jupe totally gets phished—–again

Before I say anything about what happened to me I want to reassure you that everything’s okay now.

Eileen and I were sitting in the parking lot at the library waiting for our books on hold to be brought to us when I noticed an odd text message. Ten minutes earlier it had said that someone had just charged an AQUAGLIDE Recoil Trampoline on my “card.” If not me I should click on this phone number.

I did so. The person answering told me that someone had hacked my Amazon account and applied for an Amazon credit card and charged stuff on it. I’m sitting in the car. I told him I needed to drive home and see what was going on. He said okay but not to hang up.

When I got home I could see I had received an email with the sub, “amazon.com, action needed: Password change attempt.” Note the little “a.” I didn’t notice this until later when Eileen did. I clicked on a link to change my password all the while talking to the con man on the phone. He gave me a new temp password which weirdly worked. I told him I couldn’t see any recent activity on my account. But he told me that the hackers are so clever that they would hide the notifications.

He asked if there was an Amazon store nearby probably knowing full well that there wasn’t one. I probably got it wrong but I thought he wanted me to go to an Amazon store inside a nearby Wal-Mart and talk to Amazon security people. I was supposed to stay on the phone and let him know when I was in the parking lot. He was adamant that I should not get out of the car.

When we were in the parking lot, I began to tell him the whole thing felt like a scam. After he told me that they had deposited $2,000 to my credit card and I was use that to buy four Amazon cards at Wal-Mart, I told him there was no way I was going to that.

He blustered (“Amazon is a reputable company worth millions!). He threatened (“You can hang up, sir, and take the next step into court”). He suggested I didn’t trust him because of his Indian accent. Finally I told him I was going to hang up.

I was worried about the Amazon account. But we went to our bank to make sure our account had not been hacked.

The banker was very, very helpful. After ascertaining that we hadn’t actually purchased gift cards, he checked out account and there was no evidence of it being hacked at the bank. He told us we were probably okay. In fact, he was relieved at how we had stopped following the man on the phone’s advice and came to the bank. He taught me that if fraud was actually being investigated there would be no sense of urgency. He said this kind of phishing is a big business in countries like India where there are office building full of people running these scams.

Oh, I thought. That makes sense.

I came home and successfully accessed my Amazon account (I hadn’t closed the window after logging in the the password from the bogus Amazon people. I instantly was able to change the password. So probably no harm done

Eileen’s credit card was in reality hacked recently. Our banker told us that once we had been hacked we would probably be targeted again since hackers to sell any information they get.

So it was a learning experience. I have been phished once before. I received an email from Rev Jen. Just like today’s hackers, the hacker had replicated Jen’s real email but put in an extra period. I didn’t notice the difference of the lower case A. But Eileen did.

Sheesh. I am feeling like a little old man who is a bit of an easy target. But I am incredibly relieved. On the drive to the bank I was fantasizing about getting a job so we would have money to live if we had been cleaned out.

2 thoughts on “jupe totally gets phished—–again

  1. Don’t feel like an old man because you’ve been phished! I was literally on my way to the store to buy gift cards three years ago before I figured out what was going on. When I called the man out on it he threatened me and transferred me to another man who threatened me again. The most frustrating thing was that when I called the police they told me there was literally NOTHING I could do. They transferred me to a place where I could describe the phishing attack but when I asked what actions would be taken there was a long pause and then I was told they wouldn’t really do anything.
    The REALLY frustrating thing is that a few months later I got a call claiming a debt collector was trying to contact me about an overdue bill and that it was going to be reported to my credit. After calling back I decided to ignore it because the whole thing felt scammy, and they had no real way to verify they were legit, and then lo and behold – I got a ping on my credit because it was real and I’d missed a medical bill. Such. Bullshit.
    At least with them they were able to remove the report immediately, and they commiserated a bit but admitted there really isn’t a way to tell between legitimate debt collection and other phishing attempts.
    I’m so glad you guys caught it in time. Hopefully that’s the last you’ll hear of scammers for a while! ❤️

    1. Emily, Thank you for reading my blog! It’s good to know it’s not only me that has been fooled! love from Uncle Steve

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