Fraser Valley – “There’s a sucker born every minute” is a phrase most likely spoken by David Hannum, in criticism of both P. T. Barnum (Barnum and Bailey Circus), an American showman of the mid 1800s, and his customers.
Sadly there are people who fall for scams and get rich quick deals. But with the internet, these scams have become quite sophisticated, to the point where even law enforcement is impressed on how they operate.
The four scams currently making the rounds:
PayPal says your account will expire in three days, then another that says three hours.
Netflix warning that your account will be suspended unless you update your banking information.
Dog and Cat adoption pages on Facebook and Craigslist – and you have to send money to Cameroon.
Canadian Revenue Agency emailing you claiming you owe money.
Abbotsford Police Cst. Ian Macdonald says there’s been a slew of reports from people who fell for one or more of these. But he says if you know what to look for, it should become obvious.
“Sometimes there’s those tell-tale signs. I would put at the top of that list, look at where your response would be going if you did hit reply. It may say ‘Netflix’ as the sender on the incoming message, but strangely enough if you were to hit reply, Netflix is not part of the equation.”
Also take a good hard look at their return email. If iyt look funny or odd….it is.
Abby Police have been in touch with Netflix over their concerns.
FVN has touched base with PayPal. Global recently did a news piece on the dog and cat scam, and Revenue Canada is always fighting the on line cheat.