Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Take this Phishing IQ Test and see how you do!
November 30, 2005
IRS Warns of e-Mail Scam about Tax Refunds
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued a consumer alert about an Internet scam in which consumers receive an e-mail informing them of a tax refund. The e-mail, which claims to be from the IRS, directs the consumer to a link that requests personal information, such as Social Security number and credit card information.
This scheme is an attempt to trick the e-mail recipients into disclosing their personal and financial data. The practice is called “phishing” for information.
The information fraudulently obtained is then used to steal the taxpayer’s identity and financial assets. Generally, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to steal his or her financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards, apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim’s name and even file fraudulent tax returns.
The bogus e-mail, which claims to come from “tax firstname.lastname@example.org,” tells the recipient that he or she is eligible to receive a tax refund for a given amount. It then says that, to access a form for the tax refund, the recipient must use a link contained in the e-mail. The link then asks for the personal and financial information.
The IRS does not ask for personal identifying or financial information via unsolicited e-mail. Additionally, taxpayers do not have to complete a special form to obtain a refund.
If you receive an unsolicited e-mail purporting to be from the IRS, take the following steps:
· Do not open any attachments to the e-mail, in case they contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
· Contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine whether the IRS is trying to contact you about a tax refund.
The IRS has seen numerous attempts over the years to defraud the public and the federal government through a variety of schemes, including abusive tax avoidance transactions, identity theft, claims for slavery reparations, frivolous arguments and more. More information on these schemes may be found on the criminal enforcement page at IRS.gov
Friday, November 25, 2005
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I played Pacman, and it's like you are playing right in the arcade! Gotta love technology.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Back row: Darrell & Jackie Storholt (Beck's parents), Joey (my brother), and my Mommasan.
Front row: Beth (my sister), Scott (brother) Paige, Beck, Kaitlyn, and Moi!
Sunday, November 20, 2005
When I first met Becky, she had a map of the US in her office. There were little pins at each place where she had visited, and there were lots of them! (I joked that the only reason she had been to so many states is that she's way older then me).
I am geographically challenged to say the least, so the aforementioned Norwegian Princess sent me this link, and it's great for all of you who don't know East Texas, PA from east Texas.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
If you look closely at Yoda, he's "inviting" you to shop ebay.
I plan on using the good 'ol auction site to Christmas shop again this year. I always seem to find the best prices on ebay.
It isn't just for used stuff either, searching for your item and the word "new" should get you the results you want. Either way, ebay is a dern smert compeny.
Friday, November 18, 2005
After Kurt consented to taking the brethalizer, he said to the officer "You're only doing this because you're a Jeff Gordon fan."
I'm not making this stuff up...
Oh, he had one Margarita at a Mexican restaurant. I guess it doesn't make you legally drunk - it just makes you an ass.
Monday, November 14, 2005
In case you haven't heard: Kurt Busch was stopped for traffic violations on Friday in Arizona, the officer arrested him after he suspected Busch of DUI. At police HQ the breathalizer machine failed, so he wasn't charged with any alcohol related infractions.
"“We are officially retiring as Kurt Busch apologists," team president Geoff Smith said Sunday, “effective today."
Those of you who know me are aware that I was a Kurt Busch fan. I have hats, shirts, stickers, and more to prove it. Hell, even the post right below this talks about how I wanted to be him. I am really having a hard time supporting him through this... he was slowly losing my respect with his punk-ass attitude, but this is just over the top.
This is was gets me: Kurt swears that there was NO alcohol involved at all. WHAT? Why not just say that you weren't even there?! It will be just as believable.
I worked for the police department for 5 years total and I believe the officer over Kurt. Why would the officer lie? If he didn't smell booze, why would he say he did? Kurt has every reason to lie and that's the reason I am out with him. If he admitted he made a mistake and moved on - totally different story. I still wouldn't forget about the whole incident, but lets just say the "healing" could have started. Now, he's just out with me. OUT. Done.
MSNBC AP report here.
I'm in the market for a new driver, and have stared a list:
- Carl Edwards, for obvious reasons and also that I am a former Jeff Burton fan and I like 99.
- Denny Hamlin, I like new comers and he seems clean cut.
- Kasey Kahne, he is a good driver and respected.
- Boris Said, I just like his hair.
In closing, Kurt: "I'm tired of getting ribbed for being a fan of yours. It stops today."
-S. Patrick Kaine
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Have dinner with anyone (living or dead): Tony Robbins
Be this person for a day: Kurt Busch
Website I visit most often: http://del.icio.us/
Cool thing people may not know about me: I was an EMT and firefighter and personally saved a child's life.
Cool thing runner up: Drove a Nextel Cup car at Daytona for 24 laps and went 165 MPH!
First thing I would do with a million dollars if I won it: Buy my Mom a house.
Hobby you are passionate about: Blogging and photography... maybe I'll do something great one day!
One thing I love about myself: Where do I start? My sense of humor.
My dream car: Tough... not really a car guy - but a Mercedes-Benz SL600.
Admired trait in others: Ability to tell a great story, 100% honesty.
Take 3 things to a deserted island: Wireless internet, DirecTV, Becky (not in that order, babe)
On my "to do" list longest: Take my real estate test.
Dream job: C'mon! NASCAR driver.
Besides family, who do you talk to the most? Boom, no doubt.
Most hated famous person: Toss up between Aaron Brown and David Caruso.
Favorite toy/gadget: Toss up between my Treo 600 and my Magellan 760.
Three words you hope people use when describing you: Bastard, no -wait. Scratch that: Friend, driven, fun.
I challenge you bloggers out there: Copy this and use it on your blog. Let people get a little peek into your life. Just make sure your clothes are on when we do. Also, give a little credit over here, would ya?
The Immaculate High School girls' team was celebrating a goal scored in a championship-clinching win Nov. 5. The newspaper's Web site published a photograph of the jubilant team, but said it was celebrating a teammate's decision to "come out of the closet as a lesbian."
The copy editor, who was not identified, was "goofing around". more here
What you are looking at is the last pair of sunglasses that Elvis Presley ever had! Really.
The picture is so small and grainey because I took it with my camera phone while I was at a customer of mine. He is a sunglass broker and was able to secure the spectacles and enclosed them in this glass and brass case.
They currently reside in Lebanon, NJ at his store.
For those of you that wonder: Yes, I did get permission to post these on the blog after he quipped: "What the hell is a blog?"
I have a question to my fellow bloggers: How long ago did you start blogging? Who inspired you to blog? Why do you continue to blog? Do you like or LOVE comments on your blog?
Doesn't it seem like everywhere you look, there are blogs? MSNBC, CNN, etc... I thought blogs were for "us", not them.
Sunday, November 6, 2005
This is the barn in our backyard. This amazing view is what we see from our living room... ahh lucky.
I loved the sunlight on the leaves and the dark clouds in the back...
Saturday, November 5, 2005
They have an actual haunted house maze in their dining room. It's complete with a camera, sound effects, black light, and much more. Truly amazing.