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What do you rely on to be informed of ongoing scams?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / June 1, 2012 8:04 AM PDT
What do you rely on to be informed of ongoing scams?

-- The news. (Isn't it a bit late by then?)
-- Web sites. (Any particular one?)
-- Word of mouth.
-- My gut instincts. (Have you ever been wrong?)
-- Through the experience of being scammed.
-- Community forums, such as these.
-- Other sources. (What are they?)
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omg..I"m scammed
by msfig / June 1, 2012 11:34 AM PDT
having been scammed and my identity stolen, I feel like a pro with this question. I'm aware if a deal sounds weird, a call is phony and someone is too chummy..but reported info is important as it brings awareness to the scams being done.
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Persistant scammers
by ronyh.gray / June 1, 2012 1:12 PM PDT
When I started getting these scam messages (& my wife) I yelled SPEAK UP I can't hear you, or understand you - she just kept burbling on so I hung up. The next time I YELLED have you got a Supervisor who can speak English - burbled on again. A couple of next times, both my wife & myself told him/her we have not got computers & hung up.
All future calls to us get "just hang on a minute" & we proceed to do whatever it was we were doing.
Guess what the calls have almost dried up!!!
This note is from New Zealand
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Hopefully, two words, INFORMED and TRUSTWORTHY
by retreaded / June 1, 2012 2:28 PM PDT

I do NOT respond to emails telling me that a scammer is active on the net and if I go to a nominated web page I can download a "scammer Detective" or some such name.
My trust of downloads are limited to CNET and Twocows. There may be others, but these two have stood the test of time. If subscribers know of others, I would be pleased to know.
The news from reliable IT Informers, via TV is OK and providing it is not too late, to make me aware.
My Gut feeling is NOT reliable. I was taken in by a site, riding on the back of a microsoft site, promising a super dooper , newly developed CAD programme costing only $12.00. I knew that it would be somewhat limited, but as I was interested in CAD I bought and downloaded it. It was as primitive as those of Win 95 era, and worse still. was told that I would receive another programme each month for the same price. I immediately contacted my Bank, cancelled my Credit Card and received a new number. Since it was an American Website, I reported it the the Authorities, but have not heard if the group were investigated..

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Scam Alerts and More
by skycatcher / June 1, 2012 7:00 PM PDT

CNET Community Forums and very useful for these alerts but I also subscribe to Sophos Naked Security - - for much more frequent alerts and updates on problems.

They are a UK based AV company but acts worldwide in the AV industry.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 1, 2012 10:55 PM PDT

Although Carol is not so much a "What" as a "Who"! Happy

She provides consistent and regular "News" threads in the Spyware, viruses and security forum.

Like this example.



I am in no way affiliated with CNET or Carol and am a volunteer only with full independence of choice and action. No one has forced me to make this advert, er... post. Not even Carol. Devil

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That exclamation-mark after the name ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 1, 2012 11:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Carol!
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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 4, 2012 8:03 PM PDT
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Scam - Trying to get access to your computer
by MickyYou / June 1, 2012 11:39 PM PDT

Always ask for name and get them to spell it
"Your are based"? place
"Telephone no so I can ring back?"
If the phone is not already been closed then make an appointment when you can ring back

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bad poll
by zclayton2 / June 3, 2012 10:19 PM PDT

Lee, this is one where you really need an "all of the above" choice. not one of them is correct by itself.

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Doh, my bad that...
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / June 5, 2012 4:45 AM PDT
In reply to: bad poll

I should have included that.

Sorry about that.


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