Scam alerts! What you need to know!

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!
It’s all about scam alerts!

1. The eronious email with an attached invoice –
This scam comes in the form of an email telling you that you are been sent
an invoice as requested and that you need to read the attached.
Of course, you never requested such an invoice and if you make the blunder
to detach this file and read it then you know what?
You have just opened up your system to unknown hackers because this file
contains software that is designed to corrupt your system in a huge way.
Just delete this.

2. The strange parking ticket –
This comes from the folks at EasyPark | Wise Parking Solutions
Take a read of this email’s text.
Notice to Driver
Parking attendant No: 10548 had objective cause to suppose that the
following violation
of the terms and conditions of parking occurred on our client’s private land
(Specifics
of which were clearly and prominently displayed and agreed to by the driver
by the act
of parking the vehicle).
Parking Fine Details
Penalty Charge Date:
19/03/2017
Note number:
4875323CA
Penalty Charge Amount:
$90.00
14 Day Early Pay Discount:
$0.00
Additional payments
$0.00
Total now due: $90.00
Payment options and photos available by links:
PAY PARKING CHARGE
VIEW PHOTOGRAPHS
EasyPark | Wise Parking Solutions
How do we know that this is a scam?
The recipient of this email does not drive let alone own a car.

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Scam watch! scams of the week

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!

1. the Canada post scam –
We received an email supposedly from Canada Post today letting us know that
they tried to deliver a package to us on Sunday March 12. However, this
date is a bit suspect because we do not believe that Canada Post delivers on
Sunday.
Moreover, there was someone here on Sunday so this claim is not true.
Now, this may or may not be a scam but never the less we are a bit
suspicious because of the following text quoted from the mail.
“*** If that link don’t work, you should move this message from Junk folder
to Inbox. ***”
We’ll let you be the judge.

2. The Marriott hotel scam –
This scam is no stranger to us because of how it is presently making the
rounds.
You receive a phone call telling you that your phone number has been chosen
to receive a complimentary stay at the Marriott hotel.
You are asked to choose the appropriate option in order to participate but
when you do so all you hear is music for a few seconds and then you are cut
off.
If you attempt to redial the number that called you that number is out of
service.

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How accessible are those crash course programs?

Greetings and I am Scott Savoy; managing editor at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca.
Today I am delighted to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
Donna J. Jodhan takes time to raise a very important issue and concern.
This being whether or not those crash course programs being offered by
community colleges are accessible or not.
A very interesting topic and I now urge you to read on.
Enjoy this March weekend.

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How accessible are those crash course programs?
By Donna J. Jodhan

These days they are being called boot camps and in reality they probably are
based on the requirements. You see, the mode of education has now changed
to include many colleges and schools offering crash courses to post high
school students.

These courses require students to pay a lot of money in return for diplomas
and certificates and the students are being required to study for very long
hours daily in order to complete their programs. Additionally, these
institutions are promising high paying jobs to successful applicants upon
completion of these diploma programs.

I’ll make it very clear that I am not hear to criticize this concept in any
way shape or form but I am wondering out loud if the creators of this
concept have included accommodations for students with disabilities?

Maybe someone out there could answer this for me or if any of these colleges
or schools see my editorial they are welcomed to contact me to discuss
further. It would thrill me so much if their responses were in the positive
but I have a somewhat sneaking suspicion that maybe and just maybe they
probably have not based on the fact that their end product is to turn out
students in as a quick turn around time as possible to go after those
promised jobs and may not be geared to an inclusive environment.

Now, if I am wrong then I would be more than happy to admit it but if I am
correct then we may have a huge problem on our hands here; this being yet
another barrier to education for students with disabilities.

Several years ago my attention was drawn to an ad on TV being sponsored by
the CSSD, the Canadian Society for Social Development. In this ad, the CSSD
announced that they were seeking disabled students for enrolment in a course
sponsored by them called Internet Business Development for Entrepreneurs
(IBDE) Web Design Training.

Now, I am going to reproduce for you an extract from an editorial that I
wrote in September of 2008 and hopefully at the end of it all you’ll see why
I am again raising similar concerns.

Extract begins here:
I was quite interested in this ad and as a visually impaired systems
engineer with an extensive background in programming, I wanted to know more
so I visited the www.cssd-web.org website and followed the trail to the
www.ibde.ca website to learn more. At the www.ibde.ca website I learned
that the program in question was indeed opened to disabled entrepreneurs of
Canada but curiosity got the better of me and I decided to contact them to
find out if they accepted blind and visually impaired applicants. Lo and
behold! I was in for the surprise of my life!

Before taking any further action I checked and rechecked the CSSD’s mission
statement which is as follows:
Mission Statement
To ensure equal opportunities for all Canadians, the CSSD, using internet
based technologies, will provide entrepreneurial training and will enhance
employability for persons experiencing barriers to employment.

I wrote to Mary Alton, the student coordinator and she confirmed the
following:
(Extract from her note to me)
Hi Donna,
Thank you for your inquiry.
CSSD offers the IBDE Web Design Program, a 6 month online program that
teaches individuals the skills necessary to build web sites. Our next
intake for the program is November 1, 2008-May 1, 2009. This program is
designed for individuals who want to start their own small business
designing web sites or those wishing to build their own website to sell
products or services via the internet.
Go to our website at www.ibde.ca/about for details about our program.
We determine suitability for the program on an individual basis during a
one-on-one telephone interview. We do accept students that are visually
impaired however it can be no greater than a 30% vision loss.
(End of extract)

Imagine my surprise when I read these very blunt and cutting words. Here in
Canada? Was I really reading this correctly? Was someone really daring to
tell me that despite their mission statement, I was being deliberately
excluded because I had vision loss of more than 30%? I was determined to
get more out of this lady and decided to follow up with a phone call and
true to form she echoed the sentiments of her note and added a few
additional zingers.

MS Alton informed me that their instructors had determined that it was not
feasible for access technology such as Jaws to work with their software.
She added that it was too costly to change the structure of the course in
order to accommodate a person with greater than 30% loss of vision. She
affirmed that the program had no plans to change this policy in the near
future and when I asked her if her instructors had consulted anyone with
accessibility expertise, the answer was a firm no.

This phone call greatly disturbed me for the following reasons.
MS Alton was very blunt and definite with her remarks. She seemed
completely oblivious to the fact that her statements were discriminatory and
it is not that she did not care or that she was heartless! No, quite the
opposite. She just did not believe that her message was in any way
offensive or out of line. This lady was extremely friendly in her manner,
very courteous, and this scared me because I was hearing from someone that
what the CSSD was doing was completely acceptable despite the fact that it
was outright discriminatory!

When I pointed out to her that under the charter of rights, all Canadians
had to be accommodated equally, she simply
swept my statement aside without seeming to understand why I was so
surprised. When I told her that if the Federal
government was funding them, it meant that they had to accommodate all
Canadians with disabilities, she simply ignored me.
When I told her that whenever the Federal government got involved in the
funding of any project, they had an obligation to make it accessible to all
Canadians, her reaction was that in this case they did not.
When I suggested that they should change their mission statement to say that
their course was opened to Canadians with disabilities except those with
greater than 30% vision loss, she simply dismissed my suggestion like
someone swatting a fly.

Here is a list of the funders of this course:
Human Resources Development Canada
• Government of Canada Logo
• Vancouver Foundation Logo
• Selkirk College Logo
• CFDA Logo

Here is a list of the partners to this course:
• CCRW Logo
• Neil Squire Logo
• eBC Logo
• Microsoft
• ReBOOT Canada

This whole affair has the smattering of once again, blind and visually
impaired Canadians are being deliberately ignored and if we allow this kind
of thing to continue then we’ll have no one else to blame but ourselves when
we are left behind. It amazes me that such impressive lists of funders and
partners are not aware that blind and visually impaired Canadians are being
treated like this or is it that they don’t really care either? Some thing
is terribly wrong with this picture and we need to do something about it
now!

My two cents worth for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca and I would
be delighted to send you an electronic copy of our latest newsletter. Or
you can view all of our newsletters at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.takeanother5.com.
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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Meet the rainbow color identifier and light detector

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.takeanother5.com!
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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Meet the rainbow color identifier and light detector
developers: pam and charles edmonson
name of company: edmonson engineering
stationed in palm beach california
phone: 760-329-0282
cost $70.00
this divice fits in the palm of your hand. it is almos the same size as the
nls free money identifiers.
there is one small button on the back.
one end has the window to be pressed against an item to determine it’s
color.
press the small button and immediately the color is spoken.
holding eh button in for around a second will change volume. increasing and
decresing the volume is done by letting go of the button and then press and
hold again. there is no way to go back if you miss a specific loudness.
you
must just circle around agin.
the unit only cost $70.00.this identifier has been the most accurate of any
i’ve tried over 30 years.

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What makes entrepreneurship too large?

Hi there! I am pleased to bring you two weekly features:
In the end zone with the entrepreneur and
Scam Alerts.
You can listen to these two features plus more by visiting and downloading
my weekly podcast at www.takeanother5.com as well as going to iTunes.
Enjoy!
Donna J. Jodhan

In the end zone with the entrepreneur
What makes entrepreneurship too large?

This is often the case when someone makes the mistake to start off too big.
You need to keep this in mind when you start giving serious consideration to
entrepreneurship. Here are some important points to ponder.

Over extension of resources and commitment –
This is when you spread your resources too thin amongst your tasks and then
on top of this you commit to too many things all at once.

Borrowing too much and not considering how to pay back in a timely manner –
This is when you go out there and borrow without having first made a plan as
to how you would be paying back your loan and in what time frame. Remember
now; too many financial or lending institutions are only too eager to lend
you money and it is up to you to be responsible for your own financial
welfare. Never depend on others to be responsible for what you yourself
must be responsible for.

Over budgeting –
This is when you simply over budget; making too many assumptions as opposed
to considering the real facts.

Business plan was not well thought out –
This is when you probably did not take enough time to develop your business
plan as you were probably too much in a hurry to move ahead. As they say:
“Hurry birds do not build very good nests.”

Having depended too heavily on others –
This is when you probably depended too heavily on the promises and
commitments and somehow in the midst of it all promises and commitments were
not met and you were left holding the bag so to speak. Your
entrepreneurship plans were heavily based on promises and commitments by
others.

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A scam alert
Be ware of the insurance sales person

They could show up at your door or they could call you.
On the phone they may call you by your first or last name and they would
have gotten this from any source. The phone book is usually the primary
source of research for these types of scammers be it online or print or even
in the comfort of a public library.

Here are some of the promises that they may try to reel you in with.
They promise to give you super rates for fantastic packages.
Anything ranging from house insurance to disability insurance.
Medical insurance to life insurance.

Now comes the crunch!
They can either claim to represent a reputable firm or more disasterous they
tell you that they are an independent agent.

If they say that they are independent; simply ignore and turn away.
If they claim to represent a reputable firm,
Then check out their credentials before you do anything.

You need to insist on meeting them face to face if they call you on the
phone.
Additionally and most important; and at their company’s offices.
If they refuse, simply ignore them and hang up.

Until next week then!
I’m Donna J. Jodhan

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Scam watch! the latest scams making the rounds!

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!

1. The say yes phone scam
Okay, we think that this is probably one of the most infuriating, yet
diligent phone scams that we have seen in quite some time.
If you receive a phone call asking you if you can hear the caller, simply
hang up and go about your business for if you make the very simple but
costly error to say yes then here is what will surely take place.
Your yes response would be recorded and within a few minutes you will
receive a second call informing you that you have agreed to the purchase and
payment of something extremely costly.
Something that you never purchased let alone agreed to pay for.
Of course, you did not agree to anything but the scammer captured your voice
saying yes and now you are in a bit of trouble.
Just put the phone down and do not engage the caller in any further
conversation.
That’s the end of the story!

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Behind the pages of Donna’s travel diary

Greetings! I’m Christian Robicheau and welcome to the marvelous month of
March. We’re back after a bit of a break and we hope that wherever you are,
it is turning out to be a great weekend for you.
For this week, I am delighted to share our president’s weekly editorial with
you and today we go behind the pages of Donna J. Jodhan’s travel diary.
An appropriate editorial in light of March break week.
Enjoy!

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Behind the pages of Donna’s diary
By Donna J. Jodhan

Hi everyone: For the past few years I have been producing a feature called
“from the pages of Donna’s diary” and now I believe that it is time for me
to tell you a bit about myself so you can learn more about me.

I live and work in Toronto Canada and for most of my life I have spent
countless hours on planes, trains, and in cars on the road. I was born with
very limited vision, received a cornea transplant when I was a teenager, and
lost almost all of my vision in 2004.

I have experienced many challenges through out my traveling life but on the
other hand I have also been extremely privileged to have spent so many
pleasurable hours on sandy beaches, cross country skiing, and on crowded
streets in busy cities.

As far back as I could remember, traveling for me was a part of my world.
Treasured memories of so many trips with my family when I was growing up.
Traveling with friends on business and for pleasure and traveling alone to
conferences all make up a plethora of experiences for me.

My very first trip with my family was when we traveled to England on a
cruise line and I was just a very wee one then. I can still remember some
of this trip despite my age of four years. We stayed with my aunt and uncle
for six months in England before returning home.

Then the many road trips with the family spending so many hours on sandy
beaches and that never forget trip to South America when I was a teen.

My trip with my parents after I graduated from university to New York,
London, Liverpool, and across to Europe where customs agents were more
interested in asking me about then Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot
Trudeau and his wife Margaret.

Then my travel adventures when I was all grown up; to conferences on my own
and with friends. A trip with my friend Jackie to participate in a chess
tournament for blind players in Windermere in 2014 and my annual vacation to
sweet St Lucia with my mom.

I have traveled to several islands in the Caribbean. To South and Central
America. Across Canada, to California, New York, Boston, and Florida, and
to Europe.

I learned so much when I studied in Liverpool for one year and nothing could
ever replace the knowledge that I have gained by being a somewhat world
traveler promising myself to travel once more to Europe next year to visit
certain World War sites in Poland, France, Belgium, Germany, and England.

I have seen and heard so many things. I have experienced airport and
airline staff go out of their way to assist me as a blind passenger but at
the same time I have seen absolute sadness with untrained agents not knowing
how to relate to and communicate with passengers with disabilities choosing
instead to show me disrespect and treatment bordering on recklessness and
willfulness.

I continue to experience those ill trained agents who honestly believe that
a blind passenger’s desire to be given escort assistance rather than be
forced to sit in a wheelchair should be ignored and disrespected. I
continue to fight against those airports whose managers believe that it is
more beneficial to take me to court over complaints that I have raised over
their ineptness rather than working with me to fix systemic weaknesses.

I continue to enjoy those hotel staff who go out of their way to ensure that
my vacations are filled with fun, pleasure, boundless laughter, and so much
more and I continue to meet service desk personnel who go out of their way
to ensure that my stays and conferences at their facilities will ensure that
I return again.

The experiences for me continue to be filled with new adventures each time I
travel. There are absolute differences for me between when I had limited
vision, when I received a whack of new vision, and now that I have precious
little vision.

This is me and this is who I am and this is who I will continue to be as I
continue to bring you my experiences from the pages of Donna’s diary.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.

To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca and I would
be delighted to send you an electronic copy of our latest newsletter. Or
you can view all of our newsletters at
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.takeanother5.com.
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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Scam watch! Scams making the rounds for this week

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!

1. The RBc Royal Bank of Canada scam –
If you receive an email that is similar to the text below then you know what
to do!
Ignore it completely and delete it.
No financial institution would ever send you such an email.
Here is the text.
*****
Account Documents
Please find attached your secure documents. Please review, complete and
return completed documents
via email to RBCOffice@rbcroyalbank.com.
If you have any queries relating to the above, feel free to contact us at:
RBCOffice@rbcroyalbank.com .
This e-mail is confidential. It may also be legally privileged. If you are
not the addressee you may not
copy, forward, disclose or use any part of it. If you have received this
message in error, please delete it
and all copies from your system and notify the sender immediately by return
e-mail. Internet
communications cannot be guaranteed to be timely. The sender does not accept
liability for any errors or
omissions.

2. the one & one scam –
This email is once again making the rounds but we can tell you that it is
nothing but a scam.
The text is pasted below.
Simply delete this email!
Here is the text.
*****
Dear Customer,
Due to recent upgrade in our server we request all
customer to verify there account.
Verify Now
Thank you for being a loyal customer.
I hope that you enjoy using your 1&1 domain and
all that 1&1 Web mail has to offer.
Sincerely,
Sebastian Gonzalez
Head of Customer Service

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Meet the Blindfold Dominoes app

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.takeanother5.com!
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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Meet the Blindfold Dominoes app
(Free with In- App Purchases)

And whoever said that the game of dominoes could not be played on your i
device? No? Wrong! Now it can certainly be played and you know what?
Lots of fun is just waiting for you to grab it!

Blindfold Dominoes is a fully accessible Dominoes tile game for
both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play.

Blindfold Dominoes comes with a blocking game, where you and up to 3
computer opponents each place a
matching domino on the table until one player runs out of tiles, or no one
can move. The winner gets the points
of the losing players tiles.

You can customize the game to your liking: how much extra information is
spoken and how quickly it is spoken,
how many sound effects are used amongst other things. And you can
post your high scores to Twitter or Facebook.

Read Blindfold Dominoes’ AppleVis iOS App
Directory entry for more information
Visit Blindfold Dominoes’ page on the App
Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-dominoes/id1028906591?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

Just go out there now and visit your friendly app store!

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Can one be too young to be an entrepreneur?

Hi there! I am pleased to bring you two weekly features:
In the end zone with the entrepreneur and
Scam Alerts.
You can listen to these two features plus more by visiting and downloading
my weekly podcast at www.takeanother5.com as well as going to iTunes.
Enjoy!
Donna J. Jodhan

In the end zone with the entrepreneur
Can one be too young to be an entrepreneur?
Absolutely not!

From the child who decides to have a lemonade stand to the one who does baby
sitting and from the one who helps seniors to cross the street to the one
delivering newspapers! All of these initiatives can be considered to be
entrepreneurial ventures.

I believe that you would be absolutely amazed to know how eager and willing
our kids are to become entrepreneurs in their own right and way. It could
start as a volunteer venture; the help of seniors to cross the street or
from the little one who simply wants to sell lemonade on a hot summer’s day.

So much satisfaction could be derived from seeing your kids become little
entrepreneurs and think of the huge smiles on their faces when they achieve
success as they see it.

It is never a bad idea to instill entrepreneurship into your kids and they
are never too young to start.
From the little boy who decides to catch birds and then sell them.
The little girl who makes jewelry from those jewelry kits and then sells
them to her peers.
The little one who offers their services to help an elderly person with
their groceries.
The one who cat or dog sits.
The one who helps adults in their gardens.
The one who walks dogs.
Tons of examples for you to consider.

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A scam alert
You are being invoiced

This alert is for those who buy and sell products and services on the
Internet.
You receive an email telling you that you need to take care of an invoice
and if you do not recognize the sender, then please delete.

Or if you are very sure that you do not need to take care of payment for any
invoice, then you need to delete this email as quickly as you can.

If you make the mistake to reply then you have just compromised your email
and then the trouble starts. How could this be? Very simple!

If you reply to this email to let them know that they have the wrong person,
they will simply use your email address to start doing research on you. You
would be amazed to know what results the Internet can yield when it comes
to giving out info on you based on your email.

Another path for these so-called hackers and scammers to use would be to now
take your email address and to start sending you emails that are loaded with
attachments that can potentially cause great damage to your system.

Until next week then!
I’m Donna J. Jodhan

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