hey uh… i got scammed on discord, but it’s being resolved, so don’t worry about me. what you should worry about is some rando you share servers with coming in and saying they wanna talk about something really important then say they accidentally reported your steam account for fraud or whatever and you gotta contact one of the steam people. whatever you do, do not talk to SOLO#3405 or listen to anything they say. if you have an actual problem, steam will email you and you can resolve it there. i’m lucky i acted as quickly as i did trying to clean this shit up, but it’s still a huge mess that’s gonna take weeks to make sure nothing else of mine is screwed. also don’t respond to important messages right after you woke up from a nap. also also don’t buy crypto under any circumstances because it’s stupid and dumb and shitty. i wasn’t thinking straight when i did all this but in hindsight there were so many red flags. if something feels off to you, it’s probably bad, so just don’t
stay safe out there y’all
edit: turn your two factor authentication on. turn on all the safety features. i don’t care if it’s annoying and inconvenient, it’s worth the hassle just in case some shit goes down and somebody might’ve gotten your passwords
Donation Posts: Real vs Fake
i’m not trying to be a dickhead but I think a lot of tumblr users could use a refresher in digital literacy because i’ve been seeing some VERY sus donation posts floating around that no one else seems to be picking up on. so here’s my “checklist” of things to run through if you’re trying to verify if a user’s financial need is genuine.
scroll through their blog and see how many posts they have, what they’re about, and how frequent they are. if someone’s first post is from 35 days ago and was instantly ebegging, and almost only do self reblogs of their donation request posts, i would suspect a scam.
scammers cultivate a sense of urgency to pressure you to donate right now without thinking about it. caps lock, lots of exclamation points, being extremely dramatic, and using emotional appeals. genuine posts can be like this too. it can be hard to distinguish between manipulation and genuine desperation esp online. but the casual or medium urgency levels are usually indicative of a real need.
continuing from my last point, it’s like how the more detailed someone is the more likely it is they’re lying. the more desperate the post comes across, it’s very likely this way because they had to fabricate the urgency and therefore overdid it.
see if any of their begging posts provide evidence (photos of the vet bills, damaged car, receipts, eviction warning/notice, etc.) or if they say they are willing to provide it over DM’s. it is incredibly unlikely any person would go through the effort of faking that evidence and even if they did, it would probably be an obvious fake.
if you request proof in their DMs and they get upset or defensive it is almost 100% a scam. a person in genuine need of that money will damn near send you their SSN if it means you’ll donate.
Recommendation: I’ve donated to a few people asking for money online before and they were all only people I followed and had been following for a good while. I wasn’t in their DMs but I saw enough of their icon and tags every few days that I felt secure my money was going to someone who wasn’t lying. I suggest only donating to people you follow or ONE follower removed (ie you follow the account that follows OP).
also, don’t reblog suspicious donation posts. other people will most likely get taken advantage of. i know tumblr will remove spam blogs if reported. not sure how they rule on suspicious donation request blogs. it’s up to you to decide if you’re going to report them. you most definitely should but that’s your choice.
Considering the fact that NFT’s don’t actually have the value of the artwork they are probably stealing, how is it not considered a scam in the legal landscape?
So you mean to tell me you had a full name but also had 2 other names you forgot to mention? 💀💀 scammer caught. Fake SD
ID: Text that reads: "Wells Fargo: Due to recent transactions we have placed limitations to your account; to remove the hold go to [redacted link] to complete verification." End ID.
Please be aware that this is likely a scam (I don't use Wells Fargo). If you receive a text like this, whether it be for Wells Fargo or any other bank, don't respond and don't click on the link. Be sure to contact your bank instead and block the number if it turns out it was a scam.
Keep yourself safe, and stay vigilant. Scams are not a joke.
All the Halloween stuff is already coming out y’all.
Those in need of government assistance: Beware Of Websites That Sell Your Information!
I put my information into a few bad websites while searching for GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE and now I get spam ON THE DAILY.
I have blocked so many numbers in the past month it isn't even funny. I'm frustrated and angry because I was in a bad mental state when I made this mistake! They're taking advantage of vulnerable people and selling their information.
Here are the websites:
This website is "Helpful Funds .org" and it's a for profit website that sells your information. It even has a somewhat innocuous section for getting your information from being sold:
"Do Not Sell My Information (CCPA)"
"Residents of certain states (including California) or their authorized representatives may use this form to request that their personal information not be sold to third parties. Please provide the information requested below to submit your request. Select request type(s)... Info Request, Data Deletion, Do Not Sell My Information."
Because I didn't see this link while having a literal panic attack, now I'm getting spammed daily by a for-profit, non-government-affiliated website's buyers. I literally just sent a message requesting they stop selling my information.
Another website that sells information is the website "live being healthy .com" and its even harder to find that one.
It even has a multi-step verification process to be sure you are requesting the deletion of your information. If they deem it to not be "in good faith" then they'll deny it. I went through it and while reading the confirmation of my submission, saw that if I'm disabled I can email them directly.
The last website is "United Family Network .com" which is in their own words "a completely independent, privately held for profit entity" that can be found in a blurb right above their legal links.
You have to request your info is deleted and not sold, and opt out to escape the spam. This is a horrible practice and I'm lucky I was able to find these websites in my search history.
If you ever find yourself on a website where you have to put in information for updates, especially updates like this, search the webpage for certain words:
Sell My Personal Information
Sell My Info
Do Not Sell / Don't Sell
If they have these on them, they probably aren't worth your time anyways.
How To Avoid A Virus That Can Take All Your Accounts With It
Sawamura Eijun is 100% the kind of guy to fall for a scam.
Like, not pyramid scheme type of scam but A-Nigerian-Prince-Needs-Your-Help type of scam.
The only reason he doesn't actually send the money is because Kuramochi reads his emails before he does and deletes his scam mails.
Beware of sugar daddy/ sugar mommy scams on here. Some people have no life. If you're not sure, and everything sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Had a guy in my inbox giving me his kik, and his WhatsApp number on top of offering me 2000 a week without any background information on me. And once I made it clear I was uncomfortable with the whole thing I was then told I would have to send his "assistant" 25$ to put me on his payroll? I may know nothing about the sugar baby lifestyle but all of that just sounded fucking stupid.
Also how dumb you look trying to scam someone out of a whole 25$. What do you need a 30 pack of beer or some shit? Dime bag? Lol.
Many of you are probably already aware of the typical email scams and this is just another example out of the buffet of how to pointlessly lose your money. I figured I mah just point out this example I recently received and dissect it in order help others identify these types of scams and know how to avoid them, and hopefully spread awareness of these scams. Let's get into the meat of it.
The sending email. Any company such as Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal, or in this case Venmo, wouldn't have such a janky looking username and domain name. Typically the username wouldn't be this random jumble of characters, and the domain would match the company name. In the case of Google emails it may be "@google.com" or "accounts.google.com" depending on the nature of the email. The domain name here isnt even related to Venmo. Do note that this doesn't always mean the email would be legit if the domain matches the company, there are ways to spoof that, and sometimes it'll look similar enough.
That little green banner claiming "-This message was sent from a trusted sender." If they need reassure you that they are trusted and or "legit" about 99% of the time they are not
Grammar. "Congratulation" one singular congratulation. "Complete necessary steps to finish the process" lack of punctuation at the end. Misspell of the word "here" as "Click her"
Lack of professionalism. Legitimate emails of this nature would usually include the username of the user as it appears on the site or some sort of user ID, though the usage of an email is not unheard of. Furthermore the email does not include the company logo, and the company name as it appears in the email doesn't use the same typeface that the company uses in its official logos. Finally, a crux of these scams is the need to deliver the sense of "you might lose this opportunity" thus "Please confirm receipt. .." "Complete the necessary steps...". here it isn't blatant, but it's implied with the bold "Complete..." and the "accept money" being very informal and the largest body in the email aside from the novelty "gift card image" thing, also there is a lack of consistency with confirm/accept receipt/money.
Links. Never EVER click links in and email. At best you'll find an information phishing site, at worst you'll end up with a virus. You only click a provided link if you are expecting the email, for example you forgot your password and require to confirm via email. And even then only click if you are beyond 100% sure you solicited the email and that its from a legitimate source you solicited services from.
Don't assume you are above these types of scams. Approach emails such as these with the appropriate amount of skepticism. Think childish, heaping mounds of ice cream that will make you giggle, and add some more just in case.
I am by far not the most knowledgeable on the matter. For more info, and hours of entertainment look into the likes of the following content creators on YouTube.
While he does videos on a variety of subjects, he also has a bunch of videos on baiting scam emails like this. He also explains the function amd nature of these scams
Probably the most technically savvy scambaiter in the business. Very informative in what he does and actively helps fight scammers, and saves what victims he can help.
A twitch streamer with a quick wit and penchant for angering the scammers he baits in his calls.
A sort of in between with Jim Browning and Kitboga. Baits scammers wastes their time as well as actively fighting back and saving victims when he can.
Remember, stay safe on the internet. And if you're smart, don't click my links, look them up on YouTube.
Small edit. It seems tagging this with "venmo" has attracted Tumblr spambots, and scams of the like. Ironic.
Soooo... I'm almost 100% sure I was scammed.
Fellow gamers out there, you probably know by now how crazy it's to get your hands on a PS5 atm. Not only it just came out last month, but it's also close to Christmas.
And to make things more difficult, so many fuckers out there are taking advantage of everyone and bulk buying the consoles only to resell them on ebay for double (sometimes triple) the price. Most of them go to bids and they always sell for double the original amount.
I'm a very patient person so I thought "no problem, I can wait until next year when the shortage is over". But I kept an eye out for good offers on Ebay anyways.
On Monday morning (December 17th), I woke up and quickly checked some newly posted offers. And amongst them I found one being sold for only 50€ over the original price.
I know what you're thinking. What a sucker.
I've been an ebay buyer for many years now, and I am usually pretty good at checking for red flags and who to buy from. I quickly checked the seller's profile, he only had 36 reviews in his feedback, most of them as a buyer but a few as a seller too. And he had a 100% rating. He also has been with ebay since 2014. Everything seemed ok.
Except for method of payment. They only accepted bank transfers. I was a little unsure about this, but since moving to Germany I've done that a couple of times and everything worked out. So I clicked Buy it Now and committed to the sale.
The guy sent me a message within a few minutes, thanking me for the purchase, sending me his bank information and confirming my shipping address.
Even without knowing the language you can probably tell the guy is well learned. He writes in a nice layout and respects grammar rules pretty well (well, ar least it looks like that to me and my poor German skills). It gave me a sense of reassurance, knowing I was dealing with someone like this.
We agreed I would send the payment in a couple of hours, after I went for my dentist appointment. So I got my savings from my little "book safe" and went out.
After I was done with the dentist I went to the bank. Double checking his account I noticed he re-uploaded the item. So I asked him if he had more than one. He told me he did, so I asked him if he could save me another one, as I wanted to also get one for my brother (although I told him I was buying them for my "son and nephew").
He said no problem. I could pay for one now and later buy another one. Before I made the payment I received another message, telling me he put aside one for me so if I paid for both on the transfer he would send them together. I agreed.
I was so excited and like I said, was confident the guy was a good guy because of his reviews. So I made the transfer, 898€.
Almost all my savings basically.
I sent him a message to let him know and he replied to thank me and let me know that he would start the shipping process while the transfer was complete and he would send me the tracking number right after.
I thanked him. I was so excited. I even told my brother I managed to get us both our PS5s! He was so happy too. The rest of the day went by normal. Until around 5pm when I noticed I had received a bunch of messages from ebay all at once. Something about my interactions with the seller seemed off to their system or something like that. And the last message from Ebay was the one that shocked me. It said the item had been deleted and my order was cancelled.
My heart dropped to my stomach.
I went to check my list of purchases and indeed, the item showed as not available anymore.
I immediately texted the seller, just asking him what was wrong. Unlike that morning, when he was replying within minutes, he didnt answer. I called ebay right away.
Normally I would've waited. He could've been busy of course. It's normal sellers don't answer you back right away. But the item was deleted, and it raised all my flags. The ebay agent checked the profile of the seller and the item that was removed. She told me to first of all call my bank and ask if the transfer could be cancelled. And depending of what they told me to call them again. She also did tell me that because the purchase was made outside of ebay I wasn't protected by their guarantee and they couldn't do anything to return my money.
So I called my bank, unfortunately the money was on it's way to his account. And as it was a direct transfer the only thing they could do is issue a money recall to his bank, explaining the situation. The bank agent did tell me it was not a 100% guarantee that it would work and to keep my fingers crossed.
Despairing already, I called Ebay again. This time the agent double checked everything, he said that he could tell the account is a very normal account and with good standing. The account was old enough, all the reviews were positive etc. All the things I checked myself before buying.
He said he would write an email to the seller, telling him to get back to me. And he also recommended me to wait until the next day to call them again in case the seller hadn't replied. It could be he was just busy. So I talked to my brother, and he was heartbroken. Not because he would'nt get the PS5 but because he knows I spent so much money on his gift. But we didn't wanna lose hope. I wanted to believe that the next morning I would wake up to a message from the seller.
Later on Tuesday morning I got a call from my bank, just to ask me details of what had happened so they could make a well explained request to the seller's bank. The bank agents repeated to me it was not guaranteed it would work, specially if the guy took out the money and didn't have enough funds on his account for a recall. Then his bank wouldn't be able to do anything about it. The agent also recommended me to file a police case.
I tried once again to get in touch with the seller but nothing. One thing that gave me a little hope was that I had the guy's name and bank info, and thanks to google, I also knew the name and location of his bank. I tried calling his bank but they wouldn't help me because I wasn't a customer there and I had to do everything through my bank. The customer service agent also recommended me to file a case with the police.
It was time to call Ebay again. The agent checked everything once again after I explained the situation. This time she opened a case. The man has 3 days to answer my messages, send me the tracking number or send me my money back. Otherwise I call Ebay back and they are allowed to give me all his information to give to the police.
I had been browsing the ebay forums the night before and I was a little nervous because there was also the possibility the account from this guy had been hacked, and the poor dude had no idea of what was happening. He wasn't a very active member after all. And if the information they gave me didn't match with the name of the bank account he sent me on the messages then I only had the bank account info to go with for the police.
But something funny happened, while the ebay agent was writing the case she was mumbling out loud. She was saying things like "ok your name is blah blah" etc. Just confirming to herself she wrote things correctly you know? And then she said "and the seller's name is blah blah".
It matched the name of the card's owner.
I stayed quiet but in my head I was celebrating. At least now I'm about 90% sure the man who owns the account is the same man I sent the money to. That means his address information will be the right one etc. It would make things easier for the police.
So that's where I am right now. The man has not replied yet. I am sure I was scammed, even though a tiny little part of me still holds a little hope that the huge idiot is an older man who is not exactly tech savvy and doesn't keep track of his messages much. But I know reality says otherwise.
Today I called Ebay, and today I filed the Police case. For those of you who don't know, the police here in Germany are extremely effective, and online fraud is taken seriously. They are obliged to take every case and look into it.
The ebay agent told me not to worry, that when things like this happen, if it gets to the point where the police is involved, it usually gets resolved. Although normally the fraudulent suckers fear getting there so they send the money back, or ship the items to avoid trouble with the authorities. I don't know if this guy is just being irresponsible, or if he is an idiot who believes himself untouchable.
I talked to a good friend of mine who has lived in Germany for almost 20 years now. Unfortunately she has had to deal with some shitty stuff in her life, having to get the law and police involved. Fortunately for me that gave her the experience that I need right now. Just last year she had bought a brand new TV, costing around 1000€, from this website that looked extremely professional and well made. The payment was also bank transfer (it is pretty common here in Germany). The minute her money was gone from her account the website was taken down. Can you imagine?
She had to go through the same steps I am going through right now. It took about 3 to 4 weeks but she did get her money back. She told me to do everything I need to do and to chill. It's almost sure everything will work out. If not by the bank being able to recall the money, by the police when they confront the thieving asshat.
Worse comes to worse, I can sue him. I've backed up the whole conversation, the information about the post he made, my deposit to the bank, and soon the ebay official report. Here in Germany, the person that loses the case pays for the lawyer's fees from the winner.
And boy. I will beat his ass down in court if it gets down to that.
Hopefully it doesn't though. I just want my money back or the PS5s I paid for. Whatever comes first.
I'll keep you guys updated through everything. Please pray for me, send your good vibes, wish me luck.
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Top 5 Most Common Internet Scams
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A scam is a fraud scheme that fools people to gain information, money, product, and property. Internet scam is continuously evolving and also adapting to the current situation. Most people around the world are now using reliable internet for all online transactions and activities. With this, scammers are taking advantage of using the internet, making it easier for them to trick people.
Today, our technology is so advanced. And this results in the rise of online scams. We need to prevent this from happening. Thus, we need to stay vigilant to safeguard our personal information, hard-earned money, and properties.
Watch Out for These Top 5 Common Online Scams
This is a type of scam where you receive an email or text message from a familiar person or business entity that seems to be legit. The message contains information that may trigger you in clicking the link or opening the attached file. But little do you know,clicking the link will make your computer and personal information vulnerable to viruses. Take note: no company will ask for your personal information and password online.
Tech Support Scam
In this kind of scam, you will receive a phone call and email message that says your computer and system are at risk. Then, the scammer will inform you that they can resolve the problem by getting access to your computer. These scammers may transfer money from your computer to their accounts once you shared your access. Don't give your password or download security software to your computer if the tech support is not reliable and suspicious. Immediately scan your computer and change your usernames and passwords to avoid problems.
Online Identity Theft
It is a crime that obtains your personal and financial information that can be used in another fraud, such as doing transactions and purchases on your behalf. It is done in many ways, leaving the victim with credit and financial damage. Don't give personal information to a suspicious person to prevent identity theft.
We want to secure our life by making our money grow by investing. Due to advanced technology, we can now invest online, such as in savings and e-trading. Just be cautious in what and where you will invest your hard-earned money to avoid bankruptcy and loss.
Congratulations! You've won a large amount of money. Most people receive this message via email or text message. They inform you that you have won even if you didn't join in any game or event. The scammer will ask for a processing fee before you can claim the prize to a representative.
There are a lot of other scams out there. And it will be beneficial to know about them, so you can prevent the possibility of future damage. In this digital age, it is highly significant to always stay informed.
What's the point in all those Ray Ban glasses scams?! I'm not even interested in sunglasses, if you wanna catch me offer me some serotonin or something
This person was trying to get my account number to my cashapp (I’m not stupid so I lied and said I didn’t have one.) then asked for my ssn and dob. If y’all come across this account don’t bother because they’re a waste of time.
I’m exposing this person because I don’t want young women to potentially fall for this. If someone asks for your ssn or anything personal don’t give them that information.
I hope this helps someone out there!