Dec. 8, 2016 By Jack Jodell, American Dissident
We are now into the holiday shopping season, and every possible dishonest scammer and quick change artist will be trying to separate you from your hard-earned money by nearly any means possible. These bastards are ruthless, and will do so by outright theft or by tricking you into releasing confidential personal financial information they have no business knowing in the first place! I can relay several examples from my own experience, but new con artists are popping up every day. I strongly advise you to keep your eyes and ears open!
Recently, my debit card became hacked. Fortunately, my bank was on the ball and alerted me very quickly. I was able to cancel that card and was issued a new one a week or so later, plus I was not held liable for the roughly $250 in bogus purchases made with my stolen card info. To this day, I have no idea how the card became compromised: I always keep it securely in my shielded wallet, and only pull it out briefly when using it to purchase something at a store or restaurant. Perhaps someone nearby read it sith a wand while it was out. Perhaps a dishonest cashier or waiter kept and used my card number for his or her own illegal usage. I may never know, but the new replacement card I received contains a chip that makes scanning it by others a greatly reduced risk. Still, where there is a will there will often be a way, so I advise you all to be watchful.
A few days ago, I received a suspicious phone call. The caller spoke with a heavy accent and claimed to be calling ffrom a Canadian supplier of pharmaceutical drugs I had been buying from for nearly a decade. He was offering me an 80% discount off their already low price, but the offer was only good for a few short days. I had begun using this alternate source when I discovered that U.S. drug retailers were charging quite a bit more for the very same U.S.-made drugs than were the Canadians, because Canada’s single-payer system forbade these retailers from overcharging on these drugs. Suspicious, I asked the caller to call me back later in the day. I immediately called my Canadian supplier, who informed me that no such discount was in effect, so I told them that perhaps they had neen hacked. When the suspicious caller did call me back later, I informed him that I knew he was fraudulent and that I had notified the Canadian supplier directly. This crrook has not bothered to call me again. Had I swallowed his bait and ordered from him, my credit card info would have been compromised and I am sure I would have been delivered fakw, worthless pharmaceuticals. I am damn glad I tool the time to investigate before ordering!
Some years ago, when I was newer to computers and to using the internet, I received a call from a foreigner claiming to be with Microsoft. He said that hackers in Belorussia had accessed my email and there was very real danger that my credit card and bank information could be accessed and compromised. Horror stricken, I asked what I could do. He explained that normal virus protection and anti malware would not protect me, and that only a one time charge of $800 payable to his company would offer me lifetime protection for my computer. I immediately smelled a rat and asked him to call me back the next day. I called Microsoft and was told that this person was a scammer and was trying to cheat me out of $800 for “protection” I didn’t really need. These people are con artists, trying to phish for your personal credit card, checking account, or other banking info they have absolutely no business knowing, and will almost certainly rob you. I would like to offer you several tips on how best to protect yourself from these worthless bastards:
1). NEVER give anybody you don’t know your Social Security number, credit or debit card number, or checking account number over the phone! I have heard of incidents where older citizens have been bullied or intimidated into releasing this kind of info by people claiming to be from the police, the IRS, or even the FBI. These scumbags prey on innocents like this and will rob them blind. Make sure YOU don’t become one of their victims!
2). Beware of calls seemingly out of the blue from people saying your credit or banking information has been compromised or is in danger. These are often scammers from foreign countries out to make a quick buck off of unsuspecting Americans. You can recognize them by picking up your phone, saying hello, and then being met with a few seconds of silence before a foreign voice will begin talking, often with a recognizable amount of background noise accompanying it, and sometimes with other voices speaking in the background, as if the call was being made fom a type of busy call center (as it most likely is). Just hang up on these crooks. Should the calls persist, jot the number down and report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
3). NEVER put your phone number, credit card number, or Social Security number into an ordinary email – it can and will be accessed by some crook somewhere down the line! If buying goods online, make certain you are using a SECURE source, or you will get hacked!
I hope this will prevent you from being victimized by con artists. Remember, if it sounds wacko or too good to be true, it most probably is, and should be avoided at all costs!
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