I was pretty livid and demanded compensation beyond their customary $5 which they tried to pawn off on me. I had to go through a supervisor, but I ended up with 50% off my subscription, which was $70.
Stupid corporate security people. We got these stupid phishing emails when I worked at Intel and this one was even worse.
So I received 3 emails yesterday from Amazon, all with a header of “Important Information about your Google Play gift card order” where Google Play is also Mastercard and Hotels.com
I immediately went to my wife just to confirm she didn’t order any gift cards, then went again to the emails.
There is a button in the email. I viewed source and saw that it resolves to a legit amazon site that warns of the dangers of phishing.
😟 Did you get this email and worry your account was compromised?
I worried about that because I haven't ordered any Google Play gift cards. I worried this email was alerting me to fraud.
😠 Instead this was Amazon's hamhanded attempt to warn customers about scams.
⭐ Amazon relies so heavily on dark patterns that they don't remember how to be straightforward.
I have not came across those. But I did a couple of quick checks.
doccmartensireland[.]com is hosted at the ip-address 196[.]196.197[.]222.
Toghether with 3 other scamsites:
inuikii-norge[.]com, lacosteportugal[.]com, valentinofrance[.]com.
"One step up" on on nearby ip-addresses and you find even more like those:
A nice/bad collection of scamsites.
Took a quick look at a few of them, they were not dropshipping sites either.
Which usually is a kind of #scam anyway.
My wife just (supposedly) ordered Dr Martens boots from https://www.doccmartensireland.com/ which purports to be an online outlet. The order was placed in Euro. Only afterwards did we notice the double c in docc.
When the card transaction came through, it was for a higher amount. Looks like it was converted to US$ and then back to Euro. It was also from a different company: Hbvshop.Com.
Then we got an email acknowledgement from yet another domain: vmcustomers.com (with another different total in Euro - actually slightly lower than the one shown at checkout). The email address given in the acknowledgement to contact customer services bounces (surprise, surprise).
A whois shows:
doccmartensireland.com is owned by ALIBABA.COM SINGAPORE E-COMMERCE PRIVATE LIMITED
hbvshop.com is owned by spaceship Inc (which seems to be a hosting site, so presumably the actual owner's details are hidden).
vmcustomers.com is owned by Paknic Private Limited in Pakistan.
I've placed the transaction into dispute with my card issuer.
Has anyone else come across any of the above domains/companies?
Ulkig. Ab und zu bekomme ich auf dem Handy wie viele andere auch, Spam Anrufe. Die letzten 3-4 Anrufe kamen von völlig unterschiedlichen Nummern, zu unterschiedlichen Themen und Firmen. Aber die Dame am anderen Ende scheint immer die gleiche zu sein. Gestern wieder. Diesmal Frage zu meinen Radiohörgewohnheiten. Erstmal habe ich sie herzlich begrüßt und mich gefreut, dass es ihr gut geht. Und sie dann an ihren letzten Anruf erinnert, wo sie sich als Microsoft ausgab. #telefon #spam #scam
One-ring phone scam
You get a call that rings only once and hangs up before you can answer. But you see the number that called. So do you call back?
No, you do not. Calling back costs you money. It's a scam.
Ich weiß, dass die Hacks im Fediverse auf Phishing-Mails und Co nicht reinfallen. Aber es gibt noch genug Leute, die die Geschichte vom Millionenerbe glauben. In einem Beitrag für den Senioren Ratgeber kläre ich über bekannte Betrugsmaschen auf. In einem anschließenden Quiz könnt Ihr Euer Wissen testen (Auflösung in der Antwort). #Scam #Phishing #ApothekenUmschau
Column: Scam victims may feel ashamed. They need support - Los Angeles Times (2021)
“Yes, hypnotism provides a simple explanation,” he said. “But science provides a fuller, more replicable process of how once conned, we humans use every possible rationalization available to justify our victimization.”
Three men found guilty of laundering $2.5 million in Target gift card tech support scam.
Read more in my article on the Bitdefender blog: https://www.bitdefender.com/blog/hotforsecurity/three-men-found-guilty-of-laundering-2-5-million-in-target-gift-card-tech-support-scam/
"Hallo Hannah, warum hast Du denn eine neue Nummer?" "Hi Mama, ich habe mir ein neues Smartphone gekauft, es liest meine alte SIM-Karte nicht, deshalb habe ich diese neue Telefonnummer. Ich installiere alles neu, es ist eine Menge Arbeit. Hast Du meine neue nummer gespeichert?? " "Ach du weisst doch mein Kind, dass ich mich nicht so gut auskenne." #scam #fraud
Daily Source #Bias Check: CrossExamined.org
Bias Rating: RIGHT #CONSPIRACY-#PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: LOW
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC #Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
"The couple thought they’d executed the perfect crime: victimless and profitable. But, as hard as Konashewych had worked to keep his girlfriends apart, his two worlds were about to collide."
For #TorontoLife, Katherine Laidlaw tells a wild story of romance and fraud: https://torontolife.com/deep-dives/crooked-cop-dead-man-fraud-robert-konashewych
Holes break the scanner and force you to use the swipe, and thus their swipe skimmer.
(Thanks @ellesaurus for reminding me not to skim articles :meow_laugh: )
GOP is no longer a political party.
The Republican debate marked its soul leaving its body.
This group of seven candidates – particularly ... Nikki Haley ... the only one grounded in some form of reality – should be grinding Trump into hamburger. He has weakness upon weakness, and he is ... a raving nut ball.
Local US Bank Shut Down after CEO Lost Millions in Crypto Scam - Heartland Tri-State Bank, a community bank in Elkhart, Kansas, has been forced to shut do... - https://cryptonews.com/news/local-us-bank-shut-down-after-ceo-lost-millions-crypto-scam.htm #heartlandtri-statebank #altcoinnews #bank #scam
Facebookowi udało się mnie dziś zaskoczyć - usunął scamerskiego fanpejdża kilka minut po zgłoszeniu (niewykluczone, że nie tylko ja go zgłosiłam). Schemat oszustwa dosyć znany. Strona nosiła tytuł "Let us help with your technical problem", a widoczna u góry grafika sugerowała jej przynależność do pomocy technicznej Facebooka. Oszuści publikowali posty dotyczące rzekomego naruszenia praw autorskich i oznaczali różne inne fanpejdże, grożąc ich zablokowaniem. Aby tego uniknąć, należało zweryfikować konto, klikając w podany link. Celem było wyłudzenie danych logowania do Facebooka i przejęcie kont oszukanych użytkowników. Poniżej parę zrzutów ekranu obrazujących ten proces.
Ryzom is a FLOSS MMO RPG which has been operating for over a decade. The community bought it out, when it was a commercial flop, and has been maintaining the game and it's code base for ages now. It's AGPL and the assets are CC-BY-SA.
Seems VERY likely being done without permission to use Ryzom's trademark. And somehow I suspect they're not intending to abide by the license on their code or assets.
I created an account over at #Ryzom to raise a support ticket about this.
Anyone else know a better way of getting it to their attention? Only the IP holder can raise a trademark issue with #Kickstarter ?
Original legit Ryzom FLOSS MMO here: https://ryzom.com
I’ve known of the brushing scam phenomenon, but this is my first direct encounter https://flic.kr/p/2p5zUtD
A brushing scam is when spammy Amazon Marketplace vendors pay for positive reviews, but a literal shipment has to be made which consist of cheap junky products. Two such very strange items came to my office—a pair of moist towelette packages and, inexplicably, a single blank crack-and-peel address label!
Is anyone getting calls from 020 based numbers pretending to be from O2 or Phone providers recently ? Ive had 2 this week. #scam
#Google is trying again to convince you, YES YOU, to contribute for free to Google Maps.
It is 100% #proprietary, Google has full control over the data you added and people can only access Google Maps over proprietary channels where Google dictates the rules. This gives them too much power.
Contribute to #OpenStreetMap instead, it's a project by the community, for the community.
Malicious actors who leverage DNS heavily to support their activity are often unrecognized and orthogonal to malware actors popularized in much media coverage, but they play a critical role in the online criminal economy. We've decided to publish more about those we track and some of our algorithms. Here's an intro! #dns #infosec #threatintel #malware #phishing #scam #spam https://blogs.infoblox.com/cyber-threat-intelligence/introducing-dns-threat-actors/
#racism #Colorism #xenophobia #Hatespeech #USA #BlackAmericans #Disapora #AccraGhana #SexualViolence #Women #SingleWomen #Colorists #WhiteSupremacy #Ghana #Travel #Immigration #Lebanese #Scam #Corruption
Hmm I've gotten two of them now so maybe this is a common scam?
Followed by a 0 follower account absolutely loaded with LGBT symbolism. Only text and links are "I am doing blah blah LGBT work in (country)" and lots of GoFundMe links.
Account follows and DMs a "hi" instantly. Gotta assume it's spam.
Be wary of any go fund mes that you haven't seen someone you trust vouch for
> Sesame said it targets the uninsured and those with high deductibles who need to pay cash. It doesn't accept #healthInsurance to help keep prices low.
Wait.. I thought we already paid for health insurance, it also makes the cost more expensive!?
Just a bit of advice. If you are sent an “inspirational” pic containing pink sunflowers, or any amazing flower in a color it doesn’t usually have, or at least not that perfectly, & the only purveyor of its seeds/plants is an Etsy shop or weird Amazon seller, & not a seed catalog, it’s prob. a scam & the inspirational meme is its viral marketing.
Please don’t share this dreck even if you’re not trying to sell the fake flower. You’re spreading the scam & disinfo. #photoshoppedflowers #scam #fake
This sad story illustrates why you should not look for #publishers or #self-publishing services by doing websearches (the company involved, Premium Book Publishers, is a ghostwriting #scam w/ sponsored links on Google) #WriterBeware https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/self-publishing-scam-1.6975022
Ich und die Freenet.
Letztes Jahr hat mir Freenet ein kostenloses Waipu-Abo (WTF?) angeboten, wenn ich auch Norton für 9,90€/M dazu kaufe. Ich habe sofort und unmissverständlich abgelehnt. 3 Monate später fing man an, 9,90€ abzubuchen. Ich verstand den Zusammenhang nicht und dachte dass es sich mglw um eine Handyfinanzierung handelte. Außerdem bekam ich ja auch Payback vom Vertragsbroker. Wie die Untersuchung ergab war genau das vermutete eingetreten: Ein Waipu-Vertrag. #Scam #waipu #freenet
I reported the #scam accounts but so far they’re still all active, including the one with DMs admitting he’s a scammer, and I haven’t even heard anything back 🤷
Anyone else seeing deep fake trading scam ads on YouTube?
So far I’ve seen two, both pretending to be a new AI-driven trading app that’s been bought by Elon Musk, with one using a fake of @MartinLewis
Both reported to YouTube, for what that is worth…
What stood out to me was the quality of the deep fake. The voice, the video, was pretty convincing. They did a good job.
The content, not so much!
New #scam: Text message that looks like a restaurant reservation. I did not click on the link for obvious reasons.
🥥 I'm NOT saying this is a #scam, but Eye'm also not saying it's NOT a scam:
Started getting toots from people in #Nigeria with lovely photos of car interiors and info about people there getting cars from the US.
Then an invite to inquire about getting one of those cars sent BACK to the US.
Dude, FYI, the trust was irreparably dinged by all your royalty who used to send us emails regarding the freeing-up of their seized funds if only we'd send them some of our favorite #dollars. 🥥.
Hey artists, is someone DMing you about a commission? Look out for common signs of a scam!
Are they offering way above your normal prices? Are they asking for work/styles you don't normally do? Offering to pay by check? Sending screenshots as proof of payment? Those are 🚩s!
Vielleicht noch mal der Hinweis, auch Euren Eltern und Großeltern ruhig öfters zu sagen, dass die Polizei niemals eine "Kaution" bei ihnen einsammeln wird. Never, ever!
BBC: Danish artist told to repay museum €67,000 after turning in blank canvasses... after he supplied it with two blank canvasses for a project he named "Take the Money and Run"."
Clearly Prime Day is working for them… sadly. Aside from the one-off actually good deals, most of it is a scam. I’ve compared many items before and during Prime Day sales and every time they’re the same price or more, but marked as if they’re on a big sale. It’s such a joke.
Nachdem Tillmann das Geld nicht wollte, habe ich heute eine EMail von Fr. Schaeffler bekommen :)
"Jones’s personal spending in July includes $7,900 on housekeeping, $6,338 on meals & entertainment, and $3,388 on groceries...
Jones’s #Texas lake house, which is his second home, cost him nearly $6,700 in July, including maintenance & property taxes... His vehicles & boats [plural] cost an additional $5,600...
Yet Jones has told his listeners this week that he is in financial pain and pleaded with them to donate."
Someone's trying to #scam Vodafone AU numbers tonight. I got a call, then my wife did 5 minutes later.
my #tech #news view in fewer than two ~ have you ever fallen for a tech #scam? it seems that scammy ads have been proliferating the x (#twitter) feed with community notes often warning users ~ you might not be on that platform, but others are ~ how do you safeguard against such "too good to be true" traps?
Ich empfehle immer die Meldung bei der Bundesnetzagentur 👇🏻 #Scam
Scam alert from #WriterBeware: have you gotten an email from Robby Robinson or Tony Terry inviting you on a podcast & offering to pay you $2K? It's a #scam to steal your Facebook page. Info here: https://geekmamas.com/2023/08/11/robby-robinson-management-podcast-facebook-scam/
Bad text to speech generated message: "This is the danish police force. We are calling you about some suspicious activity. There has been issued an arrest warrant for you. Press 1 to talk to a police officer."
(I didn't translate this. They actually thought that the danish police force spoke english and not danish).
Guy with heavy indian accent (again, not speaking danish): "This is the danish police force" (because that is totally how danish police greets you on the phone).
Me: "Is this about the bodies in my basement? Because I totally didn't kill them, I swear!"
Guy with heavy indian accent: "Are you stupid?"
*He hangs up*
I learned about a new type of #scam - fake job ads on #WhatsApp. When I got the first message, I wasn't sure what it's about because I submitted one job application that didn't receive a reply yet and it might have been it. So I replied. They replied 2 seconds after I replied, making it super obvious it's a scam. The second scam number wrote to me today, on a Sunday morning US time (both US numbers). I guess during my real job search my CV leaked somewhere 🥲
Have you gotten an email inviting you to enter the Barnes Book Awards? It's a #scam . You have to buy a review to enter at a cost of $399. Claims it was est'd in 2015 but web registration just 14 days old (to an address in the Philippines) #WriterBeware #WritingCommunity #BookReviews https://www.barnesbookreview.com/
"Worldcoin" is one of the most terrible ideas from recent times
They use so called "orbs" to scan your Iris so you "login anonymously" to certain crypto websites :nkoFacepalm2:
DO NOT fall for this bs! ⚠️
Never ever trust a "crypto company" with super personal data like a scan of your iris, ever
Ich fordere gleiche Regeln für "Alternativmedizin" und "konventionelle Medizin": Studien und Wirknachweise!
HomöopathInnen und AnthroposophInnen nennen das eine "Vernichtungskampagne".
Weil die ganz normale Verpflichtung zu Wirknachweisen ihr Geschäftsmodell beenden würde.
Apparently this number has been active for bank #scam calls since 2021 - News to me!
159 works in the same way as 101 for the police or 111 for the NHS. It’s the number you can trust to get you through to your bank safely and securely, every time. So if you think someone is trying to trick you into handing over money or personal details - stop, hang up and call 159 to speak directly to your bank
F’ING IGNORANT AND DISGUSTING! #BurnaBoy #Africa #Slavery #Africans #AfricanAmericans #history #Ghana #Ghanians #GhanaNews #Nigerians #BacktoAfrica #Scam #YearOfReturn #Money #HateSpeech #Education #WhiteSupremacy #Blackmastodon #BlackAmericans #Stupid #Music #travel 👉🏽 https://tbobwoge.medium.com/burna-boys-comments-on-black-americans-was-fucking-disgusting-he-didn-t-even-care-when-people-said-235ccdca71cc
@Syulang @mekkaokereke @carnage4life
But like the #Hyperloop #scam being pushed to defund and cockblock #CaliforniaHighSpeedRail / #CHSR his plans aim to undercut overdue and long-term unavoidable #FTTB & #FTTH installations as only longterm feasible solution because we already do come close to the theoretical limitso of physics in terms of what can be done in the #RF #spectrum given earth's atmospheric composition and the narrow "Radio Window" into space...
I can't believe this "annual website domain listing" #scam is still running. Paper! So retro. I think I got my first one over 20 years ago.