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3rd in my Online Security starts with you series!

One of the things I used to do more often, and I should get back to doing is listing the scam phone calls and emails that I have encountered or that friends have shared with me!

1. There is not central windows helpdesk! (1 billion computers, generating between 10-15 errors per day, 10 billion errors, sort that, find YOUR specific computer and call no that isn’t possible)

2. IRS leaving you a threatening voice mail – doesn’t happen.  If the government revenue service in your country wants something from you, they will either appear at your door, or they will deliver a registered letter.

3. PS, any call left in a threatening manner to you personally in a robotic voice is fake.

4. No Nigerian prince has left you millions of Euros, Pesos, dollars or for that matter anything.

5. There is no missing gold in Africa, found and now shared with you!

6. Apple doesn’t send you invoices as PDF attachments. EVER! Just delete that spam!

7. You won the Google email lottery (there isn’t one)

8. You won the Microsoft email lottery (yeah, no)

There are so many more it is sad to me. Please add additional ones in the comments (that is how I collect my lists)! These are my all-time favorite iterations of the many scams floating around. I have personally experienced many of them. My favorite activity for the first call when they used to happen was to see how long I could keep them on the line. (did you say right click or left click? I don’t have a mouse, but I also didn’t hear you). The more of their time I wasted, the less likely they would have time to hurt someone else well.

Here are the simple rules that my grandfather taught me years ago!

• If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

• Ask yourself, why I did I apply or enter this? If the answer is no, then by all means just hit delete!

• Look, before you leap. He said that to me about mud puddles and the resulting splash, but it applies to be online!

Personal and online security starts with remembering that first rule! At the darkest hour, desperation makes us do things we shouldn’t do.

  • Hopefully polls are fixed but if not, will you share additional scams in the comments?

    • Yes
  • Is the poll issue impacting you?

    • Yes
  • if the only answer is yes, is the question moot?

    • Yes
    • No
  • do you wish I would stop asking questions?

    • Yes
  • Do people ask you questions often?

    • Yes
  • is this too many questions?

    • Yes

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. Q: Hopefully polls are fixed but if not, will you share additional scams in the comments?
    Yes (5 votes) – 100%
    Q: Is the poll issue impacting you?
    Yes (2 votes) – 100%
    Q: if the only answer is yes, is the question moot?
    Yes (4 votes) – 67%
    No (2 votes) – 33%
    Q: do you wish I would stop asking questions?
    Yes (1 votes) – 100%
    Q: Do people ask you questions often?
    Yes (4 votes) – 100%
    Q: is this too many questions?
    Yes (4 votes) – 100%

  2. Online security begins with you. AMEN! I don’t know why people are so lax when they are online. Seems like they think they’re in some sort of “safety zone”. The reality is you don’t have to surf the darknet to find yourself treading in dangerous waters. Evil never takes a holiday: offline or online.

    (P.S. University of Miami had an extensive international student population. I attended the university with a Nigerian prince. (At least he said he was. I believed him because he always had money. LOL. You know how in college you’re always broke?!) Oh I wish he would have left me some money. It doesn’t have to be millions. A few thousand would be nice. LOL.)

  3. Interesting examples of which I know. I’ve already received similar e-mails too. Since I am a woman, I have also received a lot of “love” emails. All men are widows, they have children and are much younger than me. They are very happy because they met me (I do not know where) and they fell in love with me

  4. I receive similar or similar messages every day … millions are millions of miles there … all come from African countries … I just delete … who will leave me 10 million dollars

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