Inside the Mind of Isadora

Cafe Chat – Internet SPAM

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Cafe Chat

Welcome – make yourself at home. Pick a pretty cup or mug for coffee, hot chocolate, herbal tea, or a cup of my new favorite chai tea. Sit in a comfy chair so we can chat.

A little music might be nice. Hope you like my selection.

Relaxing Hang Drum – Good Vibes is playing softly. Mother Nature’s Fall …

No changes in our weather here. It’s still bright, warm, and sunny. 

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It’s difficult to understand the magnitude of how far our words are going out there on the World Wide Web. For those of you who aren’t tech-savvy, I feel your angst.

I’m cautious about everything I do on-line. I’ve had a lot of SPAM calls since COVID. Perhaps, it’s coincidental or perhaps, the perfect opportunity to catch the unsuspecting isolating victim. 

For Example:

I received a text message from Amazon. 

Yes, I do shop through this site. I have family in different states. The free shipping helps. A major convenience for me especially during COVID.

The text said, “A large purchase has been added to your shopping cart. It’s for a 72” Sony TV.”

Well, hubby was happy. He thought I was about to purchase this TV for him.     No … No … No!!! 

I called the phone number listed on the text. It looked official. A man answered.  I told him about the text and the number I had been ask to call for more information. 

In quite an official voice he said, “Your account has been hacked. A large charge has been added to your shopping cart. Amazon has frozen your account until we can figure out these charges.”

I told him I didn’t charge a TV and would never purchase anything of that amount online. I asked if he could remove the item since I don’t see it in the cart. 

Then, his questions started:

  1. What is your email?
  2. What is your computer type?
  3. Have you purchased anything recently from Amazon?
  4. What is your Amazon account number?
  5. What is your password for your computer?

I told him I didn’t need to give him my information if he was from Amazon. They have all of that on file. 

He said, “No, he’s the one that will clear up this charge, and in order for him to do that he needed my password, email, and account number.” 

When I refused, he said, “He had to put me on hold until he spoke to his supervisor.” Sometime later, a very flustered man returned to the call. 

“Madam, you must understand that your account will be frozen until this is all taken care of by me. I will need the information in order to do that.”

While he was speaking to me a great deal of chaotic noises were going on in the background. I questioned why it was noisy as I was having difficulty hearing him.

“No worries, I am here and will clear the noise for you. Let me put you on hold a minute.”

Now, it was very, very quiet. A cautious chill overtook me. I immediately wanted to hang up. But, I also wanted my account unfrozen.

He came back.

He said, “Now, if you can give me this information I will clear up the issue for you.”

I told him, “ I’m afraid I don’t have time right now. I’ll have to call back.”

I never did call him. 

I never did have a TV in my shopping cart.

I never did have a frozen account.

I contacted Amazon. They informed me that many, many accounts had been hacked but they had adjusted their security.

Do I feel safe using Amazon?

Yes, but I’m even more cautious about giving information than ever before.

Have you experienced an incident like this or a similar one?

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I hope the coming week is a peaceful and stressless one

Namaste, Isadora 😎

2020©Isadora De La Vega

 

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

11 thoughts on “Cafe Chat – Internet SPAM

  1. Good morning,(here 9.45am).. I’m having my lemon & ginger tea, and enjoying a breakfast cake… “Warning” never ring back to those “phishing” emails/messages, if they look strange, they are “scam scumbags”… yes I get those Amazon ones too, over here in Australia… the ones I hate the most are the scams, using the Australia Post Sign, and saying you’ve a parcel waiting at the depot, but you have to pay the fee !!!.. … I get one or two of those a day on my phone… damn annoying ….
    Cheers
    Ivor …… I’m listening your music while typing here… 😀

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  2. Several months ago I received several texts about order from Amazon. I did not call or click links. Nope. Glad you got that feeling and decided to hang up – you are right, they wouldn’t ask you those questions. Too many people get sucked into it.

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  3. First of all, I love your coffee and flower image. 🙂 I’m having tea in solidarity, which I do every day, whether in solidarity with anyone or not. 🙂 I’ve not had this happen, but my husband has gotten “Nigerian prince needs money” type messages. Since he’s an IT guy, we’re very careful and so far we’ve been fortunate. We get plenty calls about our warranty for something or other expiring, but since I never answer any calls if I don’t know who it is, I just block that number and delete the message. I have been getting large amounts of spam in my WordPress spam file over the last months, almost every one an identical message in Spanish, so they’re not even interesting. 🙂

    Hope your week’s off to a great start, my friend.

    janet

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    • LOL … I get those Spanish spams in my WP folder too. It can be annoying to delete but at least they’ve been caught. Warranty calls are also on the list of spams. I got a call about a car warranty for a car I no longer have. It’s a shame these characters find some kind of joy in doing these things. Lucky you having an IT guy. No talking to weird tech help which can also unnerve me. Well .. enjoy your tea. I have tea in the afternoon. Have a peaceful week … Be Safe
      Isadora 😎

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