Comp-U-News from Comp-U-Talk

December  2014

"If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want." Oscar Wilde



We wish you a Merry Christmas! We wish you a Merry Christmas! We wish you a Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!

Feel free to break out singing. It's ok. This is supposed to be a joyous season. And with that in mind, here are some tips to keep the joy in your holiday shopping:

Tip #1: While shopping online, pay close attention to what site you are on. Scammers have set up copycat sites of popular shopping venues using popular misspellings/mistypings of the original site name. For example: are you shopping on Nordstrom or Nordsrtom?

Tip #2: It doesn't matter if you shop online or not, you will get emails claiming there has been a shipping problem. They might claim to be from FedEx, UPS or the US Mail. And, they are stepping up the ante this year, they are also sending text messages to confirm delivery. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT click on any links or update any information via these messages.

Tip #3: Did you make a big purchase at a big retailer? Are you expecting a refund? If not, then you can safely delete the email claiming there is a large refund coming your direction.

Tip #4: Your fax machine is not immune to scammers. Last week I received a fax from some company claiming to live in Oklahoma. The fax is a bill for $190 for online computer support. Really?? They’re trying to sell computer repair to a computer repair shop! How insane is that? If you have an urge to spend $190 for computer support, please call me. I will gladly "earn" your money.

Tip #5: People are still getting calls from "Windows". I've mentioned this in the past, but I will mention it again; there is no company named "Windows". Windows is a product. It is owned by Microsoft. Microsoft will not call the end user. If you get a call claiming your computer has errors and they just want to help you "clean it up", you have my permission to tell them you own a Mac. Normally, I don't condone lying, but this is the fastest way to get them off the phone.

And finally, a reminder: If you're in business, a new computer makes a great tax deduction. All Comp-U-Talk computers are custom built with your choice of Windows 7 or Windows 8. And when you buy local, you support the local economy and get local support. Added bonus: local support speaks English fluently. Current pricing is here.

Wishing you an abundance of Joy this season,