Donegal companies warned about invoice frauds

first_imgGardai are warning Donegal companies of the continuing existence of Invoice Redirect Fraud and CEO Fraud saying everyone should treat any request to change bank account details with extreme caution.In recent weeks there has been a noticeable increase in this type of crime, according to Donegal.And some local companies have been targeted. Criminals have succeeded in defrauding companies for very substantial amount of money:• one company lost over €200,000• another lost almost $500,000• many people/ businesses have lost smaller amounts of moneyThe crimes works as criminals send emails to businesses/individuals purporting to be one of their legitimate suppliers.These emails contain a request to change the bank account details that the business has for a legitimate supplier, to bank accounts controlled by the criminals. These requests can also come by way of letter or phone call so caution should attach to any request of this nature. The criminal intention is that when the legitimate supplier next sends an invoice to the company seeking payment for services rendered or goods supplied, the victim business acts on the new banking instructions and sends the payment to the criminal’s bank account where the funds are quickly transferred or withdrawn.In many instances the business does not know it is a victim of this crime until sometime later when the legitimate supplier sends a reminder invoice for payment.Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan, of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau had the following advice for business.“Victims of Invoice Redirect Fraud range from very small businesses to large companies and the consequences of falling for a scam of this nature can be catastrophic and result in the closure of businesses and redundancies. If you are not sure pick up the phone and speak to someone in the invoicing company.’Here is some advice from a Businessman who was recently the victim of this type of scam and lost a significant amount of money: • Trust no email full stop. Incoming and Outgoing Mails can be blocked or redirected without you being aware. Assume all emails incoming and outgoing in your company are always being read by Fraudsters for extended periods of time and that those responsible for payments within your company are a special target for Hackers and their email history is being monitored.• Check all incoming email addresses- that they are correct and coming from a trusted source, its important also to check other emails addresses copied on the mail chain, in order to check that they are also genuine. The Hackers by blocking others on the mail chain isolates the individual making the payment-thus removing any other stakeholder from questioning the payment process. Simple changes such as swopping, adding or deleting letters in a mail address are commonly used to fool you into thinking it’s coming from a genuine source.• Change Requests are a Red Letter Warning. Be especially vigilant for any requested changes of bank payment details, for example, amounts to be paid, account number, name of bank etc.• Always pick up the Phone to your Supplier/Vendor to verbally confirm the change request details.Donegal companies warned about invoice frauds was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfraudGardaiinvoicesonlinelast_img read more

Trolls attack Amy Trask and her idea for a going-away party for Raiders’ fans

first_imgAmy Trask had an idea. So she went on CBS last Sunday and shared it.With Dec. 24 — and potentially the Raiders’ final game in Oakland — drawing near, Trask, the Raiders’ CEO from 1997 to 2013, outlined a rocking great farewell bash for the team’s fans. The Raiders are bound for Las Vegas in 2020, with a possible one-season layover in parts unknown.“They should get Oakland musical artists,” she said. “Hammer. Too Short. Adam Duritz from Counting Crows. Have a free concert for fans in the …last_img read more

Installing an Exhaust Fan During a Bathroom Remodel

first_imgRemember my bathroom remodeling project? I took the liberty of gutting our outdated, decaying bathroom while my wife was out of town in April. I found some interesting air leakage pathways when I opened the walls. I fixed that. I found termite damage. I fixed that.Our 1970 condo didn’t have an exhaust fan in this bathroom because, hey, who needs a bath fan when you have a window? I fixed that. Here’s how.Bath fans are essential pieces of equipment for homes. One of their primary functions is to get rid of moisture. I’ve been tracking temperature and relative humidity in my bathroom for a couple of years now so I’ve seen the difference. The difference with the new exhaust fan is remarkable.I used a Broan exhaust fan rated at 80 cubic feet per minute (cfm). Most bath fans don’t get the amount of air flow they’re rated for. Heck, the majority don’t even come close. The typical bath fan gets about half its rated flow. I wanted to make sure this one delivered, and it does.Break on through to the other sideIn an existing home, the first thing you’ve got to do is figure out how you’re going to get the exhaust air to the outdoors. You can’t just dump it in a attic or other buffer space. Since there’s conditioned space above our bathroom (another condo), going through the attic wasn’t an option. I had to go through the band joist. As you can tell from the photo at right, making a hole to run the duct through was a major pain. If you’ve ever done this kind of work, you know the origin of those marks below the hole. If not, let me describe the process here.I had to go through four layers of material in this wall. On the inside, I had to cut through the 2×6 band joist first. Then the Celotex, which was the easiest part. Then brick. Then the 1-by trim board on the outside. The photo above was taken from the outside.Those marks below the hole are from my reciprocating saw bouncing out occasionally as I cut that hole from the outside. The saw would cut through wood, hit the brick, and then recoil. But I was still pushing so it immediately went back toward the board, and it usually hit below the hole. Hence those marks. Eventually I got the hole cut, the bricks chiseled out, and the 4-inch duct all the way through the hole. It was exhausting work. There’s my wall cap in the photo at right, shown with the flapper out because the fan was on at the time.I know what some of you are thinking. Exhausting below the soffit is a terrible idea because moisture-laden air will be drawn back into the soffit through that vent you see. Two things. First, I really had no other choice here. It was either vent there or don’t install a fan. I chose to vent below the soffit. Second, it shouldn’t ever cause a problem. The exit velocity is high enough that the air moves the leaves on the hedges 10 feet below. Little of that air will make its way back to the soffit. RELATED ARTICLESBathroom Exhaust FansDoes a Home with an HRV Also Need Bath Fans?Designing a Good Ventilation SystemExhaust-Only Ventilation Systems and Radon A Failure That Stalls the Certification of Many Energy Star HomesGBA Encyclopedia: Exhaust Ventilation It slides right over the Cape damper. I used zip ties and lots of mastic to hold the duct on and seal it up. In the photo, the left end wasn’t attached yet because I hadn’t installed the insulation jacket over it yet. After I did that, the left side got zipped and sealed, too.Should I have used rigid metal instead of flex? Some people might think so. I’m confident this duct will last as long as it needs to, though, and it performs just fine.How much air does it move?Of course I tested it for air flow once it was done. I tried it out in different configurations: with the grille on and off, with the window open and closed, and with the bathroom door open and closed. My 80 cfm fan moved an average of 66 cfm during those tests. The range was 50 cfm to 75 cfm, and I don’t completely trust that the 50 cfm was correct. That was with the grille on, and the exhaust fan flow device I used fit tightly over the fan and seemed to interfere with the flow.I’ve installed a few exhaust fans in my life. It always seems like it should be an easy process. Occasionally it is. That wasn’t the case in our bathroom remodel. But it was well worth it. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.center_img Yes, I used flex ductThe next photo shows the flex duct connecting the fan to the duct that goes out through the wall. It’ll be interesting to see if we get a spot of frost on the hedges on cold winter days.Preventing backflowI don’t trust the little flapper on the outside to prevent air from coming back into the house when the fan’s not running. And I certainly didn’t trust the flapper that came inside the fan. (That’s a photo of it in Image #2 at the bottom of the page.) Do you think there might be a little bit of bypass? The flapper didn’t even move when I ran the fan with no duct attached, so I just pulled it out.Instead I installed a Cape Backdraft Damper from Tamarack Technologies. It’s a diode or check valve for air flow. Air can flow to the outside because that piece of grey latex see moves with the breeze, like a flag. But if air tries to come back in when the fan is off, that piece of latex falls into the airstream and blocks the flow. The photo below shows the exhaust fan on the left and the Cape damper on the right.last_img read more

Ford to debut autonomous Fusion Hybrid at CES 2017

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Autonomous car#CES2017#driverless#featured#Ford#Fusion Hybrid#Self-Driving#top David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Ford will debut the next generation Fusion Hybrid, the company’s first autonomous vehicle, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas.The automotive giant has a roadmap to launch the autonomous car by 2021, but will start to preview the vehicle at events throughout 2017. CES will be the first event, followed by the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), also taking place in January.The Readwrite team got a demo of the autonomous Fusion at Ford’s R&D facility last September:Ford has updated the autonomous Fusion Hybrid with more processing power and improved the sensor placement. The LIDAR sensor design has been refined, with an enhanced field of view.The improvements have allowed Ford to reduce the amount of car sensors, while still maintaining the same effectiveness. This could reduce the overall costs of manufacturing the Fusion Hybrid, when it finally hits the market in four years.See also: A pre-CES view of the autonomous vehicle marketFord has not set a price for the Fusion Hybrid, but plans to launch a self-driving fleet in several major cities across the United States in 2021. The fleet will come alongside a ride-hailing app, which will compete with Uber and Lyft.The automotive giant entered the autonomous car race late, but has made a few big moves to ensure it doesn’t fall too far behind. It recently doubled the size of its development team at Silicon Valley, invested in 40 startups, and signed a long ranging deal with BlackBerry.It has yet to make a multi-million dollar move for a self-driving startup, like its rival General Motors, but most of the other moves have been made. The hard part now is catching up to companies like Tesla, Uber, and Google, who have self-driving vehicles on the road today. Related Posts last_img read more