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Published on Sep 8, 2016
Donald Trump Tips for Success, Think Big [ INSPIRATIONAL ]
An old recording, but still great and inspiring thoughts
10 Tips For Success By Donald Trump
1.Never Give Up. Do not settle for remaining in your comfort zone. Remaining complacent is a good way to get nowhere.
2. Be passionate! If you love what you’re doing, it will never seem like work.
3. Be focused! Ask yourself: What should I be thinking about right now? Shut out interference. In this age of multitasking, this is a valuable technique to acquire.
4. Keep your momentum! Listen, apply and move forward. Do not procrastinate.
5. See yourself as victorious! That will focus you in the right direction.
6. Be tenacious! Being stubborn can work wonders.
7. Be lucky! The old saying, “The harder I work, the luckier I get” is absolutely right on.
8. Believe in yourself! If you don’t, no one else will either. Think of yourself as a one-man or one-woman army.
9. Ask yourself: What am I pretending not to see? There may be some great opportunities right around you, even if things aren’t looking so great. Great adversity can turn into great victory.
10. Look at the solution, not the problem. And never give up! Never never never give up. This thought deserves to be said (and remembered and applied) many times. It’s that important.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Published on Mar 4, 2014
Forbes:"If indeed, $50 billion was lost, as apparently Madoff claims, it is the largest such fraud in history, and one that might even shame the conman whose name is attached to this brand of deception. In 1920, Charles Ponzi, an Italian immigrant, began advertising that he could make a 50% return for investors in only 45 days. Incredibly, Ponzi began taking in money from all over New England and New Jersey. By July of 1920, he was making millions as people mortgaged their homes and invested their life savings. As with all frauds, he was discovered to have a jail record and was indicted on 86 counts of fraud. Some tens of millions of dollars were invested with him."
In the streamlined (if somewhat simplified) opening of Ripped Off: Madoff and the Scamming of America, it is noted that "he puts a face on what we've all been feeling." It's a succinct and accurate characterization of the man who ran an elaborate, decades-long Ponzi scheme, bilking countless private investors and charities out of an estimated $65 billion dollars. The disclosure of his fraud, in the midst of the worst economic landscape since the Great Depression, grafted the face of a real-life villain onto the greed and excess of the Bush years--it's hard to personify (or even understand) a credit default swap or a NINA loan, but this was a guy that we could point at and say, "Him! Get him!"
The History Channel's short documentary examination of the Madoff scandal utilizes interviews with journalists, historians, and victims, in addition to some excellent archival footage (particularly those chilling tapes of Madoff holding court in the late 1990s as a wise elder statesman of the financial world). The special contains some valuable biographical information, not only of Madoff's humble beginnings as a Queens-born stock broker, but of Carlo Ponzi (the namesake of the Ponzi scheme) and other con artists who operated in Madoff's style, though perhaps not to his excess.
There's plenty of solid information to be found here--how the lure of the Madoff investment was its exclusivity (he didn't let just anyone throw away their money with him) and it's slow steady performance (one victim notes, quite convincingly, "this was not a get-rich-quick scheme"); the tale of Harry Markopolis, the financial analyst who attempted, for the better part of a decade, to alert the SEC that Madoff was a crook; and the tragic story of Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, the hedge fund operator who responded to the news that his fund's $1.4 billion investment with Madoff wasn't worth the paper it was printed on by slashing his wrists in his Manhattan office.
The documentary moves a breakneck pace, a flurry of images and definitions and images and soundbites, though for all of the information it contains, it occasionally sacrifices nuance for the sake of a quick pulse. The misfortune of Ripped Off is that it follows Frontline's superior examination of the scandal, The Madoff Affair, into the marketplace; that program was simply stronger, with better access to more people on the inside and a more in-depth analysis of the Madoff story. Taken on its own terms, however, Ripped Off is a solid, if less than spectacular, television documentary program.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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by Sid Kirchheimer
After seven long years, the tech support scam continues as a reigning rip-off, generating more reports nationwide to the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline (877-908-3360) than any scheme except the IRS impostor ruse. Microsoft estimates that another 3.3 million Americans will fall victim in 2015, losing an estimated $1.5 billion to fraudsters posing as its or other tech company employees.
The typical scenario is scary enough: Callers (sometimes from overseas boiler rooms) claim that your computer is infected with a dangerous virus, but it’s merely a lie to get payment for fraudulent tech support services and to gain remote access to your files.
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But in the latest twist, tech support scammers have been using ransomware — a type of malware that freezes computers and encrypts files, leaving them inaccessible until a ransom is paid.
In this new dual dupe, uncovered by security software manufacturer Symantec (maker of Norton products), some websites that pitch questionable tech support services are simultaneously dishing out ransomware.
The unwary are often led to these websites via pop-up messages claiming a tech or performance problem, tempting users to download ransomware-laden software or to call a number.
“If a victim falls for the scam and dials the number, professional-sounding call center staff members use the opportunity to install malware or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) onto the user’s computer,” explains Symantec threat analyst Deepak Singh. They do this by persuading targets to visit websites or follow instructions that provide the con artists with remote access to their computers.
“Unfortunate victims could end up paying both the fake tech support scam for ‘help’ and the ransom to decrypt their files.” That amounts to a pretty penny: Tech support scammers charge up to $750 for their nonexistent services (in addition to accessing your files for possible identity theft); ransomware fees are generally between $200 and $10,000, says the FBI.
So ignore pop-up messages claiming you need to download software or “call for support,” and don’t click within the pop-up. The good news: “Most tech support scams that currently operate are browser-based annoyances that can be easily resolved if the victim knows how,” Singh adds. “By manually closing and reopening the browser through Windows Task Manager, users can make their browser usable again. This workaround is likely to be responsible for a lower conversion rate for the scammers.”
Other ways to beat tech support scams:
Know that Microsoft, computer manufacturers and protection-software companies don’t make “personal” phone calls or send email warnings about an infection in a particular computer. When real threats are detected, a security update or warning is usually sent en masse and directly to your computer via the antivirus protection already installed on your machine.
Don’t be fooled if a phony tech support caller knows your name, address or even the operating system you’re using. Cybercrooks select their targets through public phone directories and often guess your operating system by citing more popular ones.
Unless you initiate contact with a trusted technology assistance firm like Geek Squad, never give strangers remote access to your computer. (They may get it by asking you to type a certain code, to download a program they provide or to provide them with your username and password.)
At least once a week, check for updates in your security software, and run scans several times a week. PC users can also check for malware with the Microsoft Safety Scanner and/or install Microsoft Security Essentials, a free program. Mac users should regularly run Software Update.
If you’ve already been swindled in this scam, beware of follow-up messages claiming that you’re entitled to a “refund” for fees you already paid. That’s another maneuver that aims to get your bank account information for a supposed direct-deposit reimbursement. “But instead of putting money in your account,” warns the Federal Trade Commission, “the scammers withdraw money from your account.”
For information about other scams, sign up for the Fraud Watch Network. You’ll receive free email alerts with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud, and gain access to a network of experts, law enforcement and people in your community who will keep you up to date on the latest scams in your area.