Posts Tagged ‘Email’

Build Your Own E-commerce Website

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

We are running a one day
Build Your Own E-commerce Website Workshop
as a fund raiser for Calstock Development Trust
at the Oasis Centre in Gunnislake

At the end of the one day workshop each attendee will have built their own web shop and be ready to take orders online.

The workshop is aimed at anyone running a business who has some experience of using the internet and email and is ready to take the next step to trading on-line.

The workshop is to be held on
Monday 22 June 2009 10am to 4pm
£25.00 per person cheques payable to Calstock Development Trust
The price includes 30 days hosting.

Book at the Oasis Centre
or by phoning
Mike at Amcho Computer Services Ltd
on 01822 833 690

For anyone who wishes to start early or cannot attend the workshop we will be running an online version using email – sign up

Example live webshops:

Scams have gone down market!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Just received a scam email from pretending to be from Abbey Bank, but unlike most of this sort of rubbish it was for only 190 pounds (thats pounds, not millions).

Hey if you are going to try to scam me please make it worth my while!

Seriously – we all know to ignore messages wanting to transfer silly amounts of money into our bank accounts, it is worth remembering that the amount is unimportant – what they want is for you to visit their website and enter your username and password and other details.

Be careful out there and have a good Christmas and lets all look forward to the ÛpTurn in the New Year.

PS – Just checked – the website has been closed down – well done for their quick action.

Spam from

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Like a lot of other people I have just been buried under a heap of spam from, first there was the original spam asking me to move my domains to another domain registrar, followed by lots of irate people who replied to the original spam as the spammer had set up his email to forward all replies to the original list of victims.

So if you do receive a spam message please do not reply to it as your reply is only going to fill another innocent victims mailbox with junk. If you want to do something to get your own back on the spammer try to work out who benefits from the spam – if it is a legit company it may be an affiliate of theirs who sent the spam, in which case send a copy of the email to the company whose goods are being advertised.

Google Checkout – better than Paypal and Credit Cards?

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

I have just been online to make a few online purchases – it is not easy and not fun anymore!

First hurdle: The merchant wants you to sign up before allowing you to hand over your money.

After collecting all your info, they tell you that you are already a valued customer (‘your email is already in our database’), and you must login first – they then play a silly game of guess the password, or variations of such as guess your mothers maiden name, your dead parrots first name, your fathers birthday, the name of your first sexual partner…. etc etc….

Hey! I just want to buy a toaster for 15 pounds, not get married!

Second Hurdle: Enter credit card details and navigate the pop-ups that look like a phishing site (I assume that is genuine?) – make up yet another password and usernname (hint if you click register later I think it lets you make the purchase anyway).

Third Hurdle: My fault – I got the password wrong. – So Lets try paypal.
At least this merchant takes paypal – and I have an account with paypal – so this should go OK!

NO such luck! – The merchant still wants me to register with them – having set up three accounts with this merchant – I could not remember with password applied to which username.

Fouth Attempt: This merchant takes google checkout – and I have a google account.
And surprise – all went OK – (well It looks like it went OK………


If you are a merchant – do not play silly buggers with your customers – if they do not want to sign up and register with you – do not try to force them to. Do not ask your customers for their mothers maiden name or date of birth or gender, or cats maiden name=, or favorite color….

Allow your customer to pay using google checkout as well as paypal and credit cards.

I’m off to add google checkout to all my customers websites……