A Major Message
One of my many New Year’s resolutions besides losing a few pounds is to provide my friends, clients and anyone else that would care to read a newsletter. I will pass on as much information as I can to all that is interested on web, email and networking tips, alerts, reviews and just some really cool stuff. Maybe we'll even cover a doggy issue or two along the way.
Major Client of the Month – Deborah Elias, CSEP, CMP, CIS of Elias Events
Deborah Elias, CSEP, CMP, CIS exhibits that characteristic, whether she is dealing with clients or vendors. Since starting her business Elias Events in Houston, she has planned hundreds of amazing events across the United States, and international locations such as Canada, Mexico and Dubai. She is an award-winning event planner with achievements of distinction including twice awarded the International Special Events Society Esprit award and once the exclusive hospitality industry Gala award. She has served on many industry boards including as president of Houston Chapter of the International Special Events Society, the SEARCH Foundation and Special Events Magazine boards and currently sits on the Texas Meeting and Events Advisory Board. She frequently writes for several publications including Culture Map, The Special Event Magazine, Plan It Meetings Magazine, Meetings Management Magazine, and Texas Meeting and Events Magazine. She is frequently sought after for her expertise by various outlets across the country.
Check out Elias Events online - www.eliasevents.com
Scam Alert – (What is a Scam? A fraudulent business scheme)
I want to pass on a scam alert that happened to me recently. I am very thankful that I personally didn’t fall for the scam but it did almost get me. Please notice the bad grammar and broken English in the scammers email.
I received the following email about a week ago:
Hello, Please can you offer a website design for my business?
I'm Helen David. and do you accept card payment?. and do you accept card payment?
I wrote back saying that I could help her and I do accept card payments.
Thanks for your response. Am so glad you responded so i will be glad if you can create my website for me.
Here is the job details for the site i want created.
the business is a salon and spa but it still a small scale business so i need a best of the best layout design for it.
Can you handle that for me ?.
so here is an example site i want you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible
the site would only be informational, so E-commerce functionality is not needed on this site,
so i need you to give me an estimate based on the example site i gave you to check out,
the estimate should include hosting and also i want the site to be on word-press plus
i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant,
whom has the text content and the logos for the site so there wont be any delays.
1. My budget is $2000 to $8,000
2.I want the same exact numbers of pages with the example site i gave you to check
3. i want the domain name as heldavidspa.com, cos i don't have a domain yet
4. Updating of the site will be by you guys
5. the images, logos and content for the site will be provided by me.
6. i want the site up and running before ending of next month.
Kindly get back to me with:
(1) an estimate
(2) Are you the owner ??
I asked her where she was located. If she was in Texas I would have to charge her sales tax. She then sent me her address. I looked it up on Google maps and it was a residential address in Tuscaloosa AL not a business.
Something didn’t seem quite right but I went ahead and submitted a bid for $2,700.00 with a retainer payment for me to get started on the project of $1,000.00. I also sent her a PayPal invoice for her pay the retainer.
The next email I received from her stated:
Okay your price is okay and attractive, i have been hacked on paypal before, please i will be glad if you can sign up for an intuit quickbook account, it is fast and very secure. And i am ready to make the payment.
Well I knew for sure then that there was something wrong so I told her that I would not be able to help her and good luck with the project. She tried several more times to get me to setup an online QuickBooks account but I said no. That was the end of it.
A few days later I received another email for someone else asking about setting up a website for an import export company. I had to laugh. It was word per word almost the exact same text as the first one. Just for fun I sent them a quick bid of $5,000.00 payable in advance to build the website. They wrote back that that was expectable. I sent a $5,000.00 PayPal invoice to them and received back that their credit card had problems with PayPal to please setup an online Intuit QuickBooks account so they could pay.
I found the scam online and found out what the people would do is make an over deposit in your account then ask for the overage back from you. So say I $5,000.00 to do the website the con artist would make a credit card payment of $6,000.00 and contact you saying the extra $1,000.00 was an accounting error and have you just refund the overage back to them.
That was the end of that. Oh, I did write the two people one last time and told them that I knew they are scam artists and I had turned them into the FBI.
The first Scammer wrote to me one last time and stated: Scam? i'm flattered
– What the heck is Spam anyway?
According to wikipedia.org, Email spam, also known as junk email or unsolicited bulk email (UBE), is a subset of electronic spam involving nearly identical messages sent to numerous recipients by email. The messages may contain disguised links that appear to be for familiar websites but in fact lead to phishing web sites or sites that are hosting malware. Spam email may also include malware as scripts or other executable file attachments. Definitions of spam usually include the aspects that email is unsolicited and sent in bulk. One subset of UBE is UCE (unsolicited commercial email). The opposite of "spam", email which one wants, is sometimes called "ham Like other forms of unwanted bulk messaging, it is named for Spam luncheon meat by way of a Monty Python sketch in which Spam is depicted as ubiquitous and unavoidable.
– Update, Update, Update
CMS or Content Management Systems are databased website that most content is displayed in the 21st century. There are many programs to use and pick from. At Major Websites we use a variety of CMS programs to develop a website that fits the client’s needs.
The main problem that I have seen over the years comes from not keeping the program up to date. Many of the CMS programs like Joomla and WordPress will alert you when a new version of the program is available for an update. Updates to new versions of the popular programs are usually done a few times a year with the exception of critical security patches that are sent out as needed. By updating the program you will help to plug any holes that hackers found to get in to damage or ad viruses to you wonderful website. So the bottom line is to update, update and update your website. Oh, did I mention you need to update?
Social Media Tip – Too Much Information
Let’s say you are going out of town for a two week much needed vacation. Would you place an ad in the paper telling everyone that you are out of town and your house has no one home? Of Corse not, So why would you post on Facebook write a Tweet that you are off to have fun for a while. Criminals are just waiting and looking for you to make that mistake so they can come into your home while you are gone and clean you out. While on vacation take some great pictures to share with everyone but wait tell you get back to make everyone envious about your trip. Upload your awesome images and your shots of your new sunburn when you get back.
Networking – From networking Guru Joann Cooper
Networking has been called the way to do business it the 21st century.
Networking is a reciprocal process based on the exchange of ideas, advice, contacts and referrals. It is a social activity that most of us do every day as we exchange information with others. To turn a casual networking process into a valuable resource, however, it is necessary to "systematize" this process. It is a powerful way of building professional relationships and generating new business opportunities. The more relationships you build, the more you increase your referral network, bolster your reputation, and improve the quality of your client base. In fact, just one relationship can provide a vast source of referrals and substantial income over a professional career. Professionals must realize that networking is an important, invaluable and essential activity for every professional. If you are not doing something about networking right now, it is likely that you are curtailing your future prospects and ultimately harming your career.
A Joann Cooper tip:
Handle business cards with respect. Give your card only to those you really want to connect with. Ask for permission to "exchange" business cards, rather than say "here's my card, please do business with me." Your new contact will be more receptive in connecting with you.
Just for Fun
– How much does the Internet weigh?
According to Vsauce, a YouTube channel by using some very rough math, it's been estimated that the internet weighs about the same as a medium-sized egg. The weight of all the electrons in motion that make up the internet at any one moment is equivalent to 50 grams.
The Dog Bone – Meds for less.
(If a dog didn't have fleas they would have nothing to do.)
Any of you that have followed me on Facebook know that my very best friend is my little dog Harry. Harry’s main problem is he attracts fleas. Harry is a flea magnet and the horrible little bugs really upsets him. He will cry, whine and scratch all night long. There have been many of nights that I have had to have him next to me in bed just so I could rub his coat so he could get some sleep. Well there is a pill that we tried from his vet called Capstar. It works great and just about right away to kill the fleas. The only problem is that it costs $7.00 per pill at the Vets and is just a short term solution. I would gladly pay it to help my little best friend. Being a web guy I decided search the internet to see if I could find the pills at a little less cost. I did find it. After the coupon code I paid $18.25 with free shipping for 6 pills from a website called www.budgetpetcare.com
. I showed the site to my Vet and they couldn’t find anything wrong with ordering the pills for that site so I did place an order. It did take 14 days to get to me because the medication was coming from London England but it was well worth the wait. At the end of this month I will be able to change his medication to a monthly pill called Trifexis.
That is it for now, See you on the Web.
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