A Rather Disjointed Email #Scam Is Making The Rounds At The Moment

It seems that today is scam day on this blog. Well, to be honest, I track so many scams and report them to you that every day can be considered to be scam day. But in any case, I have a new scam that I’d like to draw your attention to. It starts with this email:

So I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that this is an email based scam that is meant to get you to call in and perhaps have the scammer take control of your computer or something like that. We’ll get to that in a bit. But the vehicle for the scammer to get you to call them is that this is a email that purports to inform you that you’re being billed for a service that you were testing out. Now this is a somewhat effective means to scam you because a lot of us test out a lot of services and it is entirely possible that you might forget what you’ve tried out and fall for this. And remember, a scam doesn’t have to successful in volume to be successful. So if only 1% of the people who open this email call in, the scammers win.

In any case, one thing that you’ll note is that this email is all over the place. While it does use some product names in the email, there’s nothing that has this email wrapped around a brand. For example I’ve seen Best Buy themed scam emails in the past that use that brand to get your confidence. I suspect that this is deliberate as a like this one disjointed email like this one would be harder to filter out via a spam filter. The downside to that for the scammer is that it is likely that less people would act on it. But clearly they’re taking their chances on this.

This also ties into what happens when you click “see details” in the email.

This seems inconsistent with the content in the email if you read the email and compare it to this website. That may make it more likely that you’d call in and be more likely to fall for the scam.

Some other random observations:

  • The English used in the email is horrible as usual.
  • The email address that this email was supposedly sent from is suspect as usual:

All of the above should make you delete this email the second you get it. But in the interest of figuring out what the scam is, I called the number in the email. Which for the record is something that you should never, ever do. I was greeted by cheesy hold music. And messages that said that “all scammers representatives are currently busy. Please stay on the line. And your call will be answered by the next available scammers representative”. This to me seemed very much like the experience that I had with this scam which makes me wonder if the same threat actor is behind this scam, or this sort of setup to carry off a scam like this is now a thing. In any case, I hung up after 5 minutes without speaking to anyone as I had better things to do. But it is clear that this is an active scam that you need to be aware of and make sure that you’re not a victim of.

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