There are endless PayPal phishing emails – scammers trying to get your login and password. This latest one tries to look like it’s from PayPal but the sender’s email address is a long series of Russian characters. The message says “Please check that we attached for account information” which is poor grammar as it’s a randomly generated phrase from a series of words input by the scammer. The message has an attached pdf file that claims to be an invoice for you to check but no doubt contains malware and/or a phishing link. Never open such messages – go to your PayPal account directly (not from links in an email) if you need to check anything.
“Dear Patriot, we are now giving away FREE PM2.5 Breathing Masks to everybody affected by the Coronavirus”. Sounds good but is a lie. The message claims that the masks are worth $79 each but are currently free. There is a worldwide shortage and no-one gives them away randomly. If anyone did have actual masks and could afford to give them away they would do so at their nearest hospital or care home or to key workers. A simple scam.
Ms. Ileana Corea, Import manager at SADOWSKA-MAZUREK SP. Z O.O. in Poland wants details of my deliveries to her company. She’s especially interested in the weight of each item. This appears to be nonsensical as we have never heard of her company and do not ship goods anywhere. However, it is a typical message from scammer trying to find out which of the random email addresses she is sending to are valid company email addresses. Never respond to such messages as it will just result in that email address being sold to more scammers.
“Military Source Exposes Shocking TRUTH About Coronavirus And The 1 Thing You Must Do Before It’s TOO LATE” is a typical scam email title. The 1 thing you should do is delete such pathetic emails.
A message that starts with a medical warning then goes to offer a ludicrous scam alternative. “Statins and Type 2 Diabetes Risk”. It’s true that there is recent research that shows a link between people who are overweight and have elevated blood sugar and take statins and that combination of factors in people can give a higher risk of developing diabetes type 2. This doesn’t mean that the statins cause the increase. However, the scammer is trying to frighten people into stopping taking statins and that could be life threatening. The scammers alternative is a ‘weird’ Greek trick that reverses diabetes. No. It’s just scammer lies.
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Fake charities try to take advantage of your generosity and compassion for people in need. These criminals steal your money by posing as genuine charities – they keep your money and that also damages real charities who lose out on your donation.
Scammers are reusing old fake charity messages, just changing the words to suit fears over Coronavirus.
Scammers can pretend to be collection agents for charities or as fundraisers – sometimes of reputable charities and other times of ones they invent.
For Coronavirus, the most common approaches are pretending to be a charity researching medicine to treat the virus or as a research charity seeking to create a vaccine or more recently as a supplier of protective equipment for the health service.
People who receive the coronavirus-themed emails, texts and calls are usually asked to send Bitcoins to the senders, or sometimes to pay by money transfer service such as Money Transfer or to buy iTunes gift cards and tell them the card numbers.
If you receive such messages, do not give any money without checking the charity and the person are genuine. It’s better to approach a charity yourself than rely on emails, texts etc. from people you don’t know.
We all see on the news that there is a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment that will offer some level of protection against Coronavirus.
Governments, healthcare services and the public across the world are short of this kit or have limited supplies. Many companies are making more as fast as possible to supply the healthcare services in particular but some sell to the public.
Many scammers offer ridiculous supposed protection (such as lemon juice sprays), but there are also a lot of unscrupulous people offering protective equipment that either doesn’t exist or is such poor quality as to be worse than useless as they could give a false sense of protection.
Many offering genuine protective equipment are charging far too much – such is the greed of the human race.
Scammers typically offer:-
Medical aprons and gowns
Anti-viral cleaning products
It can be difficult to identify the scammers as many legitimate suppliers of these goods are also advertising currently and some companies are now making and selling this kit who have never done so before.
Try wherever possible to buy from reputable sources and beware that hitherto unknown suppliers may well be fake and simply take your money or send out products that are so ineffective as to be dangerous.
Stay safe and follow your government’s guidelines.
If you have any experiences with scammers, spammers or time-waster do let me know, by email.