Don’t Be Fooled!

In this day and age almost everyone has a cell phone. For a lot of people this is the only phone they have using it for almost everything, like they would use their computer, including their banking. I still have a house phone, plus a cell phone. Where I live does not always have cell service so I have both. I rarely give out my cell phone number, except to certain people. I don’t list it on papers when being asked for my phone number. 

Cell phones are not cheap, some may only cost a couple of hundred dollars, while others can cost thousands. Sure some of them have great cameras, although I still prefer my hand held cameras, With most of the cell phones out there they have one thing in common, they TEXT. 

Sure texting is a good way to get hold of someone, (I still prefer to talk on the phone or if I can see someone in person) but texting has also opened up a new way of trying to scam people.

Scamming people has always been around, usually it concerns someone you don’t know trying to take your money somehow.

Last year around tax time, I got a text supposedly from the Government of Canada, the text said that they found a mistake in my taxes and that they owe me more money. I deleted this and put a block on the number. About a week later Tim had got the same text only it was from a different number, the funny thing is, Tim had not done his taxes yet at this time. As far as I know they do not have our cell phone numbers. DON’T BE FOOLED, The Government of Canada will never send you a text.

A few months ago I got a text from NETFLEX this text was telling me that my payment had not gone through and if I didn’t pay it to some weird number my NETFLIX would be cut off. Was I scared of this? Not at all, when this text came in I was watching NETFLIX, and I still get the channel. DON’T BE FOOLED, NETFLIX will never send you a text to tell you about a payment not going through.

Two weeks ago I got a text from who knows where, telling me  they owed me some money from a company I never heard of giving me some http address and they needed me to respond so they could put it in my account. A course I did not answer this  on my cell phone as that is how they get you, instead when I got home I checked out this address on the computer, a whole list of things showed up I didn’t click on any of them. What they showed me was what the http actually stands for. DON’T BE FOOLED by these unknown companies, if you answer them by clicking on the address or phone number on your cell phone they will more than likely put a virus, malware, spyware, etc. on your phone, this can get them into all of your personal things like your bank account, they can steal everything from you including your identity.

Don’t forget, they don’t just text on your phone, but call as well, using an automated voice. Like the one that says your social insurance number has been compromised, or that they are from a police station, or the Government of Canada, DON’T BE FOOLED this places will never put an automated voice on the phone to tell you that you are in some kind of trouble and that you have to pay some money right away or you will be arrested.

But they all try to fool you, using a different number all the time, they are even local numbers starting with 250-540…….. 

  I also get a few calls about how my name was picked from some airline (by the way I haven’t flown anywhere for over 3 years now) and that I won a free trip, ya right! So just for the heck of it, one day I answered this call by pushing # 1,(press # 2 if you  don’t want these calls again, which of course I still get even though I pressed # 2 , or hung up, or blocked their number.) even though I knew it was a scam I thought I would try it, as this call had come on my house phone. Well here is how it went, first they wanted my credit card number so that they could take a payment of $900.00 to hold my spot (wait a minute, I thought this was a free trip?) When I questioned them about this, their response was that it was just to insure that my spot was reserved as they were giving away a few “FREE TRIPS” hahaha (wow) I still had not given them my credit card number. I was then informed that on top of the $900.00 I would have to pay some taxes, I then would have to pay an insurance amount of an extra $200.00, in my head I am wondering where the “FREE TRIP ” is. By the time the guy was finished talking to me, if I had actually believed him my credit card would have been charged well over $5,000, no FREE TRIP there. DON’T BE FOOLED there really is no “FREE TRIP”  

A couple weeks ago my friend showed me 16 different numbers on her cell phone, all of them from Scammers. these all came in within a couple of days. The worst thing is, somehow, a couple of them  knew her first name, in the text they started out with her name then gave some crap about her owing money or getting money.

Luckily she is smart enough not to GET FOOLED by these insane texts.

Unfortunately there are still a great number of people getting fooled by these people either by texting, or phone calls etc. and worst of all, the majority of people that this happens to is Seniors, a lot of them have lost their life savings.

If something puts a RED FLAG in your head, or it sounds to good to be true, listen to your RED Flag, listen to your gut feelings DON’T BE FOOLED by these SCAMMERS, CHEATERS, GRIFTERS, ETC. They just want something from you, don’t give it to them 

Remember: DON’T BE FOOLED!

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

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