This Week In Scams

These email scammers are creative, I’ll give them that.

I do love to rate and review books, hotel stays, shopping experiences, whatever. Giving credit where it’s due and suggesting improvements where they’re needed. So, when this email arrived, it gave me pause.

Email asks me to rate my stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Logan, with the hotel logo and official-looking wording.

But wait – I hadn’t been in Utah a few days ago! I called VISA to confirm my recent purchases. They found no unauthorized charges. So it was just a simple scam. I marked it “spam” and moved on.

Then, a Twitter friend reported being blackmailed over a video that doesn’t exist. She called the police and raised the alarm. Lo and behold, in my Hotmail spam folder, was the same email.

Email claims I was recorded via my webcam "satisfying myself" and it will be released to the world unless I pay 800-collars in Bitcoin.

This is a pretty specific one. And totally unrealistic. But my friend’s reaction reminded me that an email such as this can feel like a personal threat. In the moment, not everyone realizes that thousands of these are going out to millions of people.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that scam emails fascinate me. They’re always evolving. I currently have versions that offer me:

Work-from-home jobs where I’ll earn six-figure incomes!

A job with Richard Branson’s Virgin company – no interview necessary!

Assorted free gift cards, just for being me!

1 thought on “This Week In Scams”

  1. Just 3 days ago, a co-worker went racing out of the office to check on her brother — he had been arrested! He needed $7000! At least, that’s the panicked phone call she got from her grandma, who had received the call. She made the mistake of saying her grandson’s name & unwittingly gave the scammers a wee edge to get her even more upset. Fortunately, her grandma knew something didn’t feel right and called my co-worker, who went straight to the police when her brother didn’t answer his phone. The police were very helpful, answering her questions & offering advice. Her brother was at home & his phone was charging. Thank goodness her grandma went by her gut feeling instead of losing a ton of money. Beware and please pass this information along that this old scam is back again. Thanks Lisa

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