Category Archives for "Scams"
I have a fairly large number of websites, with most of them having their own email address.
This means I get a lot of scam emails.
Once you've seen a few, they become pretty obvious and it takes a fraction of a second to just delete them.
They follow a handful of patterns.
I've reproduced a list of email scams just from the past week or so here, so that you can recognize them easily.
Who they're (supposedly) from is interesting too. For example, I get a lot of sex scam emails from "Stormy Daniels". It would be laughable if so many people didn't fall for them!
Lately, I've been swamped by a new type of scammer email.
I'll call them that whether the product they are promoting is legitimate or not.
Because the method of promotion is a scam. It tries to draw you in by stating a lie.
That you have purchased something that you haven't, or that a refund is waiting for you, or that you've been rejected by or accepted into something you've never heard of.
Here are some examples. You may recognize them.
I've reported this scam before, but it keeps reappearing in new clothing.
This is the one I got today:
Yes, folks, that was the actual subject matter of the email. Where does "chopped" come from? Is it a literal translation from a foreign language? Who knows.
Hi! As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account. This means that I have full access to your devices and accounts. I've been watching you for a few months now. The fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited. If you are not familiar with this, I will explain. Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device. This means that I can see
I got this email today:
It was headed Build&Own Electricity <email@example.com>
and it said
Rumours say Trump called a secret emergency meeting at
the White House after learning about this weirdo device.
Electric companies have already gathered an army of lawyers
to take it down.
I'm not sure if you aware or not... but the information on
this website I'm about to share with you today
will change American lives forever:
>> WATCH THIS IMMEDIATELY <<
Never again pay a single cent to the big energy moguls
with this simple, yet efficient "gizmo"... and be among the
select 2% of the population that has already stepped
into the new free energy era.
James Albert Canuy
P.S. I really recommend you stop what you're doing right now
and watch this short presentation. I don't know how much
longer they can leave it up."
I have a large number of domain names registered, and I receive an email like this one almost every day.
It's very official looking and the subject line is domainname.com Final Notice (where domainname.com is one of my actual domain names, of course). But it's a domain listings scam.
Here's what the start of it looks like.
When I started The Scam Warrior, I had one aim in mind.
That was to review third party products in the internet marketing world, expose the ones that were scams and recommend the ones that were good or simply to provide enough information for you to make an informed decision. In fact, I'm about to review one such product, called Snowball Traffic.
But I've been asked to also cover personal scams, as there are so many of them and they cost so many people anxiety, dignity and of course money.
It can be difficult to understand how anyone can fall for some of these, as they seem so obvious. But clearly it's a numbers game. If the scammer sends out millions of emails and gets just a 1% response, they can derive a substantial income.
Here's the email I received from Vigilancia: