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The phishers are at it again. I have gotten in the past week two e mails from third world countries telling me I have been chosen to receive a great sum of money and all they need is my banking info, and today, an e mail pretending to be from my e mail provider and telling me they are updating their password info and want my current account information with password in order to proceed, and if I don't send it I will be blocked permanently.

I don’t know how mentally challenged you have to be to fall for these, but am happy to report I am not there yet. I have forwarded these to a fraud hot line and I am trying to forward the e mail one to my e mail provider as well but they don’t make it easy. I have contacted them. If they want it, they have to send me an e mail to forward it to.

xx, Teal

posted on June 18, 2017 9:06 PM ()


There is a new flurry of calls telling us to call because we are being served by a process server and we need to avoid this. Why? Now they have speeded it up by saying there is a warrant out for our arrest. this
happened to four of us today. I never answer the phone anymore unless I know who is calling.
comment by elderjane on June 19, 2017 4:01 PM ()
Today Ed answered a call from his grandson,that he does not have.
"Hi grandpa," the caller said. And Ed replied "Get lost kid, find another mark." and slammed the phone down. Actually, I wonder if one could pretend to be conned and get enough information out of the caller to get him nailed.
reply by tealstar on June 20, 2017 10:54 AM ()
It's good to practice not replying to emails until you've verified them. But they get so tricky, these guys. I have to maintain a high level of paranoia to protect my info. Around 2002 I think it was, the Canadian Mounties were trying to reach me to ask that I be interviewed about a case. I had trouble believing this, naturally. My email was all they had. When I called, they were so natural and nice that I felt sure they were Canadian...
comment by drmaus on June 19, 2017 8:35 AM ()
My favourite is still a fraud from eBay saying "for security, your username appears at the top of this email". Ah... no, it didn'!
comment by jjoohhnn on June 19, 2017 6:48 AM ()
Once they obtain a valid email address, it gets sold to the world. The fake emails always have some spelling or grammar error that alerts us, plus the sender's email address (the full address, not who it says it's from) is something hokey, but I worry that someday they will figure it out and send a professional-looking message and we'll be distracted by a moose wandering across the yard and click on something bad.
comment by troutbend on June 19, 2017 6:24 AM ()
I am still getting calls telling me there is a security breach on my
computer and I must let them fix it....for a price. I don't think they will ever give up. I let them all go to voice mail.
comment by elderjane on June 19, 2017 6:08 AM ()
After a bad experience being sucked in by one of these foreign based techies, we just swear at them and hang up, but they don't quit.
reply by tealstar on June 19, 2017 7:11 AM ()
I got an e-mail from Canada Post recently. It said they had tried to deliver my parcel but I wasn't home and now I needed to click on the link to get a number that will allow me to pick up the parcel at the post office. It looked legit and I was expecting a parcel but the postman usually leaves a card in my mailbox so I called Canada Post who told me they don't do emails like that. Email deleted.
comment by nittineedles on June 18, 2017 10:39 PM ()
You dodged a bullet there. If you had clicked on their link, your data may have been instantly compromised.
reply by tealstar on June 19, 2017 7:13 AM ()

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