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How to Spot Scammers on Craigslist Easily! (Roughly 85% Effective). Video

This one comes to us from the mind of ….wait for it…yeah me! I thought of this one last night and have now proceeded to use it with another advert today on Craigslist.

The bottom line is that this in an incredibly simple method that I should have thought of years ago! Perhaps other folks have a similar approach, but perhaps not. In that case, if this saves you from a scammer a nice donation would be great or at least a thank you comment over on YouTube!

So the details are in the super-short 4.8 minute video, so watch and learn!

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Tim

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Scammers Are Driving Me Nuts Lately, Okay Perhaps More Like Providing Me A Humor Break At Work!

Trust No One…unless you can look them in the eye.

I know, this is not exactly the normal info you may see on this site, but it is important from a security point of view. The advantage of having a website is that you can post info that might help 1 or even 100 people. Since we strive to provide information, then I guess this post qualifies!

The last week or so has been very interesting phone wise. I have received an average of 1-2 calls per day from a variety of scammers. Now as a prelude here, I do not usually give out my number except to folks I know and people I trust.

So a few questions need answering here and then we will move on to what you should do when getting a call from a scammer. As far as I can tell the scam calls usually pickup after I post an item for sale on Craigslist. I will point out that this is not their fault, it is simply what happens when you tell folks to send a text when interested. Therefore scammers can scan through Craigslist, harvest phone numbers and go to work.

So what does a call from a scammer sound like? That depends, if they say they are from the IRS, they will invariably have a non-local number and an Indian or Pakistani, etc, accent. Now if they are North American based they will generally be belligerent, not answer your questions and generally try to bully you as they follow their script.

First rule of thumb, the IRS will never ask you for your social security number. Think about it, if you owe them, they already have that number, don’t they? So ask the caller why they need that number and then depending on how much of their time you want to waste, listen to the response. The voice will get louder, they will speak in a non-professional manner and they will tell you all about the officers coming to arrest you. Or you can simply hang up. Never call them back, because that may provide them your name through caller ID.

The next level of scammer is like the call I got the other day from a gent who accused me of stealing his WiFi. I was like wow, that is amazing where do you live. He became angry, called me names and then I simply hung up. I traced the number to someone local and they live roughly 3.5 miles away. I guess I must have a super great WiFi router? Nope…scammer.

Today I got two hilarious ones. One was from a guy named Jerome, who gave me a case number and had insisted I had not showed up in small claims court. So after interrupting him roughly 5 times and finally asking him to tell me where the court was located, as in what state and county he said of few expletives and hung up. Another bad income day for him!

The funniest one today was from a guy calling to ask me if I was the guy who hit his car this morning. So while trying to hold back my laughter, since my car is in the shop and I walked to work, I explained that I had no knee or toe damage and perhaps he was mistaken. However he insisted I had left my number on the note I had left on his car. So I asked what the number was and where this event had occurred. He then proceeded to get verbally abusive and I simply kept repeating the question until the jack-wad hung up.

Don’t fall for scammers. No professional will ever get angry, curse you or threaten you. Another good idea is to immediately ask if it is okay to record the conversation. After all, professionals in call centers record them all the time and they warn you up front.

Of course you can simply play along and then give them a ton of false info and then when they are starting to lay the trap, say excuse me, I will call you back, the “Price is Right is On!”, then hang up. Don’t call them back, ever!

That is about all I have at this time,

Tim

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So Today I Got The Strangest Phone Call At Work: Probable Scammer Or Prank Call?

Trust No One…unless you can look them in the eye.

Now I have had a few of my domains hacked in the last few years and managed to fix them with a bit of effort. But today I got a call that is still driving me nuts.

So about 3:40 PM CST today I get a call from this number: 773-571-1203 (and yeah, if it was a prank, sorry, but if it was a scammer, not sorry). The number in question is a cell number and feel free to text them or re-publish this info in any manner you see fit. Payback is a bitch, although I suspect it was cloned, but, what the hell.

I have dealt with scammers many times when selling stuff on Craigslist and all sorts of other situations, usually involving text or emails, but this call came into our business number at work from a Chicago area code that made it unlikely that it was business and then it got real suspicious. First of all I don’t believe I have ever associated my name with our business or our website. So that makes it most likely a prank, but if so, well hopefully  someone will take my advice and publish there number as I am doing.

The caller asked for me by name and then proceeded to to tell me my “personal website” was insecure. So I responded by asking him about which domain he was speaking of, since I own several, (note here, never tell the caller the names of your domains), and he only kept responding, “you know”. First of all I no longer have a personal domain anywhere, that ended when moving and putting stuff onto a remote host.

At this point after repeatedly asking for what domain I should be concerned about the asshat on the phone terminated the call.

First of all, all my domains, which can easily be looked up on a whois search are associated to MY phone number, not my work phone . So that sets off immediate warning bells. When dealing with an unknown caller, never give them ANY information, because that is exactly what they are fishing for.

So one more time: the cell number in question is: 773-571-1203

That is all I have for now,

Tim

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A sad commentary on the Interweb…Scammers are Idiots, Worse Yet, Honest Folks Can’t Read Past the Headlines…

Originally posted 2016-06-03 02:04:12.

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So as I pointed out in my previous post I have had very few offers on my Asus Zenpad (Z580CA) tablet that I am selling so I can obtain another tablet with Windows 10 on it to test.

But the sheer idiocy of folks on Craigslist is almost making my night a rather humorous one. After all, how many of you folks out there do not understand the phrases; “no trades” or “cash only” or “no shipping”? How much more blunt could I be?

Then we have the bonus morons who text from an easily looked up area code that makes them dumber than a box-o-rocks while also offering more than the tablet sold for on release? Seriously, do people fall for this lame ass scammer shit?

Now moving on, someone in the Nashville//Clarksville/Murray/Cadiz/Paducah area buy the damned tablet, and you non-local folks/scammers, please go-the-hell away! For honest folks the link is RIGHT HERE!

For those who wish to flood the scammers text inputs here are a few phone numbers:

1-727-308-4506 and…1-859-927-1666<– (pure scammer on this number)

Tim

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Just 1 Day on Craigslist and The Asus Notebook Records Its First Scammer!

Trust No One…unless you can look them in the eye.

As usual when selling anything on Craigslist you will run into scammers. They are as prevalent as flies near a pile of dog poop.

So just a day or so after putting the Asus X553SA up for sale on Craigslist I was rewarded with my first text from, you guessed it, a scammer with an area code from far from the local area and someone who apparently had never read the ad which clearly states, cash only, in person.

I guess there are people who fall for this crap but after explaining that yes, I did still have the notebookthis idiot asks if I will take a cashiers check. Normally I would have strung him along just for giggles, but in this case, well, I am tired of these assholes, so I said no, told him to read the damned ad and added a few other choice expletives to my reply.

The point is, when selling a product on Craigslist, you should assume all inquiries to be from a scammer until proven otherwise. Always accept cash only, in person and never, ever fall for the cashiers check scam, which will be followed up by how they will pay you more than the asking price and send their “pickup person around” to get the product. That then devolves into a complex web of them sending you a thousand or more over and a request to return several hundred by Western Union, etc.  Occasionally they will lead you along as interested first, then pull my grandpa/aunt/mom has passed and then go into the aforementioned scam.

No legitimate buyer will ever offer to pay more than you are asking. Only an idiot takes a good deal and says to himself, oh, wait, how can I pay too much?

So bottom line here, the Asus X553SA is still for sale and do not waste my time if you are a scammer since I forward all those scammer text phone numbers to the FBI.

Incidentally, here is a video of the Asus in question…

Tim

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