Don’t Fall For This Scam

There are a number of variations of this scam around the internet, but the symptoms are very common, and here is just one example. This example happened in Google Chrome, on a PC, I have not tested on the MAC yet, but have had similar situations on my MAC.

You type into your browser to go to YouTube but you accidental type the address incorrectly, say “YouTuber”, in this example.

Next thing you know, a Pop Up or “PUP” (Potentially Unwanted Program”) comes on the screen and says your computer has been infected. See the following message and screenshot.

typical-scam

Your computer with the IP address (an IP address will show here) has been infected by the Virus RDN/Yahlover.worm!055BCCAC9FEC-Your information (for example, passwords, messages, and credit cards) have been stolen. Call the Technical Support number below to protect your files and identity from further damage.

It even locks you onto the page, with seemingly no way to get out of the browser, and for a lot of users, this only reinforces, that the message must indeed be legitimate.

I have heard they will ask you to pay an amount, say somewhere between $30 – $150, to fix your computer, usually by someone pretty rude!

I was going to actually call the number listed, in this case 1-888-373-0151, and record the actual phone call, but trust me, this is a scam and there are many variations of it!

I recommend if this happens to you, launch task manager and “End Task” on your browser to force it closed, or if on a MAC OS “Force Quit” your browser.

I personally clear my browser cache, and immediately run something like Malwarebytes scanner, just to be sure.

One other thing worth mentioning, I always recommend to people, to use a password manager, to store your usernames, passwords, etc. This is just one more reason to use one. Don’t store your password or login information in your browser, that’s one potential place they are probably trying to steal it from.

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Spams and Scams

There are a lot of scams and spam messages that we all probably get everyday. I posted about 1 common scam here.

This is the best way I have ever seen anyone describe how to deal with those spam emails!

 

Typical Scams

How can I tell if someone is scamming me on Craigslist?


 

Craigslist is the number one thing I get asked about but there are many other scams to watch for, more on that at the end!

I sell a lot of stuff on Craigslist and have received many attempts at defrauding money from me, and it is so common, and I get asked about it so much, I thought I would give you a short example of the most common one I see when selling items online, especially on Craigslist.

The first response is usually a text or an email, responding to the ad, saying they are interested in the item, but are out of the country, so they need to get your PayPal email address to send payment.

If you fall for their scam, you might then receive an email that looks like this:Typical-Scam Looks pretty legit right? You will find that if you login to your PayPal account, there will be no deposit. The problem is some people have fallen victim by believing this email and shipping the item to the scammer without ever getting payment!

I have found that for some reason this scam is very often from Nigeria of all places but could come from anywhere.

Craigslist keeps a pretty good eye on this type of fraud, problem is some people don’t take proper precautions. If you would like to know more about protecting yourself, they have a lot of suggestions here http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

This is a great video a fellow YouTube user did in 2014 that is still pretty relevant, and its to the point.

T-Mobile Ripped Me Off

1-24-2014 – Yah! Finally have a phone that works reliably again. Hopefully my complaint will be noticed so others do not get ripped off!

The last thing I am still dealing with, is now that I have paid for the phone, (Almost $500 plus another $110 bill) they said it will take about 2 weeks for them to unlock the phone, which if I am to take the phone to another provider I will have to stay in service with them until they unlock the phone! This is almost comical at this point and seems like a scam. Does it make sense to anyone else that it would take two weeks to unlock a phone! Highly unlikely!

As much as I was disappointed with AT&T and  I was looking for an alternative Cell Phone providers, I decided to give T-Mobile a try, here is what happened.

They told me my area had great coverage when I signed up for new service, and after three months of trying they were unable to provide coverage at my location and their tech support even determined that indeed my area does not have coverage. A fact which supposedly they would tell anyone new signing up in this area. I am tempted to call as a new customer and test this theory but at this point I am sick of dealing with this issue and am only taking the time to tell others so they do not get defrauded as well.

The only option they ga ve me was to buy the phone from them outright for almost $500 plus what I have already paid them which will amount to over $1000. They told me I could have turned the device in earlier without this “penalty” – funny how they kept recommending different “troubleshooting steps” until they kept me as a customer and I was not told until everything had been exhausted,  that they do not offer coverage in my area right now. This is outright fraud and is just not right!

I have filed a complaint with the FTC and it will probably go nowhere but I think if enough people who have had similar issues take the time to complain, then these giant companies might be held accountable!

If you have been scammed or defrauded in some way, please take the time. My last Google search for “TMobile Fraud” showed over 216,000 hits!!!

T-Mobile Ripped Me Off