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Warning - Scam SMS Phishing Texts

Whenever you rent or sell property, or anything else, it seems that you'll attract scammers.

We are all used to these scams coming in by email, so nowadays we tend to use systems which don't make our email visible to the scammer's harvesting robots.

So, when the scammer can't harvest your email from an advertisement, they will harvest your phone number and use a text sending system which allows them to send out bulk SMS messages without it costing them anything. These systems will sometimes forge or hide the sending number.

So the end result is that you, and hundreds or thousands of other potential victims, will receive a generic tempting text message. It may ask you to contact them by some means enabling the scammer to make money directly from your call. Or they may ask you to contact by email so that the "Phisher" can start to offer you some bait and reel you in.

Here is an example I received today ostensibly from:- 1-512-551-0296

I am highly interested in paying for your apartment, kindly get back to me with more details/photos directly to my e-mail> annacol212@outlook.com

It's pretty obviously a scam, as it is generic and designed for bulk sending in the hope of finding one or more desperate persons who will respond. It is obvious that genuine people just don't make contact in this way, or talk like that. But if you receive such a message, and are tempted to respond, just do a web search on Bing, Google or your favourite search engine for a selected phrase in the email like...

""kindly get back to me with more details/photos directly to my e-mail"

and you'll find lots of similar Scam warnings which should be enough to convince you not to bother responding.



Comments

   

Hiya! Ive stupidly given my full name and email address that I use for paypal to someone today that I think was planning on scamming me. I am selling my macbook on gumtree and they offered me the full asking price plus postage to a UK address. She said something about not being able to send it to me if its icloud email?!?! thought this was weird but I thought she was just being a prat... so I said, send me your email address, I will send you an invoice..... SO I DID...... now she has my address and everything... Funnily enough she used the email address "annacol212@.......com".

Any Advice? Thanks


 



 

   

Hi,

You should definitely change any passwords that
have ever been used on the device you are selling.

I'd be very careful about selling a device at all,
as data you have deleted still exists on the hard
drive and scammers could discover it and use it.

So remove and destroy the hard drive before selling
if it has any data on it that you regard as
private.

Now you've given personal data to a potential
scammer, I'd recommend keeping a close eye on your
banks and change all passwords that may have been
exposed.

regards,
David

 



 

   

From: Nelson Odis "odisnelson04@gmail.com"
Date sent: Mon, 9 Mar 2020 02:11:03 +0300


Hello

Thanks and I appreciate your response, i am interested in your property due to my relocating to your country please i would have loved to visibly inspect the property but my present location ( Kabul) and nature of my job will not allow me to do so, please kindly bear with me.

From the looks and description of the property , I am satisfied with it.

So at what price are you willing to give me the property?

Regards,
Captain, Nelson Odis.

* moderator published the above as an example of a scam email received

the above is an obvious scammer preparing to make an offer on a property see

https://www.idealista.com/docs/practicas-dudosas/tipo/el-soldado-americano

for more from fake american soldiers

 



 

   

From: Nelson Odis odisnelson04@gmail.com
Date sent: Mon, 9 Mar 2020 11:40:02 +0300


Hello David ,


Thanks for your response, hope you doing great and your family? I pray you
are all safe and good. I want to thank you so much for the response on your
property and I wish to let you know that I am sincerely interested in your
property and I am surely taking the property on your price and I am hoping
as well that we can work together on a better and higher platform
considering my relocation to your country, I sincerely want to trust you. I
am a war veteran with the NATO troop in Afghanistan, on war against
terrorism. I served in the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad Iraq and now
serving in Afghanistan.

I will need this property for my private purposes as i will be relocating
to your country for my retirements, this is why i contacted you so that we
can put head together towards my plan to invest in your country. As a
result of this, it will be important for me to reveal to you that I have in
my possession the sum of €5.2 million. which i got during our raid on
terrorism in Kabul Afghanistan. and as soon as I hear from you of your
reassurance to assist me then I will communicate for the delivery.

I have this money stored somewhere very safe in our camp in Kabul
Afghanistan waiting for a moment like this to put the money in good use and
now I want the box moved without delay. I have a very profitable investment
plans on hand. I cannot move this money to the United States because I will
be in your country for about 5 years, so I need someone I could trust. If
you accept, I will transfer the money to your country where you will be the
beneficiary because I am currently settling some scores with the pentagon
so I cannot be parading such an amount so I need to present someone as the
beneficiary.. I am an American and an intelligence officer for that so I
have a 100% authentic means of transferring the money out of here through
diplomatic courier service. I just need your acceptance and all is done.

Please if you are interested to help me in this transaction I will give to
you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction
successfully. I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary and
that is why I went to a secured site where I can be sure that the person is
real. I believe I can trust you. Right now i am very careful with the way i
communicate so as to avoid any kind of risk until this money is finally in
your care. i shall be communicating to you through email and would also
give you a call when it is necessary to inform you on any important
information. I want you to be brave as i have everything under control. I
have every proof of this fund in my possession to show you that everything
is authentic.

If you are not interested do not reply to this email and please delete this
message, if no response after 3 days I will then search for someone else. I
am doing this on trust, so i would want you to put aside any act of greed
or the thought of cheating as we have a lot to gain in this business
relationship. €5.2 million is a lot of money which is the dream of anyone.
I am in Afghanistan right now and need to secure this money and send it to
you if we reach a proper agreement. I am writing you from a fresh private
email address, please delete this message if you are not interested in
working with me.

I wait for your contact details so we can go on. In less than 5 days the
fund should have been transferred to you and I will come over for my money.
I will give to you 20% of the sum and 80% is for me. I hope I am been fair
on this deal.


Regards,
Captain, Nelson Duran.


* moderator published the above to further demonstrate what is now an even more ludicrous scam. See

https://www.idealista.com/docs/practicas-dudosas/tipo/el-soldado-americano

for more from this fake american soldier

 



 

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