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 URL. After you've confirmed the email you received is a scam, the BBB has asked that you forward it 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.
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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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices

Carl & Ceil - I think we need a global law with severe punishment for this stuff, and cybercrime in general

Apr 18, 2012 07:30 PM #1
Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

Hi Carl, I wish there was a way of catching this fools! It drives me nuts all of the spam I get.

Have an AWESOME evening!

Apr 18, 2012 07:30 PM #2
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Carl & Ceil:  I have no clue why anyone would download anything from an email address that they had not done business with previously, or that they did not know personally.  There is only one reason why spammers keep doing this... and that's because somebody always bites.

Apr 18, 2012 07:31 PM #3
Todd Hays
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA

Whenever I have the slightest inkling that an email is a scam, or for that matter a phone call, I Google it. If it is a scam, there will be all kinds of discussion on it. This is how I discovered ActiveRain; I Googled a company that was calling me about real estate leads. There was all kinds of discussion about this company here. 

Apr 18, 2012 07:45 PM #4
Fred Griffin
Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Never click on a link in an email that you were not expecting.  How hard is that?   But people do it all the time.

Apr 18, 2012 07:51 PM #5
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

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

Apr 18, 2012 07:55 PM #6
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

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.

Apr 19, 2012 12:31 AM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty - Dallas, TX
The Little REALTORĀ® That Could

C & C,

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


Apr 22, 2012 02:45 AM #8
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

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 It doesn't.

Apr 22, 2012 08:19 PM #9
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda

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 #10
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