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Legitimate looking scams
posted at October 7, 2012 12:40 AM EDT
Re: Legitimate looking scams
posted at November 28, 2012 1:45 PM EST
First: September 16, 2011
Last: December 13, 2013
In Response to Legitimate looking scams:
Over the last few weeks, I've been receivng emails from banks, my Chase Visa and Microsoft that look very suspicious. The one from Visa told me that they were upgrading their information to protect their clients from "cyber-terrorism" and that I should give them sensitive informaiton in the process. Some come from banks telling me that I've been a possible victim of identity theft and should upgrade my information and status. From Microsoft, there's one that's telling me I won a lottery with them, but to contact them with my personal identification. Others are pop-ups on websites, AARP being one, of where I'm told that I will win a gift if I participate in a survey. The one on AARP told me that I'd win something from Best Buy is I responded to 3 questions within a few minutes. The most shocking is a pop-up from Microsoft telling me that my computer has been infected with a damaging virus which can be cleared if I purchase their "downloads". This is very frightening because, back in December of 2010, it infected my computer when I didn't "purchase" their "packages". It cost me over $200 to remove the virus which, I think, came from Russia. I hope we all know better to ignore emails from Nigeria and lottery winnings from other countries. These came up when I went on several game sites. Ignore pop-ups as well as they're trying to sell you their services. My advice is to call your banking institutions or credit card companies if you receive a legitimate looking email telling you that you need to give your personal information as they're protecting you from cyber-terrorism.
Posted by intersan
That is good advice, thank you intersan! And, I might add that anyone receiving emails when they try to sell sometthing online , must be aware of the fraudulent checks, money orders, and moneygrams out there!
The email I recieved saying they wanted to buy the computer I advertised online led to my receipt of a fraudulent moneygram, stating Wells Fargo Bank, and some company called Wilco. I didn't realize it was a scam until I received the check in an amount $2000 over the advertised price!
Oh, and then he started with the texts giving me instructions on how to deal with the funds!!!
I don't text at all. And , I don't need twenty emails to tell me how to deal with a check or money order! That was a big red flag, too!
I forwarded the emails to email@example.com, and I sent them to Wells Fargo, since they are a victim , too.
Oh, and when I took the money order to a bank , to verify that it was bad, the teller said her husband would buy the computer!