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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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Not About the Dragon Touch, but rather the anatomy of a scam on Craigs List.

scammerSo I am selling my ancient Dell D610 laptop on Craigs List at a reasonable price and of course I ran into a possible scammer. I don’t have proof just yet but the pieces are all there.

The synopsis below is a summary, not exact quotes:

  • First Contact: I would like to come see the laptop but I won’t be off work until, blah, blah.. Let me know what a good time to see it is.
  • Second Contact after about 1 day: I am sorry for the delayed response, but I have been dealing with some issues. I would really like that laptop. 
  • Third Contact: “Oh my my Dad has passed away and I must go to a funeral. If you save the laptop for me I will send a cashiers check for $20 over the sale amount so you can save it for me, please just take the ad down” At this point it is just getting weird…
  • Fourth Contact: “Thanks for holding on,I am almost done with my Dad’s burial
    arrangement. this is to inform you that the payment is out for
    delivery  via FedEx courier service here is the tracking no. 665013808110
    in the amount of $1300. Once you have the check in hand, you are to
    have the check deposited (Check clears within 24 hrs)and withdraw
    the balance after deduct the money for your item and extra $50 and
    remaining fund sent to my  Mover via   Money gram, She will come for
    the pick up and also  I have some other item to be pick up at your
    location.
    Here is the Mover info Below;Name……….Davis Deborah
    Address…….38 cloudstone dr
    City…………..Santa Fe
    State…………NM
    Zip Code……87505I will be waiting to read from you with the below details, so that the
    mover can schedule a pick up.1.  Sender’s name and address.
    2.  Amount Sent after money gram charges.
    3.  Digit Control Number.”  You will notice that the info is vague and why would someone send me money just to transfer it elsewhere?At this point I had even lied a bit and indicated I did computer consulting for the FBI. That would be enough to raise flags with any American, so this indicates someone that just doesn’t know what those letters mean.
  • Fifth Contact: “Hello,I want you to be patient, the funds covers the Movers fund, the check is a good check I have been very busy with my dad’s burial arrangement, Kindly get the check deposited and get back to me asap.”  The check has arrived, from an address in Cleveland on a bank not in Cleveland.  I will be checking it’s authenticity via the authorities. The check has arrived, from an address in Cleveland on a bank not in Cleveland.  I will be checking it’s authenticity via the authorities. Most glaring of all is the fact that the Fed-Ex Tracking number points right back to New Mexico!

So there you have it. A slow progression over roughly a week and a half, a sob story and feigned interest in a product very few folks are interested in. There are several clues here. If someone is offering you more money than a product is worth and asks you to move funds about the country using Money Gram then you my friend have found a scammer. Lead them along and collect as much evidence as possible. Don’t touch the check when it arrives and pass it on to the authorities. I would also like to point out that this is not the fault of Craig’s List whatsoever, as a matter of fact they point out how to spot scams. The bottom line is simply knowing the signs. Poor English in the emails, bad phrasing for the area you live in. Missing details and a sudden move that apparently leads you to a big profit.

That about covers it, I am sure this will need editing and a follow-up, but hopefully the point of this article gets across. One more minor item, the email address of the scammer: melodycgz@gmail.com

Other items to check….if these idiots send you a check, check the routing number (first nine numbers on the lower left). The American Banker’s Association has a nice site that will verify the check in no time flat. This one did not match any bank.

You basic fake cashiers check....
You basic fake cashiers check….

 

 

 

 

 

Tim

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