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    Evil Spammers in the world

    Lately in my spam, I have been getting emails claiming a cure for Alzheimers, which is particularly cruel, as family members of patients of this horrible disease are generally exhausted, stressed and vulnerable.

    Also have has subject lines claiming strawberries, water, milk, and various other substances are killing me.

    And that I can get rid of my glasses and see fine if I just by into their system.

    I do not know the contents of any of these emails, as I delete them unread, every time, but just the fact that spammers are sending them means someone somewhere is paying them to do so, and vulnerable people are getting scammed.

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    Latest round - just deleted - included dire warnings about tomatoes, bananas, wheat and strawberries again!
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    I hear you Karen. I generally get offers for "enhancements" of the variety that I do not require. My blocked senders list seems to be getting a longer listing than the phone book.
    However, I will share my tip for phone scammers, which I believe that I might have posted here before. You just say "Sorry, I don't have a phone". And while scammer tries to fathom this you hang up. It very much works!

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    Got this a few days ago:

    Subject: Warning
    From "Comcast Online"

    Dear User
    You need to verify your email profile to prevent email closure before 24hours.

    Then blue hypelink
    Click Here (Which I definitely didn't)
    Thanks.
    Email Service 2014(R)

    Nothing seemed to happen.

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    I was getting calls on my phone recently with no name or number showing. They would just let it ring and ring. I got so fed up the other night I quietly picked the receiver up and screamed as loud as I could into it! It sure frightened the stuffing out of my cats and I have had no more calls!
    No matter what anyone does, someone some where will be offended some how!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freckles View Post
    Got this a few days ago:

    Subject: Warning
    From "Comcast Online"

    Dear User
    You need to verify your email profile to prevent email closure before 24hours.

    Then blue hypelink
    Click Here (Which I definitely didn't)
    Thanks.
    Email Service 2014(R)

    Nothing seemed to happen.
    Haha! I get ones like this quite often from "AOL" (the real one of which is my e-mail provider).
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterati View Post
    However, I will share my tip for phone scammers, which I believe that I might have posted here before. You just say "Sorry, I don't have a phone". And while scammer tries to fathom this you hang up. It very much works!
    That is hilarious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterati View Post
    I hear you Karen. I generally get offers for "enhancements" of the variety that I do not require. My blocked senders list seems to be getting a longer listing than the phone book.
    However, I will share my tip for phone scammers, which I believe that I might have posted here before. You just say "Sorry, I don't have a phone". And while scammer tries to fathom this you hang up. It very much works!
    I love it! Thank you. I'll remember that one for the next call.
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    I got a phishing scam confirming that my American Airlines itinerary was ready. Hmm...don't recall purchasing any AA tickets...I wish they had the custom recycle bin on my computer I saw years ago where the contents would "ignite" upon disposal.
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    I still get a lot from different banks, saying that there is suspicious activity on my account, and to login and verify this-that-and the other! Funny - I don't now, or never have had, accounts with ANY of these banks that are sending me this warning. Gee - you don't suppose that there's another ME out there - do you???? Now that in itself, is a scary thought.....
    I have noticed something strange - but nice - tho. When I used my desktop, I would EASILY get 25+++++ scam mails every day. Since I've been using my laptop, I only get maybe 3 or 4 tops - daily. Nothing has changed - same email - so I don't know what the explanation is there. Don't get me wrong - I'm sure not complaining about it - just puzzled.
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    Your bank will not email you. Ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catty1 View Post
    Your bank will not email you. Ever.
    Yes - I know that. I was just using an example of some of the garbage that gets dumped on people by these scammers.
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    I wish more people knew that! Any bank spam I get is often for US banks (though not always) so I KNOW I can't possibly have an account with them!
    "I like physics, but I love cartoons." -- Stephen Hawking

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    I get legit emails form my bank, but they're easily separated from scammers by viewing the full header of the email.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady's Human View Post
    I get legit emails form my bank, but they're easily separated from scammers by viewing the full header of the email.
    Yeah - I get banking updates and notifications that I have requested, but never telling me click on the provided link and yadda-yadda-yadda. It's common sense IMO that something of that nature is phishing and theft of personal data. Too many people just don't think before they click.......
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    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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