Scam of the Week: “Shipping Problem”
We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us. After losing ground to online competitors, brick-and-mortar retailers have struck back with incredible online deals. Wal-Mart said Thanksgiving was its second biggest day ever for online sales and Target’s online buying was up 40% over last year.
This is the time of year that people buy new smartphones, TVs and new game consoles because they are able to get killer deals and now they are dying to get their hands on these new goodies.
What you may not know is that similar to a magazine’s editorial calendar, criminal hackers have a “scam calendar” which focuses on events exactly like this. They have campaigns planned and ready to roll starting TODAY for the rest of the month.
These malware campaigns do not discriminate between the home and the office. Roughly a billion of these criminal emails are sent each day.
“Scammers are preying on people that have just made a lot of online purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There are several scam campaigns being sent right now.
- Be on the lookout for “Shipping Problem” emails from FedEx, UPS or the US Mail, where the email claims they tried to deliver a package from (for instance Apple Computer) but could not deliver due to an incomplete address. “Please click on the link to correct the address and you will get your package.” If you do, your computer is likely to get infected with malware. Warn everyone in the family, especially teenagers.
- Watch out for alerts via a TEXT to your smartphone that “confirm delivery” from FedEx, UPS or the US Mail, and then asks you for some personal information. Don’t enter anything.
- There is a fake refund scam going on that could come from a big retailer. It claims there was a “wrong transaction” and wants you to “click for refund” but instead, your device will be infected with malware.
Especially in these times, Think Before You Click!
Moving the New New York Forward
10/23/2014, Governor Cuomo’s campaign released a 259 page blueprint “Moving the New New York Forward” to outline the Governor’s goals for a second term. Included in the document are discussions concerning the $2 billion school technology bond act and the proposed $500 million broadband fund (see attached beginning at Chapter 9 on Page 85).
Concerning PBX Systems:
PBX stands for Private Branch Exchange, which is a private telephone network used within a company. Users of the PBX phone system share a number of outside lines for making external phone calls.
In a move to keep current with the latest technology and to better serve our customers, Fishers Island Telephone will no longer be offering or supporting Avaya Phone Systems, effective immediately. We will be offering and supporting the following PBX systems instead:
- The NEC SL2100
- The Adtran NetVanta 7100 IP PBX
The NEC product is a cost effective feature rich replacement for the outdated Avaya systems.
The Adtran NV7100 is not only a feature rich IP PBX but can also serve as a Router, Power over Ethernet Switch and Firewall. An all in one solution for your voice and data needs. This combined with Adtran branded Polycom VVX SIP Phones makes this a formidable and powerful phone data system.
For more information visit these links below or call us. 631-788-7001.
Adtran NetVanta 7100: click here
NEC SL2100 Info sheet: click here
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Chris Finan and Bryan Marteeny discuss the Utility Company’s Fort Project
Fishers Island Telephone Company, under the leadership of Plant Supervisor Bryan Marteeny, has embarked on what they refer to as the Fort Project. Once completed, the result will be improved Internet connectivity and clearer phone service, with each building having its own service drop.
To learn more about the project, visit: FI Telephone Fort Project
This report is required to be delivered to all residents of our Water Company in compliance with Federal and State regulations with the exception of a monitoring violation that is discussed within. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. The Fishers Island Water Works Company and its employees are committed to ensuring that you and your family receive the highest quality water. Please note that the information presented in this report is based on 2014 data.
Download the 2014 Drinking Water Quality Report (PDF):
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
The Fishers Island Telephone Co. is providing some useful tips and resources from the National CyberSecurity Alliance and StaySafeOnline.org on what you can do to be safer and more secure online:
STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Tip Sheet
Safety & Security Tips On the Go (for mobile devices)
Glossary of Terms
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By law, excavators and contractors working in Suffolk County must contact New York 811, at least 48 hours prior to beginning any mechanized digging or excavation work to ensure underground utility lines are marked.
Dial 811 on Fishers Island
For safety reasons, homeowners are strongly encouraged to call as well.
Outline the area you plan to excavate with white paint.
Click here for more information.
Septic Systems Inspections from this point onward need to be requested from the Suffolk County Health Department directly.
Please call The Inspection Request Phone Line, 631-852-5754 to request an inspection.
- When calling please remember to reference your permit number and give the date you will be ready for your inspection.
- Inspections will be scheduled one week in advance and need to be held on a Monday or Friday due to travel restrictions.
You can also request and inspection using the online form at:
If you need further assistance or have any other questions please call 631-852-5700.
The Fishers Island Utility Co. would like to commend Jeremy Doucette for his attendance and outstanding performance at the American Public Power Association’s 13th Annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in March of this year.
The Rodeo is the ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge. They compete with the nation’s best for professional recognition, attend training courses and practice essential skills in a safe environment. It is a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from the nationwide community of lineworker professionals.
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In an effort to improve safety and reduce unintentional injuries and death, the National Safety Council is encouraging us all to focus on awareness and prevention this month. Their 2013 “Safety starts with me” campaign offers informational facts and steps we can take to reduce the risks in our own homes and our lives.
The theme for the 1st week of June is: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
Download the National Safety Council “Falls Fact Sheet” (PDF):
NSC Falls Facts
Then, for fun, download and try the crossword puzzle to quiz yourself:
NSC Falls Crossword
Also, learn more ways you can “Fall Proof” your home:
NSC Fall Proofing Your Home
To learn more about this campaign and the National Safety Council’s efforts to improve safety in the home, on the road and in the workplace, please visit: nsc.org