AM-Win Newsletter.

September 2014

In this edition

  • Archived copies of our newsletter
  • AM-Win latest version information - No Upgrade this month. Version 9.056 is the latest version on the web.
  • AM-Win Support Solutions
    • How to Enter Gift Vouchers into AM-WIN
    • Reversing a manufactured item
    • The AM-Win Goods in module
  • Computer Security
    • Beware of carbon tax repeal scams
    • Australia's Biggest Scams (And How To Avoid Them)
  • Microsoft Office tips
    • Make Outlook Close the Original Message After Replying or Forwarding
    • Convert and publish your PowerPoint 2010 presentations to video.
  • Whoops
  • Jokes

Archived copies of our newsletters

Did you know that we archive copies of our newsletters for 12 months - if you've missed one or want to chase up an article that you've read click on Newsletter in the top menu on our site and select Newsletter Archives.

Latest Version Information

No new update - Version 9.056 is the latest version on the web.

Click here to download. For program enhancements view "About" in the AM-Win menu after updating. This Version 9 download will upgrade any existing Version 9 of AM-WIN without an Install code or license files.

Don't forget to backup your data before upgrading.

If you have any AM-Win version prior to version 9.0 please click here before updating.

 

AM-Win Support Solutions

How to Enter Gift Vouchers into AM-WIN

With Christmas coming up fast we thought that it would be a good time to mention gift vouchers and how to handle them in AM-Win.

Gift Vouchers are a terrific way of gift giving and are common transactions, but a lot of customers are unsure of how to enter the details correctly into their AM-WIN system.

Click the PDF logo below to view/print and save this tutorial.

Reversing a manufactured item

Have you ever needed to break up a manufactured item [e.g. clutch kit] to steal a single part that a customer has ordered. or reverse a job that has been finalised by mistake or incorrect items have been used and you wish to re-process the job. This tutorial shows how to do it.

Click the PDF logo below to view/print and save this tutorial.

The AM-Win Goods in module

The Goods In module allows you to receive goods in from a purchase order.

The Goods in Screen is separate to the Purchase order screen and provides the ability to receive multiple goods in from a single purchase order without needing to process an invoice against the purchase order.

It will also allow you to process a single delivery docket or invoice which covers multiple purchase orders if the supplier has issued a delivery docket or invoice which contains goods from more than one purchase order.

 It will also allow you to process an invoice from a supplier where the invoice covers more than one delivery docket.

Computer Security - Latest Threats  

Beware of carbon tax repeal scams

August 2014: SCAMwatch is warning consumers and businesses to be aware of scammers looking to take advantage of the carbon tax repeal to steal your money.

Scammers may take advantage of dollar figures being quoted in the press about how much consumers may save from changes in the price of goods following the carbon tax repeal. Scammers may call or email consumers and small businesses with false claims that they are entitled to the money upfront.

Scammers often use major government programs or announcements like the carbon tax repeal to trick people into handing over their money or personal banking details.

Scammers pretend to be from a government department or agency, or from a business such as an energy provider, to sound legitimate. They may spin a range of stories to make their story sound real, such as claiming that there is money due to you because of a tax refund, tax concession, one-off payment, discount, return or even a bonus.

Scammers typically ask for money to be sent via wire transfer as it’s nearly impossible to recover money sent this way. They may also ask for people’s financial and other personal details to access their money and commit identity theft.

Be on guard, you may receive a phone call or email from someone asking for your personal or banking details in order to pay you money due to the carbon tax repeal. If you are approached in this way hang up – the person on the other end may be a scammer. The best approach is to call them back on a phone number you find independently.

How these scams work

  • You receive a call or email out of the blue from someone claiming to be from a government department or business such as an energy provider.
  • The caller or sender will claim that, because of the carbon tax repeal, you are now entitled to a tax rebate or a refund on your previous bill.
  • In order to receive the refund/payment you have to pay an administration fee or other fee upfront. The caller or sender will direct you to make the payment via a wire transfer services or credit card payment.
  • Alternatively, you may be asked to provide your bank account details or other personal information so they can deposit the refund in your account.
  • If you send any money via wire transfer, you will never see it again – it’s nearly impossible to recover money sent this way. If you provide your bank account details or other personal information, the scammer may use it to commit identity theft or to steal your money. You will also never receive the promised rebate or refund.

Australia's Biggest Scams (And How To Avoid Them)

The unpleasant reality: many people are dishonest and will try and scam you and relieve you of your money.

 Awareness is your biggest defense. Here are the most prevalent scams in Australia, and how you can avoid them.

Floods of spam mail about Nigeria and your genitalia might make you think the internet is the predominant source of scam activity in Australia, but this is no longer correct.

According to the annual Targeting Scams report released this week by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the biggest source of scams is the phone.

Of the 83,000 scams reported to the ACCC in 2011, 43,000 were received via phone. Many of those would have been the familiar fake call claiming to be from Microsoft or Telstra which is used to install spyware and other nasties on unsuspecting victims’ machines in the guise of “tech support”. Others might pretend to be from Australia Post and demand a fee for a non-existent undelivered parcel. As you can see in the table below, phone dominated all other methods:

accc spam sources

These calls are an annoyance and also a source of potential amusement, since it can be fun to string along a scammer and waste their time.

However, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that these scams also cost real people real money. The estimated impact of the reported scams is $85 million, and that doesn’t include people who are too ashamed to report the incidents, or don’t realise that they can do so.

With that said, 88 per cent of scams reported to the ACCC are from people who didn’t fall victim, so awareness is growing. You can help by recognising common scams, not falling for them yourself, and keeping less tech-savvy friends or relatives up-to-date on potential issues.

Here are the five most common scam types, according to the report:

Advance fee scams (30,426 reported, 36.6% of reported scams). Includes requests for payment for package delivery, or promises of a large inheritance followed by requests for a “processing fee”. Why would you send money to a stranger you’ve never met?

Computer hacking scams (19,473 reported, 23.4% of reported scams). Callers say a problem has been detected on your machine and offer to walk you through how to fix it. This in turn makes your computer vulnerable to spying and potentially part of a botnet. Social media scams also fall in this category.

Lottery and sweepstake scams (7.863 reported, 9.5% of reported scams). Remember that lottery you never entered? Apparently you’ve won money and can receive a fortune in return for a small up-front payment. There’s only one person getting rich in this scam, and it isn’t you.

Banking/phishing scams  (5,430 reported, 6.5% of reported scams). Emails which ask you to confirm account details to avoid account cancellation or read an online statement, then redirect you to a non-bank site. The aim is to steal your login details.

Online auction and shopping scams (5,012 reported, 6.0% of reported scams). Auctions or web sales for non-existent or counterfeit products.

Avoiding all of these scams comes down to three simple rules:

Never respond to unexpected mail

 Ignore any message claiming you have a lottery win, an unexpected bill, a tax refund, a parcel awaiting delivery, or so on. Contact the relevant institution (bank, ATO, Post Office) directly if you’re concerned, but don’t rely on details in the suspicious email to do so.

Don’t give any personal information on calls

If someone calls claiming to be from Microsoft (or anywhere else) saying a problem has been detected with your PC, simply hang up. If someone claims to be from your bank or the tax office, ask for a phone number where you can call back — and double-check the number with other sources before doing so. (Most scammers will refuse to supply a number.) Never give out any personal information on a call you haven’t made yourself.

You’re not about to get something for free

You have not won the lottery. A dying widow is not about to leave you a fortune. Forwarding a message won’t make Facebook give money to a cancer victim. You can’t have an iPad for $2. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s a scam.

None of this is rocket science. Staying safe often means simply stopping to question what is happening. In this area, cynicism is a far better friend than hope.

 

MS Office Tips

Office logos

Make Outlook Close the Original Message After Replying or Forwarding

One of the more annoying things with replying or forwarding emails is the original message you reply to says open and you have to manually close out of it. Here we show you how to alleviate the annoyance.

Click on the PDF logo below to read or print this document

Convert and publish your PowerPoint 2010 presentations to video

Do you want some inexpensive promotion - say for a trade show, to put in your show room or to try for some extra exposure on UTube.. Here's an idea. Build a powerful PowerPoint 2010 presentation and convert it to video and place it where it will receive the most exposure.

This tutorial provided by www.howtogeek.com shows how to convert your file to video..

Click on the PDF logo below to read or print this tutorial.

Note:

Please note that we do not provide support for our Office tips as they are provided by a third party. If you need further information why not try using Google - Cut and paste the heading of our tip into Google's search box. You'll be amazed at the information available.

Whoops

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Bart Simpson

Jokes

The sweet old lady

On the way home the old farmer stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint.

He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose.

However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem - how to carry his entire purchases home.

While he was scratching his head he was approached by a sweet old lady who told him she was lost.

She asked, 'Can you tell me how to get to 106 Rose Cottage Lane ?'

The farmer said, 'Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house. I would walk you there but I can't carry this lot.'

The sweet old lady suggested, 'Why don't you put the can of paint in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?'

'Why thank you very much,' he said and proceeded to walk the sweet old lady home.

On the way he says 'Let's take my short cut and go down this alley. We'll be there in no time.'

The sweet old lady looked him over cautiously then said, 'I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me..How do I know that when we get in the alley you won't hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and have your way with me?'

The farmer said, 'Holy smokes lady! I'm carrying a bucket, a gallon of paint, two chickens, and a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?'

The sweet old lady replied  'Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the paint on top of the bucket, and I'll hold the chickens.

Now back off

A ringer from a huge cattle station in outback Australia appeared before St Peter at the Pearly Gates.

"Have you ever done anything of particular merit?" St. Peter asked.

"Well, I can think of one thing," the ringer offered. "Once, on a trip to the backblocks of Broken Hill out in New South Wales, I came across a gang of bikies, who were threatening a young sheila.

I told them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen. So, I approached the largest, most heavily tattooed bikie and smacked him in his face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground.

I yelled, "Now, back off!! Or I'll put the lot of yas down."

St. Peter was impressed, "When did this happen?"

"Just a coupla minutes ago..."

Pretty clever

A young doctor had moved out to a small community to replace a doctor who was retiring.

The older doctor suggested that the young one accompany him on his rounds, so the community could become used to a new doctor.

At the first house a woman complains, "I've been a little sick to my stomach."

The older doctor says, "Well, you've probably been overdoing the fresh fruit. Why not cut back on the amount you've been eating and see if that does the trick?"

As they left, the younger man said, "You didn't even examine that woman? How'd you come to the diagnosis so quickly?"

"I didn't have to. You noticed I dropped my stethoscope on the floor in there? When I bent over to pick it up, I noticed a half dozen banana peels in the trash. That was what probably was making her sick."

The younger doctor said "Pretty clever. If you don't mind, I think I'll try that at the next house."

Arriving at the next house, they spent several minutes talking with a younger woman. She said that she just didn't have the energy she once did and said, "I'm feeling terribly run down lately."

"You've probably been doing too much for the Church," the younger doctor told her "Perhaps you should cut back a bit and see if that helps."

As they left, the elder doctor said, "I know that woman well. Your diagnosis is almost certainly correct. She's very active in the church, but how did you arrive at it?"

"I did what you did at the last house. I dropped my stethoscope and, when I bent down to retrieve it, I noticed the vicar under the bed."

AM-Win Team

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