Sunday, October 2, 2016

How Do You Unsubscribe from 0xb93ebd8b? Impossible to Get Rid of This Spam? So Far, YES!

Every week I get numerous emails from 0xb93ebd8b. When I attempt to unsubscribe, I get a page that looks like this:

But when I put my email address into the white box, and click the Unsubscribe button, NOTHING happens. And when I send this email,

I get a warning that asks me to check the recipients. How can anybody end the relentless month-after-month-after-month deluge of emails that come from a site that obviously hides behind a very weird combination of numbers and letters – 0xb93ebd8b? 

By contacting the Federal Trade Commission! They will help! That’s their job, right? 


Since the email address doesn’t link to an actual email address, they may not be able to help. I gave it a try, but because I get so many emails from 0xb93ebd8b, I seriously cannot spend hours every day sending ALL of them to the FTC, which is why I’m asking for your help. Maybe you get inundated with emails from this ghost site, and you’re getting just as sick of it as I am. Let’s work together to end the deluge of emails from this annoying site!

If you’re having difficulty extricating yourself from voluminous spam emails from 0xb93ebd8b or any other spammer, forward the unwanted or deceptive email to 

By the way, my yahoo and gmail accounts seem to be safe from the deluge of unsolicited 0xb93ebd8b emails. The unsolicited and annoying emails appear only in my accounts. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to Dissuade People from Reading Your Blog

Every day, hundreds of new emails sit in my inbox, many of which provide links to blogs written by people who belong to various writing groups where I am a member. I cannot possibly read through all of them, though, and honestly, because I get so many of them, I fall behind to the point that at one time I had close to 60,000 unread emails in my inboxes (yes, I have more than one email). 

Over a period of several days, I managed to dwindle the number down to a comfortable few hundred and today as I write, because emails come so frequently, I’m at nearly 6,000 again. So when I get a chance to look through my emails, I search for the most interesting topics and I click the links.

The other day I found a blog that looked very interesting, but I was pestered with so many popups, I finally left the blog in exasperation. The last thing a reader wants after expecting to read what promises to be a fascinating blog is to get interrupted numerous times with popups. And what happened when I tried to leave the blog? Another popup!

I understand the need to monetize a blog, but if you’re more interested in making money than you are in enticing people to read your blog, why bother writing anything at all? Just slam your readers with a bunch of popups.

Another annoying advertising technique is to interrupt your readers with a video they can’t see. Your readers are already interested in your content, but a couple of sentences in, voices suddenly emanate from their computers and, instead of reading your blog, they are now searching your page to find out where the annoying interruption is located. Sometimes the video can’t be found or readers give up, because your page is packed with so many ads they can't locate the source. 

But the voice continues. A minute may not seem like a long time, but if you don’t believe how long a minute feels to the person who is trying to read your blog as they listen to the voice they can’t find, try this experiment: Click THIS CLOCK and sit for one full minute as you watch the second hand return to its original position.

Now imagine that every ten seconds, a popup explodes onto your screen. How attractive is that blog you want to read now? Does the blog persuade you in any way to continue reading or to revisit the blog?

I’ll never know what that blogger tried to convey. The topic lured me into her blog, but the popups were so annoying, they managed to distract me to the point of leaving her blog before I read anything beyond the first couple of sentences.

Bottom line: monetizing your blog is perfectly fine, but please don’t distract your readers with numerous popups or videos they can’t find unless you don’t want them ever again to visit your blog. One or two cute popups is fine, but too many and your readers may miss some amazing content.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Latest PayPal Scam

Here is the email I just received from “PayPal,” or, as is indicated in the suspicious email, ?ay?al:

One thing I’ve mentioned before in other blogs I've posted referring to various scams I've encountered is that no reputable company will EVER ask you for important personal information in an email, nor will they ask you to click a link to respond to the email.

Notice at the bottom of this fictitious email that you are NOT to respond to the email, but instead to click the link. I didn’t. I could just imagine my computer being wiped clean or important information about me being stolen and used for the hacker’s(s’) financial gain. Had I clicked the button they asked me to click, I might have found hundreds of credit cards being taken out in my name.

Instead, I immediately forwarded the criminal(s) directly to PayPal’s spoof department and decided to write a blog that I hope will spread like wildfire so other more vulnerable individuals won’t be victimized. If you receive the same or similar email from “PayPal,” FORWARD it to:

How did I know the email didn’t come directly from PayPal? For a number of reasons, one of which was obviously the glaring mistake in the email, and when I checked the email address, I found, not a PayPal address, but something completely different:

Bottom line: if you find a suspicious email, report it to the company it proclaims to represent. And then tell your friends about it and ask them to tell their friends about it, and so on, and so on. Let’s STOP these crooks before they rob you or your loved ones. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Writing the Scholarship Application!

Many years ago, when I was an English tutor at a local community college, a student asked me to help him fill out his scholarship application. He also asked one of the English teachers for her help. The scholarship he wanted offered an astounding $50,000! You might think he had been competing with thousands of other students for this opportunity, but he was only one of two students who applied.

Yes, the scholarship was for somebody who wanted to work in the field of geology, but the fact that only one other student applied mystified me. It shouldn’t have, I learned, because every year hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money fall by the wayside. Why? Because students don’t take advantage of them. Scholarships take time and effort and some students don’t want to expend the time and effort it takes to get one!

The problem with scholarships is that so few people know about them. Colleges don’t announce them, so most people don’t even know they exist. But your chances of getting one are pretty high, considering that so few people apply for them.

How do you find scholarships? ASK! Talk to a guidance counselor or a college financial aid counselor, or if you’re still in high school, talk to a high school counselor. Find out which scholarships are available and which ones could apply to you snd your situation. Scholarships are targeted to a specific audience. Whether you’ve just graduated or you’ve been out of school for 20 years, you should be able to find a scholarship that applies to you.

Some counselors might point you in the direction of a computer and let you run your own search, but they probably know which ones would be applicable to you personally. A little polite prodding might help.

When you get the application, read VERY CAREFULLY what is required of you. If the scholarship committee asks your opinion on something completely unrelated to the classes you want to take, ANSWER the question anyway. BE SPECIFIC. By avoiding what is requested of you, you eradicate your chance of getting the scholarship. If you don’t address every single issue raised in the scholarship application, YOU WON’T GET THE SCHOLARSHIP!

Make sure you use correct grammar and punctuation. If the scholarship wants your name centered on the first line in a 14-point bold font, center your name on the first line in a 14-point bold font! Seek the help of an English teacher or tutor if necessary. Above all, present a professional-looking application. 

When that student who wanted the $50,000 scholarship came to me for editing, I paid attention, not only to his grammar and punctuation, but also to his responses. Did he address ever issue raised in the scholarship application? Was he specific? Yes! And guess what? He got the scholarship!

Can you use a little financial help with your education expenses? You might not get $50,000, or even $1,000, but just the process of applying for a scholarship increases your chances of getting one. And don’t forget to apply for grants too. Both are resources for money you won’t have to pay back!

Run a scholarship search today for the current year and the state in which you live. And don’t forget to ask for scholarship information from the school you want to attend. In the past, getting those applications completed by February 1st increased a students’s chances of getting a scholarship.



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