Weekend Technology Notes
Big Kid Macs
I was basically right in the email that I sent out to my Mac clients early Monday morning about Apple’s new Mac Book Pros. I knew the pricing would be higher. The new Mac Book Pro 14 inch starts at $1999 and the 16 inch (which I don’t expect a lot of my clients will be buying), starts at $2499. These are not rip offs by any means. They are high powered professional machines. Unless the “best” is desired out of principle rather than practicality, I think the Mac Book Air is going to suit the vast majority of my Mac clients seeking a laptop. The 512 GB model @ $1249 would be the one I steer you toward.
Couldn’t Stop This Scam
I had a sad phone conversation with a client today about their friend. Sadly this friend had been given my name before but had never joined my business family and the system of services and education that I provide. This person got a call from “Amazon” saying that someone had tried to purchase an iPhone Pro Max with their card but they had “stopped” it. Sound real? Think again. The representative was granted access to the victim’s computer and had them log into online banking. There the refund was “issued.” However it wasn’t. The scammer simply adjusted the text code on the banking website. Instead of a $1400 refund, the victim was “credited” $14,000 – by “mistake” of course. The scammer said they would lose their job and demanded the difference back as a wire transfer. Hint: If it was $1000 involved, the scammer would have asked for gift cards. However, the scammer saw that there was more than $14,000 in the victim’s bank account. Only a wire transfer would do! Their bank actually allowed the victim to send out the transfer, which went to Hanoi.
UNBELIEVABLE!! It really happened. And the victim still believed it was real. I told my client to tell this guy to go to his bank immediately. Explain he is the victim of a crime. Maybe — it can be reversed — but it’s doubtful in my opinion. It’s hard to claw back a wire transfer, especially an international one.