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Old 16.04.2020, 22:47
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Coronavirus scammers are out there - be warned

Got this poor attempt at a scam today

"From: Tedros Adhanom <jlz9988@windstream.net>
Subject: Humanitarian Gesture
Reply to: tedrosadhanom@ indiamail.hu
To: Recipients <jlz9988@windstream.net>

Hello,

The world is facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The world is coming together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments, organizations and individuals from across industries and sectors are c o m i n g together to help respond to this global outbreak. The outpouring of global solidarity and support sparked by this shared challenge has been phenomenal.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. Everyone can now support directly the response coordinated by WHO. People and organizations who want to help fight the pandemic and support WHO and partners can now donate through the COVID-Solidarity Response Fund for WHO at the secure Bitcoin digital currency address below:

You can also scan the bar code below to make your goodwill donation towards this global effort at finding an effective vaccine for the virus.

Any amount donated is significant and will go a long way to save lives.

Thank you for your donation.
Tedros Adhanom"

No Bitcoin address or bar code - Oops!

But be warned folks, there are a lot of people being taken in by scammers over this virus.
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Old 17.04.2020, 06:28
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Got this poor attempt at a scam today

"From: Tedros Adhanom <jlz9988@windstream.net>
Subject: Humanitarian Gesture
Reply to: tedrosadhanom@ indiamail.hu
To: Recipients <jlz9988@windstream.net>

Hello,

The world is facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The world is coming together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments, organizations and individuals from across industries and sectors are c o m i n g together to help respond to this global outbreak. The outpouring of global solidarity and support sparked by this shared challenge has been phenomenal.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. Everyone can now support directly the response coordinated by WHO. People and organizations who want to help fight the pandemic and support WHO and partners can now donate through the COVID-Solidarity Response Fund for WHO at the secure Bitcoin digital currency address below:

You can also scan the bar code below to make your goodwill donation towards this global effort at finding an effective vaccine for the virus.

Any amount donated is significant and will go a long way to save lives.

Thank you for your donation.
Tedros Adhanom"

No Bitcoin address or bar code - Oops!

But be warned folks, there are a lot of people being taken in by scammers over this virus.
If people are naive enough to fall for obvious scam emails like this then I think that they can consider it a learning experience because there are tons of variations of this kind of thing going around and have been for years.

Never respond to any email asking you for money, especially any that mention "donation" or "charity". Never respond to any email asking you to click a link to enter or update your account details unless you are 100% sure it is legit and if in doubt call the institution it claims to be.

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Old 17.04.2020, 07:35
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If people are naive enough to fall for obvious scam emails like this then I think that they can consider it a learning experience because there are tons of variations of this kind of thing going around and have been for years.

Never respond to any email asking you for money, especially any that mention "donation" or "charity". Never respond to any email asking you to click a link to enter or update your account details unless you are 100% sure it is legit and if in doubt call the institution it claims to be.

Totally agree regarding emails but my elderly mother in UK got caught out by a phone scam recently. When she picked up the phone she got a message saying that it was the NHS calling because a relative had been rushed to hospital with the virus and to push 1 to be connected to the hospital ward. She does normally know never to push any button but worry took over. She pushed 1 and then silence for about 5 or so minutes and she thought she was on hold for the hospital ward. Luckily she then decided to put the phone down and call my son.

I called BT to report it and the guy I spoke to was absolutely brilliant and equally disgusted when I told him how old she was. He traced the call to a number in Italy, blocked it and then made sure that she didn't get any charges. Apparently, it is common for there to be silence after pressing 1 (to connect to some premium number) as people stay on the phone much longer. Evil rotten scum
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Totally agree regarding emails but my elderly mother in UK got caught out by a phone scam recently. When she picked up the phone she got a message saying that it was the NHS calling because a relative had been rushed to hospital with the virus and to push 1 to be connected to the hospital ward. She does normally know never to push any button but worry took over. She pushed 1 and then silence for about 5 or so minutes and she thought she was on hold for the hospital ward. Luckily she then decided to put the phone down and call my son.

I called BT to report it and the guy I spoke to was absolutely brilliant and equally disgusted when I told him how old she was. He traced the call to a number in Italy, blocked it and then made sure that she didn't get any charges. Apparently, it is common for there to be silence after pressing 1 (to connect to some premium number) as people stay on the phone much longer. Evil rotten scum
Phone scams on the elderly are the pits and imo much worse than simply firing out emails. In my ideal fantasy world I would have those people who praey on the vulnerable publicly flogged.
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Old 17.04.2020, 08:19
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"jlz9988@windstream.net"

This is when you already know it will be a scam.
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Not really a clear scam - but I follow a photographer on Instagram that is based in Switzerland. She has millions of followers worldwide. Ever since the lock down, she has been begging her followers to donate money since the businesses who normally hire her, can't. She lives in a penthouse apartment on Lake Brienz and I feel sorry for the people who are in much poorer countries who are naive enough to think she actually needs their money.
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Not really a clear scam - but I follow a photographer on Instagram that is based in Switzerland. She has millions of followers worldwide. Ever since the lock down, she has been begging her followers to donate money since the businesses who normally hire her, can't. She lives in a penthouse apartment on Lake Brienz and I feel sorry for the people who are in much poorer countries who are naive enough to think she actually needs their money.

If it is the lady with the white dog then I follow her as well and must say I haven't noticed a single post begging followers for money and I see her posts daily. I have seen her offer some of her stunning photos for sale and she is also offering a membership on her website from between 3 - 25 CHF per month depending on what tier you subscribe to. Benefits include details on best hikes, live chats up to mentions on videos.

People still need money coming in if their only source of income suddenly dries up and I like her initiative offering the membership service. People don't need to subscribe and she is still posting numerous free videos and images on IG and FB which do brighten up my day


Edit. If it is the same lady she has about 225K followers and not millions. Her "penthouse" is hardly a multi million franc luxury pad but rather more of a rustic attic apartment judging from her videos. I am guessing it is the same person and, if so, your post is inaccurate and unfair in the context of scamming

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Old 17.04.2020, 09:18
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Not really a clear scam - but I follow a photographer on Instagram that is based in Switzerland. She has millions of followers worldwide. Ever since the lock down, she has been begging her followers to donate money since the businesses who normally hire her, can't. She lives in a penthouse apartment on Lake Brienz and I feel sorry for the people who are in much poorer countries who are naive enough to think she actually needs their money.
While I would never agree with anyone "begging" for money, living in a penthouse doesn't automatically mean you have a ton of money floating around. Lifestyles need supporting and she likely has a mortgage and bills to pay.
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Not really a clear scam - but I follow a photographer on Instagram that is based in Switzerland. She has millions of followers worldwide. Ever since the lock down, she has been begging her followers to donate money since the businesses who normally hire her, can't. She lives in a penthouse apartment on Lake Brienz and I feel sorry for the people who are in much poorer countries who are naive enough to think she actually needs their money.
People are crazy... weren't people donating to one of the Kardashians to make the the first female billionare ? I mean how stupid can you be ?
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I help run a website and the news pages have comments. The same Russian spammers try every day to post comments with embedded links to viagra for sale websites years now but an anti-spam filter diverts them to the bin automatically before they're posted online. For the last month it's been chloroquine instead, all to the bin too.

On the "please send money" email scams, whether the WHO or a Nigerian Prince or a previously unknown millionaire aunt you might often notice spelling mistakes and other obvious errors. These can be deliberate placed in the text because it filters out people who spot these things so only the only people who fall for it are less alert, not so literate etc.
 




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