Service of Cybercriminals Navigating From Phone Calls to Texts & Emails

January 18th, 2024

Categories: Cybercrime, Emails, Hackers, Phones, Texting

My phones are blessedly relieved from evil calls about car insurance for a vehicle I don’t own, money owed the IRS and so forth. Enough people are on to robocallers and don’t answer anymore.

In their place I’ve received increasing numbers of really sophisticated texts and emails in the last few months. Some are quite alarming and easy to fall for if you’re not vigilant. Use of corporate logos is rampant.

Cybercriminals dressed as Wellsfargo send all sorts of hack emails.

Did you notice anything suspicious already? That bank spells its name in two words: Wells Fargo. And by the way: I don’t have an account there.

Each email with different subject lines provided multiple opportunities to link to a nefarious place.

Here are some of the subject lines: Wellsfargo Bank Guard which alleged someone suspicious has logged into my account. Wellsfargo Billing hit me twice, the first time with claims my account is restricted. The second warned that there was fraudulent entry to my account.

In addition there was Wellsfargo Bank Business, Wellsfargo Bank Agent Security and Wellsfargo Security.

Other favorite faux texts and emails are from a wolf in Microsoft’s clothing or DHL Express. The latter asks for an address correction for an imaginary package they aren’t able to deliver. In another nasty twist I was told in a text that on Tuesday $198.17 was placed on my debit card and to click on a link to stop it.

One crook was lazy or new at the job. She didn’t kill herself in prepping for the outreach. The subject line was Support. This thief didn’t waste time. They were going to suspend my account, [to what they didn’t say], unless I updated my billing information. Sure.

You get the point. Have you noticed a change away from suspicious telephone calls to electronic communication in attempts to steal your money?

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6 Responses to “Service of Cybercriminals Navigating From Phone Calls to Texts & Emails”

  1. TC Said:

    JEANNE, THE CROOKS ARE ALL AROUND US! WE HAVE NO DEBIT CARDS, HAVE SET LIMITS ON 2 CHARGE CARDS ( VISA & M.C. ), HAVE ALL FINANCIAL RECORDS ON PAPER. STILL, THE SOB’S TRY TO TEMP WITH EMAIL, MAIL, AND PHONE COME-ONS. WE DO NOT ANSWER/REPLY TO ANY UNFAMILIAR COMMUNICATIONS. INSURANCE IS CRAZY. LATEST USAA SUMMARY OF PREMIUMS/COVERAGE RUNS 98 PAGES. WE CARRY A MILLION UMBRELLA FOR ACCIDENTS. A FENDER BENDER CAN BRING ON A HALF MIL SUIT WHICH CLEVER LAWYERS ONLY TOO HAPPY TO PURSUE. STAY WELL! BE SAFE!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    TC,

    I never thought of putting a cap on credit card expenditures. If you need to use the card for a larger amount no doubt there is a way to open the gate to more money. I was surprised to learn that none of the credit cards or banks want to know if you are traveling outside your city/state or country.

    I’m weak in the knees thinking of 98 pages of USAA premiums/coverage info. Who can keep on top of all that?

  3. ASK Said:

    I do not bank online and have resisted all attempts to sign me up for this service. I have 1 credit card that I use for online purchases. Fortunately that bank is pretty good about flagging anything remotely suspicious, like a $1.20 charge for a Coke purchased at a gas station on LI.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:

    ASK,

    Good catch! I wonder how the thirsty LI person knew your credit card number. I’ve heard that when a credit card is stolen, often the perpetrator will start by slipping in a small charge and if that goes through, go for bigger ones. If a busy person has enough charges, I’m sure he/she doesn’t check each one. You have a very good bank.

  5. Hank Goldman Said:

    Hank on Facebook: You would think that they might know that Wells Fargo is two words! If they want you to believe them……

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Hank,

    Trouble is, many cyberthieves are far smarter than this one. I fear that they trip up a lot of people.

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