How Can You Tell a Facebook Competition is Fake?

There are so many fake facebook pages out there trying to get us to click the like and share buttons with competitions and giveaways. So many of these facebook competitions are actually fake sadly.

There are a number of reasons why someone would set up a fake facebook page and competition even though sometimes they seem a bit unfathomable! But mostly they want us to like and share stuff so that more people like their page and maybe they can get hold of all our details and that of our friends to spam us with stuff or do even worse.

There have been pages and apps that have managed even more sinister things like posting spam on our behalf that appears on other pages and perhaps getting data from our email accounts and using that for their own (usually spam) purposes, but worst of all they could steal your identity and maybe even sell that information off to other people.

There are a lot of fake pages purportedly giving you a chance to win a lovely new LandRover
There are a lot of fake pages purportedly giving you a chance to win a lovely new LandRover

There are a lot of pages that promise prizes like a brand new car if you like and share their page. Another popular one is that you could win airline tickets from a well known airline to celebrate an anniversary and recently there was a fake Ikea facebook page promising £5,000 in vouchers to a lucky visitor to their store on it’s opening day.

Others promise that someone will win a villa or a holiday. With these competitions you need to follow the old adage – if it looks too good to be true then… well you know the rest.

So if you are wondering how can you tell if a facebook page is fake then start by looking at some of the following points:

  • If it is a big company then it should have the blue verified tick that facebook give to established companies so check for that.
  • How many likes does the page have – does it purport to be a big company and if so does it have as many like as you would expect it to? Many pages that promise giveaways from a company may only have a thousand or so likes and this should ring alarm bells to start with.
  • Is the company name spelled correctly? This might seem basic but you would be surprised how many are not quite spelled right because the actual company has taken the correctly spelled page name.
  • When was the page set up? If it was only set up a few months (or even days) ago then it is possibly fake – established companies will have had their facebook pages for quite a while by now. Check if all the posts showing were just added.
  • Does it have any contact information on it? Can you see a phone number, address etc in the about section? Reputable companies will definitely want this information to be obvious on their page so that you can contact them.
  • Is the spelling and grammar good? Companies will likely have someone who has good spelling and grammar updating their information.
  • Do they use lots of unnecessary punctuation? If you see more than one exclamation mark on something then that should also ring alarm bells!

So if you see a friend has liked a page that promises prizes that sound fantastic then just have a quick look at the page itself before you start sharing it around.

Here is a particular example:

A competition to win a villa (yes real actual ownership of a whole villa – does that smell fishy already?) with a company called James Villas. Here is the fake page:

This fake James Villas page has managed to get 13k shares for its competition after only a day!
This fake page has managed to get 13k shares for its competition after only a day!

Note that there is no contact information and only 7k likes.

But it has been copied from the genuine page here:

Over 100k likes and lots of contact info are a couple of things that show this is a genuine page.
Over 100k likes and lots of contact info are a couple of things that show this is a genuine page.

External Hard Drive Not Deleting Files

external hard driveI recently had the problem where my external back up drive was nearly full so I deleted a bunch of files off it. However, even after deleting these files no more space seemed to become available on the external hard drive.

Why No More Space?

I couldn’t figure out why I was not getting any more space on the drive even after deleting the files. I was planning on buying a new hard drive at some point anyway but I knew that there were files on the hard drive that I didn’t really need so I might as well delete those first.

Recycle Bin

I searched around for a recycle bin on the hard drive to empty to make the space but there didn’t seem to be one.

Anyway, after a bit of searching, I realised that all of the files that I had deleted were in the Recycle Bin on my PC. This actually took a bit of finding in itself as the recycle bin now does not show in Windows Explorer which was what I was used to and how I used to find it!

(If you also can’t find the recycle bin then check for a link on your desktop and it is probably accessible from there).

Yay, Free Space!

So, once I deleted the files from my recycle bin on my PC the space did indeed get freed up on my external hard drive.

Hopefully this will help someone else who might be in the same situation!


Can’t Get in to eBay

April 23rd – I can’t get in to eBay (the UK version, I can’t test the US version as the problem seems to be with logging in).

The issue isn’t with the home page which I can get to fine, but when I try and log in and see what is happening with My eBay it just hangs – on my phone and my PC.

All other websites seem OK so I don’t think it is a problem with my internet or devices.

I have a few things for sale and I’m not able to get to the selling page or to the My eBay summary page.

I’m also unable to accept a special offer that they emailed me about reduced selling fees so won’t be able to put anything else up for sale until this is sorted.

Unfortunately I also can’t get to the eBay help pages to see if this is a general issue or to ask about it!

Is anyone else having issues with eBay?

General Election 2017 Poll

So with Theresa May calling a snap General Election on 8th June, the news has caught almost everyone off-guard.

In calling the election she wants to get full backing for Brexit and obviously expects a big Conservative majority.

The Labour party and the Lib Dems have both welcomed the call for a General Election although it seems more likely that the Lib Dems could possibly win more seats from the remain voters.

However, as we have seen in recent times, polls and elections have been hard to call and often the predictions have not been correct.

So we thought we would ask what your opinions are in the result of the upcoming election. All answers are anonymous and you an see how the results are going by clicking on the ‘View Results’ link below the vote button.

Who Will Win the UK General Election on 8th June 2017?

  • The Conservative Party (71%, 5 Votes)
  • The Liberal Democrats (29%, 2 Votes)
  • The Labour Party (0%, 0 Votes)
  • UKIP (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Green Party (0%, 0 Votes)
  • No Conclusive Result (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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How to Get Bitumen Off Your Skin

So recently I was refelting my shed roof and had the lovely job of using bitumen adhesive to secure the sheets of felt to each other before tacking them on.

If you have ever used bitumen then you will know that it is a stickly, oily, smelly, black substance that does not want to come off anything, including skin and clothes!

Obviously I was trying to avoid getting the bitumen on my skin but somehow I managed to get it all over the back of both of my arms.

Having not had to try and remove it before I had a look online as to how I would get it off (as soap really does nothing) and the main thing I found was that olive oil or cooking oil was the best bet.

Well I tried the olive oil method and it was pretty much useless. As I didn’t have any standard cooking oil I couldn’t actually try that.

But what I did have was baby oil and all I needed to do was to put a few drops of that on the affected area and it pretty much seemed to ‘dissolve’ the bitumen straight away.

All that was required after that was to wipe the resulting black mix off my skin with some tissue and you couldn’t even tell it had been there.

It strikes me that baby oil is a very kind method of treating your skin if you have got bitumen on it so I would certainly recommend using it if you find yourself in this situation.

I seem to remember that baby oil is useful for other things too, in particular those temporary tattoos that you can get. It takes those off pretty easily too. So if you haven’t got any at home I’m sure there are plenty of other things you can use it for (making skin soft for one thing!) so it might be worth getting hold of some.

Why You Should Raid Your Child’s Piggy Bank Before October

Raiding your child’s piggy bank is not something that I would generally suggest although I am sure there are plenty of people who have suddenly found themselves short of cash or just some change that have needed to do it in the past!

But it might be important that you do it before the middle of October 2017!

The new one pound coin will have 12 sides.

The reason for this is the introduction of the new £1 coin that is happening on 28th March of this year. The new £1 coin will be completely different to the old round one as it will be 12 sided and not round for starters. There are many other aspects of the new pound coin that will be different from the old one in a bid to stop counterfeiters.

You will still be able to use the old £1 coin until 15th October 2017 but after that nobody is obliged to accept the coin. However you will be able to pay it in to most post office and bank accounts, even though you will likely not be able to spend it.

So it is probably a good idea to maybe empty out that piggy bank and either swap it for new coins when you get them, or maybe pay it in to a child’s savings account if they have one.

It will be easier to do this before the 15th October deadline as you (or they) will be able to spend it in shops along with the new one pound coin.

So on 15th October 2017 the old one pound coin will no longer be legal tender.

If you find a stash of £1 coins after the October deadline then take them to your bank.

If you are reading this and it is after the 15th October 2017 deadline and you have found a stash of the old £1 coins then take them into your bank and they should be able to credit them to your account.

No doubt there will be plenty of people finding £1 coins down the back of sofas and in clothes for quite a while to come!