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Phone scams

Post by Dreamweaver » 19 Feb 2018, 13:28

I often receive messages telling me what I've won from different stores, too good to be true and I ignore.
But a new one purports to be from Track&Trace telling me my order has been left at local Harvey Norman.
Still a scam.
If in doubt contact Harvey Norman themselves!
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Re: Phone scams

Post by Perrorist » 19 Feb 2018, 13:40

My wife gets that kind of post almost every day. Some people must fall for it.

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Re: Phone scams

Post by terra » 19 Feb 2018, 14:06

I received a dodgy phone call yesterday from a person with an speaking accent that leaned towards Asian.
I knew it was a scam but instead of telling him to F*** O**, I instead let him ramble with his spiel.
He knew my surname and told me that my Telstra line was corrupt and that my computer was infected with a virus as a result.
Of course, he offered to fix it but first I had to pay by Credit Card ...... that was enough for me, I snapped and told him I don't have a Telstra line and then yelled at him with the best assortment of swear words I could muster..... of course, he hung up !
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Re: Phone scams

Post by Perrorist » 19 Feb 2018, 14:20

String 'em along and then the big letdown.

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Post by Leonie » 19 Feb 2018, 16:32

We get scammers targeting us all the time, and I swear, sometimes it feels like we were only just talking about something and the scammers will pop up.

I went for an audition for Millionaire Hot Seat some time ago and recently while we were watching an episode of that show hubby commented that he wanted a Jag if I ever get the call and manage to be the last one standing. Now I am getting emails telling me I have won a Jaguar.
:yeah_right

We reckon our TV is listening to us.

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Re: Phone scams

Post by Perrorist » 19 Feb 2018, 17:51

Some TVs can hear you, but only if it's a model that responds to voice commands.

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Re: Phone scams

Post by terra » 19 Feb 2018, 18:21

This isn't exactly phone scam but it's been very annoying.

My email client is Thunderbird and my incoming mail is first handled by Mailwasher.
It works well... Mailwasher is pretty good at picking up crap mail and I just blacklist it.... problem solved. I only ever get the odd spam mail and it's never been a problem to nip it in the bud.
But.... around two weeks ago, I started getting dozens of spam emails every day.
Viagra, Bitcoin investments, Renta girls, toe nail fungus, penis enlargement, hair restorers..... the list is never ending. As soon as I blacklist them, up pops more new ones flogging the same crap.
I don't know why this has started so suddenly.... it's like the floodgates have opened.
One peculiar thing that is common to all of these spam mails is, they all have the same greeting, "hi Terrawarra" spelt with a capital "T" and not the lower case "t" that I use.
The other strange thing is that each of these spam mails have another thing in common..... they all have the exact same file size of 125 KB.
I don't remember signing up for anything new lately and I never click on dodgy links.
So... how did these spammers get hold of my email address ?

I posted this question on another forum and I was advised to dig deeper into "Mailwasher" settings.
I did this and noticed that I could automatically select any blacklisted email and it would be forwarded on to "SpamCop" (after setting up an account with them) and also to the Australian Spam reporting Authority.
When this happens, that particular spam email sender is shut down.

Wow !.... within 24 hours, the barrage of spam has stopped !... it works !
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Re: Phone scams

Post by lynny » 19 Feb 2018, 18:25

It must be worth doing and I can't believe that people do fall for these scams.
I only get emails which I delete immediately. Best thing I ever did was disconnect the land line!

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Re: Phone scams

Post by Perrorist » 19 Feb 2018, 18:36

Well done, terra.

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