I received a call from my very non tech-savvy mom the other day and she’s all flustered and upset that she did a scan on her computer and it told her she’s got errors and viruses and pop ups. Chant “Errors, and viruses and pop ups, OH MY”… To think we used to be scared of lions, tigers and bears. It’s crazy how bad this stuff is for our continued computer use.
The pink writing is my notes. The yellow sections are just where I “whited out” information that I didn’t want to share (ie. other people’s email addresses).
- I don’t know the person who sent the email to me.
- There is no email content besides the link and the person’s name. Most people (real people) are going to write something of substance when they email you something. “This is funny” is not “substance.”
- Check out the link… at the end it says .php. HUGE warning sign. .Exe files are off limits too. That means you’ll download something that will run a program on your computer… that program is not something you want.
Photo 2: This is an email that my Mother-in-Law “sent” that was really a virus.
- You’ll note “she” sent it to two different Danielle’s… that’s because she sent it to both my email addresses. Someone who knows me won’t do that.
- Again, random link with no content to the actual email is usually a big warning sign.
- I checked out the link itself… does this look like something she’d send me? Eh no. I remember the last time I got one of these from her it was a porn web address (I assume, based on the text of the web address)… I chuckled because I knew my mother-in-law wasn’t sending me porn.
- I also always check the email address… sometimes the person’s name is on “from” line, but when I look at the email address itself it’s not their email address. Usually you can click on their name to show the email address.
NOTE: If you think the email could actually be legit, a simple text message or phone call to the person to inquire if it’s legitimate is worth the time. It also helps them because they can change their password on the account if it isn’t something they sent.
Photo 3: Craigslist Scam
- See all the pink? Alllllll of that. Okay let me expand on that…
- “I’m ready to pay your asking price”… I was selling a car. They didn’t ask anything questions about it, they didn’t want to see it? Come on, seriously.
- They conveniently are unavailable… at sea… and have a “mover” coming. Who actually “has people” to pick stuff up for them? Nobody who is buying a used car. Haha.
- They want to pay with PayPal… I’d love to understand how they’re working this scam, but long story short- don’t do it. I do use PayPal for lots of things, but only when I know the person is legit.What little I comprehend of this scam is that PayPal protects the buyer more so than the seller… so the seller can “pay” then file a claim through PayPal saying you screwed them over somehow and they get their money back. I’m not sure if these scammers take the product too. Don’t know, don’t care. I just don’t waste time on these emails.
Photo 4: Craigslist Scam #2
- They emailed me saying Craigslist wasn’t relaying their message to me. Um…
…that said, I did reply to this person and gave them my “spam” email address to contact me (I believe that resulted in Photo 3). I have a special email account that I made for spam and I use it for times like this when I figure it might be good to respond just to make sure they aren’t a legit person who just doesn’t know how to use their computer.
Have you ever been taken by a scam?