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A SCAM! Watch Out! - June 28, 2007, 02:52 PM

Looks like theres a new scam going through. People are getting phone calls saying that you missed court and theres going to be a warrant issued for your arrest. Of course, the next thing you would say is, "What?! I never got anything in the mail". The assholes then ask for all sorts of information to "verify" your ID and then they steal your identity.


Just an FYI!! DONT GIVE THEM ANY INFO! YOU CALL THE COURTHOUSE!


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June 28, 2007, 02:54 PM

Thanks for the heads up James


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June 28, 2007, 02:54 PM

You mean its a bad idea to give out personal info? Who woulda thought?
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June 28, 2007, 03:23 PM

that is pretty slick actually


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June 28, 2007, 03:26 PM

The idea is to make you panic -- or evoke a strong reaction -- so you stop thinking. I'd say a warrant out for your arrest is a good way to do it.


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June 28, 2007, 03:29 PM

There is a similiar scam via email... You get a message about your bank//cc info getting compromised.. When you click on the link you get a very official looking page (it's usually copied code from the real site) - but it's fake and it asks you for all kinds of offical info to steal you idenity....

I actually fell for something similar via ebay.. I missed out on a motorcycle, but got a second chance offer via email - I clicked on the link and signed into ebay - however I saw the screen flash for a second.. I immediatly changed by password for the main site, and proceeded to got back to the email and following the links.. Sure enough - it was fraudulent site - while it would actually forward you to ebay - it grabbed your username and password - before sending you to the real site...

Whether it's web/email or phone call - it's ALWAYS best practice to go to the source directly - rather that figuring what you are being sent is legit..


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There is a similiar scam via email... You get a message about your bank//cc info getting compromised.. When you click on the link you get a very official looking page (it's usually copied code from the real site) - but it's fake and it asks you for all kinds of offical info to steal you idenity....

I actually fell for something similar via ebay.. I missed out on a motorcycle, but got a second chance offer via email - I clicked on the link and signed into ebay - however I saw the screen flash for a second.. I immediatly changed by password for the main site, and proceeded to got back to the email and following the links.. Sure enough - it was fraudulent site - while it would actually forward you to ebay - it grabbed your username and password - before sending you to the real site...

Whether it's web/email or phone call - it's ALWAYS best practice to go to the source directly - rather that figuring what you are being sent is legit..
Exactly. I have seen one of these with Bank of America. One email had broken links to all the small gifs throughout the email, and another had actual BofA gifs and seemed quite official (asking to re-verify and update account information). Too bad I haven't had an account with them for about 7 years.

Even if it seems official, don't do it, especially when the domain email has nothing to do with the bank website itself. It should read blahblah@BofAonlinebanking.com or something like that.


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Scams - June 28, 2007, 05:47 PM

Here is one I just read about while on a NAVY base in Connecticut.
The caller is pretending to be from the Red Cross and informs the person that their spouse is injured and is in need of an operation. In order to get permission to do the surgery they need some information from you. They then ask for Social Security, and other personal info.
The person that reported this caught on right away and didn't get SCAMMED but people will prey on anyone!!!

FYI the Red Cross would go through the spouses command to get any needed info not the spouse.

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June 28, 2007, 05:51 PM

On the warrant thing it is really not such a big deal so people shouldn't panic. I didn't show up to court once in my 20's as I was out of town. As soon as I came back I went into the local precinct and they simply took all my info and asked if I was going to show up for the next one and let me go. They handcuffed me to a table and took my picture but treated me very well since I turned myself in. The officer even thanked me so he didn't have to come get me himself.
If they have to come get you though they will not be so nice.
Just simply call to make sure and don't give the person that called you any info.
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June 28, 2007, 06:07 PM

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