Tuesday, November 2, 2010
So yesterday I got a phone call. I don't get very many phone calls so I was surprised. When I answered, I heard this.
Congratulations! You have just won an all expense paid vacation to the Caribbean! Please stay on hold while our representative is available. Once again congratulations!
Seriously. This was wrong at so many levels.
If I had won something so big, would I get an automated phone call? Nope. The only way I would believe this is Ed McMahon showed up at my house with big balloons.
And who gives away all expense trips to peeps but cannot find an actual person who can make the call?
Who buys into this stuff?
So I did some research and found the following terminology.
Phishing: Scam via email.
Smishing: Scam via sms or text messaging.
Vishing: Scam via phone.
Who comes up with these terms?
Question: What kind of offers that are scams have you received? Do tell!