Nigerian Scam – Woman Scammed Out Of US$500K On Christian Dating Site

A 66-year-old Californian meets a man claiming to be Irish. Before she knows it, she is embroiled in a Nigerian scam.

You can’t look them in the eyes. That’s the difference between meeting someone online and meeting them in real life.

One California woman might be wishing that she had looked her online date in the eyes, before she parted with $500,000. As CBS San Francisco reports, the 66-year-old woman met a man on She thought he was an Irishman working on a Scottish oil rig. He turned out to be a Nigerian man who had only one thing on his mind. Sadly, that one thing was money.

Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourland said that the woman fell victim to “the love drug.”

The man, who claimed his name was David Holmes, asked her for $300,000 to help him start an oil business. It’s hard enough to give any money — let alone that amount — to someone you know. But to give it to someone whose eyes you’ve never looked at live shows a true love narcosis.

Fortunately, she wired him another $200,000.

It was this wire that allowed police to encounter Wisdom Onokpite. The woman sent the money to a Turkish bank and when Onokpite walked into the bank to withdraw the money, the authorities were alerted. It turned out that he was an accomplice of the man who had enchanted the woman — with a profile picture of a male model — on Christian Mingle. That man has still not been caught.

At least the woman got this $200,000 back.

It’s so easy to accuse those caught in this way of being naive or even stupid. It’s easy to laugh at someone who might think that a Christian dating site is somehow immune from those who prey on the vulnerable. But loneliness can drive every human being to a level of distraction that turns their actions into wild expressions of the most unlikely hope.

Why not now? Why not him? Why not me? It’s always worth, though, seeing what your hope looks like in real life first.


Culled from CNET


Samsung Galaxy S3 And The Case Of Failed SanDisk Memory Cards

SandiskMicroSD1copy-thumb-640xauto-1471I have used 2 (Two) 32GB Sandisk Memory cards with my Samsung Galaxy S3 in the space of 5 months, both dying out on me suddenly, taking away with them valuable data. The last happened just last week.

I was very worried and even considered the possibility that the cards were fakes. However, common sense told me the cards were most likely the real deal because they were bought from BestBuy. Idid a quick search on the internet, on the off chance that some whiz kid with some oracle may have found a solution i could benefit from. What i found was very revealing.

They were tales of woes of how Samsung flagship phones and tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 (perhaps the S4 too?) and Galaxy note, have ruined their microSD cards. If you were lucky, you would get some warning signs – your card acting up for a while, starting and stopping intermittently before failing permanently. It will stop being recognized by any computer or phone.

However, most do not get this warning.

Rumour even has it that the issue is not limited to Sandisk MicroSD brands alone. Apparently, something in the phone is destroying these cards. CNET even published an article on this issue in March 2013.

Unfortunately, no solution has been proffered by Sandisk or any other microSD manufacturer. For now, we can only hope and wait.

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Android – The Home of Malicious Softwares

A new study from Juniper finds that Android is the hardest hit by malicious apps but says iOS could be vulnerable as well.

Android has gotten a lot of negative buzz for its susceptibility to malware. But a new study from Juniper Networks suggests that iOS could also be at risk.

Scanning hundreds of thousands of applications across the mobile landscape for its 2011 Mobile Threats Report, Juniper uncovered more than 28,000 pieces of malware last year, a rise of 155 percent from 2010.

As expected, Android was the post popular target.

Malware aimed at Google’s mobile OS surged to 13,000 samples at the end of last year from only 400 in June, an increase of 3,325 percent. The platform’s leading market share and the lack of control over the apps found in Android app stores have attracted more malware writers.

Before 2011, most mobile malware was targeted at Nokia’s Symbian and Java ME, which runs on feature phones. But since then, Juniper has witnessed a huge shift toward Android.

Juniper’s database didn’t include malware samples for iOS, not necessarily because none exist, but because Apple doesn’t release such data or open its platform for such analysis.

“While malicious applications on the iOS platform are limited in large part due to Apple’s closed application marketplace and stringent screening model, it does not necessarily make it fundamentally more secure,” Juniper said in its report released on Tuesday. “For one, when a user ‘jailbreaks’ their device by removing the limitations on the operating system, the device can be susceptible to malicious applications downloaded from third-party sources.”

In fact, an IOS security flaw was discovered in November that allowed apps to download potentially malicious unsigned code. Apple patched the flaw with its iOS 5.0.1 update. And an app exploiting this type of flaw would’ve been rejected during Apple’s approval process. But the incident did show that even iOS isn’t invulnerable.

Further, Apple doesn’t provide developers with the tools to create anti-malware apps, according to the report. The company may feel secure and justified in not allowing such development. However, such a policy could prove problematic should any risky apps manage to sneak through Apple’s approval process.

“This lack of software protection and a competitive security market leaves users with little protection if malware were ever to make it through Apple’s application vetting process,” Juniper noted. “In the long run, this could create a false sense of security for Apple users and prove to be an even bigger risk than Android’s open model.”

Android Market alone has seen its share of misbehaving apps. But Juniper uncovered a large number of malicious apps from third-party Android app stores, which aren’t protected by Google’s new Bouncer service, a tool that can scan Android Market for malware.

Google’s open-source platform for Android also means that it’s up to device makers and carriers to push out security patches, a process that can take a long time.

“Many device manufacturers build customized versions of the Android operating system and, as a result, certain devices do not receive – or must wait months to receive – security updates,” Juniper said. “This means that even patched security vulnerabilities and new security features may not get pushed to all devices, making them less secure and more vulnerable to malware.”

The bad guys themselves became more sophisticated last year, tricking Android users into downloading their dirty work. DroidKungFu sneaked past detection by using encrypted payloads, while Droid Dream masqueraded as a legitimate app.

Google itself was kept quite busy last year removing malware from Android Market and from mobile devices.

The company has tried to keep up by jettisoning the malicious apps as quickly as possible. But the discovery process can sometimes take days, Juniper noted, leaving more than enough time for the payloads to infect smartphones and tablets. That’s one key reason why Google has implemented its Bouncer scanner.



35 Percent Of Tablet Owners Take Theirs To The Toilet

There’s almost no place a tablet won’t go these days–more than a third of slate owners say they’ve even taken their tab into the bathroom with them.

No word on whether the old-school print magazines and newspapers of the world consider this new development to be a slight or a relief.

The finding comes from a June online survey of 200 tablet users at companies of various sizes by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of the office supply company. It found that the tablet trend is leading to more productivity, both in the potty and beyond.

In addition to the 35 percent of respondents who admitted to touch-screen multitasking in the loo, 78 percent use a tablet in bed and 30 percent use theirs in restaurants. Sixty percent of users also said they take their tablet with them on vacation and use it to check in or do work.

Three-quarters of tablet owners use their slate to check e-mail, while a third are reviewing and editing documents via their touch screens.

“Tablets offer fantastic convenience and a better work/life balance, making it easy for employees to keep information with them and utilize business apps, no matter where they go.” says Ed Ludwigson, vice president and general manager for Staples Technology Solutions, in a statement.

Indeed, nothing says productivity like taking care of business…while taking care of business.