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Scam or Not a Scam

Updated on April 1, 2013

Watching Out For Those Things That Sound Too Good To Be True.

Hi Everybody! This is my recollection of the things I had to do to keep someone from almost getting away with scamming me. So read on as I describe the things that have happened and transpired since the beginning of the year. I update this post weekly, so don't miss any of the new things that may have happened lately.

Being disabled should not mean that I should become a victim of internet crimes. Don't they have anything better to do. I get bombarded with Spam and Junk email everyday. Sometimes even as much as thousands of emails, but recently I found out about a way to cut some of that down. Gosh, at times it is almost worse than the junk mail I get in the regular mail.

Some things you should know about how they operate and the tactics they will go through to get you to agree to send money to them. They have tons of ruses that they try and use. One of the biggest indicators of an email scam email is that they don't have bery good writing skills, and sometimes it is almost comical when you read their emails. So, come along and follow me through this short little journey. I hope that this will make you aware of some of the things you might be receiving in your email. And as always, "Happy Reading!"

Watch Out For.....

The emails that seems to be pleading for help. It is a ruse to get you to reply. Also watch out for the ones that say they are offering you a job. Read on to see more about this.

Arm yourself with information on how to Protect yourself from Scammers. - Amazon has lots of reading material on this subject.

Take a look at some of these items and check them out. They have much more also, but I couldn't list them all. So go ahead and click on something below and check out the other many items they have that is related to this subject.

Freelance Writers Wanted!!!

I am not sure how many people have signed up with some of these sites that proclaim to be able to get you an at home job just by registering.

Free Lance Writers wanted...

Good Grief I think I have applied to all of them, I am almost positive now.

So, my latest thing has been to try and work at home, wonderful concept and there are some jobs that are for you to work at home. I had been directed to check out all these different sites Squidoo.com, Freelance.com, eLance.com, oDesk.com, The picture below is from an email I received about two weeks ago.There are more like this out there, but as I was saying I had been told that as a freelance writer to sign up with some of these sites. So, I did. Well I love Squidoo, and eLance, and FreeLance. All of them seem to have great people and are always here to help us. oDesk is also helpful, however since I did not know where t go to report this company and stuff. But wait let me back up for a minute. I received the following email.

Breaking News...March 27, 2013...Oregon State Police Warn of Telephone Scam Click On Arrow!

People who are at home.

For whatever reason you find yourself at home and now you are trying to find a way to make ends meet, Heed this warning! "IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE" it usually isn't true at all.

Watch out for the phony job offers

Watch out for the phony job offers
Watch out for the phony job offers

Legitimate Jobs..

Will not surprise you with unnecessary information. You should not have to pay to work, unless they ask you to supply your own equipment. Then they will provide a list of appropriate equipment.

Alright?

I think I am getting an interview.

I log in to yahoo and recreate a yahoo address so that I could chat with them about the job. I get to chatting with them and then they said well we have reviewed your application and we would like to offer you this job and you are to start in the morning. Oh wow! I think, hey maybe this will be okay. I then thought about how limited my income had become due to me being disabled, and maybe just maybe I could supplement my income. So, they run down the benefits that they will give me, "Oh boy I think that this might be too good to be true, so I saved a copy of the offer they made me and I am sharing that too. .

So, I ask about how they pay and everything. They tried real hard to get me to send them money. I started getting that weird gut feeling that something was not right. Oh how right I was. When they wanted me to send money to Florida, and supposedly their office was in Denver, Colorado. Well I told them I could not get down to Western Union. Then they tried to get me to send it thru Paypal. They gave me a Paypal payee that was not a valid Paypal. So, I go back in and they have set up this new account with Paypal. But still it is not in Denver, Colorado. They stated that I needed to send 352.00 to their vendor to download the software that was going to be put on my brand new computer. They were supposedly suppose to send this to me.in order to start training for the position and that this computer would be shipped via Fedex to me. I pulled my boyfriend aside and told him what was happening. He said to me, that he wanted to see how they reacted to him getting mad, so I had to tell them that I could not start this job. When I explained that I didn't have an income coming in, then they started saying well, how do you pay your rent and bills. Well that really was not their business, but I went ahead and answered it. I get Disability I told them. They quickly side stepped around to make it sound like they were going to do me the biggest favor ever.

The next thing they did was a "doozy." They tell me that they are willing to make an exception and that they would send me a check so that I can send it to the vendor. Well I told them the check would have to clear before I send any money to anyone. I think I had already known deep inside that this was bogus.

I receive a Fedex package the next morning, with a check inside. I had no idea that they had delivered anything, but when I turned on my laptop, I was greeted with a message saying that I had already received the package with the check. And now I had 24 hours to get the money to this Vendor. I called my bank to see if we could verify funds. They said it would be easier for me to call them. So, I looked up the information on the bank. Called the bank and wouldn't you know, the check had been written off a closed account. Well I told my boyfriend about it, and he said well lets just see how far they will go. So I had the bogus employer call my boyfriend. Then they started getting really pushy and wanted to know where their money was?

Never give out personal information.

When they wanted to send me that check, they tried had to get my bank information. But NO WAY should you! Another ruse they like to use.

The Check They Sent

Phoney as A Three Dollar Bill.

So they Fed Ex a check to me. I call the bank to verify funds.By this time I have found out that the check is a phony check as well. And then I tell the bogus company that I have deposited it into my account. NO, I really did not! I contacted the business that this check was written off of and well they were pretty upset about this, and rightfully so. So, in a nut shell we started in Denver, Colorado then to send a check to the vendor in Florida. When unable to do that I am told that I will get a sign on bonus, and that I am to pay off Paypal to some guy in Ohio now. This was rather weird, Right? It gets weirder yet, the check is from a company out of Sacramento, CA but the company I was supposedly hired by is in Denver Colorado. Hmmmm, scratching head. And the best part is that the check has been mailed from Kansas Missouri from some school, Elementary School at that.

Elementary my Dear Watson?

So, what to do next. Contact your local authorities. The local police department said that they had a fraud unit but since I was smart enough to catch on to what they were doing, I needed to contact a different agency. I was told to contact the FBI, and that I could probably file a complaint on line. I asked for a number to call and was informed that I could look in the local telephone book.. Yes, I had to look up the local office for the FBI. I called the local FBI and I waited on the phone for about 15 minutes, and then finally was directed to contact the Internet Crime Prevention Team at IC3.qov. Had they actually been able to get any money from me then I could speak to an agent, so I filed my complaint with The Internet Crime Prevention Team. See the flyer below.,

Bulletin from iC3

Bulletin from iC3
Bulletin from iC3

Internet Crime Is On The Rise. Let's do our part to shut them down.

Check out some other sites - They have good information

Internet Crime on the rise. Come check out some of the other sites. Also if this has ever happened to you please report it to the IC3.gov.

Why do I get these?

Well it seems that these scammers like to send lots of Junk Mail. As if I don't get enough already.

Why, Who, Where?

The million dollar question of the day.

Well the only way to answer that question is let you know that you are not alone. I have received more emails in the last week that I want to share with you.

Please, if you get any of these 1.) Don't respond to them. 2.) Report them them to the fraud unit that I have listed. 3.) If it sounds to good to be true, well it probably is. Any place that asks you for your personal information be cautious of them. And if someone wants you to work for them, you should never have to pay for anything other than maybe a drug test or criminal background check.

Check back here often as I will post more updates as to any new scams. If you have any comments please feel free to write in the comments section. Thanks.

Should you get a check that you are not sure of.

A few things you should do, call the bank that it is written off of. Call information to get a current listening for the company name this is suppose to be from. If they tell you it is no good, contact your local law enforcement..

Things to do to avoid becoming prey to these villains. - Most definately check this out!

Well they are out to get me! Wow, or so it would seem. Having a fixed income is nothing to shrug our shoulders about, and boy howdy did I get a rude awakening this morning!

First, here is a little info about me, I am forty something, and about four years ago, involved in a horrific car accident. Several surgeries later, I am deemed unable to work. Oh God! I thought my life was over. Well it was just the monkey wrench I needed to get me here to Squidoo. And I couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to share this with. So this morning I got up and went to get something to eat with my boyfriend. And we are at the window to pay, "I am sorry, your card was declined! Do you have another you would like to use?" We only had the one at the moment, and so I pulled off to call my bank. Wow! Jet Blue in OK was charging my account for 652.00 where I was going I don't know. But my card had been cancelled. Thank God for the company that spotted the discrepancies.

So, to you my devoted readers, I am bequeathing this knowledge. Below is a list of things you can do to keep yourself safe. As I pay everything online, all of my bills, car payments, you name it, if I can obtain it by online, I do!

  • If you pay things online, like your phone bill, cable bill or electric bill. Make sure that these sites start with https: (You will want to use a secure site.)
  • Check your credit card statement for charges you do not recognize, even your bank statement. If you find something, call the credit card company or your bank. Sometime you can get charges reversed when you call the merchant directly. Otherwise for a small price the bank or credit card company will be happy to help you.
  • Register your American Express, Discover, VISA cards with VISA and there is one for MasterCard too. The links for that are above. These services are free.

Where has the Time gone?

March 2013 has gone and as the 1st of April arrives don't be played a fool!

Happy March 2013!

The busier I get the more they seem to send.

So as I was sitting at my computer the other day, my partner asks me what are you doing. And I was getting frustrated, but I was not frustrated with him. Every time I opened my email I must have had over 1000 emails that just hit my account. He asked me what's wrong honey, so I showed him, and he was in awe of how may of these Scam type emails I get in a very short period of time.

So again, as I have promised since writing this lens, I would be updating it every week. Sometimes I think I need to do it every other hour. But then I would never get anything else done, so I have chosen to do it Evey Thursday. And I have a lot to add.

Again Happy end of the !st quarter of the year, hard to believe that we have almost the first quarter of the year done with. Really, can someone please explain where the time goes. I surely don't remember it going this fast as a kid. But anyways, moving forward.

I get some of the weirdest emails, from these "SCAMMERS". The newest ones are "Hey, You Have Won such and such prize!" Then they go into the scam part of the email, well I don't want to take to much time to tell you everything that I have gotten when you can see for your self down below. Spring is just around the corner, so anytime something is happening in the world it seems like all these emails start coming. Have a great day, week, month! I will be back next Thursday to update my lens again.

Sorry This Has Gotten So Big

That I actually had to create a Part 2. Follow the arrow below.

Here are the updates

As promised! With April fools right around the corner, don't get fooled!

pictures and art work

As an affiliate of googles, I have permission to use images found on google website. All rights belong to the original author, there are no royalty fees.

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      Dkls 2 years ago

      I do apologize for reilpyng in English, don't know Hebrew but could read all the info via Google Translate The problem with the length of the name is not due to the Icelandic naming regulation, it is due to the fact that the computer system that was installed many years ago didn't accept more than 31 characters. This made the government officials ban people to use above 31 characters. The only substitute is using only the first letter as Guy mentioned above.I know this sounds very stupid (it is) but this has been a problem for a long time but will be fixed soon since it is most likely illegal.Being Icelandic I do like the fact that we don't use family names. This gives each individual the option of becoming something by his own but not because he belongs to the Jonsson family or something like that. Family names where used in Iceland by rich immigrants that ruled a lot the business in Iceland before we became indepented. Those names still exist with some individuals but we couldn't care at all. Some form of Icelandic family names also have been used as with Laxness, Eldje1rn etc. but people will always have to use their parents name as well (people can choose between using your fathers or mothers name in your last name. By default fathers name is added to your name but it can be changed. So if my mothers name was Helga then I would be Helguson (the name to Helgu Helga changes according to Icelandic Grammar).a0

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for the tips.

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      Catherine Frias 4 years ago from Salem, Oregon

      @makorip lm: Thank you for your comments. I am trying hard to keep this as current as I can.

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      Catherine Frias 4 years ago from Salem, Oregon

      @siobhanryan: thank you very much. I plan on adding more every week.

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for all the in-depth info and I'll be reading your updates. Good lens!

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      This is a excellent article and a great tutorial to warn people about those horrible scamers-Well done

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      carolinarobin 4 years ago

      Wow, this is interesting! I was scammed so much when I started searching for ways to make money online. Thousands of dollars, no doubt. Finally got it all figured out. Squidoo is a great place to make really great money!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am so glad you weren't taken in by this! Thank you for sharing!

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      Catherine Frias 4 years ago from Salem, Oregon

      @MikeDeHaan: Yes I most certainly did. I notified them first. And I hope they did not get to any of your money in your bank. They tried again just here on the 1st of February and I had not found out until we got home this last weekend. I have to say, that is the most horrifying experience to have some one say your card has been declined. My heart sunk right down to my stomach. But I will say that there are a few companies out there that are trying to make things better. I appreciate your comments. Stay in touch as I will have some new ones up again.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Great tips for people looking to avoid scams!!! Blessed!

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      Catherine Frias 4 years ago from Salem, Oregon

      @takkhisa: If you could, would you list some of those sites so that the readers have a little more ammo to fight some of these villains off. Thanks again for stopping by.,

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      MikeDeHaan 4 years ago

      So, did you inform O-desk that they had hooked you up with a scammer?

      If so, what was their reaction?

      The most common come-on I receive are urgent e-mails from financial institutions saying there is a problem with my account. That's not how they communicate with their real customers...and if they do, I recommend letting them know that they need to use a better channel to communicate.

      Really useful lens...congrats!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 4 years ago from New Jersey

      A RocketSquid Tip/Comment - feel free to delete after reading! This is great information you've presented here, but I'm not quite sure how it is "Super Niche" for the Challenge. Perhaps you could focus more in one one specific topic here, like "Avoiding Online Scams When You Are Disabled", or "Common Online Scams Targeted At Writers" ... something like that. Those are more "Super Niche" than simply "Niche", if you get what I'm saying?

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      Nicole Pellegrini 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Online scams are a real problem - I know so many people who have been caught up in promises and possibilities that seemed too good to be true - and it usually is! Good information here.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I agree that it is best to Watch Out For Those Things That Sound Too Good To Be True.

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Good information to keep the public informed. ^_^

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Sad but so true and we are well served to arm ourselves with knowledge about these crocks! Thanks for bringing it to my attention again.

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      Random thoughts2 4 years ago

      You added some great information. Few of them I was not aware of ... thanks again.

      Like your lens.

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      hungry-deer 4 years ago

      Very good page. It always amazes me how many heartless scamming people are in the world. They would do anything for a penny.... It is good at least it make you able to advice to us all less experienced with the problem.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Nice informative lens. And be aware of scam sites.