Today ive had 4 text messages from 4 different mobile numbers telling me theyre driver looking for my address to deliver my 'amaxon' order 'jon Lewwis' order, 'delivre yo viras maks from amaxon' and 'piza delivre'
Post by itinerantchild on Sept 27, 2020 11:00:23 GMT
Sadly not all scammers are as stupid and there are many out there who can send very believable emails which many people fall for. I recently had one from what looked like amazon asking me to verify certain details that Amazon actually have so that they can contact me to verify the security of my account. I had a look at the message and saw that the email address was a private address and was certainly not from Amazon but a lot of people would of believed it was from them as it was very well done and looked official. It arrived just after I had placed an order too meaning that they were connected into the Amazon system to know that or they just were ridiculously lucky with their timing !!
Be damn careful lovely hippies some of these scammers are not as stupid as the ones that have contacted Cris !!
Always look at the email address of any sender and for example if it is not amazon.com but is something like Andrew@hotmail blah blah or similar then it is a scam.
A bit of vigilence is very important in the internet world and never ever give any details until you are sure that it appears to be correct :-)
I have to confess, waaaaaay back when I first started using the internet and when the internet itself was relatively new, I got an email from 'paypal' asking me to follow a link in the email and log in for security reasons. Without thinking I did, then immediately thought it seemed wrong. So within five minutes I changed my password. No harm done, and wasn't using paypal that much anyway.
I have those all the time with copied Amazon or Paypal or ITunes website templates but theyre just random opportunism not related to any purchases.
I always check the email headers first to see where theyve originated,usually from China Russia US or Nigeria.
Last year i had my brand new bank card fraudulently used within an hour of me activating it and had only used it on Amazon a few minutes after.The bank noticed a discrepancy and cancelled the card.
The replacement i got a week later was used again fraudulently within an hour of activation and id only used it in Tesco local store an hour afterwards.
Both times the fraud transactions were initiated in the US to order services and goods in an EU country (not UK)..which begs the question how did someone in the US get my brand new card details.
Fortunately both times the bank systems were on the ball as were the fraud team and contacted me immediately when they noticed the transactions were odd.
They wouldnt elaborate on their investigation but it had to be an internal issue or someone in the postal system with a scanner as it wasnt an Amazon or Tesco system breach. Its not difficult to tell if theres a card in an envelope and someone with the right tech to scan it.
I dont store any card details online anywhere,i never do and dont recommend anyone use that facility on any online store to 'save time' or 'for your convenience'.
All systems are accessible,i dont care how secure the companies say their systems are.A kid hacked into the Pentagon system.
I dont use common email systems like gmail or hotmail or yahoo,only paid for highly encrypted services with no storage servers that cant store your mail or details.I only use VPNs to access the internet. Nothing of importance is stored on my devices.
Yes there are very clever scammers but theyre a relative minority. The majority arent that bright and make easily spotable errors or rely on the average stupidity level of gullible internet users.
If you dont use common sense about your online security its like leaving your front door key under the plant pot by the front door,everyone knows its there,cuz thats what lots of people do...dont do it.Use a password manager that uses military standard encryption to generate passwords.Dont take any text or email you receive for granted,even if they look like theyre from friends.Dont ever click on links in texts or emails purporting to be companies you deal with. Go to your account separately and check any information youve been told yourself. NO company will ever ask you your card or personal details by text email or random phone call.
Simple answer with internet or mobiles,be skeptical always,trust nothing ever.
Last Edit: Sept 27, 2020 11:58:30 GMT by NomadCris
I had a email from dvla saying my debit card had failed payment or something. Best one I seen in a long time for scam till you check the senders email and the one it came on doesn't get used for .gov stuff. But being tired after lots of driving took me a few minutes longer to work it out.