When you then “log in,” you’re actually providing your name and password to the slimy Eastern European teenagers who are fishing for your login information, so they can steal your identity and make your life miserable.
And millions of people get scammed that way every year.)" data-reactid="128"If you do click the link, though, you go a fake version of the bank’s Web site.Lisa, who asked that her last name not be used, is one of dozens of North Carolinians who have fallen victim in recent years to online scammers who promise love but leave their victims heartbroken and, sometimes, broke.“It’s awful. This year, at least 17 victims have come forward, claiming they’ve lost nearly 0,000 combined.Most of the victims are women and, on average, in their early 60s, according to statistics from the Attorney General’s office.He told her he was an Army lieutenant serving in Afghanistan and would be retiring soon. The two sent instant messages back and forth for more than a month when, at the end of November, Glen wrote to say that he had been shot in the leg and needed medicine.“I don’t know (anything) about the military,” Lisa said. After she finally agreed to help, Glen instructed Lisa to send the money to an agent in Nigeria, where all military money is sent, he explained.“I didn’t know (any) better,” Lisa said.“I believed him.”One month later, Glen needed Lisa’s help again – this time, 0 for pain medication.If it purports to be from Yahoo, it probably includes a graphic of the outdated logo: Or here’s a slick trick: If you point your cursor at the “click here” link without clicking, the pop-up bubble shows you what website will actually open, as you can see here. When you call the number to take care of the “account problem,” you get an automated voicemail system that prompts you for your account information.“Things got out of control on my trip to London,” says an email from one of your friends. You just won an overseas sweepstakes—one that you never even entered! And get this—once you supply your mailing address, you actually do get a check for a huge amount of money! The only one who made money from this “sweepstakes” is the scammer." data-reactid="205"Only one problem, which you can probably see coming down Sixth Avenue: Their check was bogus. The only one who made money from this “sweepstakes” is the scammer. Maybe it’s stuffing envelopes, processing insurance claims, or processing credit-card transactions.