Friday, November 25, 2016

New Craigslist Scam Using Google Voice

I have some things up for sale on Craigslist. One listing is almost 500 books of all genres, fiction and non-fiction, from the late 1800s up to fairly current. I get a text from 603-664-4032: "Hi, wanna buy ur Almost 500 books for sale - all kinds URGENTLY. can i call you now?"

I do a google search on the number, it's in New Hampshire, and came up with nothing, so I told them to call me. I wait. Suddenly I get a call from a Washington, D.C. number, 202-455-8888. I answer and a female recorded voice asks me to input a 2-digit code to connect. WTF?

I get a text from this person saying it's him and to punch in 50 so we can talk. Supposedly it's a Google phone because his cell phone is dead. I respond, then why are you able to text from this 603 number if your cell phone is dead. He insists I answer the "google" call. I finally replied with "Go to netcrimes.net. That's me. If this is not a scam, then you can call me from the 603 number u r texting me from."

No answer.

Frelling scammers.

BTW, I did call back the 202 area code number and it's a poorly recorded message claiming it's a Google exchange. I wonder if Google knows about this?

Have a giggle and call that number yourself.

Here's a great resource on what to do if you DO fall for the scam and your number is stolen by these scammers

Friday, March 25, 2016

Craigslist Scammers Stick In My Craw

I sell and buy on Craigslist when I can. The majority of people are honest and nice people - some I have become friends with in real life. But then you have the lowlife scammers trying to take advantage of those who are trying to make some money on things they are trying to sell. I am going to expose a bunch of them here. If you are sensitive to foul language, read and look no further. I am going to show you screen shots of scammers and how they tried to scam me, then I will list all of their cell phone numbers and how to report them to their cell phone providers. For those who provided a link to a scamming web site, I will show you how to report those as well. Are you ready to fight back against these scamming scum of the earth? YES!!!! In the comments, list any cell phone numbers you have received scam texts from and I can show you how to report them.

Number one below: Cell phone number "707-736-7415" - put the phone number in quotes as shown into your favorite search engine (I use Google) and view the results. It took a few clicks on the links in the results, but I eventually found out this phone number was coming from Pacwest.com. Clicked on their Contact link and got the email address, abusepw@pacwest.com. I sent them a complaint with the phone number, explained they were Craigslist scammers and I had a screen shot if they wanted it. Web site URL do.am resolved to an email address of abuse@computbyte.vg - I use http://www.whois.com/ and put the web site URL in their search box to get the results. I sent them an email with the full web link that was sent to my cell phone and also offered a screen shot if they wanted it. Most of the time, I do not get a reply, but every once in a while, they do respond and let me know if they have taken care of it. The more you can report these bastards, the better.

Number two below: "406-763-7597" This cell phone number belongs to Qwest Corporation, which is owned by Century Link. Centurylink.com, clicked on Contact Us, found nothing. Went back to their main page, clicked on Privacy at the bottom and sure enough, an Abuse email address was shown on the righthand side of the screen - abuse@CenturyLinkservices.net

Number three below: "231-828-9751" comes from Frontier North, Inc in Michigan, https://frontier.com. I couldn't find any email addresses to report scams, so I put frontier.com in the WHOIS search engine at whois.com and got an email address, abuse@web.com, as well as hostmaster@frontiernet.net

Number four below: "779-216-5658" Peerless Network of Illinois, peerlessnetwork.com, had to do a WHOIS search (or could have filled out the Contact Us form, but email is faster) and got abuse@enom.com and whois@peerlessnetwork.com, as you can see he was having fun with me, claiming NOT to be a scammer.

Number five below: "424-274-6431", Bandwidth.com Clec, Llc - Ca, bandwidth.com, clicked on Contact, If you are not a customer, decided not to fill out the form and click on Law Enforcement link and got an email address, legal@bandwidth.com, also did a WHOIS search and got an email address of dnorken@bandwidth.com. As you can see, this scammer had a wonderful story to tell me. I told him what you see and to visit my web site, netcrimes.net. Didn't hear back from him, LOL.

Number six below: "617-684-5914", Allegiance Telecom Massachusetts, part of XO Communications, www.xo.com, there is a customer support form you can fill out, but I dug some more and under their Legal and Privacy link I finally found privacy@xo.com

Number seven below: "207-517-9081", hmm, this is in Maine, where I live, but aha, they tried to get me to click on the scam link, which was located on the web site goo.gl. Did a WHOIS search on that site and it came back to Google, but I suspected something was up with that. Typed in the whole address and it came to do.am - remember that web site from the first example? AHA! abuse@computbyte.vg. Now the phone number. Bandwidth.com in Maine. legal@bandwidth.com and dnorken@bandwidth.com.

Number eight below: "410-934-7720", Verizon in Maryland, verizon.com,couldn't find any way to report the scam and went with the default abuse@verizon.com, the web site was clan.su, which WHOIS showed an email address of admin@compubyte.vg. Are you seeing a pattern with some of these companies harboring scammers?

Number 10 below: "914-502-9774" which comes from Level 3 Communications, level3.com, customercare@level3.com. As you can see, this scammer was a bit different.

Number 11 below: "518-977-5945", Barr Tell Usa, Inc., barrtell.com, support@barrtell.com

Number 12 below: "818-533-1381", Well, this was a very interesting one. The number traced back to someone called The Exotic Muffin (also an escort service), but eventually found they were using Verizon, abuse@verizon.net

Number 13 below: "757-504-1292", Omnipoint Communications, which I found out merged with Voicestream Wireless, which became T-Mobile, t-mobile.com, privacy@t-mobile.com

Number 14 below: This is a twofer - "818-584-3721" and "818-584-3723" traced back to Pacific Bell which is owned by AT&T, abuse@att.net, the web site was do.am, our good old friend, reported to legal@bandwidth.com and dnorken@bandwidth.com

Number 15 below: "443-266-6738" Global Crossing Local Services in Maryland which is now owned by Level 3 Communications, level3.com, customercare@level3.com

Number 16 below: "602-904-8942" Cellco Partnership dba Verizon Wireless, abuse@verizon.net

Number 17 below: "210-399-2556" Level 3 Communications, level3.com, customercare@level3.com

Number 18 below: AT&T, abuse@att.net

Don't forget to add any numbers you received that you feel are a scam number from Craigslist. Post a screen shot if you can. Happy hunting!

Monday, September 21, 2015

What a bitching Monday

Haven't posted in just over year. Not because there is nothing that sticks in my craw, it's just that real life intrudes yet again.

I'll try to make it up to you.

Let's start with a photo.

This happened about a month ago. We go shopping here once every week or so. It's a nice local store where everyone knows your name (yes, really) and my dog. If I don't bring the dog with me, they get upset.

I have a BMW. I have mentioned this before. But I am not one of those Beemer assholes, like the one above. An older vehicle than mine, not the greatest of shape and they felt they had to take up almost three spaces for their "precious baby."

This is when I love web sits like You Park Like An Asshole. Check out their Facebook page as well. They even have a business card you can print up and put under the windshield wiper if you want to. Have at it:

Some people like to take asshole parkers into their own hands. Check this out at Collegehumor.com.

Ooooooh, Imgur.com has some good photos, too.

Even Reddit.com has jumped on the bandwagon. Check them out.

Now you can say thank you to me. I hope to post more things that stick in my craw soon. In the meantime, waste your afternoon checking out all the above links.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why does Facebook suck so much yet we still use it?

Because they are the best communication for many online users. I, for one, use it to stay in touch with friends and family and colleagues from around the world. But many things about Facebook stick in my craw - here are my TOP 10 - what are yours? 1) Why are there people on my Friends list I never approved as friends? I suddenly found five new friends I never asked to be friends with, nor did they send me friend requests. 2) Why am I being forced to install Messenger on my smartphone so that I can see any messages? Why take up space on my smartphone, Facebook? YOU SUCK. 3) Headline recently: "Facebook says page calling for death to Jews doesn't violate 'community standards'." Really? This is total bullshit. Facebook takes forever to respond to people who report forged profiles, harassing profiles, pages, and groups (like this one), but jumps on any profile that is made for a pet. I guess Mark Zuckerber must hate animals and love spammers, scammers, stalkers and other criminals. They also suck working with law enforcement, dragging their feet when subpoenaed for subscriber information, leaving victims vulnerable to more online (and offline) attacks. YOU SUCK FACEBOOK! 4) As for those pet profiles, Facebook is blind to the FACT that the pet owners who create those profiles are much more active on Facebook than regular users. They play more games, post more links, and even shop on Facebook. My dog has a profile and it hurts me to see her furry friends getting their accounts deleted all the time. This is so frelling stupid. 5) I hate the ads in the newsfeed where Facebook puts a "post" from a group, page or other profile that a friend has "liked," but I do not have anything to do with it. Then when I click on it to stop seeing the stupid posts, Facebook wants to know why. Because if I wanted to see something like that, I am adult enough to find it on my own. STOP SPAMMING MY NEWSFEED FACEBOOK! 6) Fake profiles abound on Facebook. I manage several groups that I had to put in CLOSED mode because so many of them were joining the group, then either spamming it with junk ads and links or sending me private messages trying to tell me they were in love with me. I reported all of these and Facebook sent back the notice that there was nothing wrong with those profiles. REALLY? You can't tell by the very little info on their profile and the obviously stolen photo, lack of friends and lack of posts that they aren't even a real person? I guess everyone at Facebook is just plain stupid. 7) Why, when I login, does Facebook insist on showing me Top Stories when I automatically go and change it back to Most Recent? There should be a way to set that so that I don't have to redo it every frelling time I log in! 8) I used to be able to go to the lists I'd made of friends to see just what those lists were posting. Now it's nearly impossible to do it, so I gave up. Why give that option if you're making it so damned hard to use? 9) For new users, why does Facebook make all the defaults "Everyone" instead of just "Friends?" Because THEY SUCK. When I do presentations, I have to show people how to change their settings - they usually have no clue there info, posts and photos are there for anyone on Facebook to see. 10) The same goes with the public search - did you know that if you don't dig through your account settings and uncheck the appropriate box that a screenshot of your profile, including whatever photo, posts and info are on there are available on any search engine results for ANYONE ONLINE WORLDWIDE to see? They don't need to be on Facebook. Do an ego search of your name and see what's out there about you (and not just including Facebook). You may be shocked. When you do the search, put your full name in quotes, such as "Anne Doyle" so that it refines the search. Otherwise you will get results for all the Annes, Doyles and Anne Doyles. You can refine it even further and put your name in quotes, then +Dover (or whatever city or state you live in). So Facebook, wise up. Kids and teens are flocking away from your web site because you suck. Pretty soon, us adults will find another site that doesn't infringe on our privacy, cares about its users and takes complaints about forged profiles, harassment and stalking seriously. I predict Facebook will be the next Myspace - floundering around trying to regroup while the rest of the Internet moves on and up. What are the things that stick in YOUR craw about Facebook? Let me know.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Yeah, Yeah, It's Been A Long Time, But I'm Here To Bitch

I hate when people invade my space when I'm in the checkout line or at the cash register. Do you REALLY have to stand so close that I can feel you breathe on me? This has happened a lot lately, now that the Massholes and other tourist assholes are in town. They have no manners whatsoever. I want to kick their asses sometimes. But I just smile sweetly and wish them a good day. Is parking really that hard? I've come out of a store to find that someone has parked thisclose to the drivers side door and I've had to get into my own frelling car on the passenger side. I need to get some of those "You park like an asshole" cards to leave on windshields. I also love the people who park in two spots for their precious vehicle. If it's so frelling precious, leave it at home and drive a rent a wreck, moron. Then there are the people who insist on parking right next to my car even though there are so many other empty spots (and I am not talking parking near the entrance - I like two walk when the weather is nice and tend to park towards the end). Then you have to park so close, YOU give ME a dirty look when you parked there after me. REALLY?!? I also love the people who have to sit next to me even though there are plenty of empty seats. Then they glare at me when I get up and move. F - U. And I still love the assholes who feel they have to play road games with me in my Beemer. Folks, it's not a race car. It's a nice car because I take care of it. It's a 1999, but some of you just HAVE to pass me on the right or left, then get in front of me and slow wayyyyyyy down, forcing me to get in the left lane to pass you. Then you do it again. Then I get pissed off, step on it and leave you in the dust. Do not piss off a Beemer owner. Just sayin'. Another thing I just love is pulling into the parking lot of our local grocery store, Hannaford, and finding that there is a vehicle coming at me on the WRONG side. I actually just stopped my car and waited for them to get on the correct side. The asshole gave me the finger, like I was at fault and wouldn't budge. So I pulled into the empty spot right there and waved and smiled at him sweetly. He did not like that. In the USA, you drive on the RIGHT side of the road and on the RIGHT side of the lane in the parking lot. Do NOT make your own lane by driving down the middle, forcing me to swerve, or insisting on getting on my side or I will sit and wait until you correct yourself. Or I'll just piss you off. So there. I'm done with my bitching for today. What sticks in your craw?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Miscellany Things That Stick In My Craw

People behind me at the grocery checkout who get mad because I'm talking with the cashier annoy the hell out of me. I like to talk to the cashier because I know most of them and while we're waiting for my credit card to be approved and the receipt to print, why not chat? Haters gonna hate. When I purposely park my car under the shade of a tree for my dog and it's at the other end of the parking lot, do you really have to park right next to me where there is no shade? When the light turns green, it means GO, not wait for a color you prefer. Giving me the finger when I let someone out of their driveway as a nice gesture on my part is only going to make me go the speed limit. And not one mile over it. If I'm at my local bar, I do not want to hear you very loudly complain, bitch and whine. Shut up and drink. If you are a dog owner and you have a poop bag, don't pick up the poop with the bag, then leave the bag on the sidewalk. Man up and carry it home to put in your trash! If you can't control your off-leash dog with your voice, it should be on a leash. There is a reason my dog (who is on a leash) doesn't like bigger dogs - she got nipped by one, so when your mastiff or german shepherd comes bounding up, she plasters herself to my legs because she is scared. Control your dog, dammit, or I'm going to kick yours! If I have coupons and one isn't working right, don't make loud fussy noises while the cashier tries to fix it. You won't make it work any faster with your rudeness. Please stop playing with me when I am driving on the highway. If you slow down, I will pass you in the left lane. That is not a cue for you to speed up, pass me, get in front of me and slow down again. I drive a BMW. I will blow you out of the water, you asshat.

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