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My next step was going to be putting on my sexy voice and pretending they'd called me at a 1-800 sexline number. *G*

But then I figured I'd get millions of calls.

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One red flag for email phishing scams is when your name is not on the message. If you have an account with a bank, or PayPal, or Apple, etc., and they contact you by email about anything, your name will be somewhere in the message. The recent phishing attempt to me, purportedly from “Apple Support,” with whom I have an account, had no name on the message. Ditto for a previous phishing email scam from “PayPal,” with whom I have an account.

The same holds for telephone scams. There’s no name mentioned.



I've had telephone scammers call me by name.

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I don’t doubt it, Robbie.
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I have, too.

I am a volunteer for our community concert association, serving as their secretary and the student outreach co-chair. Just this week, I got something in email from a supposed grant organization we had "applied to" -- and it had my correct name, email, and phone number, though many of the other details about the address and concert were wrong. Scary how good they are....

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Just as I was finishing a post in the Rumpus Room, this arrived in my email:


[Apple logo]
 
 
Dear customer,
 
We've finished reviewing your account and cannot allow you access to the Apple platform.

This decision is final and no other information is required unless you verify your account now.

Please verify your account information by clicking on the link bellow.
 
Verify Now
 
Sincerely,
 
Apple


I have no Apple products or programs.


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“Apple platform?”

I AM an Apple customer and I’d just go to Apple.com to do whatever I want or need to do.
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That's because you're smarter than the average bear. emoticon

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Ummmm.... If the decision is FINAL, why do they need you to verify anything?

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So, one of my service providers was hacked, the company that allows me to pay my property taxes online rather than mailing a check to the state. The bad guys got my user name (in this case my email address) and my password, which happened to be the simple default password I use for non-critical accounts.

Luckily, I got a heads up from this company about the hack and proactively changed any account passwords that might be at risk. I forgot a couple of them, a gmail account I forgot I even had and my Netflix account. I got a notification that someone in the Ukraine tried to access my gmail account (unsuccessfully, thanks to double authentication) but they did get into my Netflix account and tried to take it over, losing my viewing history and supersizing the account. I noticed this quickly and regained control and put things back to normal.

At this point I'm just getting an avalanche of spam sent to my email every day. It's easy enough to send it to the waste bin, but I do have to spend a few minutes sorting real mail from fictional. I do wish that LINDA44, whoever she is, would stop trying to be my "special" buddy. It's not happening LINDA44.

I guess the lesson here is that you really do need to have a good, secure password that is different for each account or site. Your security is in the hands of others and you can't count on them to keep your information from the hackers.
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The lesson I've followed all along is to do as little business as possible online. If Experian can get hacked, so can everybody else.

I send checks to creditors rather than paying them online, even though they all tell me how much they'd rather I automate it.

No.

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I wish people with unauthorized access to my Inbox would stop offering me male enhancement.
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I wish people with unauthorized access to my Inbox would stop offering me male enhancement.



I used to get those. I assumed it was because my email contains the name "robbie" and that confused them as to my gender, even though it's preceded by "ms."

I can't imagine why you would get them.

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I used to get the male enhancement ads CONSTANTLY when I had a hotmail account, but I have not had the same problem with my gmail account. I suspect service providers have gotten more sophisticated over time.

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So, one of my service providers was hacked, the company that allows me to pay my property taxes online rather than mailing a check to the state. The bad guys got my user name (in this case my email address) and my password, which happened to be the simple default password I use for non-critical accounts.

Luckily, I got a heads up from this company about the hack and proactively changed any account passwords that might be at risk. I forgot a couple of them, a gmail account I forgot I even had and my Netflix account. I got a notification that someone in the Ukraine tried to access my gmail account (unsuccessfully, thanks to double authentication) but they did get into my Netflix account and tried to take it over, losing my viewing history and supersizing the account. I noticed this quickly and regained control and put things back to normal.

At this point I'm just getting an avalanche of spam sent to my email every day. It's easy enough to send it to the waste bin, but I do have to spend a few minutes sorting real mail from fictional. I do wish that LINDA44, whoever she is, would stop trying to be my "special" buddy. It's not happening LINDA44.

I guess the lesson here is that you really do need to have a good, secure password that is different for each account or site. Your security is in the hands of others and you can't count on them to keep your information from the hackers.



Ever since I changed my iPhone a few weeks ago to a new phone and number, I have been receiving text messages sent from email addresses I don't know. I didn't even know that you could send text messages from email, first of all, and these text messages copy another 20 phone numbers. ALL of these emails have been from "women," advertising that they are young (as in about 27), blonde, with large breasts and tiny waistlines, and they are "willing to work."

So I've had to go through the entire list on each of those group texts, blocking both the original email sender AND all of the phone numbers.

I may have to change cell phone numbers AGAIN, and that would be a royal pain.
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Geez, Susie.... As if you have the time to deal with that ridiculousness.

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Geez, Susie.... As if you have the time to deal with that ridiculousness.



Right. And I have to wonder why I don't get offers from young MEN who are "willing to work."

LOL!!
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Oh, man.... Now THOSE I would respond to!

I need you to replace the garage door opener.

I need you to replace the lightbulbs in the high places.

I need you to....

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One of the scams du jour is the call regarding the “past due” electric or phone bill. People in my town are getting calls from “Pepco” (a local electric company), but our town is serviced by Potomac Edison, not Pepco. Likewise, there are calls coming in from the “C&P Telephone Company,” that used to be the name of the local phone company. C&P has been Verizon for ages.
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I just got a phone call from my phone number. The caller ID had my name and phone number on it. I answered, and a recorded voice said, "We have been trying to get in touch with you. However, we are discontinuing your license..." At that point, I hung up. What can I do about this? Why would the caller ID be my name and number?
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I googled, and found this on the Federal Trade Commission website:

Federal Trade Commission
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Getting calls from your own number?

July 7, 2015
by Bikram Bandy
Do Not Call Program Coordinator, FTC

It’s like a scene out of a strange sci-fi movie. You get a call, look at the caller ID, and see that your own number is calling. Weird! No, this isn’t an alternate reality where your future self is calling the present you. It’s a scammer making an illegal robocall.

Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake or “spoof” caller ID information. They can make it look like they’re calling from a different place or phone number. Even your number. Scammers use this trick as a way to get around call-blocking and hide from law enforcement. They hope you’ll be curious enough to pick up. Don’t fall for it.

The real callers could be calling from anywhere in the world. We’ve written about these kinds of tricks before — like when scammers pretended to be the IRS and faked caller ID so people thought it really was the IRS calling.

Bottom line? These calls from your own number are illegal. Don’t pick up — or press buttons to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person. That just leads to more calls. It’s best to ignore them, and move on with your day. Maybe watch a really good sci-fi movie.

https://tinyurl.com/wjkdddw
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