Macs Scambaiting Tips

Mac loves to bait those evil scammers – playing them at their own game. You can read about Mac’s exploits at http://macsbaitstore.com/tips.html

Here are his tips:-

  • Make a fake persona for yourself before you start scam baiting (name, address, phone, etc.) – this will prevent you from making mistakes that will give you away later to the scammer.
  • Use a free email account for your scambaiting – Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Live.com, etc.
  • Don’t give scammer any real information – for obvious reasons…
  • Consider using a Virtual private Network to disguise your IP address. If you have a floating IP address from your broadband supplier then this is not an issue as floating IP addresses only resolve back to your supplier – not to you
  • Do not give them your home phone number – try a service such as k7.net for messages or a mobile – I use a number that always rings, then make some excuse why I never answer (at work, store, etc.).
  • You can set-up a “catcher” account to receive scam emails, and a “baiter” account to carry on the bait. This is sound advice, but not always necessary – you can actually copy a scam email you find on the web or bulletin board and paste it to a new email to “reply” to a scammer. They send out so many emails, they will never know that they never actually sent an email to you.
  • Scambait with your eyes wide open – remember, these are criminals you are dealing with and everything that comes from their mouth is most likely a lie. In the course of the scambait, you will be sworn out, insulted and even threatened.

Treat the Scammers the Mac Way

  • Make their lives difficult! Remember, they will have certain documents already prepared, so ask for other documents as proof. They will send you a “Certificate of Deposit” for a bank account – ask for a current Account Statement instead. Explain that a Certificate of Deposit only shows what was deposited in the account years ago, but not what is in the account now. They will waste valuable computer time making a fake document…
  • If they send you a Passport ID, ask for a Driver’s License and vice versa. Notice that the picture on both is usually the same…
  • Ask many stupid questions and make sure they answer every question you have. They will try to stick to their script – get them off it.
  • Poke holes in all of their ideas, theories, and routines. The typical scammer knows nothing about business or banking, so correct them, question them, suggest other methods, etc.
  • Question every spelling error – even if you do understand what they meant. This will also waste their valuable time.
  • Point out all of their mistakes in documents – scammers don’t bother about details so pick them out and demand explanations.
  • Scammers are constantly getting their free email accounts shut down. Don’t let them get away with this without a fight! I like to tell them ‘that I contacted Yahoo when the mail came back undelivered, and Yahoo said the account was shut down for fraudulent activities’ – make them explain that one!
  • When a bait starts to peter out or if you haven’t heard from the scammer in a while – send them a message ‘that you sent the money via MoneyGram, did you get it yet’. Nothing revives a dead bait like the promise of money!
  • Never, ever let them get in the last word! Remember, one of the main goals is to keep them busy – if they keep replying to your insults, they are not scamming someone else!

For more information, have a look at http://macsbaitstore.com/tips.html

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Car Key Cloning

According to a recent survey, 43 per cent of drivers “don’t appear to think twice” about handing over their car keys at a garage, airport parking, car-wash, or at a hotel or restaurant. However, very few people would behave the same way with their house keys.

Also, at home, many drivers leave their car keys in clear view or on a table or a hook near the front door. This can be a temptation to thieves who can try to hook the keys on a pole pushed through the letterbox.

These days, car theft is much less of a problem than its peak of around 20 years ago, but there are still tens of thousands of cars stolen each year. Modern alarm systems have made it much more difficult for thieves to steal cars, but the thieves have also become more high tec.

All new cars sold in the UK have alarms and immobilisers and almost always there is double locking.

Security in most new cars uses radio messages transmitted between the key fob and the car – if criminals have access to both the key and the car they can copy the electronic access, and return at a later date to steal the compromised car. This is not always true as it depends how the signals work.

Police say one in four stolen cars are now stolen using electronic gadgets, which send a signal that stops owners locking their doors by remote.

At Home Theft

You may have seen on TV where criminals can use signal boosters to make your car think the car key is next to the car door and hence unlock. If your key is safely away from the front door of your home or better still in a safe metal box then this form of theft doesn’t work.

Avoid storing your keys by the front door – it may not be fail-safe but get into the habit of leaving your keys well away from your vehicle, such as at the back of the house or buy a safe bag or metal box to store the keys.

Look after your car keys or thieves may find a way to relive you of the car.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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The Email Spam Providers

Every day there are billions of spam messages sent out. Estimates suggest that number is between 10 and 15 billion per day and rising each year.

A large proportion of these are trapped and deleted by the email service companies but many get through as the systems cannot identify every unwanted message.

You might wonder who can possibly send out so many messages, but you might also have received spam messages offering exactly that service.

e.g.  One recent spam message sender claims to have 2 billion email addresses and you can buy that list, or they will send out your spam messages for you at a cost of $30 per month to send up to one million messages every day. That’s 30 million messages sent out for just $30.

The fact that the cost is so low is why so many people send out their rubbish messages by the million.

The sender of this offer has used a disposable and hence untraceable email address to send the messages and uses a different one for any return messages (milliondata @outlook.com).

We can only hope that one day there will be a way of stopping all unwanted emails but for the time being we are stuck with this inundation of garbage sent by cretins.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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The Problem of Zoominfo

There are lots of Marketing companies that specialise in collecting data from multiple sources and matching that data to then sell the results.

This is what Zoominfo do.

You might assume that Zoominfo is part of Zoom – the video sharing service so popular during Lock down, but in fact Zoominfo existed years before Zoom came along. There is no connection.

At the radio  station, we have received dozens of emails from ZoomInfo telling us they are collating our data and plan to sell it. They do provide a way for us to opt out of this data selling.

We do not know the quality of the data they have collected, but the email addresses they used for each person at the radio station are fake. They simply guessed the first name of each person as being the first part of their email address. This is wrong so the many emails received are clearly fake.

How Zoominfo got so many names of the people at the radio station, we do not know unless they actually read our website.

We assume the quality of their data to be very poor, based on the fact that they simply invented email addresses for us. They also appear to think they are meeting legal requirements by offering us the chance to correct our data that they have. However, as the message has gone to fake email addresses, that didn’t work so well.

There seems to be little point in trying to correct the data they have as that will simply lead to more unwanted emails, so we’ll leave them to their ignorance.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Stupidest Spam of the Week Colonel Gaddafi

Years ago there was a spate of advance fee scams using the name of Colonel Gaddafi’s widow.  These were typical scams in telling a ridiculous story and claiming there is a huge fortune waiting to be collected and you can share in it if you offer just a tiny bit of help collecting those riches.

Some moron is now repeating these old messages.

e.g “Greetings from Libya,  I am the wife of the ex-Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Qadhafi, the former and late leader of Libya Colonel Muammar Qadhafi who was betrayed and embattled by Libyan

and murdered by the Libyan rebels which led to his untimely death.

Since then, me and my children has been on travel ban, no access to bank accounts  and we have been rendered homeless and at the same time we are under threat and we are not allowed to

invest or operate bank account. I wrote this letter because I need you to help me to secure some of my family funds that is deposited by my late husband in different security companies abroad which is no longer safe under the name of my late husband therefore I urgently need your help to transfer the amount to your bank account”.

She offers you 30% of the total funds and just wants to know some details from you to start the process of recovering the money.

She wants your name, address, phone numbers, gender, age, occupation and a copy of your identification.

All good information to sell to identity thieves.

She wants to benefit from two scams at once – the Advance Fee Scam and Identity Theft.

Any riches that Gaddafi had are long since gone.

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Time-Wasters Update

WHOIS final warning for email account shutdown” is yet another phishing email trying to get our login and password details. Never click on links in such emails – check with your email provider if you’re not sure whether it’s a scam or not.

Georgia Quinn emails to tell me that my gift is waiting for me. I simply need to confirm my name and address. The gift is apparently free cakes. The email sender appears to work for a company called Lead Forensics. That is a real company and is nothing to do with crime investigation. Their tagline is “Lead Forensics is the software that reveals the identity of your anonymous website visitors”.  On the Internet, many people choose to be anonymous (i.e. not login or register on websites) so they don’t get pestered by spammers and scammers, but Lead Forensics see their mission as being to remove that anonymity and make sure those people are pestered by unwanted emails and calls. We don’t know if the cakes are real or just a lie to get people to send in their details.  Don’t reply.

Reverse Alzheimer’s in 3 minutes a day”. It’s sad that scammers go after people suffering from Alzheimer’s but there are many scams targeting them. This one claims that scientists have found the secret of how memories are stored and how to restore them. If there was any such breakthrough we would all know about it and not need scammers to inform people. The email even includes pictures supposed to prove the cure but of course they don’t prove anything except that the scammer can copy and paste pictures.

Another scam message and this claims that you follow an at home trick before bed and you are guaranteed to wake up with insane energy. Scammers always promise far too much to be anything but fake. Pathetic.

Scientists from Harvard and Johns Hopkins have revealed there’s a nasty mistake most diabetics are making every single night”. Lots of scammers target diabetics as it’s very common problem and the only real answers involve weight loss and exercise. There are no magic pills to take diabetes away, so scammers invent magic potions, exercises and ‘weird’ rituals to entice people. This scammer keeps the supposed answer secret and instead lists lots of things that are proven not to work and claims his secret is different to them all. There are scientists at Harvard working on research on diabetes but their results are published for anyone to read and they do not have any magic answers as yet – or the entire world would know about it.

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