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S J

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This is a thread for anyone to use. Please be careful with it.

The idea is IF you get a spam/scam email you list it here for others to see.

Many emails are obvious - they don't include your name - or have a sensible return address - ie when you hover over the link. BUT - they are getting VERY sophisticated.

As I said - the first way to work it out - they rarely EVER address you by name - unless your name IS your email address. They often use poor grammar.

But they are getting better at it.
 

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I get them from paypal - telling me my account is closed - click the link. They do not address me by name.

I've also got them from Apple, various banks, and many large companies. Again though - if you hover over the return address you'll see something odd about it - ie it might use @apple but there will be something different in it - a series of numbers or words that are out of place.

NEVER NEVER click on it or the link. I NEVER open attachments unless I have asked for them. Even an email from a friend can be "poisoned". Their account could be hacked and emails are sent to all of the "friends" - with an attachment. Hi - open this - you'll really laugh". Only open attachments if you have asked for them.
 

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Today I got an email invoice from "QBCC - Your Tax Invoice Receipt". It looked perfect. But - in the return address was the odd way it was done.

They used a Government name - but put another word first.

It is so easy to think - "yes it looks real". BUT - use your brain. I hadn't taken out any insurance lately.

Did you ask for it - does it ring true - do they use your name - or is it just a general hello ?

Are there any real facts in it - eg your account for .... is due. Not a general statement - but a precise one. Most people tell you WHAT the invoice is for - not just say - "Invoice".
 

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Its easy to fall for it. I'd done blood tests and got this email advising my "blood tests" were attached. It was addressed to my email - but spelling was odd, and I'd never got results by email before.

It did not address me by my first name - nor really detail anything to do with when/where etc the tests were done.
 

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So:
  1. If you didn't initiate it;

  2. It seems to good to be true;

  3. Personal information is sought / or they want you to click on a link;

  4. The return address is odd in some way - when you hover over the URL or links;

  5. Poor spelling and/or Grammar;

  6. Money is sought;

  7. Any threats;

  8. It appears to be from a Government Agency - but doesn't seem to know your full name;

  9. It addresses you using your email address, eg Dear Bob and June Smith (your email is "bobandjunesmith @ gmail.com.au";

  10. You are unsure - in any way whatsoever.
Google it - "spam/scam paypal account locked".
 

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Got a call yesterday.

Ring ring - pick up - silence, sounds of people in the back ground - that empty sound you get before they realise you're there - very Asian/Indian voice starts speaking - "allo" - I am from the do not call register ...

I suggested he do something and he rang off - not sure why.

At least it wasn't "Telstra" this time ...
 

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I have had some fantastic luck! A prince of some African nation emailed me and is sending me millions of dollars! All I have to do is send him some personal info so he can send the money to me! :-b
 
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I get them from paypal - telling me my account is closed - click the link. They do not address me by name.

I've also got them from Apple, various banks, and many large companies. Again though - if you hover over the return address you'll see something odd about it - ie it might use @apple but there will be something different in it - a series of numbers or words that are out of place.

NEVER NEVER click on it or the link. I NEVER open attachments unless I have asked for them. Even an email from a friend can be "poisoned". Their account could be hacked and emails are sent to all of the "friends" - with an attachment. Hi - open this - you'll really laugh". Only open attachments if you have asked for them.
Yeah I get things like that sometimes.

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So:
  1. If you didn't initiate it;

  2. It seems to good to be true;

  3. Personal information is sought / or they want you to click on a link;

  4. The return address is odd in some way - when you hover over the URL or links;

  5. Poor spelling and/or Grammar;

  6. Money is sought;

  7. Any threats;

  8. It appears to be from a Government Agency - but doesn't seem to know your full name;

  9. It addresses you using your email address, eg Dear Bob and June Smith (your email is "bobandjunesmith @ gmail.com.au";

  10. You are unsure - in any way whatsoever.
Google it - "spam/scam paypal account locked".
I got a email 1 week ago and my mobile and texting - you won 12,000 pound not dollars - bet365 - I cancelled my account about 3 years ago. I just deleted the email then the texting on my mobile.
 
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S J

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I got a email 1 week ago and my mobile and texting - you won 12,000 pound not dollars - bet365 - I cancelled my account about 3 years ago. I just deleted the email then the texting on my mobile.

They always want something. Send $50 to help us send you the Million ... :)
 

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Got a mobile message from NAB - spam. Then an email from "Netflix" about my account. Again spam.

Be careful.

Watch for poor grammar, bad spelling, LACK of personal name, AND any request for personal/bank information.

  1. If you didn't initiate it;

  2. It seems to good to be true;

  3. Personal information is sought / or they want you to click on a link;

  4. The return address is odd in some way - when you hover over the URL or links;

  5. Poor spelling and/or Grammar;

  6. Money is sought;

  7. Any threats;

  8. It appears to be from a Government Agency - but doesn't seem to know your full name;

  9. It addresses you using your email address, eg Dear Bob and June Smith (your email is "bobandjunesmith @ gmail.com.au";

  10. You are unsure - in any way whatsoever.
 

The_Fanatical_Rooster

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Unfortunately, this sort of thing is happening everywhere, what seems like all the time, and it is only getting worse. I am often getting missed calls on my mobile from 03 (Melbourne) numbers. Of course, I ignore them. We get them at home too. Same as you S J S J, often with nothing, then an accent from someone from the sub-continent (funny how it so often is), stating they are from somewhere dodgy, so we simply hang up. I would love to have a horn or whistle, and bloody well blow their ear drums! That would certainly teach them a lesson.
 
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wilco

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Em likes Facebook but what Facebook is a disgrace more than American Politics. They play with young girls and political parties.