Spam/scam-facebook chain mail

Dear friends:

If you ever receive a message stating something to the effect of ‘As of Saturday Morning Facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts, send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will turn blue () and will remain free. As discussed in the paper today’ – Please do not forward this spam mail on.

This rumor is nothing new, and is thought to have originated on MSN messenger back in 2008. I’ve received this message countless times through the years, and hope by posting this I can save someone a few spam messages.

It’s not just the fact it’s an annoying message, it’s the fact some of them can be harmful, and could be capturing your username, password and whatever other info it’s programmed to gather. You the receiver have a responsibility to ensure you don’t spread on a potentially malicious attack!

For more information and tips in preventing rumors from spreading or malicious attacks from occurring, click here.

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Received Spam Call from 16312907408 – A Call from New York to Talk About my Credit

I received a phone call from this number saying press 2 to learn more about 250,000 worth in possible available credit. I hung up, and called back via Pop-Tox.

When I phoned back, I was greeted by a real person, oddly enough sounded like the person who had made the pre-recorded message. He said ‘Hi, if you were just on the previous call, you’ll know I’m wanting to talk about credit options for your business, and other options for the business…-‘ He went on to say ‘the business’ a few more times before he paused and I was able to ask him how he ‘knew this number was a business number?’, to which He hung up immediately.

An Honest Low-Down on RRSP’s

For years I’ve been told by most people who advise me in finances to buy RRSP’s, however while I file their advice away, I know RRSP’s aren’t for me. My dad had explained to me years ago how they just wouldn’t work for me, and it’s nice to see an official advisor say it as well!

He opens the article by pointing out ‘countless articles on the benefits of a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) and told you over and over how important it is to have one.’

He then proceeds to say that just like all other things in the financial planning spectrum, this may not be the ‘one-stop solution’ for you.

Those who fall in the low-income brackets, close to retirement or those with a large pension plan may want to reconsider this option, or proceed with caution and calculations!

For more info, see Original Article here.

Anonymous Otter?

OH Google, you’ve done it again! These guys are just so creative, I have enjoyed their work for years, such as the Google Graphic or games that are secretly linked into search options etc.

So, I’m in a shared Google Doc, which is amusing enough to watch as the others cursors start jumping around and helpful (or silly) information starts populating the pages, when I notice an odd ‘guest’. My first thought was panic, followed by you’ve given out the link to others without gmail addresses, maybe this is their ID! But, all my friends have very distinct tags, so I did a quick Google search, where I found that Google found it was too boring to have random long strings of numbers, and long story short, who doesn’t want to be a cute Anonymous Animal??

So if you ever open your Google Doc and are greeted by a zoo, now you know why!

Ill-gotten Emails – staff sourcing.com

Fair warning to all you scammers and spammers out there – You don’t want to email me unless you want to be blown WIDE OPEN. All spams, scams and marketing schemes sent to me are researched and detailed within this blog.

My latest frustration lies with my personal work email, which while it is for a public company, the email lists are private. They can be easily guessed however, if one was to use my Linkedin Profile, using my name and place of employment. This appears to be the newest marketing scheme in an effort to get people to buy into their training, and while these emails looks ‘legit’ the ill-gotten means by which they retrieved my email is unacceptable. This isn’t the first time this has happened, each time with a different email address, so click HERE to read up on previous Ill-Gotten emails.

Hi Sarah,
 
Hope you are doing great! I am following up to see if there are any potential opportunities for me at this time? We are very much interested in speaking to you to discuss our service offering in more detail. Please advise what day and time suits you the best for a quick 30 minutes call this week or early next week?
 
We are a Staffing Company and our main business is to provide IT, Engineering, Light Industrial, Non IT & Professional talent. We are very much familiar with the process of VMS and MSP as we are currently working with MSP’s like Randstad Sourceright, Tapfin, Kelly Services, Guidant Group, etc. through VMS like People fluent, Shiftwise, IQN, Field glass, Beeline, etc.
 
We are filling below positions for our current clients (GE Healthcare, Humana, Retirement Concept, BJC Healthcare and many more) all over Canada and US.
 
Light Industrial & Functional: LPN, RN, Respiratory Therapist, Clinical Service Technician, Patient Service Technician, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Bio-Medical Facility Coordinator, Certified Nursing Assistant, LVN, Cath Lab Tech, Clinical Coordinator, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Technician, Scientist, Cardiac Cath Lab Technician, Speech Language Pathologist, Biologist, Pharmacy Tech, Dietician, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pharmacist, Radiology Technician, Sleep Lab Tech and many more.
 
Engineering & Technology: Network Analyst, Software Engineer, System Programmer Analyst, IP Network Architect, Network Engineer, Information Security Specialist, Digital Analyst, Applications Support Analyst, Financial Analyst, Credit Risk Analyst, System Analyst, Business Analyst, IT Project Manager, Software Engineer and many more. 
 
 
Look forward to hearing from you.
 
 
Thanks & Regards,
Angela Smith
Business Development
Office: 647-849-1318

Angela Smith angela.smith@staff-sourcing.com

First off, if you come across a major company, you don’t message a random person within the company, you go to the head of the departments. So, after getting the second email, I decided to reply via my own personal email as I don’t risk my company being exposed to spam and scams.

Please stop sending emails to *****@***.com/ca. I shouldn’t have to REMOVE myself from a set of emails you wrongly got my email address from.

I have reported you as spam, as you should have never ever ever found this email, as it’s not posted to any external site, so you either have a staff directory that you’re just testing emails, or have somehow got your hands on our email lists. 

I find this to be extremely frustrating, annoying and mildly scary, let alone bad business practice!  

Fair warning, depending on your response, I will be making a blog post about how your company disregards privacy, sending out automated emails wanting information. 


Please think about your business model and consider contacting the head of this company, whose information is SUPER easy to find online without testing random emails.
– Sarah
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In conclusion, I hope bringing forward this information will help keep my friends and family safe, and once again a fair warning to all you spammers scammers and underhanded marketers, don’t send me your junk.

16263774256 – Spam Caller Using?

I received an automated call from ‘Pasadena’ at 16263774256, calling to update my Google listing. I hung up, and called back via POP-TOX, and it sent me through to UEI college – I found this strange, so I looked them up online, their phone number listed is 1 424-286-9990. I called this number, and was surprised to hear both the menus for these numbers was the same.

I tried to speak with their staff in an effort to make sure both menus were in fact the same, but the person who answered refused to give their name and said that they were unable to transfer calls within their call center.

Unable to recreate the automated call from ‘Pasadena’ claiming to be Google, I can only assume they were able to use the number somehow via an automated dialing service, or, on a long shot, that students at UEI have an interesting sense of humor.

Be Sure to Verify Direct Deposit Info With CRA

It’s Tax Time! – Be sure to update/verify your direct deposit info!

What happens if it’s not correct? Well it will try to deposit into your old account, then once it bounces back, the CRA will wipe your old Direct Deposit info from the their website, however, there is no indication from the CRA that the deposit has failed.

How do you know all this? Well, I tried updating it last year, but it appears not to have held. I had submitted my taxes as normal, using Genutax, and was promptly told a deposit date. The date goes by – nothing. I know sometimes there’s a delay, but by day 3, I started to get worried. I called the CRA, who advised me of the situation, updated my information, but this now adds an extra 10-15 days before I see the deposit.

Cellunlocker.com – Automation Takes Over Another Service

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of having automated services! But when your site sports customer support Mon – Fri 10am to 6pm PST and after a week of trying to contact you with no response, I’m a bit pissed, especially since their price has gone up by another 5 dollars since the last time I used this site, plus Canadian to US exchange rate.

It all started on February 22nd, when I got the IMIE wrong by one number,
(yes NEWB move) but I IMMEDIATELY sent in a message correcting my error.

If there were real people behind this service, it would have been dealt with latest Tuesday morning, yet it’s now Mar 2nd, and I’ve yet to hear anything besides an automated message that shot out stating I had the wrong IMIE, of which I’ve also responded to. This didn’t help either, as the ticket was closed at the same time.

Closed Order

I tried all five methods of contact, 3 email addresses, 1 phone number, and sent two help tickets within the account I opened to use this service. (The account option is also a new feature, allowing you to track phones you’ve previously unlocked.)

General: info@cellphoneunlocker.com

Sales: sales@cellphoneunlocker.com

Support: support@cellphoneunlocker.com

Phone Number: 1-866-957-6782

I have been super happy with their services in the past, I’ve actually unlocked my last 3 phones through them, so I gave them almost a full work week (leaving me without a phone for that time period) before using another service and deciding to write this article, and all I have to say is they not only failed me, they disappointed myself and every person I got excited about their service.

I left 4 messages stating that they had 24 hours before this would be reported to the Better Business Bureau, but to no avail. I now realize that this is an empty threat, as I went to go put in a complaint, but since they have no address, and aren’t registered with the bureau, I can’t.

So I uploaded this to sitejabber, in hopes someone will be saved the same trouble I have gone through.

*UPDATE* – March 5th 2019
It appears that there is someone manning the support desk, however my former comments on their disappointing service still stands. On March 5th, I received the below email.

Email received March 5th