Fraud Alert: Argos Credit Card Refund SMS text message

Quick post to publish details of a fairly convincing fraudulent SMS text message received stating “Your Argos credit card has a refund of £270 from an overpayment”. This is followed by a link that when previewed almost looks legitimate and takes you to a spoofed Argos Login page to try and scam your username and password. What’s most convincing about this scam is that the SMS appears to come from “Argos” no number used and appears below a list of older genuine SMS from Argos for previous purchases. This in itself might be sufficient to convince most people to click the link and enter their details in the hope of a refund.

Things to look out for to know it’s a scam

  • Do you have an Argos Credit Card? In fact does one even exists? If not then straight away you know it’s a scam.
  • Are you expecting a refund from Argos? If not then you know it’s a scam. Don’t hold out hope that Argos is refunding you and you’ve got free money.
  • Look at the URL carefully. It doesn’t end Argos.co.uk it has a hyphen and then has -existing-customers etc on the end.

Don’t even click the link, you’d be surprised how much information they can gather from your browser just from cookies on their scam site.

BMW Download Manager – Map Update Errors USB

If you purchase the latest version of GPS navigation maps from BMW you don’t receive a disc/DVD or over the air updates, you have to download a whopping 32GB of data to put onto a USB drive to carry out the update.

That’s all ok as BMW offer a nifty BMW Download Manager that handles the download to make sure such a large file download doesn’t get interrupted. However, they cap the download speed, so what should have taken <1 hour on my 100mbps leased line took 18 hours. I left if going and when it was all done and downloaded it presented me with the following:

So I put in a 32GB thumb drive and it says there’s not enough free space because 32GB is actually only 31.25GB (1024bits in a byte and all that fun stuff) which meant the 31.38GB it said it needed is actually too much to fit on a 32GB USB drive so you need a 64GB drive. No problem, I have 64GB drives around too…

This is where the fun happens, you cannot format a 64GB USB drive as FAT32 you can only format it as exFAT or NTFS but the BMW Download manager rejects exFAT and NTFS file formats and requests FAT32 but you simply can’t have a FAT32 formatted drive larger than 32GB!

I even tried Fat32Formater 3rd party app to try and force the format of 64GB to FAT32 but the BMW Download App still rejected it.

I tried forcing a format to FAT32 using Command Prompt but that returns an error “The Volume is too big for FAT32”

So I’m currently out of ideas. I’ve managed to buy a BMW Navigation Map update but it has to have a FAT32 formatted USB drive larger than 32GB which appears to be impossible.

I will contact BMW support and see what their solution is and update here to help anybody else stuck in the same situation.

NVIDIA: Display driver stopped responding and has recovered [maybe a FIX]

Several times in the last week my dual monitor setup (BENQ GW2765HT and DELL U2414H) has blacked out, flickered and then either failed to come back or left me with only one display working.

This is normally coupled with a popup error message in the system tray:

Display driver stopped responding and has recovered. Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 331.82 stopped responding and has successfully recovered.

Display driver stopped responding and has recovered. Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 331.82 stopped responding and has successfully recovered.

I’m not sure why it says it has “successfully recovered” because I am unable to launch NVIDIA control panel until I’ve restarted the computer.

My display adapter is an NVIDIA NVS 310, computer is a DELL Precision T5610 running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. Continue reading “NVIDIA: Display driver stopped responding and has recovered [maybe a FIX]”