"Any technology that is accessible to
the masses, will in time, be used to
bring harm to all others who rely
upon on the technology for good."
The first spam message sent across the early version of the
Internet was an advertisement, which was a Felony while Al
Gore in the US Senate. No prosecutions were made despite
the spam included the sender's name and their employer.
YOU ARE OFTEN YOUR OWN FIRST AND LAST LINE OF DEFENSE.
- BBB SCAM REPORTING WEBSITE
We have the link and the details to help you. See how hard your area is being
hit by scams by using your ZIP Code.
BBB Scam Reporting
- Calls from people who know you but you don't know them
You have no clue who they are but they know your address, the kid's names, spouse, birthdays, your cars, and all sorts of stuff. There is a good chance they bought or obtained your information using your telephone number then bought or obtained your information from "public records" websites. Or started with your name and worked about the many "public records" websites holding your information.
- CREDIT OR DEBT REPAIR COMPANIES
First clue: if they called you and you are on the Federal and/or State DO NOT CALL
lists, don't trust them. They have demonstrated little respect for you
and the laws.
Second: they mention a reputable company name they are representing. The
reputable companies are having their names used to build a false sense
- "IRS" SCAM
Also see: https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts
Note: to those outside the US, every day is an opportunity for the "IRS" Scam.
Some simple things to remember:
- The IRS is required by law to send US Postal Service Letters for such issues
- They do NOT call people especially demanding money
You get a call you want to:
- Hang up on them
- Report the scam using the BBB Scam Reporting website
- People in the Memphis area have paid these people major dollars by credit card
Even if there is an issue it can be resolved during normal business hours by
calling the IRS in Memphis.
- PRE-APPROVED LOANS
Congratulations, you have been approved for your loan you don't remember requesting or never did request. Just Press 1 to get your money or 9 to disconnect. Don't waste your time or let them record your voice (which is part of a new scam being run).
- SCAM REPORTING WEBSITES
- Your Purchased Windows Program Stopped - You Get a Refund!
The following was posted by a person in Memphis who was scammed into believing this and cost them $267.00 in February 2017 in a horrible scam ...
Received a phone stating that: Because my purchase Microsoft program stopped working,
I'm owed a refund, but I must allow them to fix it in order to receive the refund. It was the
license purchase that total $299 my refund would be $300. I agreed switch the laptop over
to other user, (partner) and he tried to send my refund by money gram from Wal-mart. I
even received an email from Walmart money gram stating they received my transaction
request for $321, and when I stated it to the gentleman on the phone he hung up.
When a "computer person" calls you about a problem you didn't know anything about from a company you have not done business with regarding with your computer ... you may want to hang up on them.
There are many other scams in the Memphis area where significant amounts of money were lost to fraudulent activities. Don't be a victim and report any attempts to the BBB so others can take note of what is happening in Memphis.
- Your Windows PC Has a Serious Problem
In their opening line, they indicate a message was received from your computer indicating there is a problem with Windows and they can help you.
SCAM-Detection Point #1:
Your computer does not "Call Home" for help when it has problems.
In big computers, this is a common capability. Personal devices, nope!
SCAM-Detection Point #2:
Ask them WHICH Windows computer using your serial number has the
problem. Now you turn the tables on them!
Their "pitch" is based on you having one Windows computer. When you
ask WHICH Windows computer they either hang up or panic; their scam
gamebook has no provisions for more than one Windows computer.
Ask which Serial Number and the caller may hang up. Some will ask you
make some keyboard entries to display a common value within Windows
contending that is your Serial Number. It isn't, so don't trust them at all.
They and many others will call again ... they always do ... it's easy money.
Expected future attacks
1. Tablets including iPads
2. Smart Phones
- PAYMENT FOR A POSITION
You are told a Recruiter can secure you a job but they require money in advance
to cover their expenses. Given the job you are seeking, this is money well spent.
Excluding a Retained Recruiter (which is generally only used by employers who
pay the fees), you should never be required to pay a Recruiter. The company
seeking the employee pays those fees. Even if you have a written contract you
may have challenges being compensated for your losses. Just don't do it!
TEXT MESSAGE SCAMS
- PHONE: 267 553-4396 - shows as US in Philadelphia but could be anywhere!
TEXT MESSAGE SCAN: Mr. Justin Sienicki from LUX MED has found your posted
Resume and it has been received, reviewed and approved
by the company HR Dept...You are to reply back with YES
interested/Yes I AM for further details.Thank you.
POSSIBLE EXPOSURE: Solicitation for personal information to conduct required
background checks including Social Security, Date of
Birth, Drivers License Number, Major Credit Card number
with expiration and Code, Bank Account Number and the
This number can easily and quickly changed using IP
addressing schemes. Blocking these numbers on your
Cell phone will help remove the problem. This came to
a cell phone number opened for just 1 week.
When it comes to scams, you may find you are the single
authority to act as investigator and prosecutor. Some of
these are believed to be out-of-state operations meaning
local law enforcement and prosecutors cannot do much to
help. Criminals acting outside the United States are not
likely to be found or prosecuted. YOU ARE YOUR OWN
FIRST AND FINAL LINE OF DEFENSE. THINK FIRST!