Monday, April 28, 2014

More scam warning ....

Another warning from me....

I just got a call from a bank.

A recorded message is played and told me that I have a transaction outstanding which needs approval, or something like that. There is no physical person talking but instructed me to press various numbers for ....

As usual, I couldn't understand the message due to poor recording and I hangup.

My wife told me that there is such a scam. As reported in the local newspaper, a businessman received such a call and was conned not long ago by following the instructions to press certain number which led to the leaking of personal information. Apparently, the conman has knowledge of some of his personal information (IC, account number, etc) which made the call very convincing.

Upon checking, we found that the telephone number displayed on my mobile is a valid 24-hour number from the bank on their website. So, is this an inside job or is it some high tech conman who can replicate another phone number?

Please be warned and share this message if you wish. Remember, never give out personal information over the phone.

p/s: Be warned about the scam regarding some Shell lucky draw.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Graduation Photography Services for Curtin University Sarawak

Curtin University graduation is coming up round the corner. As for this year, there are many who asked me to take graduation photo for them. After looking through the price offered to them, no wonder many are looking outside. However, there is just one issue... the package offered by the official photographer bundle the certificate presentation with their graduation portrait. As a matter of fact, the certificate presentation photo is considered non essential in all oversea universities which I came across. No one is allowed to take those photos and only the official photographer, standing at one corner. But, no one actually asked to order the photo! So, if we can break this barrier of viewing this certificate presentation as unimportant, then whether the photo is bundled or not becomes unimportant.

I have approached Curtin to let me use one of their lecture rooms so that I can set up my studio. So far, this has been rejected because of obvious reason.... as I request too late!

With or without studio, I have no big problem to turn a photo taken literally anywhere into studio style... as long as I am the one taking it! Someone told me that their hair will all be "trimmed"! No worry... this is the smallest problem I need to worry about as it can be seen from the sample photos below.

Studio style photos where you may choose one of the available backgrounds I have:
The family of my friend taken outside the graduation hall!
The photos above were taken just outside the graduation hall. I have to turn this into "studio style" shooting, perhaps with the hope that the result is even better than those taken in studio.

The photos below were taken outside and I turned them into studio style:
This is my eldest daughter, Esther. 

This is my youngest daughter, Janice.

Photos taken outside with nature and with friends:


i) Packages:
Package A: two 8Rs of the same graduand (eg: self + family) + high quality frame + 2 4R + soft copy of images.

Package B: two 11Rs of the same graduand + high quality frame + 2 4R + soft copy of image.

ii) Non-package:
  1. Studio style: 8R (8"x12") (laminated + editing for up to 3 persons)
  2. Non-studio style: Portrait taken outside around the university 8R: (laminated, no editing
Please msg me on facebook for prices.

  • Other sizes are available.
  • If printing beyond 16"x24" is required, please inform me in advance, ie, before shooting to ensure excellent printing quality.
  • Booking: Please book with me on 012 8782007 or 012 302 0178 or
  • Outstation delivery: Separate charge for PosLaju.
  • Full payment in cash during ordering
  • Delivery can be up to three weeks.

Con man on the loose in Sarawak ... beware!

A word of warning to everyone:

There is a gang of con man (骗子)and con women who work in group of 3-4. I was told that there are 3 women and a man. 

First, one of them will approach you and talk to you. Once you look into the eyes, somehow you are hypnotized instantly (催眠) and from then on, you will just follow instruction!!

They will ask you to withdraw money. When you are at the bank counter, a woman (one of the gang members) will hit your shoulder - from there on, you will follow everything she said including withdrawing everything you have!

You will remain in a daze for up to 3 days not knowing what you have done!!!

A friend in Miri was conned of RM100K! So be warned of this gang! This friend of mine knew about not looking into the eyes!! And yet got conned!

In today's paper, there is one case in Bintulu (RM64K)and one in Sibu (RM39+K). They take both jewelry and cash! They will get you to withdraw even fixed deposit!

Share this warning out so that more people are aware of it. Perhaps, you shouldn't carry your bank book, too many ATM cards and FD certificates with you! Perhaps as precaution, you should leave FD cert with someone you trust.