Tuesday, December 4, 2012

phishing scam

i got a text message on my phone early this morning, saying:

Fr: zpwtbtgbicsqsy@bestbuycashcard.net,
Thanks for being a member of Best Buy. You have been chosen for a Complimentary Gift Card! Your Code is: t357 http://www.bestbuycashcard.net Dec 4, 4:44 am

it looks professional ... however, the last time i was at best buy was two years ago ... and i am suspicious about everything ...

so i searched best buy cash card ... and google suggested best buy cash card scam ... and i found a discussion board ...

one individual said: "Just got a scam text from 4253813590 saying to go to some site and enter code 6655 to get my $1000 best buy gift card. I'm on the DNC [do not call] registry as well." ...

another said: "it's a definite scam to steal personal info....don't be a schmuck lol." ...

how many people go to the url in the text message rather than running a search?

i knew [a friend of a friend] three years ago who fell victim to the “Fake Check” scam described in the link below ... it took me 20 seconds to run the search and find this link but it was too late ... she had already gone to her bank, withdrawn the money, and lost $5000.
http://info.pch.com/consumer-information/fraud-protection

the scary thing is ... one day the scam will be too good and fool everybody ... like dylan says ... steal a little and they throw you in jail .. steal a lot and they make you king.

i am thinking about the federal reserve, a fiat currency, fees for checking ... a digital wallet ...
and i have concluded ...
that they are not on your side ...
any of them.