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    How Phishers Prepared Counterfeit Retail Websites

    It’s only January, so we don’t have the correct fraud profile of 2019’s festive shopping spree —just yet. But we know (from a reliable report) that fraudsters made major preparations to rip off customers.

    A Nov 2018 report by Check Point found a worrying surging number of phishing schemes linked to fake online retail websites. Then last year, around November, the same report found a 233% increase in phishing schemes luring shoppers to fraudulent eCommerce stores. Check Point found that by mid-November, even before Black Friday & Cyber Monday, the number of phishing links or URLs had grown more than two-fold, compared to last year’s result.

    How does the Scam work?

    First, scammers prepare a fake website impersonating a legit retail site with almost everything that a normal website user would look for. Next, they send legit-looking marketing e-mails with lucrative deals, discounts or offers to lure shoppers

    An enticed shopper follows the link and unknowingly lands on the fake website. Everything looks real, and soon, the buyer leaves their card credentials or makes a payment.

    Checkpoint Exposes a Scam on Ray-Ban Shades

    A case in point is last year’s November scam, revealed by Check Point, where cybercriminals attempted to attract buyers to a fake retail store that sells sunglasses.

    Here’s how fraudsters arranged their scheme;

    On Nov. 6, 2019, phishers created a photocopy Ray-Ban Sunglasses under the domain xwrbs[.]com. The next day, Check Point counted phishing marketing e-mails targeting THOUSANDS of users promising an 80 percent discount on shades for Black Friday?

    Clicking the strange-looking link landed a user to a legit-looking Ray-Ban website with products, price quotes, and checkout pages. But instead of usual credit card payment as with many eCommerce sites, users were requested to make payment via PayPal. But many unsuspicious shoppers could have ignored that for an 80 percent off.

    What followed remains a mystery to Check Point and to us; whether the shoppers were ripped off of their finances or offered a pair of fake glasses.

    Final Words

    Phishing campaigns will continue even during low sprees. Customers must be cautious about the marketing e-mails they receive. Follow these tips; (1) If the discount is too steep, think twice, (2) watch out for fake legit-looking sites, and (3) do not follow links received in e-mails, go to your browser and search for the official website to compare offers.

    Author Bio: Blair Thomas has been a music producer, bouncer, screenwriter, and for over a decade has been the proud Co-Founder of eMerchantBroker, the highest-rated Chargeback insurance provider in the country. He has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a hurricane, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. He currently calls Thailand his home with a lifetime collection of his favorite books.

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    Men and Earrings

    At one time, metal men’s earrings were considered to protect the person from evil spirits. Such ancient customs demonstrate why gold and silver hoops are among the most well-liked men’s earring style. Ear-lobes were perhaps man’s first shot at body piercing. In 1991, the oldest mummified body on earth was discovered in a Glacier in Austria. According to the tests the body was more than 5000 years old; it had pierced ears with holes that were enlarged to seven to eleven mm diameter.

    In the west, the fascination of earrings for women can perhaps be dated to the 1920’s in Western Europe. As for men’s earrings in the west, ear piercing began to get popular towards the middle of 20th century. Earlier, ear piercing was done with the help of a safety pin for making holes in the ear. However, in recent times better practices are being used such as ear guns to set in earrings in one’s ears. Moreover, during the flamboyant 1980’s, men’s earrings became even more popular with the famous musicians, entertainers, performers and athletes often flaunting them. Normally, two kinds of men’s earrings are available- studs and hoops.

    As ear piercing for men began to get popular, most of them were seen sporting a single stud in only one ear. At that time, it was considered a taboo for males to sport studs or hoops in both their ears, or in just right ear. However, now you would find a number of men with more holes in their ears than even some women! There are some who believe that men’s earrings denote homosexuality. In fact many heterosexual males simply like to sport earrings. Ear piercing is, in fact, a more or less universal practice for both women and men; it’s only in the west that some considered it effeminate.

    In the past, men adorned themselves in elaborate earrings even in the western society. For instance, during the Elizabethan period several well-known men including Sir Walter Raliegh, Francis Drake and Shakespeare wore gold earrings. It is argued, while the Roman Republic turned more effeminate with luxury and wealth, earrings became more popular among males than females!

    Today, its not just well-groomed urbanites who are seen wearing jewellery, indeed, in the streets, men’s earrings are thought to symbolise toughness. Some think men’s earrings play up sexuality while retaining masculinity, often making a man appear cool and a lot snazzier. Be it diamond, platinum, gold or silver, or even semi-precious stones, men’s earrings have become essential pieces of men’s jewellery.

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    Gift of Earrings For an Engagement Party

    Earrings are works of art born from the inspiration of jewelry makers, they evolve and follow trends, but classic earrings also keep their standing. Earrings with sophisticated settings and shapes will always be used for special events in one’s life, or for the day when a women feels a little “retro”. Gemstones and pearls earrings style early 20th century have many admirers among women. Depending on the feeling of the moment and the tone you want to impart to the moment women will wear earrings that most reflect their personality. Studs take the shape of discrete motifs to dress the lobe with a little stone or a pearl. Long hoop earrings come on the scene then disappear, only to make a come back again and again. Gold hoops, silver hoops, these earrings can take any dimension, from small to the super-size. Drop earrings can be short or long, and their shape can be as fantastic as you want. They always add a sparkle of movement that light up the face, regardless of the materials used.

    To choose the kind of earrings that will symbolize the beginning of a life shared, the choice you make depends first and foremost on your style and your personality. To mark the day it is best to choose a beautiful set of earrings that will sublimate you without need of any other jewelry. A diamond set whether one solitaire or a few small stones would have a more symbolic value. She will wear them on the wedding day and for all occasions that will mark her life.

    For a young women who is discrete under all circumstances it is best not to choose a flashy type of earrings. Gold earrings or silver earrings set with a single shiny stone will bring out all the charm of this personality.

    Gentlemen, can depending on their family heritage, in some cases offer earrings that belonged to a family member. Such family heirlooms are passed from generation to generation.

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    Buy Bridal Bracelets

    Style

    These accessories are found in a wide array of designs ranging from simple to the more elaborate designs. The popular ones include diamond tennis bracelets, Figaro, angel, charm, eternity and beaded bracelets. You can find a wide array of these designer bracelets in attractive and enticing designs. They are a great way to make a style statement on your special day.

    Metal

    Bridal bracelets can be found in a variety of metals. Gold is by far the most popular choice. Yellow gold makes a traditional choice, while the demand for white gold bracelets is picking up with time.

    Bracelet made with a combination of yellow and white gold makes a trendy fashion accessory. Platinum ones encrusted with diamonds are highly sought after by many brides.

    Sterling silver bracelets also remain in demand due to their incredible lustre and affordable price. With changing times, the demand of this accessory made from metals like tungsten, bronze and aluminium have also increased. So, if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary you must definitely try out some of those stunning tungsten bracelets.

    Stones

    You can either opt for plain metal bracelets or bracelets encrusted with sparking gemstones. Diamonds are the most popular stone choice for bridal bracelets.

    Dazzling diamonds look mesmerizing set in precious metal and looks amazing when paired with other bridal accessories. Other stones that are in demand for bridal bracelets include sapphire, emerald, tanzanite, pearl, amethyst, perdiot and garnet.

    Price

    Price is an important consideration for bridal bracelets. Usually the cost of a bracelet you select for your wedding will depend upon the metal, stone and design you choose. If you are looking for affordable bracelets, you can check various stores, both online and offline in order to find exactly what you need within your budget.

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    Vintage Style Hats

    The materials used for hats include cotton, straw, fur, wool, and felt among others. If you are trying to figure out how old a vintage hat is, the shape is the key. In the Edwardian days, the hats were wide and very fancy. The 1920ss brought closely fitted hats referred to as cloches. In the 1930s, hats became more elegant in shape and less cute and mysterious. During the 1940s, they took on a graceful and strong shape and sometimes included veils. In the 1950s, hats became much more whimsical and were similar to those flowery bowed hats you would see in impressionist paintings. The platter shape style was also very much in style. During the 1960s, everyone was wearing pill box hats.

    Over the last few decades, hats have changed a lot. Vintage hats are still in style because of their importance in society is still as strong as it was in the past. People may dress up less, but vintage styling still have a place in fashion.

    You can invest in vintage hats without spending a fortune. You will find that they can be found for almost any price, which makes collecting them fun and easy. You can get them for a reasonable price and they can add a great deal of elegance and class to your outfits. Vintage hats made of straw or with wide brims look great with casual outfits and the fancier and tighter fitting hats go well with formal outfits and evening wear. They make great accessories and they are so affordable that you can have lots of different hats to go with all your outfits, both casual and dressy.

    When you wear the right hat, it flatters your facial features. You have to take the time to determine the hat shape that is most flattering to your face. You can talk to someone at a local hat store and try on a variety of styles or you can find information online that can help you figure this out.

    Vintage Hats are all Unique and Beautiful

    Just like snowflakes, vintage hats are all different. Even if you spend a lot of time shopping for them, you won’t usually find two that are the same. All of them are unique since the majority of them were made to order or added to by the owners. Sometimes, women would alter them for each of the seasons or to keep up with the latest fashions. You can do the same thing. If you have some damaged ones, you can take them apart and use the materials to make yours unique. Trimmings for one is also sold online. With all the vintage hats available, you can wear them to express your style and no one will have a hat like yours.

    The fun part of vintage hats is trying all the angles they fit at and seeing how they look with your hair fixed different ways. Each individual hat is going to appeal to a different person depending on the way they wear it, the attitude they wear it with, their style, and their coloring. You can even wear some of them backwards. You can start a vintage hat collection based on your favorite type of hat style and get as many colors as you can. You can even add pins and jewelry to them to make them unique. People will admire your unique style.

    Now that you know how great vintage hats are, you are ready to start shopping. You can shop online, at vintage stores, at thrift stores,or look in the attics of your home or a loved one’s home. Shopping for vintage hats is as fun as wearing them so you are going to love building your collection.

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    Flower Dangle Earrings

    Wearing the floral dangle earrings

    1. The flower earrings come in different lengths and will often move and swing. Apart from elongating the appearance of your neck and face, they can easily tangle in hair. It is therefore important that you consider your hair length and style when wearing the earrings. You can go for a pixie and short bob styles or hold your hair up so you keep them off your hair. These hair styles also give the beautiful earrings a chance to stand out and be seen.
    2. Since they can snag on clothing too, depending on their length and design, you also want to avoid high collar clothing, hoods and scarves when wearing the dangle earrings. Such clothes will not only give you a problem with the earrings, but will also make them look overwhelming with the bulk around the neck and shoulders.
    3. Consider wearing the earrings without any other jewelry. They are eye catching and make very good statement pieces, depending on their size and length, hence you do not really need any other jewelry to go with them. Most are loud, shiny and bright and you can find them in multiple styles and colors, hence needing no additions to create an elegant look.

    Care tips for floral dangle earrings

    1. To keep your earrings in top shape for longer, ensure that you choose that have secure studs and hooks. Considering that they can be heavy and large depending on the design, only strong studs and hooks will keep them from falling off your ears and breaking apart.
    2. When selecting your dangle earrings, you also want to ensure that you get only the highest quality metal and other materials. Hypoallergenic metals are the best, especially for those with sensitive skin. Poor quality materials will only fade and lose the shine after a few uses and remain at risk of unsightly rusting.
    3. After getting quality dangle earrings, ensure that you get proper storage for them. Throwing them in a box with other earrings may not be the best way to go because they can easily tangle on the others. Poor storage could also cause the embellishments to come off, especially when they pull on each other and scratches are also inevitable. Get a proper jewelry box if you can to hang the earrings.

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    Style With Wedding Accessories

    When a woman wears accessories on her wedding day she’ll shine with her own grace and pleasantly satisfying style. Unlike the weddings of the 80’s and 90’s, today’s accessories don’t have to be big and flashy. The accessories you complete your style with can be beautifully small, slick, and made of the finest metals available. New styles of tiaras and birdcage veils are available unlike ever before as well! This gives you a huge number of options to choose from when looking at wedding accessories.

    Jewelry and accessories need to show a new age feel and look. Remembering your wedding day in the far future should feel like the exact time, look, and feel of what it was. Make sure that whatever style of accessories you choose compliments the wedding dress of your dreams. Choosing small accessories will show off the small details that really matter. Matching your accessories with your attire is an important aspect that one must take a look at in considering how other people see the bride on her wedding day.

    A groom has all the right to get up and search for his very own wedding accessories. A groom can wear quite a few accessories, but the ones that truly matter include cuff-links, ties, cummerbunds, and even a flower to match the bride’s bouquet are among the most popular. Getting both the groom and bride specialized with their own style is a must when it comes to the dream wedding. With the groom and bride’s styles combining, this will be the most beautiful wedding on record. You wouldn’t want to go any less than the best when it comes to your dream wedding as well as what accessories you choose for that special day.

    There are so many other ways to go about adding accessories to your wedding. These ideas can include some very creative and sometimes unusual ways to make your wedding the unique wedding that you’ve always wanted. Some powerful accessories that you can add to your wedding includes wedding ring pillow, wedding guest book, bride and groom toasting glasses, and an unbelievable amount of other accessories to use in your once in a lifetime wedding.

    Looking for many different opportunities to use wedding accessories could become an expensive habit. Instead, look your greatest choosing the perfect accessories the first time around. This will make your wedding day that much more memorable! The chance to wear wedding accessories on yet another day in front of all your family and friends usually only comes once.

     

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    Handmade Men’s Bracelets

    Man progressed to the Bronze Age and bracelets for men came into their own with none other than the venerable King Tutankhamen sporting finely crafted bracelets as a symbol of his power. One can deduce that nobles and commoners followed suit and kept jewellers busy. Fast forward to the middle Ages when nobles kept their arms covered and the bracelet was not in favor. However, in far off India, Guru Go bind Singh developed Sikhism and enjoined men to wear a cJump to the 1900s and we find men developing a penchant for handmade men’s bracelets. American soldiers have issued wrist tags during WWII and these were to become fashionable in the following years as soldiers, in the aftermath of the war, took on various jobs while retaining their metal IDs. Not to be left behind the nautical fraternity developed their own versions in the form of Turk’s bead knots. The rise of flower power in the ’60s coincided with the fondness for earthy materials for use in handmade bracelets for men. Bracelets continued in popularity and some people got onto the bandwagon, promoting bracelets. Rockstars got into the act and fuelled the demand for men’s bracelets that became as creatively original as the maker could design them. Demand increased leading to mass produced bracelets for men but a band of creative artists kept alive the art of making bracelets by hand using traditional metals.

    One such artist came up with the idea of twisting metal wires into various shapes and designs and then beating the product with a hammer. The result is a cuff that can, according to the perception of the viewer, look like a barbed wire cuff, a DNA helix or razor wire in a lengthy and loving process where each piece is unique. Designers experiment with the use of traditional silver and gold along with more exotic rare earth metals like niobium. Made to order, such handmade bracelets are for discerning men who value the understated look of classy elegance. Some jewelry designers found their niche in casting and molding or cutting, machining and bending of metal or using beads and leather in handmade cuffs for men. However, these types are often targeted at those who wish to standout and make a strong style statement whereas handcrafted metal cuffs typify solidity. These days it is possible to use a laser to cut, engrave and etch metals and plastics and create unique designs but nothing matches the timeless appeal of traditional tools and methods to craft jewelry for men.

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    Ins-And-Outs of Diamond Earring Styles

    Without a doubt, a gem set in the luxuriousness of yellow gold makes a wonderful present and will be a surely treasured precious gift. A sure favorite shared by many women over the ages has been the diamond earring encased in yellow gold that dangles from a stud in the ear.

    With the beauty and elegance that this type of earring creates, it is no wonder that many women fall in love and treasure these gems. Treasured so much that these items will become a loved jewel in your lady’s jewelry case forever. As stunning as diamond earrings set in yellow gold may be, may women are now opting for diamonds set in white metals, such as gold, silver and platinum. The white coloring of the gold, silver or platinum creates a more flexible styling that your lady will appreciate, as these earring will match any clothing or styles.

    Diamond earring studs set in white gold, silver or platinum also create a cleaner, and more sophisticated piece of jewelry. White metal is a wonderful choice if you are worried about your metal colors interfering with your other jewelery or clothes that you wear. If you are looking for a budget friendly, yet still equally stunning piece, remember to choose sterling silver that is.925 grade or higher. Not only does this ensure a great looking piece, it also will ensure a quality of silver that will last longer.

    Diamond earrings wear perfectly with any outfit, whether it be everyday casual or dressed up on a special occasion. The wonderful thing about diamond earrings and all of the many styles available is that you can choose a pair that specifically matches an outfit, another piece of jewelry or you can purchase a pair that will look equally stunning in everyday casual clothing. White metal and white diamonds make striking and beautiful match and create a perfect surprise gift for your lady. She will really appreciate that you have given her something not only gorgeous, but that she can wear with anything.

    A single diamond hanging at the bottom of a strand of precious metal is what you will see when looking at the teardrop earring style. The teardrop earring is sure to be eye-catching, and they shine with sheer beauty, style and radiance.

    The teardrop earring made with white metals creates another choice for women other than the long styled elegance and sophistication of yellow gold, and they also style equally well with either business dress or casual dress, such as a pair of jeans.

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    Bridal Accessories

    Classic Necklace & Earring Sets

    Floral necklaces and earrings are a very popular bridal accessory style at the moment and, lucky for many brides, this style often comes in sets- like killing two birds with one stone, as the saying goes. Some particularly beautiful sets, like the crystal floral necklace and earring set and the pearl accented with oval shaped crystal set, can be found online for great prices and quick shipping. Other great deals include pearl drop crystal sets and ivory/gold pearl crystal coordinating sets.

    Classic Necklaces

    For floral style necklaces, many brides opt for silver floral necklaces, which can be found with pearls and crystals. However, one of the hottest new styles is the collar necklace. Thrifty brides can find many necklaces of this style for discounted prices. A popular choice in this style is the silver collar necklace with scallop design. For something more ample, brides should look for large crystal necklaces or a chunky beaded necklace style. The large crystal stone statement necklace is particularly substantial and impressive, as well as the golden pearl necklace, both of which can be found in the $30 to $40 price range.

    Classic Earrings

    For those brides who are only looking for earrings, a classic choice is the crystal dangle chandelier earrings, as well as the elegant crystal pear shaped drop earrings. For brides who want more dazzle, the crystal and pearl chandelier earrings are a smart choice. For a bride who prefers more long, dangly styles, a great choice is the graduated linear earring style or the crystal double hoop earrings.

    Bracelets

    For brides who plan to wear silver or crystal bridal accessories, the 2 row crystal circles bracelet will prove to be just the right touch. For a simpler crystal style, a classic piece is the crystal stretch bracelet. The row style bracelet also comes in black, the most popular style being the double stretch row bracelet with faceted stones. Brides who are looking for a bracelet other than silver will surely love the crystal topaz floral bracelet, which has a golden brown color.

    Hair Accessories

    Many brides are wearing gorgeous hair pieces as part of the bridal accessory look. For any bride who plans an up-do on her wedding day, jeweled hairpins provide a soft, understated sparkle to any bride’s look. A set of six pearl and crystal cluster hair pins run in the very inexpensive $20 price range. For a simple addition to a bride’s hairstyle, there are many pearl and crystal hairpin styles to choose from.

    Brooches and Pins

    For a bolder accessory style, many brides are opting to wear brooches and pins on their wedding day. Popular styles include the crystal flower brooch, the deep red flower pin, and the crystal rose pin. Most brooches and pins, even the most beautiful and durable, can be found online for under $20.

    Charms

    Charm bracelets are back in style and, of course, your wedding day is one of the biggest events of a person’s life. Beautiful and fun charms serve as the perfect way to remember and cherish your wedding day. There are many fun styles of charms, particularly online, some of which include the “I do” charm with a lobster clasp, love charms, butterfly and star charms and the sweet and entertainment flip flop charms.

    A Splash of Color

    Brides who wish to set off their gorgeous white wedding gowns may want to consider colored stones for their bridal accessories. For a set, a medallion necklace and earring combination is a popular choice, along with the softer pink lariat necklace and earring set. A great idea for not only the bride, but her bridal party are the faceted beaded bracelets, which come in many colors and are inexpensive. Similar to the faceted beaded bracelet, the triple strand stretch bracelet also provides that perfect hint of color. For earrings only, the linear faceted beaded cube earrings are a subtle and classic choice.