Have you noticed just how many scams are out there? Maybe it's just a sign of the times, with internet and cell phone service making contact so quickly available. I've had my email address for many years and it only has to get into the wrong hands just once, to become inundated with scammers trying to separate you from your hard earned money. Here's just a few I've received in the last week.
YOU QUALIFIED!! Congratulations, you've just been qualified for a $50,000 loan, interest free for 90 days. Just fill out this application and you're on your way to purchasing your life's DREAM!!
YOU WON!!! $100,000 will be deposited into your account TODAY!! In order to collect this amazing cash prize, please send your account number and social security number for processing.
WITHDRAWAL!! The $17,000.00 withdrawal you authorized has been deducted from your account.
TRANSFER APPROVED!! Please verify your bank account number and current information in order to allow this transfer into your account.
TRANSFER APPROVED!! Please verify your bank account number and current information if you did NOT authorize this transfer OUT of your account.
INHERITANCE!! Please contact our office with your bank account number so we may process your inheritance immediately.
NEIGHBORHOOD ALERT!! A pedophile has just moved into your neighborhood. Please verify your personal information so we can keep you informed.
ATTENTION ATTENTION!! IRS has just issued a warrant for your arrest for non-payment of taxes. Please verify your bank account number so we can protect your assets.
FREE SOLAR INSTALLATION!! You've been approved by a US government program to receive solar panels for free!! Just fill out this application, along with your credit card number and code for secured verification.
I get these silly emails every day, not to mention all the phone calls I receive. The Withdrawal one caught my attention enough that I immediately checked my accounts. Never ... and I mean NEVER click on any of these scams. At the County where I worked, our system was set up to notify us when emails were opened (clicked on) by the recipient. That meant we knew it was a good email address. I've no idea if these guys can do the same, but I'm not taking any chances.
The neighborhood alert got my attention also, but I still didn't click on it. If any of these were real, there are other ways to verify the information .... like calling your bank or doing your own internet search. Unfortunately, that still doesn't keep the wolves at bay, as evidenced by THE BED transaction.
There's lots of bad people out there ... don't let them get their sticky fingers in your pocket. ALWAYS be wary and vigilant and NEVER click on any emails unless you know the sender.
As for the phone calls, the "KBNX - You're ON THE AIR" response seems to be working rather well!! I just LOVE it when they hesitate just before they hang up!!