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Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

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    • hana_chan on Fri 15 Feb 2013
    • 02:59:31 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Sometimes I receive mails from annonymous without content, only a link. I never click on that link, but still feel annoying

    peace come from inside your heart

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    • SuperHero58 (not verified) on Fri 15 Feb 2013
    • 05:44:04 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Before I joined WOT, I was robbed by some punks from Melbourne University, Australia

    Pay Pal refunded my money, though the bank I do business with was instrumental in getting my money back

    Their mistake was phishing me in a second attempt via a fake email from eBay asking me to reset my password or having my account closed, within 24 hours, this time we caught them as though the email looked legit, they made an obvious mistake that I will not disclose

    I was very upset at the whole thing, and started to dislike or hate scammers and with a passion, by them I had SA and WOT, I let go of Site Adviser and became active at WOT

    One incident, and I hope it remains that way

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    • evilfantasy on Fri 15 Feb 2013
    • 05:50:58 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Years ago I had a hobby that led me to buy and sell very actively on eBay. About a year in I was pretty comfortable with the process and someone I had sold to a few times before got me to send an extra item that I had not listed on eBay yet. I got complacent and sent the item without the payment hitting first. They never sent payment and even deleted their eBay account. It was only around $10.00 but the lesson learned was much more valuable then just $10.

    Never trust someone with PII or money you don't know no matter how trustworthy they have been or appear to be. Never get complacent.

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    • JulieA2012 on Fri 15 Feb 2013
    • 07:01:46 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    I think I was close to a scam at least a few times. I'm not entirely sure though. Sometimes if I didn't get what I ordered I just didn't have the energy to do anything about it. However, usually I would speak up if something wasn't right and it usually was resolved. I just wondered though on the occasions I didn't get what I expected if I really was scammed but wouldn't know if I didn't do anything about it as I already said. (I know I shouldn't repeat myself so much. LOL)

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    • Scientific Frontline (not verified) on Fri 15 Feb 2013
    • 09:09:57 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Nope. . . never

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    • Dareks67 on Fri 15 Feb 2013
    • 10:52:03 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    I try to be careful, but once I happened to lose money on the auction site.

    "There are thousands of ways to kill time, but no one knows how to revive him." Albert Einstein

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    • SuperHero58 (not verified) on Fri 15 Feb 2013
    • 10:53:46 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Never get complacent.

    These are words of wisdom to which I agree with fully

    Though I trust eBay [ the fees have gone up quite a lot, my only complaint ] there are some people I would not buy from or sell to and regardless of how much eBay has improved their security, it's a good idea never to relax when it comes to protecting yourself

    evilfantasy, you lost $10, in my case I lost this idealistic view that everyone was honest, a very childish view that I never got back

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    • Jazspeak on Sat 16 Feb 2013
    • 12:33:02 AM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    No.

    Healthy scepticism and commonsense usually help to avoid being a victim, as does spotting words and phrases such as, "Nigerian Prince", and, "bank account", in the same e-mail.

    ~Music is not just for the Masses~

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    • charuw on Sat 16 Feb 2013
    • 05:01:04 AM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    I'm happy, never faced with scammers

    Всем шампанского!

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    • webkinsey on Sat 16 Feb 2013
    • 12:34:03 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    I often come across fraud sites and receive messages and sms on my phone.

    My friend once send money to an unknown phone number, when she received a following message "Mom! I've got a trouble and I cannot call you right now. Pease send 20$ to the following number 0000000. I will call you later. Please do it as soon as possible."

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    • c۞g on Sat 16 Feb 2013
    • 01:10:39 PM UTC

    voted: No

    I use WOT
    So I'm not worried about falling victim to an online scam.

    As for domains which may not yet have earned a reputation, I agree with Jazspeak
    Healthy scepticism and commonsense usually help to avoid being a victim

    ∞ Opto, ergo sum _https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_You_and_I

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    • Morgrl on Sat 16 Feb 2013
    • 02:44:56 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    3.5 years ago I signed up to get "free" access to journal articles available through a website. They did not recognize I had cancelled the account before the trial period and repeatedly tried to charge my account for the annual fee of over $200. I recovered most of the money, but not all of it. I had to cancel my card and start over. Since then I have learned to report the charges immediately and cancel the card right away. This puts an immediate end to any scam site continuing to put charges on the card.

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    • 用戶星光 on Sat 16 Feb 2013
    • 05:45:27 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    I don't have credit cards or any online credentials, so I say NO!

    JCT Signing off... Mas daghan pa ko'y gusto sa akong kinabuhi kaysa mupatol ug gahi'g ulo.

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    • evilfantasy on Sat 16 Feb 2013
    • 06:48:53 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Originally posted by: trust_noone
    I don't have credit cards or any online credentials, so I say NO!

    Your profile here at WOT is an online credential...

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    • IssViews (not verified) on Sun 17 Feb 2013
    • 11:59:59 AM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Before I learnt how to identify a phish (a few years back) I was sent a fake Blizzard email which looked legitimate at the time, saying my gaming accout would be terminated for various reasons. I was suspicious something wasn't right as my game was still active but was concerend about being banned as this game was social time with my son who lived 640 miles away. I followed the email link and entered login details to check my account, which produced a couple of failed login attempt. Odd I thought, I then went to my bookmarked Blizzard account link and re-entered my login details and all worked fine. As a precaution, I changed my login password. I was lucky that time. I then read up on how to read email headers etc. to detect phish emails.

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    • Jicé on Sun 17 Feb 2013
    • 09:32:00 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Hum! Not yet! ...

    Location : Belgium. Native language : French. Other languages : English and Spanish. (Both approximatively)

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    • Jesant13 on Sun 17 Feb 2013
    • 10:28:51 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    I don't recall ever having fallen victim to an online scam.

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    • Angalia on Mon 18 Feb 2013
    • 02:30:12 AM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    I am good at detecting scams so I have never fell for one. But I did mark myself as close call due to the fact that when looking for a job I was encouraged to go for this Secret Shopper job. Oh I know some of you will be thinking, "Oh no! How could you not see through that?" Well I did but the employment-coach I was with who told me to go for the job didn't and I wanted to prove to her that I was not being paranoid. I asked her to check out the site with the BBB. If I had done it myself I would check with the site itself but she just loaded up the scam site and saw the logo and said the site was legit. It was not. It was just a copied image. So I applied and then a week later I get a letter describing my new job in the mail along with a fake money order. Yup ... I knew it was a scam and I made a YouTube video educating people on fake work at home jobs. But I actually got into security because of sites I run and an ex's site having been hacked 3 times. Security just fell into my lap because I am not the type to just sit back and let people screw me when I don't like it. I also am the only technical member of my family so I tend to take it on myself to keep them safe and try to educate them. Most of my family have had their email accounts hacked at one time or another and my mom even clicked on my brother's hacked email before even after he said his account got hacked. What did she say? "Of course I am going to click emails from my own children!" ... *facepalm*

    I no longer do site security actively since 2015 due to the amount of anti-Catholic investigators who rate sites based on opinion rather than facts.

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    • PurpleRhombus (not verified) on Mon 18 Feb 2013
    • 09:18:55 AM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    In the early 2000's I had just gotten my first "real" PC (a post-1980 system). I saw one of those ads saying my PC has errors, download this. So I downloaded the software and it turned out to be one of those rogue system fixers (but I didn't know it was a "rogue"). It reported all these registry errors and other bad stuff, and viruses. It wanted like $40 to fix everything. But I didn't pay it. Bought Norton, got rid of that scareware and I've been extremely careful and security conscious ever since!

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    • A440 on Mon 18 Feb 2013
    • 02:04:34 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Originally posted by: ntex
    I often come across fraud sites and receive messages and sms on my phone.

    My friend once send money to an unknown phone number, when she received a following message "Mom! I've got a trouble and I cannot call you right now. Pease send 20$ to the following number 0000000. I will call you later. Please do it as soon as possible."


    Yes, this is very common. People get their mail account hacked and the hackers take their addressbook and run this scam on it.
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    • 用戶星光 on Mon 18 Feb 2013
    • 02:37:04 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Originally posted by: evilfantasy
    Your profile here at WOT is an online credential...

    Correction, But what I meant was the online credentials dealing with money or e-credit, much like eBay profile or PayPal.... :)

    JCT Signing off... Mas daghan pa ko'y gusto sa akong kinabuhi kaysa mupatol ug gahi'g ulo.

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    • JanKrohn on Tue 19 Feb 2013
    • 04:24:08 AM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    I lost about $80 to fanbox.com. I was invited by a friend, and it looked good as an advertising place for my site. So I paid about 3 months IPL fees, afterwards finding out that even bidding $1 for my keywords only generates 5 clicks per month.

    (I should have had a look at the WOT profile before trusting my friend...)

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    • 54together (not verified) on Tue 19 Feb 2013
    • 10:10:47 AM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Originally posted by: PurpleRhombus
    In the early 2000's I had just gotten my first "real" PC (a post-1980 system). I saw one of those ads saying my PC has errors, download this. So I downloaded the software and it turned out to be one of those rogue system fixers (but I didn't know it was a "rogue"). It reported all these registry errors and other bad stuff, and viruses. It wanted like $40 to fix everything. But I didn't pay it. Bought Norton, got rid of that scareware and I've been extremely careful and security conscious ever since!

    I've had an issue with rogue software as well when I was much younger! I didn't had WOT or anything similar at the time, nor did I have a proper AV software. I got it thanks to a redirecting hack on Google Images. It was AWFUL!

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    • ComputerTalk on Fri 22 Feb 2013
    • 12:59:23 AM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Nope. I've always kept up with the latest security info, and having a healthy dose of suspicion have kept me safe from such scams. I did have a problem with a rogue antivirus when I was younger and not as tech and security-savy. I had a Acer Netbook with Windows XP on it, and it got infected by a rogue(Not gonna say what) and of course, I didn't know it was a fake until me and some of my more tech and security-savy family members researched it and found out that it was a fake, and we quickly cleaned it up. From then on I decided to do all I could to keep people from getting infected, and that included downloading WOT and coming here.

    Binary mode engaged: 10101010101011111000110!

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    • paranoïaque on Sat 23 Feb 2013
    • 06:08:29 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    No. My way? Always put a healthy portion of paranoia into your online activities... and check the comments at mywot.com when in doubt.

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    • evilfantasy on Sat 23 Feb 2013
    • 09:55:32 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    People keep mentioning WOT.

    Back when my lapse of judgment happened there was no WOT or even SiteAdvisor. Symantec ruled all things antivirus and the best Firewall was ZoneAlarm. AOL (You have mail) dominated the home user market and besides IE your only real choice of browser was Netscape. Download.com and PCWorld.com were the hottest places for downloads.

    Popups and SmitFraud/Zlob were about the worst things you needed to worry about. SmitfraudFix/SmitRem and HijackThis were the go-to tools for removing spyware/adware. Oh how times have changed!!!

    Some of us really did learn the hard way.

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    • PurpleRhombus (not verified) on Sun 24 Feb 2013
    • 11:07:04 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Originally posted by: evilfantasy
    People keep mentioning WOT.

    Back when my lapse of judgment happened there was no WOT or even SiteAdvisor. Symantec ruled all things antivirus and the best Firewall was ZoneAlarm. AOL (You have mail) dominated the home user market and besides IE your only real choice of browser was Netscape. Download.com and PCWorld.com were the hottest places for downloads.

    Popups and SmitFraud/Zlob were about the worst things you needed to worry about. SmitfraudFix/SmitRem and HijackThis were the go-to tools for removing spyware/adware. Oh how times have changed!!!

    Some of us really did learn the hard way.

    Yup. Today we have so many tools to help protect us, but the number of online dangers has continued to grow like crazy. You rarely heard about Java exploits and other threats that are nowadays are just another "common occurrence" on the web. It was a simpler time back then, for sure.

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    • juniper22 on Mon 25 Feb 2013
    • 04:11:26 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    not online (didnt own a computer then), but i mailed in $30 to get a 'work at home kit'. stuffing envelopes i think. i got a package from them but it was a joke and my significant other has never let me live it down!

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    • KoolerTheFirst on Mon 25 Feb 2013
    • 06:32:09 PM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    I, like Evilfantasy, had a hobby that caused me to buy off of eBay. What happened was that I found something that I thought was quite nice looking in my opinion, and I had never seen it before. So I bought it. But what I didn't realize was that the payment was not with PayPal, and I never received the item. I lost $20.00 USD, and I still regret trying to buy that.

    If my English skills are bad, that's likely because I'm tired or just not thinking straight.

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    • SuperHero58 (not verified) on Tue 26 Feb 2013
    • 09:47:02 AM UTC

    RE: Have you ever fallen victim to an online scam?

    Originally posted by: KoolerTheFirst
    I, like Evilfantasy, had a hobby that caused me to buy off of eBay. What happened was that I found something that I thought was quite nice looking in my opinion, and I had never seen it before. So I bought it. But what I didn't realize was that the payment was not with PayPal, and I never received the item. I lost $20.00 USD, and I still regret trying to buy that.

    Did you ever contact customer service ?
    Once I pay for an over-graded item and I was told to return the merchandise for a refund , I mailed it non certified [ my mistake ]
    She said that she never received the item and then closed the account , almost a year went by and I noticed another similar item being sold by an user with the same name
    I contacted the seller and asked for my money back or the original item
    It worked !
    I recommend to check and see if the seller is selling a similar item and contact customer service
    I rarely buy from anyone who does not have 99% or more in reputation