Common Scam Turns Attention to Grandparents as Targets

"Here is a lengthy explanation of this scam. I wasn't aware of it. I received a call this morning, Jan 31, 2013 from Mexico. They said they were with the American Embassy and our grandson was
incarcerated on a false charge but it would take $1,800.00 to speed up the court case and then the money would be returned. First the “grandson” called then put me through to the embassy. Of course it sounded like our grandson. Our grandson lives in New York and I fell for it. Secrecy--being one of the key words.

Cindy at HEB wires for Western Union and she alerted us to this scam. We called our grandson and he was at home. It was a scam. I am still furious that I didn’t see through this scam. The phone number they gave me for the American Embassy turned out to be a number in Montreal, Canada."

- Caroline Bernardy
Not that Kind of Spam!

Be Aware: Some Common Spam/Scams 
to Avoid
(Courtesy of The Branding Arsenal)

While the below are common ploys to get you to do something—typically send money or click a link—it does not always mean your computer has been hacked, or that people have your information. When you receive a notice/email/message with these common phrases in them—simply delete the object and then change your password for peace of mind. It's important to be aware of these types of ploys so that you can better protect your accounts and information.

1. “I just saw the funniest picture of you. Click here!” or something like... “Someone just posted the nastiest comment about you!” No name, no sender identified, no specifics...delete it! (Common ploy on Twitter.)

2. “Dear (Your name) – I'm traveling in a foreign country and I was robbed. I need you to send $XX via wire transfer to ____________” Common ploy in Emails...just delete it.

3. You get an email from your Bank, PayPal, Facebook, etc. asking you to “click the link to confirm your password.” This is typically LONG after you initially set up your account. ALWAYS check to see if the official URL (web address) for that entity/company appears in the address bar. If not, SPAM=delete it!

4. “Someone answered a question about you. Click here to see it.” Something like this is considered “fishing” (just like you fish for a "bite")...where the spammer "baits" you to click on the link. Usually it's just annoying more than anything. The link could be a virus, or just advertising spam. Just delete or block.

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