Have you been spammed, spoofed, hacked, phished or line flooded yet? It’s only a matter of time unfortunately.
Just yesterday, I received an unwanted email from MoveOn.org and it came with the message that it was from my friend Patti A. She never sent it and has no clue as to how they got her name. She is an Independent who pays little attention to the Internet or politics. They not only had her name, but they have her email contacts and are sending out emails as if they were from her.
The same thing happened to me with LinkedIn. They keep sending out emails to my contacts telling them to join at my invitation, which is something I would never do. I have no idea how they accessed my contacts. LinkedIn likes to toot their horn as being one of the largest social networks in the world. I can see why!
Two days ago I received ebay and paypal spoof emails. They were in search of my password.
The best was last night when millions and millions of hits by hackers caused my site to be shut down. I feel special.
A couple weeks ago, my mother-in-law called her health insurance company to update some information. Shortly after, she received a phone call back from them asking for her credit card number and security code. Fortunately, my mother-in-law is not one to be drawn into a scam and didn’t give it out. She was correct. The health insurance company never called and would never have asked for her credit card security number. Was someone listening in on her phone? Who knows.
Have you heard about line flooding yet? It’s a program that jams your phone with messages to distract you while they steal your money.
via Tech News Daily
Months before they hit the victim with the phone jam, crooks typically use social engineering or phishing attacks to siphon victim’s bank account numbers and passwords. When it’s time for the heist, the crooks will set the phone attack in motion and pose as the customer to make the withdrawal. The bank, noticing unusual activity on the account, will attempt to contact the customer but will be unable to get through. By the time the robbery is finished and the phone calls stop, the damage has been done.
Then there is phishing – emails disguised as official emails. I’ve gotten them too, usually from Nigeria.
I had one email this morning from someone wanting money. She called me “Dear One” in the letter. You’ve probably gotten one of those. That was from The Netherlands.
That was only in the last two weeks.
The only way to escape is to not use the phone, cell phones or the Internet. The seedy underworld of technology is the dark side of progress.