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Scammers have changed tactics for sign people

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Texas_Signmaker, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Got a call today for an aluminum sign request. Needed it made of 080. He wanted my e-mail address to send the details.

    Now.. I actually have several different online listings so usually I ask what city are you in? He couldn't answer and wanted local pickup and I told him I don't have local pickup. Then he asked if I could use his shipping company. Now I was 100% sure this was some sort of scam and I told him this was a scam which he denied. I asked him where his company is located and he wouldn't tell me and kept insisting I give him my email address.



    They use to do this online via e-mail but this was the first phone call I got... and it was from a 650 area code.

    Just wanted to give ya'll a heads up.
     
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  2. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    The area code is meaningless on caller ID now; they spoof those. Our "your Google listing may be out of date" calls all have what look like local numbers on caller ID now. And the ones about credit card processing new rates from new law/regulation" calls do it too.

    So this caller just wanted one sign on .080? Not 150 reading "Jesus loves you" or whatever they ask for?
     
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  3. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    I don't know how many they wanted.. I asked what did they want on there and he said "something" enterprises. (This was in a heavy African accent and it was hard to make out what he was saying)

    Couldn't tell me the size, where they were going or anything else...all he wanted to do was get my e-mail address
     
  4. Gino

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    I don't know how it's done, but I was told, these people doing the spamming have some sorta setup which finds a phone number, not being used and can latch onto it and it comes in using local numbers. I had a customer call me a few weeks or months back and started talking to them, when I figured out, it wasn't them. I'm answering alotta calls with just..... Hello ?? Seldom is it anything worthwhile.
     
  5. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    Tex, you got to stay off the porn sites. Heavy African accent, what part of Africa? You sure he was not Indian. I always tell them to press one for english and hang up.
     
  6. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    The Indian computer scammers are different.

    There is some scam going around that they will e-mail you and claim to have hacked into your webcam and caught you pleasuring yourself. They then threaten to e-mail that video to everyone in your contacts unless you pay them $$$.
     
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  7. Pauly

    Pauly Colour Guru

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    Those scams...
    What happens is, a website you've probably signed up to with an email and password got hacked and they've gotten their user database and posted it on a website listing most likely on the dark web.
    They've gotten your details and emailed you your password that they've gotten from that hacked website and saying it's a porn site blah blah blah they've got you on webcam having "fun" ect ect. pay $1000 or so into a bitcoin address and they've sent it via a temporary email address.

    If that happens to you, check this website out and test your email and see what websites have been hacked. then proceed to change passwords where they matter or delete accounts that you dont need

    https://haveibeenpwned.com/
     
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  8. equippaint

    equippaint Very Active Member

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    I worked with a guy that got taken for a ride with the Nigerian scrap rail scheme. It was funny, went on for months and he was ultra secretive about it and thought we would were gonna sidestep him to steal his opportunity. He kept saying hes working a multi million dollar scrap deal and would be all set as soon as it came through. He had to be in for at least $50k-100k before he started getting frustrated and spilled a little info to a coworker and we figured it out.
    He fell for it cuz at the time, he was good friends with a big scrap dealer and we were selling processing equipment. He honestly thought these people sought him up to partner with them because of his experience. Greedy idiot.
     
  9. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    I had my dad and his brother both try to call yahoo, within a week of each other. It was absurd, they'd both thought their yahoo accounts were hacked, and being oldschool, they wanted to call and sort things out. Both of them were tricked into letting some indian remote in and steal info. My uncle I wasn't there for, just the aftermath, but my old man was here at the shop, and when I realized what he was doing and could overhear the guy on the phone, I went and unplugged the modem. When I came back in, I could hear the guy screaming at my dad, 'you piece of sh!t, why did you disconnect me, I'm helping. You *******...etc'. Evidently they really don't like it when they almost get you.
    We've also had the 1,000 banners scam shot to us about 15 years ago.
     
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  10. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

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    Has anyone had the scam where they try to order banners via the "deaf translation" service?
    It's been about 5 years since the last one for me.
     
  11. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Yea, 15 years ago.
     
  12. Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay?

    Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay? Very Active Member

    We've got our email address on our website and I'll bet I get one or two scammer emails a week from t-shirts to banners. Occasionally I'll play along with their game for a little while just to amuse myself, waste their time, and tick them off. I think the funniest thing about the email scammers is their names are usually always two first names, like Gary Michael or Jacob Robert. I can almost always spot a scam email without even opening it up just based on the name and subject line.
     
  13. GAC05

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    Next time tell them to forward the video to you and you'll split 60/40 any profits you make with them when you upload it to Pornhub.
     
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  14. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    done....just search "nifty tips" and you'll find mine
     
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  15. equippaint

    equippaint Very Active Member

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    Am I the only one that gets russian messages from their contact form? It drives me nuts. When I used to look at web traffic, it was russia heavy too.
     
  16. Kottwitz-Graphics

    Kottwitz-Graphics Very Active Member

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    not entirely true, it doesn't have to be an unused number. I get calls all the time, and have called someone back myself, and they say they have never called me...

    I even had my own cell call into my house once, so I knew something was up...
     
  17. Gino

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    What I meant, there's no one on the phone when their devises are scanning. Only when the line is not being used for talking or texting, etc. I didn't mean out-of-service numbers.
     
  18. Johnny Best

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    The one I like the best is the Indian guy or girl telling me they can fix my Windows system on my computer. I do not have any Windows system because I am just a Mac user.
     
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  19. Gino

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    Is that anything like....... a Big Mac ??


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  20. Andy D

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    Aww cr@p... Is that what this is? If so,1st one for me and looked legit, so I filled it out :(

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