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• Sep 28, 2021

Victim Location 60510
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I keep getting various spam tests to my mobile phone number offering a variety of rewards, loans, money, vacations, etc. They come from a variety of phone numbers in a variety of area codes. The one common thread is that they all address me as "James" which is funny because I know nobody by that name.

• Sep 11, 2021

Victim Location 29016
Total money lost $350
Type of a scam Other

An email invites the recipient to complete a survey and then receive a “free” prize. I completed the survey and chose a “free” 30 day supply of Apple Cider Vinegar gummies and a weight loss product called “Cleanse”. I paid shipping cost ($6.96 and $6.94) with a credit card. Apparently there is fine print somewhere that explains that unless notified in 14 days, the orders becomes monthly subscriptions for the products. I have called the phone numbers given by the merchants (one proved to be a third party customer service in the Phillipines, the other never lets you off hold). I have subsequently been charged monthly subscription fees totaling over $350. My credit card company has been notified.

Victim Location 55303
Total money lost $98.50
Type of a scam Phishing

Greetings ~

The following is but a sampling/list of many, many, many emails I have received within a short period of time. I started opening them, as opposed to simply deleting them. I opted to Unsubscribe from their mailing lists. Then began their relentless emails. Also, I'd like to clarify that the credit card company reimbursed me for the $98.50. There is more to this but is complicated to explain via email. I am partly to blame (consenting to their Reward--hence, giving them my credit card # to pay for S & H of the reward) for taking a survey) but don't want others to be taken advantage of by this companies unethical business practices. However, they have a well constructed/policy in place to protect themselves. The businesses advertised are legit. It's the "Reward" and/or Today Onlys, Limited Supply/Offer, etc, etc is how the "others" (for lack of the appropriate word---not the legitimate companies themselves) suck us in:

[email protected]

C.B.D. Turmeric:

From: NeckMassager Pain relief

To: edrftgyhujhygtfredrftgyhuhygtfrderftgyhujhygtfrdftgyhuhygtfrder

From: SafeBreath Face Mask

To: zoey55c

Sent: Tue, Apr 14, 2020 10:13 am

From: Medical Marijuana

To: zoey55c

Sent: Tue, Apr 14, 2020 9:59 am

From: ~C??o??n??g??r??a??t??u??l??a??t??i??o??n??s??~

To: zoey55c

Sent: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 10:29 pm

Subject: Re: (????)? ? W? h??? ? s?rpris? for W?lm?rt Shopp?rs! ?? ?

????Congratulations Walmart Shopper????

You have been selected to get an exclusive reward!

To qualify for this special offer, simply complete our 30-second marketing survey about your shopping experiences with Walmart.

Click to start ?? https://t.co/O6e6Ms2NvQ

From: SafeBreath Face Mask

To: zoey55c

Sent: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 5:01 pm

Subject: High Quality Face Mask Everyone in The USA is Talking About

I have plenty more of where the aforementioned in my Spam folder should anyone request them. I'm so hoping someone can do something to stop this company or whatever they are & stop the influx of emails (even when they automatically go to my Spam folder). I've wasted nearly this whole day trying to find out how to BLOCK their emails. To no avail.

With Kind Regard,

*****

Victim Location 54401
Type of a scam Government Grant

I received a text message from the email listed above. The message was:

Public records indicate Money may be owed to you. Expires Today: hljn8n.com/qprrillervhuwwbhl

Scammer's phone none
Scammer's website none
Scammer's address unknown
Scammer's email [email protected]
Country United States
Type of a scam Online Purchase
Initial means of contact Online classifieds (e.g., Craigslist)

We answered an ad for a tractor for sale in Eminence MO. Ad is still up on Marketplace (https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/202185260974487/). The person with the ad responded that he was running the add for his aunt and we needed to email her. I can forward to you our email exchange. She said she was a sergeant in the Air Force at a Billings MT airbase. The tractor was in the Billings Eby warehouse and would be sent to my address at no cost to me if I would send her my name and address. This seemed odd. Slo I did a name check on Patricia Mitchell and found many negative references for her and I also found your site. I expect this is a big scam and the guy in MO who placed the ad is part of it. Hope this helps.

Victim Location 53403
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

THEY ASK WHERE WERE YOU BORN?, WHO ARE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS? WHERE DO YOU GO TO VISIT?

THE CALLER SPEAKS SPANISH WITH A MALE VOICE

Victim Location 33026
Type of a scam Phishing

I picked up the call and said hello. On the other end, the called asked if I could hear him. I said yes. He asked me again and I repeated yes. He then said he was having trouble with his phone and would try calling back. He hasn't and I don't expect him to.

Victim Location 01605
Type of a scam Debt Collections

They just asked me to confirm the last four digits of my ssi number I asked who they were and they hung up.

Type of a scam Tax Collection

Recieved a phone call on my cell didn't recognize number so I didn't pick it up.Voicemail was left threatening me about being prosecuted if I don't press one to deal with whatever they want to take me to court for.Reported it to ScamPulse.com and tried phoning RCMP in Ontario but had trouble getting through to talk to them.

Victim Location 35758
Type of a scam Other

the first call on this number was March 5th, and originated from Antwerp, Belgium. After that call, the same number showed California. I got eleven calls. The caller claims that there is "suspicious activity " on my "social", and if I don't return the call, my number will be suspended. Today March 6th, I have received two calls this morning with same message but new #, 805- 613- 0011. I blocked the calls, but am still receiving messages. I didn't return call, so I didn't lose money.

Victim Location 79707
Type of a scam Phishing

My husbands phone line received a text message on Sunday at 8:52 AM and it read as "stop buying drinks for women" and sends pornographic links to click on. I made a police report.

Victim Location 77373
Type of a scam Other

I couldn't tell if it was a live person or a recording. I said, "Hello", and I heard, "Hello, can you hear me?" I said, "Yes, I can hear you. " Then the phone hung up. Now I have been told that they use this "yes" to zero in on since it is recorded and use it to say I okayed a sale for something which I did not. I tried several times to call them back but never made any sense out of what they said before they hung up the first time but the second two times I tried to call them back, I just kept getting a recording asking if I was from California and if so to press one and if not to press two. I looked this up and found that California is a state that requires two party permission in the recording of phone calls but of course I live in a state that does not have that law. Anything I can do besides block this number which I already did? What do I need to do now? Check for any charges they could have made with my "yes", in the "yes, I can hear you?" Normally I don't answer the phone unless I know the number but today I was expecting 2 very important business calls and I did not know what number they would be coming from. Thank you. I would appreciate any advice I can get as to what to look for that these people can do. My calls were forwarded to my cell phone so I am unsure what number they called.

Victim Location 99167
Type of a scam Phishing

Scammer simply called about higher education then wanted to give me a list. They asked if I could hear them and I answered yes like an [censored]. I then told them I could look up schools with Google and hung up.

I did some research and found that them using the "yes" can be recorded and used to access services and that others have been scammed by similar though not identical calls.

Victim Location 35115
Type of a scam Other

Said I was going to be arrested due to something about my social security number.

Victim Location 30101
Type of a scam Other

Mailing received implied it was from my ACTUAL mortgage company with a bogus callback number. Internet Reverse check of address and phone indicate a 'mortgage broker', NOT MY MORTGAGE COMPANY --- Throw in trash.

Victim Location 22101
Total money lost $296.95
Type of a scam Tech Support

I needed tech support for Microsoft. I went online and looked for Microsoft phone support and I thought I found a legitimate number. I called it and the person told me my he had to access my computer to help me. I let him do that (ugh) and he then told me my computer had malware on it. Then the told me I should buy mcafee virus protection....which I did. Oddly he actually fixed the problem I had with Microsoft

Only when I logged into my new mcafee account did I see that there was another persons contact info and last 4 digits of a credit card that was not mine. Also he said I should buy the 3yr plan for $139 yet my mcafee subscription is only for one year. I found your website when I entered the phone number that I called from my phone records.

Victim Location 32301
Type of a scam Identity Theft

Person called and stated: "Hi this is an administer from the hearing review board, this line is recorded, can you hear me?" and hung up.

Victim Location 80917
Type of a scam Other

I received a call from 775-322-7281 that says:

"Um this is Joanna and I'm calling in reference to your student loan. We need to discuss the repayment options with the new changes that have recently gone into effect. Please give me a call back with the reference number 45839. My number is 877-246-8006. I look forward to speaking with you soon." This was an automated call that I put to my voicemail. I know this is a scam and have seen news reports about this exact one. Please beware and do not call them back. Never give out your personal information. If you do have loans, call your loan provider directly instead.

Victim Location 54130
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Advertised a guitar on craigslist. About a month later got a phone message that someone was interested. They were out of town and wanted to purchase it for “Cousin”. They were texting was sort of childish with weird wording and improper spelling. They trusted by pictures and we’re going to purchase the guitar. He said they were sending me money for the guitar and shipping. I was charging $425 and I received a check for $1900. It looks like an authentic check from a large department store in the area. They said the extra money was for shipping other stuff also. I texted them back and said they could take their check back and buy a guitar from someone else. They were pretty responsive to return texts messages before. But now I have not heard back from them when I said I wasn’t going to cash the check.

Victim Location 66720
Type of a scam Healthcare/Medicaid/Medicare

A man with a foreign accent called asking for me and saying it was to due with medicare/medicade. I informed him I had neither and was hung up on immediately.

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