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Scams Online and Scam Robo Calls

Updated on July 31, 2018

Internet Scams, Cell Phone Robo Call Scams

Scams are going to happen in person and on the internet. I decided to create this Hub, because for the last month I have been getting Robo Calls from fraudsters, that actually thought I was a regular type of consumer that falls easily to these type of scams. I am a firm believer in justice and advocating for the small person, and I really do not like to hear when people get taken advantage of. Today I received a call from a Verizon Wireless customer care number, which I thought was odd since I do not have Verizon Wireless service. I used to work for the company so I am familiar with the number, and was surprised that they left a message. I called my voice, and it was a scam.


::::: Be on Alert:::::::

The automated message left a website for me to visit:

DO NOT VISIT this website this is for information purposes only so if you find this Hub, you will understand that its a fake scam, and they just want your information so avoid it at all cost.

The automated message says to visit wwyw.myverizon60.com (I intentionally put a "Y" in the address so it doesn't somehow turn into a link) but the web address is spoofed and it is really a web address that directs you to:

------------> 60mybonus.no-ip.biz <--------- Fraudulent website


I shouldn't have to say it, but again DO NOT VISIT THOSE SITES, AND IF YOU DO, BECAUSE THE CURIOSITY IS INSIDE OF YOU, DO NOT INPUT YOUR INFORMATION!

If you are a Verizon Wireless customer below are some of the things you can do:

If you receive a text message, forward it to 7726;

If you receive an email of this sort, forward it to phishing@verizonwireless.com;

If you receive a phone message, call *611 and report it.

Or if you are a NON-Verizon Customer call there 800.922.0204 Line and hit option 4, and just wait...a customer care rep will come on the phone eventually. And request the fraud department or request a report to be emailed/sent to the fraud department.


Be aware that Verizon Will not Robo call you to update your information online just so you can win or get anytime of credit applied to your bill. I no longer work for the company, but trust me, Big Red is not going to offer you credit to keep your information up to date. This goes along for any other provider that you my do business with. I will periodically update this hub to other fake known scams that have affected me because I know they have probably affected other people also. I am one of those people that believes in true customer service, and following up on matters that mean something to myself and to others.


I will make a Hub about good ways to avoid cam websites but the quick and easiest way is to install Comodo Internet Security and Avast!, they are both free and they will keep you safe with the basic features. They will actually automatically block known fraudulent websites automatically to help protect you. As time goes on I will add more fraudulent websites that I have come across.




The top portion was about Verizon Wireless as I used to work their many moons ago. Times have changed, and scammers have become extremely sophisticated. We all take our personal security for granted when we become comfortable in our day to day lives.

One of the top things you can do, is verify the apps you have on your phone are legit. I know some may have high star ratings, and good reviews, but hackers, scammers and just about anybody can post a fake review enticing you to download the app. Search the app online, visit the website associated with the app. How many permission is the app looking to have? That clock app doesn't really need access to your pictures, contacts, and your email does it?


Use a tool like this: https://ipinfo.info/html/ip_checker.php To check the whois database for the website from an app.

For example, you can check a domain name like hubpages.com which will spit out as of the current date of July 30th 2018 the below info:

WHOIS Database Output From The Reverse Domain IP Check Information Below is Publicly Available

Domain Name: hubpages.com

Top Level Domain: COM (Commercial TLD)

DNS Lookup

IP Address: 54.210.196.148

Geolocation: US (United States), VA, Virginia, 20149 Ashburn - Google Maps

Reverse DNS: ec2-54-210-196-148.compute-1.amazonaws.com

Domain Check

Domain Name: hubpages.com

Top Level Domain: COM (Commercial TLD)

Domain Name: HUBPAGES.COM
Registry Domain ID: 153326160_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.registrar.amazon.com
Registrar URL: http://registrar.amazon.com
Updated Date: 2017-10-07T01:13:32Z
Creation Date: 2005-04-28T00:32:00Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2021-04-28T00:32:00Z
Registrar: Amazon Registrar, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 468
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: registrar-abuse@amazon.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.2062661000
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Name Server: NS-1345.AWSDNS-40.ORG
Name Server: NS-1714.AWSDNS-22.CO.UK
Name Server: NS-413.AWSDNS-51.COM
Name Server: NS-577.AWSDNS-08.NET
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
>>> Last update of whois database: 2018-07-31T05:06:01Z <<<

For more information on Whois status codes, please visit https://icann.org/epp

NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the
registrar's sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry is
currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the expiration
date of the domain name registrant's agreement with the sponsoring
registrar. Users may consult the sponsoring registrar's Whois database to
view the registrar's reported date of expiration for this registration.

TERMS OF USE: You are not authorized to access or query our Whois
database through the use of electronic processes that are high-volume and
automated except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or
modify existing registrations; the Data in VeriSign Global Registry
Services' ("VeriSign") Whois database is provided by VeriSign for
information purposes only, and to assist persons in obtaining information
about or related to a domain name registration record. VeriSign does not
guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a Whois query, you agree to abide
by the following terms of use: You agree that you may use this Data only
for lawful purposes and that under no circumstances will you use this Data
to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass
unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail, telephone,
or facsimile; or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes
that apply to VeriSign (or its computer systems). The compilation,
repackaging, dissemination or other use of this Data is expressly
prohibited without the prior written consent of VeriSign. You agree not to
use electronic processes that are automated and high-volume to access or
query the Whois database except as reasonably necessary to register
domain names or modify existing registrations. VeriSign reserves the right
to restrict your access to the Whois database in its sole discretion to ensure
operational stability. VeriSign may restrict or terminate your access to the
Whois database for failure to abide by these terms of use. VeriSign
reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.

The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .EDU domains and
Registrars.
Domain Name: hubpages.com
Registry Domain ID: 153326160_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.registrar.amazon.com
Registrar URL: https://registrar.amazon.com
Updated Date: 2017-10-07T01:13:32.983Z
Creation Date: 2005-04-28T00:32:00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-28T00:32:00Z
Registrar: Amazon Registrar, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 468
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: registrar-abuse@amazon.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.2067406200
Reseller:
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: transferPeriod https://icann.org/epp#transferPeriod
Domain Status: ok https://icann.org/epp#ok
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: On behalf of hubpages.com owner
Registrant Organization: Whois Privacy Service
Registrant Street: P.O. Box 81226
Registrant City: Seattle
Registrant State/Province: WA
Registrant Postal Code: 98108-1226
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.2065771368
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: owner-11728580@hubpages.com.whoisprivacyservice.org
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: On behalf of hubpages.com administrative contact
Admin Organization: Whois Privacy Service
Admin Street: P.O. Box 81226
Admin City: Seattle
Admin State/Province: WA
Admin Postal Code: 98108-1226
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.2065771368
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: admin-11728580@hubpages.com.whoisprivacyservice.org
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: On behalf of hubpages.com technical contact
Tech Organization: Whois Privacy Service
Tech Street: P.O. Box 81226
Tech City: Seattle
Tech State/Province: WA
Tech Postal Code: 98108-1226
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.2065771368
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax:
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: tech-11728580@hubpages.com.whoisprivacyservice.org
Name Server: ns-1345.awsdns-40.org
Name Server: ns-1714.awsdns-22.co.uk
Name Server: ns-413.awsdns-51.com
Name Server: ns-577.awsdns-08.net
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2017-10-07T01:13:33.317Z <<<

For more information on Whois status codes, please visit https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/epp

By submitting a query to the Amazon Registrar, Inc. WHOIS database, you agree to abide by the following terms. The data in Amazon Registrar, Inc.'s WHOIS database is provided by Amazon Registrar, Inc. for the sole purpose of assisting you in obtaining information about domain name accuracy. You agree to use this data only for lawful purposes and further agree not to use this data for any unlawful purpose or to: (1) enable, allow, or otherwise support the transmission by email, telephone, or facsimile of commercial advertising or unsolicited bulk email, or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes to collect or compile this data for any purpose, including mining this data for your own personal or commercial purposes. Amazon Registrar, Inc. reserves the right to restrict or terminate your access to the data if you fail to abide by these terms of use. Amazon Registrar, Inc. reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.

Visit Amazon Registrar, Inc. at https://registrar.amazon.com
Contact us at registrar@amazon.com or +1.2062661000

© 2018, Amazon.com, Inc., or its affiliates

IP Address Check

IP-Address from DNS Host Lookup: 54.210.196.148

Geolocation: US (United States), VA, Virginia, 20149 Ashburn - Google Maps

% This is the RIPE Database query service.
% The objects are in RPSL format.
%
% The RIPE Database is subject to Terms and Conditions.
% See http://www.ripe.net/db/support/db-terms-conditions.pdf

% Information related to '54.39.0.0 - 54.255.255.255'

% No abuse contact registered for 54.39.0.0 - 54.255.255.255

inetnum: 54.39.0.0 - 54.255.255.255
netname: NON-RIPE-NCC-MANAGED-ADDRESS-BLOCK
descr: IPv4 address block not managed by the RIPE NCC
remarks: ------------------------------------------------------
remarks:
remarks: You can find the whois server to query, or the
remarks: IANA registry to query on this web page:
remarks: http://www.iana.org/assignments/ipv4-address-space
remarks:
remarks: You can access databases of other RIRs at:
remarks:
remarks: AFRINIC (Africa)
remarks: http://www.afrinic.net/ whois.afrinic.net
remarks:
remarks: APNIC (Asia Pacific)
remarks: http://www.apnic.net/ whois.apnic.net
remarks:
remarks: ARIN (Northern America)
remarks: http://www.arin.net/ whois.arin.net
remarks:
remarks: LACNIC (Latin America and the Carribean)
remarks: http://www.lacnic.net/ whois.lacnic.net
remarks:
remarks: IANA IPV4 Recovered Address Space
remarks: http://www.iana.org/assignments/ipv4-recovered-address-space/ipv4-recovered-address-space.xhtml
remarks:
remarks: ------------------------------------------------------
country: EU # Country is really world wide
admin-c: IANA1-RIPE
tech-c: IANA1-RIPE
status: ALLOCATED UNSPECIFIED
mnt-by: RIPE-NCC-HM-MNT
mnt-lower: RIPE-NCC-HM-MNT
mnt-routes: RIPE-NCC-RPSL-MNT
created: 2017-10-20T15:09:15Z
last-modified: 2017-10-20T15:09:15Z
source: RIPE

role: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
address: see http://www.iana.org.
e-mail: bitbucket@ripe.net
admin-c: IANA1-RIPE
tech-c: IANA1-RIPE
nic-hdl: IANA1-RIPE
remarks: For more information on IANA services
remarks: go to IANA web site at http://www.iana.org.
mnt-by: RIPE-NCC-MNT
created: 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z
last-modified: 2001-09-22T09:31:27Z
source: RIPE

% This query was served by the RIPE Database Query Service version 1.91.2 (BLAARKOP)

Domain Name: HUBPAGES.COM
Registry Domain ID: 153326160_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.registrar.amazon.com
Registrar URL: http://registrar.amazon.com
Updated Date: 2017-10-07T01:13:32Z
Creation Date: 2005-04-28T00:32:00Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2021-04-28T00:32:00Z
Registrar: Amazon Registrar, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 468
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: registrar-abuse@amazon.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.2062661000
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Name Server: NS-1345.AWSDNS-40.ORG
Name Server: NS-1714.AWSDNS-22.CO.UK
Name Server: NS-413.AWSDNS-51.COM
Name Server: NS-577.AWSDNS-08.NET
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
>>> Last update of whois database: 2018-07-31T05:06:01Z <<<

For more information on Whois status codes, please visit https://icann.org/epp

NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the
registrar's sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry is
currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the expiration
date of the domain name registrant's agreement with the sponsoring
registrar. Users may consult the sponsoring registrar's Whois database to
view the registrar's reported date of expiration for this registration.

TERMS OF USE: You are not authorized to access or query our Whois
database through the use of electronic processes that are high-volume and
automated except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or
modify existing registrations; the Data in VeriSign Global Registry
Services' ("VeriSign") Whois database is provided by VeriSign for
information purposes only, and to assist persons in obtaining information
about or related to a domain name registration record. VeriSign does not
guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a Whois query, you agree to abide
by the following terms of use: You agree that you may use this Data only
for lawful purposes and that under no circumstances will you use this Data
to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass
unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail, telephone,
or facsimile; or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes
that apply to VeriSign (or its computer systems). The compilation,
repackaging, dissemination or other use of this Data is expressly
prohibited without the prior written consent of VeriSign. You agree not to
use electronic processes that are automated and high-volume to access or
query the Whois database except as reasonably necessary to register
domain names or modify existing registrations. VeriSign reserves the right
to restrict your access to the Whois database in its sole discretion to ensure
operational stability. VeriSign may restrict or terminate your access to the
Whois database for failure to abide by these terms of use. VeriSign
reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.

The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .EDU domains and
Registrars.
Domain Name: hubpages.com
Registry Domain ID: 153326160_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.registrar.amazon.com
Registrar URL: https://registrar.amazon.com
Updated Date: 2017-10-07T01:13:32.983Z
Creation Date: 2005-04-28T00:32:00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-28T00:32:00Z
Registrar: Amazon Registrar, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 468
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: registrar-abuse@amazon.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.2067406200
Reseller:
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: transferPeriod https://icann.org/epp#transferPeriod
Domain Status: ok https://icann.org/epp#ok
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: On behalf of hubpages.com owner
Registrant Organization: Whois Privacy Service
Registrant Street: P.O. Box 81226
Registrant City: Seattle
Registrant State/Province: WA
Registrant Postal Code: 98108-1226
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.2065771368
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: owner-11728580@hubpages.com.whoisprivacyservice.org
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: On behalf of hubpages.com administrative contact
Admin Organization: Whois Privacy Service
Admin Street: P.O. Box 81226
Admin City: Seattle
Admin State/Province: WA
Admin Postal Code: 98108-1226
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.2065771368
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: admin-11728580@hubpages.com.whoisprivacyservice.org
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: On behalf of hubpages.com technical contact
Tech Organization: Whois Privacy Service
Tech Street: P.O. Box 81226
Tech City: Seattle
Tech State/Province: WA
Tech Postal Code: 98108-1226
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.2065771368
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax:
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: tech-11728580@hubpages.com.whoisprivacyservice.org
Name Server: ns-1345.awsdns-40.org
Name Server: ns-1714.awsdns-22.co.uk
Name Server: ns-413.awsdns-51.com
Name Server: ns-577.awsdns-08.net
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2017-10-07T01:13:33.317Z <<<

For more information on Whois status codes, please visit https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/epp

By submitting a query to the Amazon Registrar, Inc. WHOIS database, you agree to abide by the following terms. The data in Amazon Registrar, Inc.'s WHOIS database is provided by Amazon Registrar, Inc. for the sole purpose of assisting you in obtaining information about domain name accuracy. You agree to use this data only for lawful purposes and further agree not to use this data for any unlawful purpose or to: (1) enable, allow, or otherwise support the transmission by email, telephone, or facsimile of commercial advertising or unsolicited bulk email, or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes to collect or compile this data for any purpose, including mining this data for your own personal or commercial purposes. Amazon Registrar, Inc. reserves the right to restrict or terminate your access to the data if you fail to abide by these terms of use. Amazon Registrar, Inc. reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.

Visit Amazon Registrar, Inc. at https://registrar.amazon.com
Contact us at registrar@amazon.com or +1.2062661000

© 2018, Amazon.com, Inc., or its affiliates

Search for Complaints - Use Multiple Emails

There are tons of personal and professional blogs that rate apps, and a basic Google/Bing search can usually find someone that has used the same app you are pondering which can help save you some headaches down the road.


Another easy way to avoid scammers is to have multiple email accounts.

Use:

Email#1 for personal, friends and family

Email#2 for personal business

Email#3 for signing up for those specials and deals, and the email you give the store when they ask you before paying for your items.

Email#4 Those other friends, that get on your nerves, and you really don't want them to have your main email

Email#5 Misc. Email to have and use.


It may seem like a lot, but over time you will start to see which places have misused your email, and you can keep your friends and family email inbox clutter free.



Search the FTC Gov website about a company you are dealing with to see if they have lots of complaints. While you are there, register your phone number at the following address, and the below was taken from the FTC Gov website https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0133-cell-phones-and-do-not-call-registry:

  • "There is only one Do Not Call Registry, operated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with information available at donotcall.gov. There is no separate registry for cell phones.
  • The Do Not Call Registry accepts registrations from both cell phones and land lines. To register by telephone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). You must call from the phone number that you want to register. To register online (donotcall.gov), you will have to respond to a confirmation email."

Courtesy of our Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information. It may not seem like it will help, but you will be amazed at the little things you can do, to help yourself avoid being scammed.

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