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Leading global thought leader and founder of award-winning app and software development firm Elegant Media, Anushka Bandara, warns of the tactics phone scammers use to get your number

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According to Anushka Bandara, co-founder and CEO of Elegant Media, people all over the world, are experiencing a sharp increase in the number of scam calls they are receiving on their phones.

“We are receiving feedback from a lot of people that they are receiving recorded scam calls on their phone from people pretending to be from key government authorities,” Bandara said.

“While most people know to hang up immediately, unfortunately some don’t – especially the elderly who are being fleeced of lots of money.

“Even if your number is on the Do Not Call Register, scammers still finding ways to get your number and call you.

“The Do Not Call Register will work for organisations that follow the rules, but sadly scammers don’t.”

Bandara explains how your phone number ends up in the hands of unethical callers.

“Every day we are engaging with businesses and organisations that capture our personal details, even apps,” Bandara said.

Most telemarketers purchase phone numbers from third party data providers however scammers use different methods and often they call from overseas.

“It is important to understand a few basics.  Nearly all mobile phones have display screens that show the Calling Line Identification (CLI)  which allows you to see the telephone number of the person calling,” Bandara said.

“A process called CLI overstamping allows the caller to display a different number to that of the number from which they are calling.   For example in Australia, Australian businesses with overseas call centres often use this tactic to make their customers think they are calling from Australia.

“Another tactic called ID spoofing enables the scammer to disguise their number by displaying an Australian number.  These tactics can lull people into a false sense of security and they answer the call.”

The question is how do they get your number and what should you do once they call.  Generally they use two methods, robocalls and number theft.

Hack databases

“Scammers usually use unscrupulous methods to get phone numbers.  A common approach is to hack business websites to access their customer information.  The increasing number of businesses operating online provides scammers with a huge ocean of opportunity,” Bandara added.

“Most businesses don’t even know they have been hacked, which makes the situation even worse.”

Trade data

“Scammers often trade information with other scammers to share data.  Sometimes they will purchase it for a small amount of money,” Bandara said.

Apps and games

“Scammers also create apps and games and share these for free in order to capture personal information,” Bandara explained.

“It is very important to do your homework before you sign up to any online activities as there is no such thing as free.”

Public wifi

“If you use public wifi or other systems that are not as secure as they could be, you are opening yourself up to risk.  Scammers can intercept information and your personal details using these facilities,” Bandara added.

Surveys and competitions

“Every time you enter an online competition, complete an online survey or send your warranty information online, you are submitting your personal details to someone,” Bandara added.

Robocalls

“Computer generated random number calling is a thing and scammers with the technology capabilities are able to implement this strategy and call thousands of numbers over a short period of time,” Bandara said.

According to Bandara, while more needs to be done by governments across the world to cut off scammers from the source through implementation of clever technology that attaches real identities to each caller number and then validates enabling the call, until this happens, every individual will need to be super vigilant.

“Don’t answer a call from a number you do not know.  If you get a call from a spammer, hang up and block the number,” Bandara emphasised.

“Every country has its own cyber crime reporting centre.  In addition, report the number to your service provider.

“Think more carefully about who you give your information to and where it might go.”

Elegant Media is a full-service mobile app development and software solutions provider for businesses, government and entrepreneurs. With hundreds of mobile app projects completed, their team is one of the most experienced teams in Australia. They are also the only app developer in Australia with ISO accreditation and also hold Apple and Google accreditation.

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Football Coach Michael Bonneville Coaching Businesses to Success

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Standout football star turned college football coach, Michael Bonneville, is taking his skills to new levels coaching businesses to success.

Coach Michael Bonneville is a College Football Coach and Motivational Coach/Speaker with a proven track record in High School/College Football. Bonneville has started several programs, rebuilt a program and won numerous district and state regionals. He recently became an entrepreneur with the opening of his company, JM Marketing & Consulting.

A former local standout student-athlete in Orlando, Florida, Bonneville attended Bethune-Cookman University where he played football and was honored as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athlete of the Year while pursing his degree in Business. He went on to play professionally in an Arena Football League and Indoor Football League. The passion for football continued as he moved to coaching the sport. He was the head football coach for several Florida high schools building programs from the ground up and in one school, rebuilding a program. He has been awarded titles such as Coach of the Year; as well as, taken teams to undefeated seasons and championship playoffs. He recently completed an internship as a Pro/College Football Video Scout for Sports Info Solutions scouting collegiate athletes who entered the 2021 NFL Draft and his work was published in the 2021 Rookie Handbook. He is currently a coaching at the college level while also coaching businesses to higher levels of success with his new company.

Offense Coach Michael Bonneville with Valley State College players.

Bonneville brings his knowledge of athletics, education, fundraising and business strategies to his new endeavor, JM Marketing & Consulting. He looks at each client’s strengths and weakness to develop a game plan much like he does on the field, that is tailored to them to bring the most results while not taking them away from the passion of their business. Bonneville recognizes the clients are passionate about what their business does, sells, provides NOT the management and growth of that business. He tailors his plans to their strengths allowing them to do what they do best and he’ll take the rest, creating growth within their organization.

Running a business can be much like football, and Bonneville recognizes that and that is how he coaches his clients to success. There are key similarities such as passion, having a Plan B mindset, Identifying Gaps, Social and the structure needed to win.

Business owners need passion, just like players. Football, unlike many other sports, tends to have this unique passion, this internal drive to succeed. This passion is essential to success, whether on the field or in the board room. Bonneville and his partner focus on taking the management, marketing and growth strategies off the business owners plate so they can focus on what they love, what they do best and bring that passion back.

In football there is always a “Plan B” mindset and flexibility. If the 1st down doesn’t go as planned , players and coaches readjust, come up with new strategies and new plans. That is what Coach Bonneville does with clients, give them a new plan, readjust as needed to always hit that target market. The plan, while flexible, is also helping them develop the internal structure needed to build successfully. There is always an end goal in sight, just like with a game. His custom plans help clients identify gaps so they can move forward productively and successfully.

One thing about football anyone will agree to is it’s social. The sport thrives and builds on the connection with fans. Bonneville uses his experience with the sport to coach businesses to this same mentality. Businesses cannot post a random picture on a social media website and expect their business to build. Bonneville creates a detailed plan that helps them to use social media strategies to build connections with customers. These connections drive brand loyalty. In an era where so much of what is done day to day is digital, there can be a disconnect to the human connection. Bonneville and his partner recognize this and help their clients bring back this personal touch; help them engage with customers and potential customers in a way that drives their businesses. He coaches clients through this process much like his coaches a game and is there with them from beginning to end. He takes on each client personally and invests in them. His goals is to invest in people. When you believe in people and invest in people the business growth will follow.

For more information on Coach Michael Bonneville and JM Marketing & Consulting visit: https://jmmarketingconsulting.com

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Other clients represented by JM Marketing include: https://redxmagazine.com/2020-breakthrough-artist-vinnie-vidal-one-to-watch-in-2021/

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Against All Odds: A Team Full Of Women Bosses Is Taking The Industry By Storm

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Against All Odds Music Group was founded by CEO, Anoka Dixon and President, Shakari Davis in 2018. While working in the school system Ms. Davis gained a lot of attention from her students for using music, fashion and entertainment to make the curriculum more entertaining and relatable for the students. Anonka knew the importance of having a solid and hardworking team around her as she used to participate in Women’s Professional Football as a Quarterback and she has recruiting expertise as well. Against All Odds is a label where each individual brings their own unique talents and assets to the team to accomplish the win and any tasks at hand. With Anonkas expertise dominating a male-dominated industry will be easily obtainable and the label will be a force to be reckoned with.

Ms. Dixon knows greatly about giving passion and purpose. She saw it first hand as well as experienced it. She had an immaculate career in 2 Women’s leagues for Football and had the chance to win several awards for her ability. Sadly an injury halted her career and forced her into early retirement. She already had her next plan lined up. Attending Miami Dade College for Music Business Dixon chose to rebrand herself and the label when she met Shakari Davis, becoming executive partners.

Recently one of their artists D’Angel debuted her first ever smash single “Did It Again” Featuring Drumma Boy in late August. They are working hard on her first studio album. D’ Angel is a melodic rapper who is taking the industry by storm. This team is full of female bosses who want to leave an imprint in this male-dominated world and industry and they will!

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Tyler Vanarkel: A Successful Entrepreneur Helping Others Grow

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Tyler Vanarkel is not just a successful entrepreneur but a source of inspiration for anyone struggling to run their business or brand. He has taken full advantage of social media to grow himself and now is on his way to help others grow as well. He is a complete guide, a mentor, and a supporter to his followers who get to learn different marketing strategies from him and are successful in their lives. Tyler is only 23 years old but has achieved the milestones, being a great entrepreneur at this age. 

He is from West Des Moines, Iowa where he went to high school and then later graduated with a business and entrepreneurial degree from the University of Iowa. His main center of attention now is helping thousands of others to increase their social media credibility and build a strong social media image that takes your business to another level of success. He exudes what a true mentor is to be- he lets others copy him and follow his footsteps as a way to a successful future. 

Tyler is a social media marketing expert and wants others to gain expertise in this field too since he believes that increased social media presence and an online earning platform are important to excel in your respective field. However, he knows that gaining attention on social media is not as easy as it seems because the competition is tough and everyone is out there creating content of their type. So to achieve your desired aim, you need to produce something brand new and attractive at the same time that catches the public’s attention to your page on Instagram, Facebook, or any other app you are trying to gain followers on. 

What inspired Tyler to use social media as an earning platform is that he has seen others doing it too. People are making millions out of these social apps like YouTube and Instagram and Tyler is motivated to earn through social media himself along with allowing others to learn these ways and earn too. His business mindset, the right set of skills, and mainly his passion for his work have taken him far, where he can influence others with his social media power. 

He has created a company called Future Online Solutions, where he offers services to the brands helping them to grow further and further. His services include app development, web design, press written about clients, and building up a good profile on apps like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. He works and supports people who want to promote their brands for the future. Tyler is also involved in working with real estate and business automation. 

For an effective interaction with the clients, Tyler tries his best to create a comfortable zone for his clients by sending them voice messages and guiding them through phone calls which removes the doubt of scams from the client’s side. He further helps in creating smooth communication with his clients by being as transparent as possible with them and having a personal relationship with the clients. He ensures to provide the clients with all the knowledge that will help them break through the Instagram algorithm and increase their reach to the audience. His clients get to know exactly how he grew as an entrepreneur and by now, many people have already benefited both financially and socially, through his company. 

Tyler’s journey has been hard throughout but he never gives up and tries to overcome all the obstacles coming in his way. Gaining the trust of the clients and proving them your reliability is the biggest challenge, but Tyler puts all his efforts to make his clients comfortable who are left with only the option of trusting him and his company. Tyler further advises other entrepreneurs to take risks and never settle for less. Failing is the only way to succeed and hence, one should go above and beyond to achieve his goals. 

His helpful personality and cooperation with his clients are what make him unique. His entire goal revolves around making others’ lives better by guiding them to the right path where they can become what they have always dreamed of. He plans to travel more and expand his business where can influence more and more people to build a social platform and do whatever they want. His Instagram page will inspire you to the fullest, must check it out @tylervanarkel_

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