Another trick that scammers use

@JudyEv (300898)
Rockingham, Australia
January 25, 2023 12:35am CST
The photo has nothing to do with the post, except that there appears to be two suns and, of course, there is only one. The lifestyle village where we now live has its own Facebook page. Sometimes information and tips are put up. I was impressed with the latest one which was in relation to scammers who ask you to click on a link. Two sites were put up as examples but I can’t seem to duplicate them here. Both said ‘citibank.com’ but in one, the letter ‘a’ was a cyrillic ‘a’. When I insert a cyrillic ‘a’ in this text, I can’t see any difference. I was hard pushed to pick out any difference in the two examples which is, I guess, what the scammers are hoping for. However, after looking carefully, I could see that the two ‘a’s were different. Just another example of what to look for and how careful we need to be before clicking on any links.
26 people like this
14 responses
@GoAskAlice (5641)
25 Jan
Here - you should have used something like this for your discussion photo to show the difference in the 'a' used.
16 people like this
@vandana7 (93755)
• India
25 Jan
I realized that now.
5 people like this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jan
That's what I found and what I based the discussion on. I didn't really think about just copying and pasting the whole thing - duh! I tried to explain it.
7 people like this
@thelme55 (76686)
• Germany
25 Jan
Thank you for the information @GoAskAlice.
3 people like this
@RebeccasFarm (84702)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
26 Jan
Oh it is so deadly online these days. So tricky indeed.
1 person likes this
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
26 Jan
@JudyEv Really do.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jan
You need to be on your guard all the time.
1 person likes this
@jstory07 (125692)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Jan
I never go into links like that. I am always on alert when it is a link like that.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jan
That's the best way to be.
1 person likes this
@thelme55 (76686)
• Germany
25 Jan
Thank you for sharing. I am not aware of the difference until I read the comment of @GoAskAlice.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jan
That was a good idea of his to put up the actual example.
1 person likes this
@thelme55 (76686)
• Germany
28 Jan
@JudyEv Yes, it was a good idea.
1 person likes this
@BloggerDi (3159)
• United States
25 Jan
It seems that scammers are getting more sophisticated with their deceitful tricks! Why don't they use their knowledge of technology to get a legitimate job? Thanks for the tips. I love the beautiful photo too.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jan
I'm glad you like the photo. I feel like asking them if their Mums know they are crooks.
1 person likes this
@BloggerDi (3159)
• United States
26 Jan
1 person likes this
@coldplay8 (161)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
25 Jan
Cyrillic a is the same as Latin one, i think, so not sure. sorry for techincal struggles. ah, facebook.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jan
You can see them in the comment that GoAskAlice has put on this page. That explains it better than I did.
1 person likes this
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
26 Jan
@JudyEv got it.
1 person likes this
@BarBaraPrz (40252)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Jan
I saw that yesterday on my own fb feed.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jan
It's good the information is getting out there.
1 person likes this
@snowy22315 (149397)
• United States
25 Jan
That is an unusual photo. Sometimes it seems 90 percent of my email are scams. I ignore the majority.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jan
We don't open anything that is dodgy.
@FourWalls (51030)
• United States
25 Jan
I have a very simple way around it: I don’t open them anymore. My accounts will always use my name and say “account ending in xxxx” when they’re legitimate. Oh, and there’s usually not 40 spelling/grammatical errors in the first sentence. The IRS and the Social Security Administration have repeatedly stated they will NEVER call or e-mail you asking for money. And I don’t care how “professional” they try to make a Wells Fargo e-mail look, I know that I don’t have a Wells Fargo account. I love JJ’s video of him playing the the phone scammers. I did that once…guy claimed he ws calling from Windows to “check my computer,” and I led him on for about 10 minutes. Finally he said, “You’re sure you hae your computer on? What does it say?” I replied, “APPLE, you scammer! I don’t have a PC!!”
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jan
We don't open any either. They've got a bit better with their spelling and grammar but you can still pick the bad guys. It's very tempting to lead these guys on.
1 person likes this
@LeaPea2417 (35646)
• Toccoa, Georgia
25 Jan
Yes, it is scary how scammers always come up with something new to try to deceive people.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jan
They seem to get more and more sophisticated.
1 person likes this
@Juliaacv (74911)
• Canada
25 Jan
There are so many terrible scams out there today. I always delete anything unknown that comes into my inbox just to be on the safe side. Vince is a very talented photographer, that is an amazing photo.
1 person likes this
@Shiva49 (25558)
• Singapore
25 Jan
I saw that on a whatsapp forward. It is so tough to scrutinize such minute variations on a regular basis. We are already on tenterhooks while logging in to bank sites with limited time given to finish the job.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jan
It seems the information is getting out to people which is good. Yes, we are forever timing out when trying to deal with any authority or bank.
1 person likes this
@LindaOHio (115172)
• United States
25 Jan
Really cool photo. Thanks for the scammer tips. They are getting really sophisticated with their methods.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jan
It's good to know about these things. I couldn't see the difference for a while. It's very cunning.
1 person likes this
@YrNemo (20201)
25 Jan
Those scammers have become very smart with time. There was a time you can just look at their email addresses, and found them out right at once.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jan
Some are more sophisticated now but some still have terrible grammar and/or spelling.
1 person likes this