To all our Friends
Please be Careful!
E-mail Scammers are at it again and with several new twists that I haven't seen before. So the following warning is from Write Words and is posted for you on line, NOT sent to your e-mail addresses.
Please watch out for Spam Scams and don't trust trust any e-mail with a blue line link.
One e-mail this morning was a message that contained our OWN trade mark and said we owed someone a customer refund. Just click on the blue line and your money would come right to you!!
It had the following trademark and promised a refund "on your last substantial purchases."
The Trademark (easy to steal from our web site) was at the top and the message that said:
My Dearest Friend,
You are due a substantial refund due to an unfortunately overcharge from your last purchases at our web store.
Click on the link below to received your money:
(followed by a blue line link.)
and the signature,
Write Words, Inc.
FOLKS, THIS DID NOT COME FROM
Write Words, Inc.
Once Again, we have received SPAM that
we allegedly sent to ourselves!
It originated from somewhere in India,
and the return address said:
My name is ARLINE...
and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
So if you get this Spam
Allegedly from US TODAY,
PLEASE don't CLICK ON THE BLUE LINE!
In fact, it is never a good idea to click on any blue line in a message unless it comes from a really trusted source, and you are ALREADY expecting the information.
Also today we had the following message
allegedly from the FBI!
JAMES B. COMEY, JR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON D.C. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET. ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY,(not a name, so it probably went to thousands of addresses, RIGHT?) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in conjunction with other relevant Investigation Agencies here in the State have been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you have an on-going transaction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as regard to your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your favour. (British spelling!) It might interest you to know that we have taken time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine (intresting that I have no such account!) and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim without any further delay. We will further advise that you go ahead and deal with the governor office of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) accordingly as we will be monitoring all their correspondence with you. (????)
NOW most of us Trust a US Law Enforecement Agency and the
FBI is certainly real,
but if you think the FBI REALLY
sent that SPAM,
Think about it! How many messages of imminent wealth have you received from "someone in Nigeria?" Sure, this one LOOKS different, but it is NOT GENUINE!
Finally, there were a number of other messages with the
"Dread Blue LINE."
These messages are the most dangerous kind, and they often have been prepared to look exactly like they came from one of your usual business contacts.
TODAY I received "two identical messages" (one at each of my most used e-mail addresses --- always suspicious when they are duplicates.) They were Allegedly from Paypal, telling me there was trouble with a payment I had sent out, and to "Just click Here," followed by a link in blue, to get the payment straightened out and "keep my credit in good standing."
Now I did send out royalty payments from My Real Paypal Account on Saturday, so it's a good thing I was wide awake this morning. The message (both of them) had Paypal's trade mark on it and LOOKED ABSOLUTELY REAL!!!
Because if I had clicked on that link, it would go to a window where Everything Else Looked exactly like Paypal, TOO, and asked me to confirm my password in order to fix the problem.
If I had typed in that password, how much do you think would be left in my "Pay the Authors Account" now????
Be Careful Out there....
ALWAYS go to a Bank or Business Account's
regular web address!
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER,
click on a blue line link in
the body of an e-mailed message.
Funny how spam always crops up more around holidays.