Defense Against Crime

16/07/2018

How to Spot Phishing E-mail!


I was looking in my Hotmail account today and saw this e-mail. It was obvious to me that

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Beware the mail in your in-box

it was fake, but you may not be sure when you get these type of e-mails.  These types of e-mail only purpose is to get your information.

  1. The first tell-tale sign is I don’t have a USAA account.
  2. Look at the email it ends in ‘.de’ which mean it came from Germany.
  3. Companies use their own company name in their e-mail. for example, if the e-mail came from ‘bankofamerica’, then the e-mail would come from bankofamerica.com
  4. It is addressed to DEAR CUSTOMER, not to me specifically.  A company doing business with me knows my name.  When my insurance company email’s me. It has my name.
  5. It creates a sense of urgency. One of the best ways to get customer’s information is to create a sense of urgency, that if you don’t ‘act now’ something bad will happen.
  6. They always want you to click their link.  If you remember what hover your mouse over a link it will show you in the bottom left side of your computer window..where the link is going.  Once again it’s not going to USAA..it’s going to Germany.

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What you can do

  1.  DELETE IT – and mark it as spam.
  2. If you do have an account at the institution this is from.  Go to your web browser and type in the URL of the company and log in.  DO NOT USE THE LINK IN THE E-MAIL.  and make sure all is OK with your account.

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21/06/2018

A New PayPal Scam ..


A few minutes ago I opened my e-mail and saw this notice that appeared to have come from PayPal.

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My first thought was …so what I don’t purchase from the EU anyway. My Second thought was this is obviously a new phishing scam.

How can I tell it’s a SCAM.
It starts with Dear,    <NO NAME> …Paypal knows my name.

Even though it instructs me to log into my PayPal account, it conveniently provided a link for me. However, my reader knows how to check if a link is valid.  Simply hover your mouse pointer over the link at look at what appears in the lower left corner of the screen. The link is not PayPal. So obviously they want to get my PayPal credentials..

What Should I Do?

  1. DELETE THE E_MAIL!
  2. The best way to handle a situation like this is to visit the PayPal website directly. Don’t click a link in an email message, even if you’re certain it really did come from PayPal. If you go to the paypal.com website and sign in to your account, you’ll be able to see any issues that might be affecting your account.
  3. To secure your PayPal Account, Just head to the settings page on PayPal and click the notifications link. While you’re there, you should enable two-factor authentication if you haven’t.

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information on the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

31/01/2018

Thank you Lawdy I’ve won the sweepstakes


Yesterday I got a phone call from a friend of mine saying he had won some bletter1ig bucks in sweepstakes.

Right away I go in to ‘It’s a scam mode’.  What he told me is that he had got a call that he won a big prize in the PCH sweepstake, but it wasn’t the grand prize. He had talked to the lawyer and all the taxes had been paid and that they should have the check on Friday!.
Sound too good to be true…right?

I asked if he had actually entered the sweepstakes. He said yes.  One of the biggest red flags is winning a sweepstake you didn’t enter.

So I asked…did he know the lawyer.  He said “No, it was the sweepstakes lawyer…blah blah blah blah”
I said, “Ok, but you know anyone can come on the phone and say they are a lawyer, I get calls from people who claim to be from the IRS, US Commerce Department, you name it”.

And the person went on and on.

So I told him, first I don’t think you pay income taxes on money you haven’t received yet

According to http://mysweepstakescontests.com/online-sweepstakes-to-win/pay-taxes-on-sweepstakes-winnings/

“according to the US law, prize money won in any form should be reported along with your income to the tax authorities by the end of the year when you file your tax accounts without fail.”
So when people mention paying taxes up front… well, let’s just say.. I think it’s a scam.  I’ve gotten a call where the person told me I had won a million dollars, but I needed to pay the taxes via a money gram first.


I asked my friend if they had to pay anything to get this money- They said no.  He also assured me that he did not give the sweepstakes any personal info like Social Security Number, or bank account info.   I hope this is so, but this also serves as a flag, because this serves as a flag.  Hmm, now I’m wondering, how they paid the taxes without the social security number. You should only receive a 1099 Form with basic info.  I need to call him back and ask.

 

Now, I told him that when they receive the check, to deposit it and not touch it for a month. 1) You want the check to clear – it could be fake. 2) You don’t want the check to be reported as stolen.   I’ve actually received a FAKE cashier’s check. Even the bank could not tell me it was fake. However, after doing some research, I found out that it was a well-known  craigslist scam

I wish my friend well…but remember to be wise and cautious when ‘FREE MONEY’ is involved. Scammer prey on the weak, greedy and desperate.

Follow up:  When the big day came…no one from the PCH Prize Patrol showed up. He as disappointed.

Here is a Resource on PCH Scams
https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-recognize-publishers-clearing-house-scams-896723

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

03/11/2017

Have fun with an IRS Scammer


In years gone by, I’ve gotten those phone calls from someone with a foreign accent telling b25belderly-smartphone-620x350me that I had a IRS legal matter and they were coming to get me, unless I sent them the money I owed.
I always ignore them, or just hung up. The calls seemingly came from all over the US.  It’s one of those scam calls meant to scare you and get you to send the scammer money immediately.

You can read more about the IRS Scam here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts.

The data breaches especially at Equifax has more of our information out there for scammers and other criminals to use.

So recently I’ve decided to have fun, and decided that you should too. Here is what you need to do

  • Step 1 Create a fake persona. – Set up a Name like Emmett Brown, a birthday like 11/5/1955 and the rest  OR you can go to  sites like http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/ to create one for you including a FAKE SSN, address and the rest.
  • Step 2 – Create a Fake Voice (I do the country hick, but you can test your acting chops)
  • Step 3 – Call them back and pretend you are the person in Step 1 and have every intention of sending in the money, and act like your scared.

Today, I got a call from  someone calming to  Kevin White calling from 914-499-8989 with Case Number RC846042 he also claimed his badge number was SM786024.  I called and wanted more information, and gave him my info.  He pretended that he was looking it up…and then came back to tell me all the scam stuff to make me think it was real. When he could not verify me, and then told me the Sheriff would be coming to give me the info.

Please share this with your friends, and let’s as the say..take a bite out of crime.

BTW, I’ve printed up my new fake ID and will be using it on any site I know is a scam.

See you can have fun with scammers to.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

26/06/2017

Amazon E-Mail Scam


Today I opened my Hotmail account and I saw all these cancellation notices from

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Beware the mail in your in-box

Amazon. Now while I am an Amazon user, the items that it said I cancelled, I never ordered. One of these things I did notice was all of the telltale sign that this was fake.

1) I never ordered these books from Amazon. I usually get them on my Kindle.

2) I’m pretty sure Amazon never sends updates (I’ve never gotten one, and I do order from Amazon monthly)

2) If I log unto my Amazon Account these items do not appear.

3) When I hover over then links that take you to a Choctaw.php script on http://androidprocessor.com/wp-content/uploads.    Amazon E-mails go to Amazon.com and NO WHERE ELSE.

WARNING. If you decide to check this out ..don’t blame us for the consequences of what may happen to your computer.

Now I don’t get confirmation E-mails from Amazon, but there are spoof e-mails that are designed to get you to think that you have received legitimate e-mail from Amazon. The e-mail will usually take you to a fake site that only wants to get your personal information, like username and password, social security number, banking info, or other valuable information.

Since the planet just experienced a Malware/Ransomeware attack, let me remind my read you that these types of e-mails is how your computer gets hacked or hi-jacked.  The nice thing was that My Hotmail account had put these in my junk e-mail bin anyways.

Recently computer experts noticed that PHP and Pearl scripts are an ideal platform for evil and malicious web sites. For those of you who are not computer programmers and tech-junkies, PHP is an easy to learn computer (web) Programming language. Almost all Web servers run the PHP engine, so there are large numbers of potential “victims” (though the numbers are not anything near to the number of Windows-using potential malware victims). The most successful malicious PHP scripts permit their users (the criminals) to control and manipulate Web servers for their own benefit and, most commonly, profit.

If you want to know how evil programed use php to commit their crimes, there are many articles on the web for you to read, so we are not going to discuss it here.

HOW NOT TO BE A VICTIM.

  1. Just remember NOT to TRUST ANY E-mail with a link in it. Always over your mouse over it and look at the bottom left of your computer screen to see where it will take you. If it look suspicious, DON’T Click it.
  2. Have your anti-virus and malware software up to date.
  3. Make sure to back up your computer every week.
  4. If you get an e-mail from a company you do deal with, it’s safer to just log into that company’s site and communicate there.
  5. If you do receive an Spoof E-mail from Amazon. Report it. Go to https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=15835501  To get the instructions.

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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