Defense Against Crime

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.

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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.

18/04/2017

IRS Scam Revisited


I8240087_G‘ve written before that I’ve received several phone calls from someone whose native language wasn’t english claiming to be from the IRS.  It was soo obvious to me from the call that this was a scam.

Since that time I’ve received the same call..from various places in the US including New Mexico, California, Rhode Island…all stating he IRS has a warrant for my arrest unless I pay taxes…blah blah blah.

Since today is Tax day I guess these people thought they thought they would try again. Apparently, these criminals have gotten some funding, because  now they are using RoboCall. What is funny is even though it’s an electronic voice, it uses the same bad sentence structure of someone whose native language isn’t US English.

 

Here are TIPS from IRS.gov

Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill in an official IRS Envelope with contact information that you can verify at your local IRS office…
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.  Just like with your income taxes they will set up agreed payment options for you.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. It’s a Federal crime..and only the Feds will be involved.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040 (see IRS.gov site). The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Impostor Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.  [See update at top of page.]

Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to http://www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

 

17/01/2017

Cashier’s Check Scam on Craigslist


First I’m going to say I have nothing against Craig’s List as a service. When I moved, I sold most of my extra furniture on there, and I’ve purchased items from craigslist.  Most of the people on there are honest. I said most. However I recently tried to sell a projector TV on craigslist. I was asking only $300 OBO.  Within a few hours of posting the add I got a text message from a number in Florida (I wish I had saved the number) from someone who wanted to purchase it.  (CLUE:?).

The person told me that he would send me a check and then arrange for someone to pick it up. (CLUE). Knowing a wee bit about they types of the scams that are out there here is a big clue.  PAYING MORE THAN YOU ASK and asking for the difference back.   I informed him that If I received more than what was asked that I would return the check.  He seemed to understand.  He even said that I could wait until the checked cleared before proceeding. That sounded good..but I still felt uneasy.  He wanted my address..so I gave my work address, and waited to see what happened next.

Next I did what I recommend you all to do.  I Googled the number that was texting me.  It came up a lot in a google search associated with lots of red flags. (CLUE 2)

Starting the few days I started getting these messages

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Now please note just how much this guy texted on a Saturday. Ask why would someone send money to send a check Priority mail for an old TV.  As a general rule I go cell phone free on weekends.  But anyway on Monday January 16 (which is a FEDERAL HOLIDAY), he kept texting.
I politely told him two things.  Banks were closed on Federal Holidays, I don’t work on

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The guy kept wanting me to ‘Deposit the funds’.

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So On Tuesday I received the office mail.

Now quick what was the name of the buyer?

A: Frank Perry.

Here is the envelope.

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Now the wonderful think about tracking numbers, you can tell where they were mailed.

According to the tracker this came from LeHigh Acres FL which is about 185 miles away from the address on the package.   (CLUE)

Then I looked at the check.  Do you remember How much I asked for?

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So even though I took the cashier’s check to the bank to see if they could tell if it was a fake check.  The teller couldn’t.

I then informed the client that I would be returning the check and needed to validate their mailing address.  Remember, I did tell them this was a big No No  They have not responded, despite all of the early texting urging me to deposit the funds.

Now There are several Federal laws that were broken here..but it his highly doubtful that anyone will be caught…

SO We tell these stories to help prevent people from being scammed…

Resources:

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