Something Smells Phishy…

Have you ever received an email from a business that asked you to respond with personal or financial information? Maybe even a text from a company that threatened to close your account if you didn’t verify your identity? That smells phishy.

Scammers are looking to lure you in with bogus emails and pop-ups that seem safe. In fact, if they get your information, they’ll use it to commit fraud.

Learn how to sniff out phishing attacks and avoid being scammed. 

Twitter chatJoin the FTC, Stop.Think.Connect., and others for a Twitter chat on phishing this Thursday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Follow @FTC and use the hashtag #ChatSTC to join the conversation!

Meanwhile, test your smarts against fraudsters with our phishing scams game.

Phishing Scams Game

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Just received a call from someone saying they were calling from Microsoft. (hmmm first indication something wrong). I was told that whenever I use Microsoft windows the office has received a “Notice of Malware threat”; and so far they have registered 1315 notifications.
“Mrs. ______ do you have your computer on now.” My answer “No”.
“Your computer is infected” My answer. “I have various virus checkers on my computer”
I can help you now, will you turn your computer on now. My answer “No”
I hung up.
Microsoft will NOT call you at home. The caller knew my name; easy enough to go on line and get names & addresses.

Turn on Computer, hmmm they now have access to my computer and I personally have allowed them in. Not good.
IN MY UNINFORMED OPINION: I personally feel this is a Scam to get access to all of your personal information on the computer and they have accomplished this with your approval, in fact you were willing let them into your computer, therefore you have no resource if your information is used.

Not good

Hi, Rose, we have a detailed blog post about tech support scams.

Got a call from a real state broker asking someone is interested in my timeshare condo and offer to buy with an approved loan from a bank. Sounds good until a so called loan agent from a bank, name and license #, calls to deposit money for title clearing using a Walmart money pack. Is this right???

Hi, Jamie. If you’re thinking of selling a timeshare, the FTC cautions you to question resellers — real estate brokers and agents who specialize in reselling timeshares. Take a look at our article on timeshares and vacation plans, specifically the section on selling your timeshare.

You have received a secure message

A wire transaction has been initiated to your bank account.

Transaction ID: 7405561625957
This email came to me:

WIRE TRANSFER CONFIRMATION

To view the transaction report C
LICK HERE

You will be prompted to login with a valid email to access the transfer details.

No, I did not respond; except by contacting BCP!!

I recently received an email that I know is fraudulent, so I have not been scammed, but can I report this somewhere so somebody can stop them?

Hi Carol,

You can forward the fraudulent message to spam@uce.gov and then delete it. Be sure to include the complete spam email, including the full email header. Emails sent to spam@uce.gov are added to the FTC’s database that law enforcement agencies use to generate cases.

You may want to read our article on spam to learn more about how you can reduce the amount of unwanted and deceptive emails.

My friend received a call today from a Morgan & Associates Law Firm saying that she owed $30,000 from a loan she never took out. They had her SSN and then said someone must have used it to take out a loan in her name. They tried to get her bank and other information, but they had a very strong accent and when she couldn't understand them she was able to check the phone number the call came from, I called it and it sounded like a call center-not a law firm. The person I was speaking with, who identified himself as Jason O'Connor, asked me for my case #, my SSN and when I said it sounded like a call center he hung up. Upon checking the internet, it seems it is a scam - I have the phone # and will try reaching you again tomorrow.

I use to work there 11years ago before I joined the military, if it really is Morgan and Associates, it is a Collection law firm, located in the Oil Center on NW expressway, in Oklahoma City, Ok

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