This one is more of a Public Service post.
This post is about phone scammers and what they will do to con people out of money. I usually stay into pop culture but I thought I would stray a little bit today. There are some good youtube channels on shutting them down or limiting their damage.
Recently, I received an email from “The Geek Squad” below saying that my subscription to the Geek Squad will be renewed. There is one problem with this statement…I’ve never used the services of Geek Squad…ever. I’m sure Geek Squad is a fine business but I’m in IT so I really don’t need them.
I knew this was a scam…the first clue…always look at the email address they send it to you from. This one is from “Budsch| Billing Dept. <firstname.lastname@example.org>.” Now…why would Geek Squad or Amazon be sending bill info from a Gmail account? They would never do that.
I called them and had some fun. I toyed with them for a while acting dumb and getting them aggravated just because…I truly hate scammers. They take advantage of people, especially older people who don’t know. They steal thousands of dollars a day from people who just don’t know computers or are just tricked.
These YouTubers will hack into the scammer’s computer and delete their files and sometimes warn people when they are getting scammed. They have been successful in shutting many of the scammers down.
I’ve seen some of these guys show a picture of the scammer, delete their files, get into their security cameras, and cause general mayhem and close down scam call centers. Many of them work together to take them down. The best one I’ve found is Scammer Payback but there are many to pick from…all of them have a sense of humor and are entertaining.