I receive several reports that a certain Sam is making some SMS Scam rounds again this year.

Background:
Several years ago I created a blog post awareness about an SMS Scam featuring one Sam Mendoza. She patterned it from a similar scam a year before (the Marie Velasco SMS Scam in 2009). That blog post got some 200+ replies from readers and the scam site kept on jumping and moving to several free domain (dot.tk domain redirects).

So fast forward to 2015, I checked the supposedly “Plea for help” website and behold… its the same old scam of Sam Mendoza in 2009. Same picture. Same old set of credentials and Transcript of Records. Oh wait,  there have been some updates on the year of birth and some changes and twists in the words describing her supposedly need for help in return of doing special favors (hehehe) to those who would help her. But overall still the same pathetic “Angel crying for help” epic fail scam.

Read for yourself below and compare it to my Sam Mendoza 2010 scam post.

An angel crying for help…

I don’t know if what I’m doing is right but I just need guidance and little chance in life…

I’m a girl from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Orphaned since high school but still surviving. I’m a College graduate / DOST Scholar. Dito po ako lumaki but my family is really from Surigao. I can’t trace back my relatives there anymore… Ngayon, naka-boarding house lang po ako because before, nangungupahan lang din kami ng kwarto nung buhay pa parents ko..

Nag-apply po ako ng work sa San Miguel Bacolod plant and they told me na walang masyadong computer job vacancy ang plant nila because beer factory lang daw po sila. Though i-foforward daw po nila sa main office sa ortigas ung application ko and after a few weeks, I was asked for a final briefing interview sa Ortigas. I-hihire na daw po ako dahil ok naman daw ang interview ko dito sa plant nila sa Bacolod…

… The problem is di ko po kayang pumunta… Di ko na po alam ang gagawin at this point. I don’t have the basic means to go to Manila. I don’t have any relatives na malalapitan dito. Ito siguro ung something for me na “so close, yet still so far..”. Kung may makabasa man pong tao dito sa ginawa kong blog, I’m asking for a little help lang po sana. Mabigyan lang po sana ako ng chance na makapunta ng Manila and to get the job na inapplayan ko po sana..

May matutuluyan naman po ako (pero pansamantala nga lang) sa Novaliches kung sakali. Siguro po, if dumating man sa point na kailangan kong ibaba at ipagpalit ung sarili ko… gagawin ko., makapunta lang po ng Maynila.

Hindi ko na rin naman po sana gagawin tong magmakaawa at humingi ng tulong sa ibang tao kung binigyan lang sana ako ng Diyos ng magandang buhay at hindi katulad ng sitwasyon gaya nito… Desperate na po ako…

Wow she did not run out of tears after 5 long years of crying (and scamming), and I believe we have a new Guiness record here :D

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New URLs/domains include the ff:

provincegirldream.blogspot.com
www.agirlsdream.tk

So again: Hello there Sam the Scam! better luck next time!

To all my friends and readers: this Sam Mendoza is a scam so please do not entertain any solicitation from her. And please do spread this awareness campaign against this Sam Mendoza scam.

Read the following post from my archives:

If you have received the same scam, or have a new site hosting/containing her scam, please feel free to leave some comments below. Thanks!

Here’s another Post Picture Now Blog Details Later post featuring my very own province.

Raven and I went to Lucban, Quezon last week to attend the Pahiyas Festival 2015. Its been ages since I last visited Lucban for a Pahiyas festival and we were very happy to experience the different displays for the Pahiyas, the wonderful food and all the activities. I am posting these six photos as a prelude to a future blog post here at menardconnect.com.

Here’s another Post Picture Now Blog Details Later slash free six pics mashup post :)

For Raven’s birthday we went to Anilao, Mabini, Batangas and had a relaxing and fun-filled weekend at Le Chevrerie Resort and Spa. I am posting these six photos as a teaser for a future blog post here at menardconnect.com.

Thanks to the Le Chevrerie staff for making our stay memorable!

Here is another Post Picture Now Blog Details Later post with some free six twist. We recently went to Bicol, and had a weekend at Misibis Bay Resort in Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay, Philippines. I am sharing these wonderful six photos as a sampler and placeholder for a future blog post.

Malacañang announced the official list of Philippines Holiday 2015 last year (around July 2014). And to help you out my readers who are searching for 2015 Philippines Holidays, I am posting this here at menardconnect.com.

Here are the Official Holidays in the Philippines for 2015, as per Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014

January
January 1, 2015, Thursday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)
January 2, 2015, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)

February
February 19, 2015, Thursday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
February 25, 2015, Wednesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Special holiday for Schools)

April
April 2, 2015, Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday)
April 3, 2015, Friday – Good Friday (Regular holiday)
April 4, 2015, Saturday – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)
April 9, 2015, Thursday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday)

May
May 1, 2015, Friday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)

June
June 12, 2015, Friday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)

August
August 21, 2015, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 31, 2015, last Monday of August – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)

November
November 1, 2015, Sunday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2015, Monday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)

December
December 24, 2015, Thursday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 25, 2015, Friday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)
December 30, 2015, Wednesday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)
December 31, 2015, Thursday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

Other proclamations will be issued by Malacanang Palace for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha when dates of these holidays are finalized.

Source:

http://www.gov.ph/2014/07/23/infographic-list-of-2015-nationwide-holidays/


Image Credits: www.gov.ph

We Are Under Attack!!!”

That is what the orcs will shout (in their very unique husky and grunty voice) when the enemies attack their orc base in Warcraft 3.

That is also my topic of this post:

“WAUA!!!”

No I’m now screaming about the attack on my blog. I have this good mindset about threats and attacks: I don’t panic. I am also not feeling kawawa or wawa (poor victim in loose filipino translation) in this situation. I think I survived the onslaught of the attack and to spread some good vibes why not share some useful tips here at menardconnect.com :)  OK enough of the intro. Let’s get it on:

Late last month, this blog experienced some form of attack from malicious actors who-must-not-be-named. We all know I’m using WordPress, and some dudes out there are trying to login to this blog’s WordPress administration panel and do some brute force attack on  guessing my password. Simply put, this means some bad guys (I will collectively call it hax0r) are trying to pretend to be me (me, the website blog admin) and try to get into the wordpress admin console so that they can control the website and blog. More basic info on brute force attacks here.
I will not delve into the technical details of the attack , but in tradition of my good old free six video and free six series, here are six easy to-do tips and tricks that users/admins can do to prevent or better prepare themselves (blog owners) against these WordPress WP-ADMIN Bruteforce attacks.

1. Update your WordPress core files as soon as possible
Just like any software, WordPress have its own security flaws and it needs to get updated from time to time. Admins are advised that they should always update WordPress to the latest version, for more info on this go here. When a new version of WordPress is available admins will receive an update message in your WordPress Admin consoles.

2. Update your WordPress plugins too
Just like the wordpress core files, plugins needs to get updated too. If your blog relies on many plugins, do not worry because when a new version of WordPress plugins are available you will also receive message in the WordPress Admin console that its time to update. There are also automated update settings if you want to try it out.

3. Do not use Admin as the username of the administrator account.

Yes the hax0rs are trying to login via the “admin” username, but as a basic security practice, I disabled it every time create a wordpress blog. I suggest the you be creative. Use NIMDA instead!

4. Do not use your name as the blog admin username account
This piece is quite a revealing one, the hax0rs are trying to get in via the username menard. My name is public info in this blog, so they are clever and they tried it too. But luckily I did not use that name so I avoided that loophole in this admin account issue.

5. Discard unused wordpress themes and plugins
If you are not using the wordpress themes and plugins, do not keep it.  Delete it asap. This one caused me some issues several years ago, but my advise here is if you are not using any theme or plugin that theme or plugin should be deleted ASAP because these are like low hanging fruits for attackers.

6. Have good WordPress security plugins installed
Just like security softwares (antivirus, antimalware, anti-threat) for your PC, Macs, iPads, smartphones and other devices, wordpress blogs needs some security tools too. There are some good free wordpress security plugins that works well but I will try to share two: Login Lockdown and Sucuri .

Login lockdown locks the admin console after several failed attempts, a good old trusted plugin. A recent good addition to my security plugin arsenal is Sucuri Security- Auditing, Malware Scanner and Hardening, a free plugin and it has helped me detect this attack. How? See this…

email alert by sucuri

 

So I’m giving the good folks at Sucuri some love link here in my blog. Kindly go visit them at Sucuri

That’s all for now, i will try to share other tips in the future. Hope you liked my free six tips and tricks to combat WordPress Admin Brute-force Attack

Happy New Year!!!

I just want to greet all my friends online and IRL and all the readers of this blog a Happy New Year!

I am not really good at writing blog New Years resolution posts, but I will do my best to post more here at menardconnect.com (and launch all the other blogs here as promised in my anniv post)

May we all have a fruitful and blessed year this 2015!!!

Will post more soon…

Menardconnect.com turned 6 several weeks ago!!! Yes six, just like the free six series :)

This is the traditional Blog Happy Anniv post and here the links to the 1st post and the first full post (non-hello world ;) ). as well as links to the anniversary blog posts for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd4th and 5th year.

 

Happy 6th to Menardconnect.com

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons, Cary Bass de Morburre

After 600 posts, and a lot more of stats that is hard to keep track of :D I am happy that menardconnect.com is still alive and kicking!!!
The only challenge this year was I was so busy with a lot of things and I forgot about my domain reg so my blog was pawned on the anniv date.

Anniversary posts are great opportunity to give thanks and some shout outs  so without further ado here are some thank you notes:

First of all, I would like to thank God for all the blessings He has given me and my family!

Next I would like to thank my family, they are my inspiration for this blog and all of my blogs!

Next my thanks goes out to my friends (IRL and online ) for all the support they have given me and my blog! Special thanks to my webhost admins (Melvin and Daryl) at web.com.ph for their timely assistance to me during my blog anniv snafu.

Last but not the least, my thanks to the readers and supporters of menardconnect.com.
I will do my best to make menardconnect.com better and better for all you readers out there.

Watch out for my other blogs soon (to be launched here at Menardconnect.com)…

Blizzard, creator of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo game franchises is having some Thanksgiving holiday sale now!

World of Warcraft® Digital download is now USD 4.99 (75% of orig price of USD 19.99)

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This download contains the 30 days of free game time and players can adventure up to level 90 (vanilla to Mist of Pandaria expansion)

StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty® Digital download and StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm expansion Digital download are now both USD 9.99 each (50% off, orig price of USD 19.99)
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Diablo® III Digital download is now USD 19.99 (50% off the usual USD 39.99 price) and Reaper of Souls expansion is now USD 19.99.
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If you are a WoW, SC2 or D3 gamer this is definitely a good deal so grab one now as this may last until December 2, 2014 only!!!