Spotting a Scammer - Part 2

This is part 2 of my 2 part series of Spotting a Scammer. Here is Part 1. Today I would like to talk to you about Scammers that try to scam you using an offer in an email. For example, if you receive an email stating that you have been chosen to receive 3.7 Million dollars that remains in their bank from a rich American that passed away in their country, with no known relatives to claim the money, this is a Scam! Bottom line, this is a scam. They will ask you for your bank account information, so they can send you the money.

Trust me when I say that there is no money to give you. They actually want your bank account information so they can drain your account and steal your identity. I know that 3.7 Million dollars is really tempting, but please, don't fall for it. There is nothing legitimate about it. You Will Be Scammed! When you see one of these emails, just delete it. You can also warn your friends about that name and email address, so they do not fall victim to this scam. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of these Scammers, so if you have not received an email like that yet, you can bet that you will.

This is very important, so listen up! No legitimate business is going to ask you for your account information by email. Not your password, not your ID, not anything private. They want to protect your privacy, not jeopardize it. Banks, law firms, finance companies, or any real, legitimate business is NOT going to ask you to give them personal or private information through email. So, if you are asked to give this information through email, then it's a scam, con, or phishing scheme. Also, if you do receive an email that claims that your account information has been compromised in some way, and they ask you to go to the website, and sign in to correct the problem, this is called phishing, and it is a scam.

You already know what the correct website address is for your bank's website, right?. Please, look closely at that website's address in the address field in your browser, and make absolutely sure that it is the correct address for your bank's website. If it looks wrong, or something doesn't look right, then get out of there! Report that website to your bank. Call your bank and give them the website address over the phone. The sooner something is done to stop these phishing scams, the sooner you can prevent it from happening to someone else.

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Spotting a Scammer - Part 1

My post today is about Scammers. If you are a member of a social networking site, then chances are that you have encountered a Scammer. They create a profile on these social sites, and most of the time, they don't even bother completing their profiles. In fact, I've ran into some Scammers that didn't even bother adding a profile photo. If they fill out their profile, it's usually bogus BS about nonsense they doesn't even make sense half the time. They only put it there to make the page look filled out.

Understand that these Scammers are trying to run an illegitimate business of scamming as much people as possible. That's what they do! So, they don't like to spend too much time adding photos and completing profiles. Especially since they create as many accounts as they can, to reach as many potential suckers, I mean, to reach as many innocent people as they can.

Their next step per account, is to search for people and send them a message. So, chances are, you will receive a message from one or more of these Scammers, even though their profiles are not completed, and/or they don't even have a photo uploaded. And, if they do have a photo uploaded, then it's a picture of some beautiful woman that they found somewhere on the web. They don't care if they are deceiving you. They are Scammers, and that's what they do!

They bottom line is: The average person that joins a friendship site, is going to completely fill out their profile and upload photos of themselves first, before they even attempt to contact anyone for friendship. Think about that for a moment.... Would you create an account on a social networking site, and then start contacting people before you even filled out your profile and/or added a profile photo?? I wouldn't!

This is really important, so listen up! How many people do you know that give you their email address on first contact? If it's a legitimate business person, then maybe. If it's someone running a webcam show, then no. They give you their web page instead. A Scammer will usually always give out their email address on first contact, and make some excuse that they hardly come to that site anymore, or that they can't upload photos to that site, and that Scammer wants you to email them so they can send you photos. But, these are not photos of them. These are just more photos that they found on the web. No Kidding! And, now that they have your email address, let the scamming begin!




Below are 2 examples of Scammers. Please do not try to contact these people. They only want to deceive you, lie to you, and take you for everything you got! If a Scammer contacts you, report them immediately, and delete that message.







I don't want to make this too long, so look for part 2 of Spotting a Scammer. If you have any more information that you can provide to help educate people against Scammers, then please add it to the comments below. You can upload screen shots and other images of who you think is a Scammer. Add discussions about this topic, and get involved!

Thank you!
Stephen


Stop typing in all capital letters

My post today is about people who type in all capital letters. You've seen it in emails. You've seen it in private messages. You've seen it in instant messages. Yes, it's the infamous ALL CAPITAL LETTERS! This sickens me! Pisses me off! As if I can't read their words unless they're all capitalized. What's the reason? What's the purpose? Everyone else can read plain text so easily, so why do you think that no one can read your text unless it's in all capital letters? Huh? Why?

What? Do you make billboard signs for a living? Give me a break! Listen, I can read your words, OK? They do not need to be in all capital letters! Are you able to read these words? Yes, I thought you could. Guess what? They're not all capital letters! Imagine that! You and everyone else can read my words, and they're not all capitalized. I've tolerated it as much as I can. Now, I am venting! Yes, this is venting! Stop typing in all capital letters!

Whatcha got to say about that?