SPAM, Phishing and Robo-Calls

Let’s start with this email I just received this morning: Yes, it is BOGUS and it is BADLY written. Bad grammar isn’t a crime [yet], but this poorly-worded Phishing Scam is just another attempt to get honest or nervous folk to send their hard-earned money to criminals.

SPAM Phishing email

Growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s, I was a bit of a latch-key kid. On my own most afternoons until my kid sister came along. Mom taught me some important lessons:

  • Don’t open the door to a stranger.
  • Don’t tell anyone that you are alone.
  • Tell them Mom & Dad can’t come to the door/phone.
  • Don’t answer chain-letters [Nigerian money scam]
  • Don’t buy anything if they knock or call, get a company number

The same truths apply to the Internet:

  • Don’t click on anything you don’t trust
  • Don’t open emails from someone you don’t know
  • Don’t tell anyone your password/SSN/CC#
  • Don’t answer chain-emails [Nigerian money scam]
  • If it sounds too-good-to-be-true, then it usually is!
  • Don’t buy anything offered to you before some independent research

If you are not sure what to do, call your friendly neighborhood computer guy. If you don’t know one, find one; they are like dentists and honest police, you can seldom find one when you are in a pinch.