scams

ATTENTION: There is malware that may compromise your Tumblr account.

I just got two fanmails in a row from people I don’t know with the following message: 

Hi there Darling! For summer job I am working in a employment company. I have to create a paperwork about young people careers in US… May You please enter your dream career, hit continue & put your e mail there? This will be an empirical part of the statistical survey for my work and its totally anonymous! :) Site url is under the recent reblog on my blog. You could not imagine how useful it is to finish this paperwork! :) Then I would enjoy my summer :) Thanks a lot! :)

The opening line can vary from “dear” to “darling” to any number of polite greetings.

I strongly advise you NOT to click or enter anything. Whatever it is looks like it’s phishing or doing something to people’s accounts to make them spam this message around. If you did what it said, change your Tumblr password immediately because your account might be compromised.

REBLOG THIS IMMEDIATELY SO PEOPLE KNOW.

staff needs to be aware of this too.

IRS Phone Scam Alert

I missed a call earlier and the voicemail was an electronic recording saying that the IRS was taking legal action against me. There was no reasoning or other information left, except for a telephone number. When I called the phone number back, I reached a very generic “the number you have dialed is not available” recording and immediately hung up. I did some research (librarian’d) and found out that this is part of a major phone scam.

The number that called me was 214-272-0337. Do not answer calls from this number. This is likely not the only number being used.

The IRS has a warning about this phone scam and about current email phishing scams here (link). Judging by the IRS, FTC, and TIGTA pages, this is really widespread at this time and there’s a good chance you or someone else you know may be called.

Furthermore, if you receive a call or email that doesn’t feel right to you, especially if they are requesting personal information and especially financial data, do not give them any information. Report them to the Federal Trade Commission (here) and the Treasury Inspector General (here).

Signal boost this and especially warn young people who may have recently filed for the first time, elderly relatives, and new immigrants. Refer back to this page from the FTC on how to recognize scams (link).

news.nationalpost.com
'Your daughter will be kidnapped today': Phone scam targets new Canadians with threats of deportation
Scammers who pretend to be Canadian immigration officials continue to target immigrants and refugees, the RCMP said in a release Monday

Just as Canada welcomes thousands of new refugees, the RCMP is again warning about a phone scam targeting new Canadians.

The calls often start out innocently enough, with someone saying they are from Citizenship and Immigration Canada — now ministry of immigration, refugees and citizenship — and asking for information about a new Canadian. But they quickly escalate to threats of deportation and kidnapping if the recipient doesn’t comply and send a money order immediately.

The callers are often very persistent and keep potential victims on the phone with escalating threats, saying they or their family could be immediately deported or arrested if they don’t comply.

“What makes this worst is that many victims never report these incidents to the police. If you, a friend or family member has either received a call from a fraudster, or has lost money through this type of call, please report it,” the RCMP release states.

Continue Reading.

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Okay, this “Amazon Santa” site is a fraud and is not linked to Amazon in any way.

If you look in the domain registration, you can see that it does not mention Amazon. In fact, whoever registered the site a mere four days ago is hiding their identity.

(They also can’t spell Christmas, which okay, no spelling shaming, but it is a sign that the site is not professional.)

tl;dr it sounds good, but it’s a huge scam.

If you have allowed them to link to your Tumblr account, then go to Settings and then click Apps on the right-hand side to remove the link. These people aren’t your friends and are probably going to do horrible shit with the link.

Fun fact: the reason so many terrible dudes on the Internet claim to have an IQ of 150-something is because that’s the exact range of scores that those online IQ test scams are tuned to give you: high enough that you can feel comfortably superior, but low enough that they can try to sell you a self-help pamphlet or a bottle of snake-oil pills to boost you those last few critical points.

Basically, any time some rando proudly announces that they have an IQ of 150-whatever, what they’re really announcing is that they’re too naïve to recognise an obvious con.

PSA - Pokemon Scams

When in doubt, make a masterpost of things.

This is a list of ‘scams’ that exist in the Pokemon world- not ingame, but those created by your fellow Pokemon players.

Known Scams {currently included in this post}:

  1. Manaphy/Phione
  2. Volcanion Eggs / Legendary Eggs
    2.5. Shiny Pokemon Eggs
  3. Trading “3 shinies for Genesect (etc)”
  4. Difficult to identify Shiny Pokemon

You can find the list below the Read More!

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Beware of user Alexstrasza (#30737)

Usually I don’t do call out posts, however I can’t hold this one back any longer and I think it’s best everyone is wary of this user. Sorry, long post but I’d rather get all the details out.

Long story short:
User Alextrasza (id #30737) (aka Lotus) has scammed me of both a cranial and a light sprite. This user is known popularly as the co-administrator of the Light Flight Skype.

A while ago, because we were friends, I trusted her with borrowing a couple of my items. I know this is against the rules “Item Lending” but I figured it was a nice gesture to friends I could trust. More fool me, I guess. A few friends can attest that I’ve done this.

The cranial since October of last year, and the light sprite since April this year. Evidenced by:

Light sprite

Cranial

Unfortunately my Skype logs are iffy, but here’s when she asked for the Light Sprite: link

In January, I asked for the Cranial back, but I let her borrow it a bit longer until I forgot about it.

About a month ago, I removed Lotus from my skype contacts, I didn’t say anything. I thought she’d understand as we kinda stopped talking to each other. I had nothing against her.

This month I remembered she still had the cranial. So on the 16th, I sent her a message on FR asking for the cranial (forgot the light sprite at this moment). Never got a response. Okay, maybe she might have missed it. 2 days later, I sent her a message on her profile, again asking for the cranial back. This was deleted by her. I was met with a rather agressive response on my profile.

I sent her a Skype contact request, which wasn’t answered. I also sent her the following message on FR explaining why I removed her. As you can see, I explained very fairly as to the removal. I said she was welcome to add me back at any time. I held no grudge against her.

I realized then there was also my light sprite. However, looking through her bestiary, it seems likely she’s sold it. :|

I had received no contact by the 25th (today). So, I sent her a message on her personal Twitter about it. I messaged her Chickensmoothie account and PM’d her there. She read the PM (thanks tracker) and blocked me.

I have since discovered she is attempting to trade the Cranial. The Light Sprite has already probably been traded. :/

I’ve sent her the following messages on Flight Rising today:

http://imgur.com/RKxs6zD

http://imgur.com/Tv61GIV

She has seemingly quit FR judging by the unfed dragons in her lair.

She has abused a position of trust, for her own gain, to scam me out of items worth excess of at least $2000.

Other sites to watch out for her on:

Chickensmoothie - Alexstrasza - http://www.chickensmoothie.com/Forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=540072
Clanheart - Alexstrasza - http://www.clanheart.com/profile/Alexstrasza
Aywas - Lotus & Iocane (58449) - http://www.aywas.com/up/view/58449/
Tumblr - Lerrturrs - http://lerrturrs.tumblr.com/

tl;dr: Don’t trust user 30737 with trades or borrowing anything. Don’t make the mistake I did. I had my trust exploited and fooled into thinking she was a friend.

Okay so I’m gonna post a little PSA.

For the past month I’ve been receiving phone calls and a voicemail from numbers in the New York area threatening me that if I do not call them back and work with them then police will be at my door to arrest me. I am an avid rule follower so this piece of information scared the shit out of me, but when I spoke to my parents about it they said it’s an active scam to steal peoples money. If you do not know the number that is calling you please do not answer or give them any of your information no matter what. This group is preying on people, threatening them, and taking their money. When I called them back and told them to stop they immediately began yelling at me and then they hung up (like cowards).

A couple numbers they have called me on are:

  • 347-759-6218
  • 718-514-9872
  • 347-650-2076

I don’t care if you reblog/share this, but please let others know to avoid these calls and NEVER give information to anyone over the phone.

anonymous asked:

So, I've just got an email from a bank in a country I have never been to, telling me that my card (which I clearly don't have) has been cancelled because I haven't updated my information. Should I just ignore this email or is there any chance that someone is using my ID to do some illegal activities? What should I do?

There’s a very high possibility that this is a phishing scam. They want you to email back and “verify” your information in order to steal your identity. To be safe, run a free credit report on yourself to see if there are any accounts of which you are not aware. You should also just do a quick google search on the supposed company the card was with and see if anyone else has reported a similar email.

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Three Card Monte Street Hustle

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The Legend of Soapy Smith, The Old West’s Great Con Man,

Originally I had a much different topic in mind for tonight’s history post, but life events have intervened and inspired to touch on something else.  Unfortunately today Peashooter was snookered by some con men posing as Microsoft tech support agents, who gratefully called him to inform him that his computer was going kabonkers.  Gullible Peashooter handed his credit card number, and faster than you can say “humbuggery” a charge for a $29.95 maintenance warranty morphed into three $200 Western Union money transfers to a man named Ping Lian in China (if he exists).  The worse part about being scammed it not the money aspect, but the feeling left knowing that you have been so easily bamboozled, especially when I have daftly avoided similar scams before. 

The art of the con is a practice that goes back to the dawn of civilization, and throughout history there have been countless people who have devoted their talents and skills towards tricking people out of their hard earned money.  Back in the days of the Old West, one of the most famous con artists of the era was a man named Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith, who made a living as a cheat, gambling house operator, and gangster operating out of Denver, Colorado in the late 19th century.  Soapy Smith earned his nicknamed from his most famous racket, the “Prize Package Soap Con”.  He would arrive in a bustling town or street corner with a display case full of packaged bars of soap.  He would then take out 100 dollar bills, unwrap some of the bars, re-wrap them with the bills inside, then mix them all up so that nobody knew which bars had the $100 bills.  He would then sell each of the bills to gathered onlookers for large sums of money.  Little did the people know that using sleight-of-hand, he had secretly replace the bars containing money with bars containing no money.  A couple of plants would be placed in the crowd, who shout with joy that they had bought a bar containing money, but of course the whole thing was a farce.  Sometimes, if the crowd was particularly enthusiastic, Smith would announce that the remaining bars still had money in them, and would auction them off to the highest bidder.

Soapy Smith grew so rich with his scheme that he eventually became a powerful man, eventually becoming the crime boss of Denver while also rigging local and state political elections.  When the Great Klondike gold rush started in 1897, he moved to Skagway, Alaska in search of greener pastures and new marks.  In 1898 he cheated a pair of gold miners in a game of Three Card Monte.  Moments later he was confronted by a large group of vigilantes, who demanded he return the money.  When he refused, the riddled him with bullets.

What is most embarrassing for Peashooter is the fact the Microsoft Tech Support scam was not that much more complex than Soapy Smith’s legendary soap con, although the Microsoft hoaxsters played more on ignorance and fear rather than greed.  I have a feeling Soapy would have been proud.

anonymous asked:

I'm not sure if you take random tips for people, but here goes anyways: Be careful of door to door people! Some people aren't nice and they'll try and see if you've got valuables inside so they can break in later. (Had a guy claiming to be from a cable company come today asking how many TVs were in the house, and just hell no you don't need that info.)

There are a lot of scams that start this way, especially preying on seniors. A recent one in my area involved someone at the front door engaging the homeowner with talk about gas bills or something while a partner broke in the back and stole things.

Sometimes door to door salesmen are legitimate, but sometimes it’s a scam. ARRP does have a list of common scams (like I said, they mostly target seniors).

If something seems off, contact your local police department’s non-emergency line. They may have received other calls already and can issue a town warning if necessary.

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Alright Tumblr. I get it. The McKinney incident is HORRIBLE. Fox News is generally horrible. A lot of us suspect that Fox news thinks black folks are a bunch of ill behaved niggas who need to be put down. So when we see things like This Post, it confirms our biases, fuck fox news right? But let’s do a little digging, yeah? 

Image 1 is the post I linked above, right? Seems legit, right? I saw it, I was pissed, I was like, fuck fox news. Since I got Ad Block and Ghostery (two lovely Chrome add-ons one should invest in) let’s go find that web page. But I couldn’t find it on google. So I go to OP’s blog, and I find that they’ve reblogged another screenshot, with the URL in it, and that leads me to Image 2, (here).  So I’m like hell yeah! I type in the URL. 

That take me to Image 3. You can see for yourselves here. The link doesn’t exists. If you think I’m lying, try to search for the article on the Fox website yourself. So now I’m a little bit suspicious. I decide to take a look at OPs archive. That’s Image 4. Lo and Behold as Image 5 shows, of OPs 15 posts, all from this month, the earliest post is only three hours earlier than the Original Post. 

On a hunch I decide to check the OP of the post that gave me the URL in the first place, That image 6. Interestingly enough, this screenshot in Image 7 was taken only fifteen minutes after the OP.  If you take a closer look at Image 7, you notice a few odd things. The biggest, in my opinion, are One: The tab name for this screen shot is “Are the blacks more dang…” while the URL is “are black americans prone to a more violent lifestyle”. The second issue, Two: There is no sub-section assigned to this article.  

On a article from the same section however, it labels clearly what heading it would fall under. By the by, as Image 8 shows, the section this article is supposed to come under is Lifestyle. You know food, drinks, cars, feel good, relaxed articles. Why would a about black people being prone to violence be in that section of the website with the tag line “Leisure” in the URL. 

And if you guys look at image 9, you see that the OP with the computer screen shot doesn’t have ANY posts except for that one screenshot. Tumblr, you’ve been duped.. You have had, not for the first time, someone take advantage of your anger and rage in order to gain notes and cause trouble. Stop spreading that post. It is false, and I’ve provided links for you to figure out if I’m right or not on your own. 

~Lala

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Professor Wingard’s 19th Century Ray Gun,

In 1876 a man calling himself Professor James C. Wingard of New Orleans claimed that he had invented a new weapon that would change naval warfare forever. According to Wingard, he had invented an electrically powered weapon which could project a “nameless force”, which at a range of up to 5 miles could destroy any ship, whether ironclad or not.  There are no descriptions of his weapon but I would imagine Prof. Wingard created some kind of device which looked like a cannon, wrapped in copper wiring and tubes, made to look all steampunk and futuristic looking.

On July 8th, 1876 Prof. Wingard demonstrated his weapon in New Orleans to an audience of military officer, potential investors, and regular citizens of New Orleans. The test target was a schooner called the Augusta, anchored about 1.5 miles away in the harbor.  When given the signal, Prof. Wingard activated his weapon, which began to emanate smoke.  Suddenly the Augusta was obliterated by a large explosion.  Highly impressed by the demonstration, many investors signed up with Prof. Wingard, who instantly raised $1,800.

Many people invested in Prof. Wingard’s “Nameless Force”, and many people requested repeated demonstrations of his weapon.  He traveled to Boston with his weapon to repeat his demonstration.  Before the demonstration was to begin, there was an explosion on the water, and two men in a mangled rowboat were found dead.  Prof. Wingard claimed he was distraught by the deaths and canceled the demonstration.  A few days later he confessed that he was a fraud, and that his “Nameless Force” was a scam.  The target ship had been outfitted with dynamite connected to a triggering mechanism with an underwater wire.  Thus when given the signal, Wingard could trigger its detonation.  At Boston, the dynamite had exploded in an accident as the men were secretly rowing to the ship to set up the explosives.

(Mabinogi) CHYEAHNini  of Tarlach Scams

Also known as Marchioness on the Mabinogi Forums as well as http://x1738.tumblr.com/

I’m generally against call out, but the fact this is under the circumstances of scamming artists, I will not be silent about this especially when two of my good friends are affected by this.

LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR: DO NOT ATTACK/BASH/HARASS/THREATEN THIS USER. THIS POST MAIN INTENTION IS MAKE AWARENESS.

Marchioness had a good standing of commissioning people on the forum, from my knowledge, she had done a good job paying people up until now. I was lenient towards her as I had my own bias against her, but for the sake of the collab shop I had opened with my friend, Yukizawa, I sucked it up in order for her to get money from it (As I get none of the proceeds).

Everything was going well until things started to become suspicious with her stalling despite being active on the forums everyday: http://sta.sh/2dweghao1up?edit=1

She had mentioned to another artist by the name of Luka Chan that she was just waiting for her paycheck to come in before paying. That I understood and had no issue with. However, when she prompted to pay by Yukizawa, successfully added on Skype and everything, she avoided and stall until she finally DELETED her off Skype: http://sta.sh/22756aflw0rg?edit=1

Had she mention she was just waiting for her paycheck, I would’ve understood, but she instead just deleted her off instead. This made me upset but also curious enough that I contacted another artist named TakaneTan on Deviantart, who was also commissioned by this person.

http://sta.sh/21fflkapaaw1?edit=1

Guess who also hasn’t been paid? That’s right, Marchioness has also been avoiding paying TakaneTan as well for a Colored Bust Sketch and a Chibi Pixel. Not only that, but she actually refuse to add Takane on Skype. Things are starting to look really bad for her. Why? Guess what other artist hasn’t been paid? Luka Chan: http://sta.sh/014oi552j6fl

This made me infuriated that, after a good standing of commissioning people, she decided to behave in this manner. It certainly draws the line and broke my trust towards her and now I’m making this post to warn other artists about her. She has avoided and failed to pay three artists and is continuing to be active and possibly commission more people outside of the forums, and I will not let other artists become victims.

SWIFTIES how to avoid scams

So I’m sure a lot of you are aware of the prevalent tickets scams that are going on with Taylor Swift tickets. Scammers are targeting Taylor swift concerts because of their high prices for tickets which means a lot a profit for them if their scam is successful.
I wanted to reach out to you guys and let you know a couple common scams and offer my professional opinion and advice for you guys because I hate seeing so many of you getting scammed.
This is actually what I do for a living; investigations and many of them involve credit card fraud and Internet/craigslist scams. The number of the scams/fraud is absolutely astonishing and you guys would be shocked to know how common it is.

The general rule is “if it seems too good to be true it probably is”.
-Never EVER wire anybody money. If someone is asking to be wired money that is almost 100% sure it’s a scam.
-Some people are trying to offer more money for tickets and this is a complicated issue but if anybody ever offers you more money then you are asking for tickets that is a scam. This makes it seem almost irresistible to you when you’re selling tickets and it seems legit but in the end they somehow screw you out of not only your asking price but the extra money they offered to pay you.
-If you’re buying tickets and meeting someone: before you give the person the money call and verify the ticket number with Ticketmaster.
If they don’t want to wait then it’s a scam-walk away.
-Always meet in a public place preferably a Police Department parking lot. If they ask to meet somewhere not very public, it’s also most likely a scam, and a dangerous one at that.
-Another tip is when you’re on your way to meet a person call or text them and ask them what kind of car they are driving/ meeting you in. As you are pulling up have your phone ready and read off the tag number to your “talk to text” on a note and save it. This way if it ends up being a scam and you don’t get into the show for some reason (they changed the tickets and resold them or went themselves) you now have the persons information that you can give to the police. It takes a simple look up for the cops to get that persons info and they will be charged with “Theft by deception”.
-if you’re buying off of eBay always do your research on the seller if they are new seller with no reviews, just don’t buy them.

Just a few tips if you’re buying/selling tickets. If anyone is looking at tickets or looking to sell tickets and are getting a weird feeling and want to ask me what I think about it or if it I think it is a scam do not hesitate to message me the info and I will Do everything I can to check it out for you. ☺️☺️ my url is catsfoxesntswift13. I will get back to you within a day.

Please reblog this and share with your friends. No more swifties getting scammed!!!

PSA: terrible phone scams perpetuated by terrible people

So I have now been targeted by a particular set of phone scams several times, and it occurs to me that, while I am a cynical old badger–and also, importantly, not a member of several particularly vulnerable classes–not everyone knows about these scams or know what to do about them. I know that these particular scams are fairly common in the US, and friends in Canada and Australia have reported them too, so I’m going to guess that they’re worldwide.

Here is how the scam works:

  • Someone calls you claiming to be from an Important Government Agency. It might be the IRS, a local (or not so local) police department, or the INS. If you are not in the USA, it may be your national equivalent of one of those, or something else.

  • They may be spoofing their phone number so that it shows up as coming from the IRS, the INS, or 911. Do not let this fool you. It is relatively easy to spoof a phone number.

  • They will either get you on the phone or leave you a message, but the gist is: you are in trouble. Officer Mumbledymumble needs to talk to you because you are a very bad person. There is a warrant out for your arrest, or you have not paid your taxes, or you need to pay some amount of money to keep from being deported, or whatever. If you pay the $$$ right now, all will be well. If not, you are going to jail/going to be deported.

  • Very probably they will tell you that you must get the money NOW NOW NOW RIGHT THIS INSTANT, and not even hang up or pause or breathe.

  • They will conveniently offer to allow you to do a wire transfer or pay them in Amazon or Ebay gift cards.

  • If you try to get off the phone with them, they will threaten you with instantaneous fines of mucho bucks on top of what you already ‘owe’ them.’ 

Badger is here to tell you: they are lying liars who lie. If you get a phone call of this nature and it goes to voicemail, just delete it. A real government agency will send you this kind of information via certified mail, and anyway, will not have you send a wire transfer or gift card right this second to some random address.

If they get you live on the phone, hang up on them. If you, like me, are a socially anxious creature who has trouble hanging up even on evil scammy scammers, memorize this line: “Oops, I need to call you back, my connection is bad!” If (when) they threaten you with something Awful for hanging up, don’t argue, just say, “You’re breaking up!” and then hit the hang up button. 

You do not need to call them back. You do not need to call anyone back. You can sit in serene confidence that you have defeated a scammer, and that if it was a real thing, it would come via certified mail. But if it would make you feel better, you can go online and look up the phone number for your local police department/branch of the IRS/whatever and call and find out if they’ve actually got a warrant out for your arrest or whatever. (Hint: they will not.)

(Obviously if you are an immigrant or vulnerable class or etc. and justifiably concerned about bringing the attention of the government on you, you won’t want to call. But even so, you can probably rest easy in the confidence that Officer Mumbledymumble probably is not a real person, and anyway, the chances that you need to send a wire transfer/Amazon gift card to some random number right this second are pretty much zilch.)

If you so desire, you can report these scams, although honestly… probably not much can be done about them. Many are offshore and out of jurisdiction of your regulatory bodies. But in the USA, the relevant regulatory body is the FTC; elsewhere, you can look it for your own country.

And that’s it. Stay safe. Watch yourself.