Even more annoying than the scam…

I’ve had a ton of those scammy texts recently where just a random URL is sent from a sketchy email address to a group of like 20 people with phone numbers similar to mine. And this morning I think what was more annoying than the scam was the 30 minutes of other numbers in the group replying things like “STOP,” “I think you have the wrong number,” “what is this?” and “what are we trying to stop?” Etc. I finally just wrote “this is a scam stop replying to the group.”

And it’s not even these people’s fault. Scams only work because victims don’t realize that this weird text/email/voicemail is a scam. Just wish we could educate the world on what to look out for.

The content was posted by wingsofpoesy on 2021-10-11 16:10:22 via reddit

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  1. This subreddit was actually helpful in spreading awareness, if only everyone is using this platform.

  2. teratical says:

    I’ve been posting my tip below about how to block text messages coming from e-mail addresses in every thread about this topic, but I don’t know if it works, because nobody has ever responded. I’d love it if you tried and reported back! My carrier doesn’t give me this option.

    Getting spam via text from an e-mail address is a growing spammer technique, probably because spam filtering in e-mail is getting so good. Some phone carriers/operating systems have ways to stop them as a category (they’ll send from a different email address each time, so blocking the sender won’t accomplish anything). Google something like <prevent texts from e-mail addresses> + carrier/OS. For example, point 5 on this Verizon FAQ has instructions for [how to block all text messages sent from the web or by email](https://www.verizon.com/support/block-unblock-services-faqs/).

  3. 97Edgewood says:


    I get what you’re saying OP, about the annoyance. I just wish there was some really effective way to educate more people about scams.

    There are a lot of folks out there who seem not to have ever heard of some incredibly common scams techniques. Every so often, someone on my local Next Door will frantically warn everyone: WATCH OUT!!!!!! THERE IS A FAKE TEXT MESSAGE FROM NETFLIX GOING AROUND ABOUT IT BEING FREE BUT IT’S A SCAM!!!!!! IT’S CALLED A FISHING [sic] ATTEMPT!!!

    And next week, someone will warn that text from AT&T about “here’s your freebie” for paying on time ISN’T REAL! I HAVE NOTIFIED THE FB!!!

    There’s no point in simply learning that there is a Netflix scam going on now because next week it will be AT&T or UPS or Walmart or Fed Ex or any hundreds of business names.

    People need to know how these scams work, so they aren’t having to be warned every time a new one pops up.

    But… How many actually want to learn? For those who want to learn, there are tons of sites that are a quick Google away. My local news station often highlights internet scams.

    And, yet, there are people, who apparently aren’t living in caves or the equivalent, who still don’t understand that Social Security Fraud Investigators don’t deal in gift cards.

    If THAT message hasn’t sunk in yet, I don’t have great hopes of “educating” people, especially when it seems that many people seem well aware that there are lots of internet scams around, but don’t have much interest in finding out more about how they work. So–I wonder what WOULD be an effective means to educating more people about scams?

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