I put this in my last blog and thought it might be appreciated here as well.
The scammers are back on my trail again! I wish people wouldn't fall for their shipping scam so they would quit contacting me. Now I get texts that just ask if the painting is still available. I answer that one since it could be a legitimate inquiry. The next one says they want to buy it and they will send a check. I then tell them Paypal only. Their next one is, okay, what is your address so they can send me a check. Either they are dumber than a sack of hammers or they don't read my texts. I guess they just send out the same scammer lines to everybody.
My husband says they should be put in jail and handcuffed to a chair in front of a computer that only has scams. Twenty-four hours a day of forced scams. Nothing else. Of course we could never let that criminal get out of jail. He or she may have learned too much.
The next time you get a scam email, do one of these:
- Forward all fraudulent emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Forward phishing emails to the federal government's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT: email@example.com) and to the Antiphishing Working Group (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I just reported an email pretending to be Paypal asking my credentials this morning (that's a Phishing scam).
The important thing is to get the content of the email header and forward it to the emails above. The email header allows them to trace not only where it comes from, but how do they blindside spam filters.
Watch out for someone giving you a legit address, then saying they are sending Paypal, but they send you too much. And even though the payment hasn't cleared (and it won't) they ask you to send back the balance asap etc etc (insert sob story). This is a very popular scam.