World’s Meanest Mom’ recently sold her 15-year-old daughter’s truck online because she skipped class. Amy Adams of Almelund, Minnesota, put the 1998 Dodge Ram pick up truck for sale saying in the ad that her daughter has “decided that her grades don’t matter, that she can disrespect myself and her siblings on a daily basis, and that she has the right to skip school and run away from home.”

    However Ms. Adams’ daughter has not been without recourse. Exploiting a weakness in the website where the ad was placed, her daughter’s friends have been flagging the ad and have had it removed multiple times even though the ad is legitimate.

    With Geebo.com you don’t have to worry about your ad being flagged by pranksters and the like since Geebo ads are manually reviewed and approved by real people. At Geebo we not only strive to be safer that the competition but to provide a better service to our customers.

     
  • Greg Collier 2:43 pm on March 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cornell University, , New York University, , University of Maryland   

    Why Does Craigslist Make It Easy for Scammers to Find Victims? 

    Scams have long been – and probably always be – a part of our lives. From the smooth-talking snake oil salesmen of yesteryear to the Bernie Madoff schemes of a new generation, this criminal element has long preyed on the naive, the trusting types who buy into bargains that sound too good to be true because they are.

    Over the years, scammers have had to be quick on their feet, ready to run from a spurned customer looking for revenge or to skip town ahead of a sheriff with an arrest warrant. Today, the anonymity of the Internet allows scammers to not only avoid personal contact but also cast a wider net to a greater pool of victims under the guise of many different personas.

    It’s no surprise that thousands of those ads appear on craigslist. And it should also come as no surprise that craigslist does a poor job of identifying and removing those ads in a timely manner, leaving the door open for even more victims hours after ads are flagged.

    That’s according to a study jointly conducted at University of Maryland, New York University and Cornell University that closely examined the rental listings in 20 cities over a 141-day period to identify scams. In all, the researchers put together a series of formulas that was able to detect and identify about 29,000 scam listings, many of which followed patterns that made identifying them that much easier.

    That’s both good news and bad news. It’s good news because the researchers were able, in a short period of time, to produce a solution that could rid craigslist of many of these ads, saving some of its visitors from being exposed to them. The bad news is that a study of craigslist’s filtering and flagging systems for removing the ads was determined to be ineffective, with less than half of the ads identified by the research team actually being removed by craigslist during the test period.

    In a 18-page report, the research team explains that, while craigslist filtering system for taking down scam ads is largely inefficient, there are other ways that the site could take down and deter the scammers, including government fines for deceptive advertising or working with the credit card companies to stop them from collecting funds. Without the ability to collect money from unsuspecting victims, the scam itself is no longer worth the effort.

    But counting on craigslist to do the right thing, or to invest any real time or energy into making the site safer, is probably a long shot.

    At Geebo, we do our best to be proactive against scams, largely by partnering with many other sites so that we only post legitimate ads from known sources, whether home listings or cars for sale. Likewise, I have devoted a page on geebo.com to tips on how to avoid being a victim of a scam.

    At the end of the day, there will always be scammers and there will always be the types who fall for the scams, possibly because they’re naive or simply too trusting. One of the most important tips I provide my visitors is to follow their gut instincts – even if it means passing up a great deal or the perfect home. Your instinct will tell you that wiring thousands of dollars to a landlord who’s currently out of the country is probably a bad idea. Likewise, jumping through hoops to get an inside peek at an apartment should be a red flag.

    Neither I, nor craigslist, can offer a 100 percent guarantee that an ad isn’t a scam. Those types of criminals are creative and are always finding ways to get one over. But we can do our parts to make it harder for scammers to infiltrate our sites.

    Now that a team of university researchers have identified how to do that, we’ll see if craigslist takes action to make its site safer.

     
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