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lilfox

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2370 on: March 06, 2014, 01:47:33 PM »
If this is a scam, they put a little more work into it than your usual mass spammer. If it's not, it's a terrible attempt at recruiting.

My non-work contact information is associated with my LinkedIn profile.  Apparently someone who is not connected to me got access to it and emailed me directly (vs. sending me a LinkedIn message).  This one stood out though as having several red flags:

1. The introduction was to me by name and offers a career opportunity (the job title mentioned is not commonly known outside our small professional community) for me or anyone else I might know who's looking. That's not too unusual, I get recruiting style emails once in a while and often a recruiter will ask that I pass the word along if I'm not interested.  This one, however, includes a tinyURL link (so no direct information about where it would send me) supposedly describing the position.  Yeah, not going to click on a random link in an unsolicited email.

2. The sign-off was just a guy's first name, no signature block or further details about the sender, like how he's associated with the company named in the email (which is a real company that would have that type of job).  Sorry bub, I don't know you and you gave me nothing to work with.

3. The email address (which uses a LinkedIn auto-reply to mask the real address) had a name associated with it that's very different from the signed name.  Why is "Bryan" not using his own email or LinkedIn account to write me?

So they got a lot of details correct so it appears legit, but at the same time, manage to provide almost no real information. I guess the point was to get me to look at the link?  ::)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2371 on: March 06, 2014, 03:44:15 PM »
Does the Swiss cat know about Gaddfi's eyebrow?

Does the eyebrow know about the Swiss cat?
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2372 on: March 06, 2014, 07:32:17 PM »
Does the Swiss cat know about Gaddfi's eyebrow?

Does the eyebrow know about the Swiss cat?

I suspect the Swiss cat has Gaddafi's eyebrow.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2373 on: March 06, 2014, 08:49:02 PM »
Does the Swiss cat know about Gaddfi's eyebrow?

Does the eyebrow know about the Swiss cat?

I suspect the Swiss cat has Gaddafi's eyebrow.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2374 on: March 06, 2014, 11:00:13 PM »
Yesterday I was listening to an all-news station on the radio, and heard a commercial that sounded like the marketing director was reading his spam out loud.  This commercial told people that they should go to a certain website to get FREE information on how to "unlock the secrets of the Bible," which would tell them how to make sound financial investments and retire rich.

That's just wrong on so many levels.  It was played during the morning rush hour, too, not just as a late-night thing.

I run into that particular spam (I think) in written form a lot!  At least, the one that I run into references some sort of secret Bible code that some guy has unlocked and that gives away all the financial secrets you'll need, etc.  I guess it's a form of modern-day Gnosticism?  I forget what website I see it on all the time, but I've definitely seen it as an ad on some news-type website a lot.

I see mention of this scam a lot in "Around the web" feds on the bottom of a few sites.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2375 on: March 07, 2014, 10:48:25 AM »
Yesterday I received the email about a "notice to vacate" my apartment; and today I received the Gadaffi one.  They all went to my spam folder of course and I just deleted them.  I agree it looks like the eviction email is meant for you to download some malicious software because you would have to click the link provided to supposedly send payment.  It people would not fall for these scams then these email would go away, but alas someone always does.

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« Reply #2376 on: March 07, 2014, 11:32:02 AM »
so, I just got a phone message from someone named Mary, I think. Very heavy Indian accent, they said that my loan for $5000 has been approved and that I should call them back. I don't think they mentioned the name of a company? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm always worried about my identity being stolen!

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« Reply #2377 on: March 07, 2014, 05:13:22 PM »
Here's a new one, apparently I have a court date in Austin in two months.

"Notice to Appear"
To Me (I'm assuming this is supposed to have my name or email address since this is in the "to" address field)
Today at 2:23 PM
Notice to Appear,

Hereby you are notified that you have been
scheduled to appear for your hearing that
will take place in the court of Austin in May 16, 2014 at 11:00 am.
Please bring all documents and witnesses relating to this case
with you to Court on your hearing date.
The copy of the court notice is attached to this letter.

Note: If you do not attend the hearing the
judge may hear the case in your absence.

Yours truly,
GRIFFIN Gallegos
Clerk to the Court.


The email comes with a file to download, I'm assuming it's like the eviction email and has malicious software.  Nice try

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« Reply #2378 on: March 07, 2014, 06:22:19 PM »
I have never been contacted by email or phone in any of the scams on the preceding 161 pages.  Lucky?  Perhaps.  Maybe just boring.   ;D

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2379 on: March 07, 2014, 06:56:30 PM »
so, I just got a phone message from someone named Mary, I think. Very heavy Indian accent, they said that my loan for $5000 has been approved and that I should call them back. I don't think they mentioned the name of a company? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm always worried about my identity being stolen!

If there were really a loan, they wouldn't be calling your phone - they'd be sending you paperwork in the mail.  It's a scam to prey on people who want a "free" $5000 - it's probably a sketchy loan company soliciting business.

kategillian

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2380 on: March 07, 2014, 07:21:11 PM »
so, I just got a phone message from someone named Mary, I think. Very heavy Indian accent, they said that my loan for $5000 has been approved and that I should call them back. I don't think they mentioned the name of a company? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm always worried about my identity being stolen!

If there were really a loan, they wouldn't be calling your phone - they'd be sending you paperwork in the mail.  It's a scam to prey on people who want a "free" $5000 - it's probably a sketchy loan company soliciting business.

Phew! Ok, thanks!

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« Reply #2381 on: March 07, 2014, 08:15:37 PM »
You can check out phone numbers at http://800notes.com/
(Its not just for numbers that start with 800)

I found that site when I googled the number that was calling me up to 6 times/day looking for "Michael".  On that site I learned that the caller was a car loan company.  Apparently Michael is a deadbeat.  He bought a car he did not intend to pay for and gave a fake phone number - my cell number. 

I post there under the name "not Michael" 

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« Reply #2382 on: March 07, 2014, 11:56:27 PM »
I have never been contacted by email or phone in any of the scams on the preceding 161 pages.  Lucky?  Perhaps.  Maybe just boring.   ;D

I would say just smart. I was told when we first got online to not open any email we didn't recognize, so I sent them all to the Spam folder without opening them. I missed an invitation to a baby shower, but other than that it's been good. I just looked into Spam before I deleted it. We have a message from Ami something, so I have no clue what it is. We only get a couple a day now.  (We also do the same thing with the telephone - don't answer if we don't know the caller - it will go to voicemail if it's important.)

Good gravy! Has it been 20 years that we have been online?

andi

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2383 on: March 08, 2014, 03:18:30 AM »
We just got one from a funeral home in Clearwater, Fl. They are sending us condolences on the passing of our "friend" (never actually named) and if we click "here" we will be directed to the funeral invitation.

Alexander Gillespie
Funeral Home Assistant
99 Northm Indian Rocks Rd
Belleair Bluffs, Fl 33770
727-584-7671

I'm gonna have to look that info up once I get home. We don't know anyone in Florida that would have your email but  not out phone number  to call.

KB

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2384 on: March 08, 2014, 04:21:58 AM »
We just got one from a funeral home in Clearwater, Fl. They are sending us condolences on the passing of our "friend" (never actually named) and if we click "here" we will be directed to the funeral invitation.

Alexander Gillespie
Funeral Home Assistant
99 Northm Indian Rocks Rd
Belleair Bluffs, Fl 33770
727-584-7671

I'm gonna have to look that info up once I get home. We don't know anyone in Florida that would have your email but  not out phone number  to call.

Ooh, you got the famous one!

http://www.azcentral.com/business/news/articles/20140221e-mailed-death-notice-really-phishing-scam.html