On 21st October, whilst I was at the Brightwells’ Cob Sales, at Builth, an email addressed to one of my clients popped up in my emails on my phone. From my phone I couldn’t tell why it arrived in my inbox, but when I returned to the office I discovered that the email address it was sent to was not quite correct, so had been forwarded to me as account administrator.
The email itself, initially appeared to be genuine and, as my client is a well respected business, I was surprised by the content. The email also had attached a Word document. I would imagine it was intended to make my client’s so enraged by the content that he would open the attachment without thinking.
At my office, in a controlled environment, I further investigated the email and the attachment. I discovered several things wrong with the content of the email itself, but the main problem was with the attachment, which contained an encrypted file. Had my client opened the attachment on a poorly protected computer, with possibly an earlier version of Word, his computer would almost certainly have been infected by an exploit contained in the word file.
I now have my client’s permission to show you the email (with his company name and address hidden) so that you can appreciate what I am talking about.
I cannot over emphasise that you should be careful opening attachments on any unexpected emails, particularly attachments that are Word documents or compressed files (.zip etc). You might also like to take a look at http://www.eqwebs.com/index.php/faq/9-internetsafety .
Here is the email
21st October 2016
To: Xxxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxxxxx (Address: Xxx Xxxx Xxxx, Xxxxxxxx)
Our client: Ace Engineering & Fencing (UK) Ltd (Address: 55 Sovereign Arcade, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 9JG)
Agreement Dated: 10/12/2015
Further to consultation with our above-named client in connection with the recovery of the amount of £7278
which has been outstanding for some significant period of time, despite our client’s repeated
requests for payment. In such circumstances, we have advised our client that they are entitled to present a Petition to the
High Court of Justice praying for the compulsory winding up of your company, pursuant to Section 122 (1)(f) of the Insolvency Act 1986,
in view of your obvious inability to make payment.
Our instructions are such that unless within 5 business days of the date of this letter we receive payment in our favour for the full amount due,
then such a Petition will be issued, served and advertised without further notice or warning.
Further info is attached to this letter.
Any correspondence from you must quote the name of our client, your own name and the reference number set out above in the letter and
in the document containing the payment details which letter refers you to. If any of these details are omitted, it may be that your
correspondence cannot be dealt with and the proceedings referred to above will automatically follow.
Businessplus+ Accountants UK Ltd.
I’ve just had a very interesting phone call from a gentleman with an India accent, though the accent isn’t important as it could have been from anyone. He stated that he was calling from Microsoft and that they were concerned about a number of network faults showing up on my computer. At this point I told him that I was not interested in his SCAM and put the phone down. I would urge anyone who receives a similar call to do the same.
If I had continued the call he would have almost certainly “persuaded” me that it was imperative that I download something so that he could look at my computer to clear the problem. Once he had access to my computer we would have been able to seek out personal information on the computer, install spyware etc. and cause all types of problems. As well as this I have heard that this type of scam frequently involves paying a fee (by card) to fix the “problems”.
Please be aware that Microsoft does not cold call anyone about faults on computers. Don’ fall for this SCAM.
.cymru & .wales domain name registrations are now available for public registration using our automated system. However, if you wish to place an order for identical .cymru and .wales please contact us by phone on 0845 6585 444 or 01443 879777 or by email by clicking HERE.
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If you have Welsh Business Priority and wish to apply now please contact us by phone on 0845 6585 444 or 01443 879777 or by email by clicking HERE.
A recent automatic operating system update on all of our web servers has necessitated a change to the publishing configuration for any clients publishing their website with Expression Web.
Previously the Directory box was left empty – it should now contain ../../../web – please make this change and save the publishing configuration.
It has been noted that Microsoft FrontPage 2013 does not work with this directory configuration and we would advise all clients still using FrontPage to upgrade to ExpressionWeb. Other than being a different colour on screen, ExpressionWeb is very similar to FrontPage, especially if you customise it as directed in our tutorial.
Expression Web is now available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center – click HERE to go to the download page. Please also see our “Editing Your Website” tutorial at http://www.eqwebs.com/client/Editing your website with Microsoft Expression Web 3 or 4.pdf.
Eqwebs Ltd trading as Equestrian Websites was today awarded Accredited Registrar status by Nominet (the .uk domain name authority). To date there are only 51 of over 4,700 Nominet Registrars who hold Accredited Status. This status is only awarded to those registrars who prove that they can meet the highest standards set by Nominet. This is an exceptional achievement for us as most Accredited Registrars are the “big” companies in the domain name industry.
Microsoft have recently announced significant changes to their development of Expression Studio and of particular interest to our clients is the following statement from the Microsoft website:-
The web is now about applications as well as traditional web sites, and this requires a new set of tools. Microsoft is committed to offering a unified approach to focus on web design and development features in Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.
Expression Web is now available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center, and no new versions will be developed. Customers who previously purchased Expression Web will receive support through the established support lifecycle.
To go directly to the Microsoft Download Page for Expression Web click HERE
In addition to our html websites, that we have been providing to our clients since 1999, and our EqwebsCMS websites (since 2011) we are now able to provide and support Joomla (and WordPress) websites. Our new Customer Support Website is a Joomla website and this blog is in WordPress.
Please contact us directly to hear about the features available and the pricing on our Joomla websites.