Service of a Fresh Crop of Spam & Cyber Threats

April 28th, 2022

Categories: Cyber Security, Scams, Theft, Uncategorized

It’s spring and with it comes a fresh crop of SPAM texts and emails–some annuals, others perennials–most of which contain links to potential cyber threats, bank and credit card invasions. We’ve come a long way from the days of “your friend has been robbed during a trip to Europe and has no money so please send some ASAP.”

So to begin: Did you know that my account was closed? What account, you ask? Good question. The email doesn’t say.

Citi wannabes text me frequently telling me that they’d limited my account due to “unusual activity.” That would be troubling except I don’t maintain an account at that bank, the action as described makes little sense and the sender is clearly a hoax [photo above].

I’m regularly asked to review my resume which I’d not sent anyone to edit.

A subject line in a recurring email is in response to my job application. Since I opened my agency 26 years ago I’ve not applied for a job. But so many have so what a nasty trick to get some to open an email.

Friends report getting the same announcement from the Geek Squad thanking for renewing a contract with them and saying they’ve charged my bank account $347. I get this periodically. Even though I count on a miracle-working IT man to sort out my computer woes, the first time I saw it I checked to confirm that my bank account was intact.

A relatively new unsolicited email sends me my payroll review. I’ve never subscribed to such a service so that’s another easy one to skip, [photo below].

Have you noticed an uptick in attempts to trip you up, pry into your private information or seen any new and clever scams?

13 Responses to “Service of a Fresh Crop of Spam & Cyber Threats”

  1. Hank Goldman Said:

    Yes, I did.

    One has to be extra careful today at the increasing amount of spam and threats, and don’t volunteer any information, unless one is sure of the source… Best bet is to call a known number and ask if there is a problem!

  2. ASK Said:

    In the past few months, I’ve received several spam texts, which I simply delete without opening. A few have arrived with a ‘ping’ in the early morning hours. And many online retailers offer a 10% discount if you sign up for texts. Since some of these outfits send at least 3 emails a day, I can just imagine the number of texts I’d receive. Being undisturbed at 3AM is more important than 10% off…

  3. Martha Takayama Said:

    I have been receiving more and more scam and intimidating cyber threats since the progression fo the pandemic. I am forever getting notifications of varying amounts from modest to quite generous for pandemic unemployment or some such compensation that are waiting for me. They vary from having fairly retrained titles for the senders with an air of authority to extremely exotic names that don’t fit the communication. The other most frequents scams are charges for eservices and anti-virus services that I have not chosen to purchase and threatening emails about negative reports about me, my profile or people who are close to me. I mustn’t forget all the offers to be rewarded for filling out surveys for services or companies I don’t use or that are actually not from those companies and lead to dangerous sites which fortunately are blocked. I am worn out from clearing out all these gratuitous
    messages and wonder if people can’t find better ways to make a living. Then I remember that the inspiration must come from many of those people at high levels of government who operate in much more deceitful and dangerous levels of government with apparently little or no consequences!

  4. TC Said:

    WE ARE SO USED TO IT THAT WE FEEL COMFORTABLE IGNORING IT—LIKE ALLIGATORS.

  5. Hussein Ahman-Uttah Said:

    I dont find that One has to be extra careful today at all. These threats are getting more amateurish all the time. And all the emails from the chairman of IBM seem to come from alphanumeric gmail accounts!

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Hank,

    Superb advice.

  7. Jeanne Byington Said:

    ASK,

    That’s a disgrace! Send an email at any time of night but not a text! That hasn’t yet happened to me and I knock wood as I write this. And 10 percent–usually a one-time offer–isn’t enough to move me to be pestered daily for any reason. If I need a blouse or shoes or nightgown, I’ll do the research. Please don’t badger is my plea.

  8. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Martha,

    I wish the cyber criminals would find positive ways of making a living. Here’s an idea: They should work for big corporations who pay dearly to stop cyber stalking and stealing.

  9. Jeanne Byington Said:

    TC,

    You and BC are too smart. Clearly millions must fall for the scammers or they wouldn’t bother.

  10. lucrezia Said:

    I thought that the bank spam had aged and died. As of now, I have “won” dozens of contests from stores in which I don’t shop. A bridge website troll attempted to get me to buy gift cards for an ailing friend. My spam box is full of “urgent” and “emergency” demands and requests. This hard hearted Hannah is reaching the level of expert when it comes to tossing these pathetic – though potentially dangerous messages.

  11. Sarah Kooky Said:

    I block unwanted calls/texts on my phone. Seen on recent news, a teenager asked a woman to use her phone to call his parent…he lost or left his phone at home, not sure of specifics. She said sure. While using her phone, he opened her Venmo app and sent himself $3000. She didn’t notice until next day. Another scammer, you can’t let a stranger use your phone, what if it were a real emergency? And of course, those annoying repetitive spam emails regarding people logging into your accounts. I’m constantly checking things daily. Reminder to always go directly to the locked website to review.

  12. Kathleen Said:

    Just this morning I received an email from Mr. Warren Buffett who picked my name randomly to give me $2,500,000 to help someone who helps someone especially in a difficult situation. All I needed to send back was my email to validate my name. How kind of Buffett! Yes, I have gotten fake offers like this recently.

  13. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Kathleen,

    WOW! That’s a chunk of money for sure. Too bad we will never know the percentage of people who fall for these schemes–which ring the most bells. Inquiring minds would like to know!

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