Scammers, Spammers, and Low-Life's (Beware)

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Scammers, Spammers, and Low-Life's (Beware)
This article was sent by our local internet provider. well worth the read.
Darn those scammers.
 

 

Scam Warning – Beware Of Fake BBB Emails

 

Better Business BureauBusinesses and consumers across the country are being hit by an ongoing email scam that appears to be from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The fake emails started late last year and have gone through a number of variations since then. a

In one, people report receiving phone calls—in addition to emails—from scammers claiming to be from the BBB. These callers offer help to remove a virus from the recipient's computer. They claim the computer was infected when the owner downloaded a virus from an email scam using the BBB nameThe BBB is cautioning not to give out any personal information to callers or to install or download any software they recommend. 

Should you receive a suspicious email identified as being from the BBB, don't click on any links or open any attachments; doing so could unleash a virus. You can test the links by using your mouse to hover over them. The destination of the links will appear in a small pop-up box next to the link or at the bottom of the screen. If the email is a scam, the website shown will not be a BBB.org URL. After you've confirmed the email you received is a scam, the BBB has asked that you forward it tophishing@council.bbb.org and delete it from your inbox. Also, make sure your virus software is up to date and run a virus scan.

Thank you to the folks at GVTC, Guadalupe Valley Telephone Company, Smithson Valley TX.
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Information blog by Carl Winters, Advanced Home Inspector #3630.
"For you next home inspection call 830-660-0131 - Complete Inspection Service".
Serving Canyon Lake, Bulverde, Smithson Valley, New Braunfels Texas.
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Dale Baker
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Howdy and evening Carl and Ceil

Carl and Ceil my friend, there sure are a lot low lifes out there that seem to think doing stuff like that is funny. Its really to bad that those folks don't think doing good is better. There is an FBI report site to report those kind of E-Mails on.

This here is another one of your outstanding and mighty helpful blog posts!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

April 18, 2012 07:55 PM
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

My AOL e-mail has a DOUBLE warning on it about clicking links and I appreciate that; however, I never click on them anyway and UNsubscribe when possible.

April 19, 2012 12:31 AM
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
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C & C,

It sure is a pity! I think the elderly who are just getting started are the ones most prone to this misbehavior.

Patricia

April 22, 2012 02:45 AM
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Jim Frimmer
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist
HomeSmart Realty West

Before clicking on any link in an email, even if the email is, or appears to be, from someone you know and respect, hover your mouse cursor over the link. At the bottom of the screen you should see the link URL. With the spammers, it's something weird. For example, if it were from the BBB, it should start out with www.bbb.org. It doesn't.

April 22, 2012 08:19 PM
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Kristin Hamilton
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Keller Williams Realty

Hi Carl,

Great post and thanks for putting this info out to warn everyone. I agree with Karen Anne and  if it is not something I am expecting, I just delete it and tag it as spam.

May 31, 2012 09:47 AM
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