Business in Sandton, June 2019
Welcome to the Megaplex Business Booster Newsletter as advertised in our
longstanding Newsletter: "Shopping in
Sandton". This short monthly newsletter will give you quick tips
that can make your business more profitable, safer and --possibly-- more fun!
This month we have another tip to help make you
a Google search expert, an email scam warning, and one sentence that –if used
properly– could double your sales...
Google Hacks – Related Sites:
Google is the world's most popular search engine. So it helps to know
a bit more about using it than the average person.
It is easy to go to
www.google.co.za and type in words to search for.
Google will then search for pages where all those words occur. However, sometimes
we rather want to look for sites that are similar to a website.
To do this, put "related:" (note the colon) in front of a web address you
already know. For example, related:megaplex.co.za
That search turns up Eat Out, Restaurants South Africa, Mallguide,
Government Gazette of South Africa, SA Commercial Property Investment
News, Johannesburg Business Directory, and South African Tourism – proof
of the versatility and uniqueness of Megaplex: Much copied in part, the
whole seldom equalled.
Online Scams XI: "Payment Confirmation #ref SARS eFILING" Scam
This is similar in some ways to last month's
You get an email:
Standard Bank [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 25 June 2019 21:01
Subject: Payment Confirmation #ref
A payment has been made to your
account #ref SARS eFILING.
CLICK HERE to view the details
of the payment
You may require Adobe Acrobat Reader
on your computer to open the PDF
file. If you do not have this
software, you can download it free
of charge from
If you have any questions or would
like more information, email
or call our Customer Contact Centre
0860 123 000. If
you are calling from outside South
+27 11 299 4114.
Our consultants are available
between 8am and 9pm on weekdays, and
8am and 4pm on weekends and public
This looks pretty genuine! It appears
to come from a genuine email address at
standardbank.co.za. There are genuine
phone numbers. The site for Adobe
Reader is genuine. There is a real
Standard Bank logo in the graphic, and the
contact details below [omitted here] also
How can you still tell that it is a scam?
repeatedly tell us that they will never
ask us to click on a link in an email,
so that is probably the strongest
- If you
hover your mouse pointer over the "CLICK
HERE" link, notice
that it goes to an http
–secured would be https) site that has
nothing to do with Standard Bank
- If you DO
click on the link, it goes to
- Note the
"Not secure" warning given by Google
the page itself is an exact clone of the
Standard Bank login page, and could fool
- Now, what
was that about "requiring Adobe Acrobat
Reader to open the PDF file" again?
This is a web site, not a PDF!
- If you try
to log in on the fake site, you can put
in your email address, password, and
cell phone number before Google Chrome
(if Safe Browsing is On) warns you that
it is a Deceptive site!
This is very dangerous!
- In our
case we are fortunate: Since Megaplex
doesn't bank with Standard Bank, it is
unlikely that even an outfit as
notoriously incompetent as SARS would
make a payment for us into an account
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All the best from Rick at megaplex.co.za,
the World's most helpful website for shops in Sandton.
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