I apologize that it’s been about three weeks since I’ve published a blog, and it certainly hasn’t been because there has been nothing happening on the political scene. But there have been things happening here as well, that have disrupted our lives, at least temporarily.
We experienced an attempt to steal my identity. Below, I’ve included details from the very real looking email I got from “Amazon”, and the explanatory note that I sent to Trevor, the policeman that came and investigated. It is an extremely well constructed scam, and fortunately I’ve been in business a long time and was prepared to keep asking questions until I became convinced of what it was.
The other really big issue that’s been disrupting our lives is that in mid August, an ultrasound discovered a growth on Meritha’s pancreas. After blood tests and a CT scan, it was diagnosed as probably cancer, but also, probably at stage one. The surgeon that will be doing her surgery on September 23, looked at the ultrasound and said three of the best words I’ve ever heard. “Everything looks fixable.” If you believe in prayer, it would be appreciated.
Meritha’s been extremely busy with doctor’s visits, and shutting down Internal Affairs Ltd, the home cleaning company she’s operated for nearly 20 years. It’s been a scramble and I’ve been helping her as much as possible. I have my own issues with a hernia and quite severe stenosis in my lower back, so Covid has been one of the least of our issues this year! We’ll keep you posted.
Here’s the identity theft scam email in Blue. I’ve Bolded or Underlined clues that it’s a scam, like questionable English for example.
Dear Dave Reesor,
Thank you for your order. You will be notified by another email with your tracking details when the order is shipped out. You can check the estimated time of delivery for this order below. You will be able to make changes to this order once the order has been approved by our Security assessment team and is ready tobe shipped.
For any assistance, Call our Order Assessment Team at 1-877-611-4906 between 10:30 AM – 20:00 PM EST as we are working with limited staff amid Global Covid-19 situation.
You Patience is highly appreciated
Details of Your Purchase
Order Placed on Sunday, September 6 2020
If you did not place this order please call our Order Assessment Team at 1-877-611-4906
It then goes on with a photo of an apple MacBook Pro, for $2499 and an Apple watch costing $414.
And then: If you wish to make any changes to this order call our Order Assessment Team at 1-877-611-4906 or is you order is already approved you can check our Help page for more information.
If you use a mobile device, you may choose to receive update and notifications about the delivery of your package and track it from our free official app available on Google Play Store or Apple Store.
Please see the product’s Detail Page for the available quantity of product you purchased if your orders exceeds this quantity it will be automatically cancelled or partially delivered.
And they end up with: We hope to see you again soon AMAZON.COM
It was laid out almost exactly like an Amazon order, including the colors. All very convincing if you read it quickly!
Here’s my note to the constable that came to investigate.
As we discussed and as is shown in the invoice copy I sent you, the scam is very cleverly set up. I got the email advising me of an order that I knew I had not made and with a ship-to location that I have no connection with. But it also says, if you did not make this order, phone the 877 number. So of course I did.
The people on the other end of the line had East Indian or Pakistani accents, but could have been located somewhere else in the world. We had a considerable discussion about the fact that I live in Canada but that the ship to was in Massachusetts, that I had cancelled my Amazon account weeks before, that the credit card number had the wrong last four digits, I don’t use Apple, etc..
They asked for the account number shown on the invoice, and when I read it to them, they said that it was not an Amazon number, and someone was obviously trying to steal my identity. Please hold for a moment.
They came back and informed me that my identity had been stolen, and that someone had set up an Amazon account, and an AMAZON card with a credit limit of $8,000 and that I would be billed for whatever was shipped. Of course they had the solution.
They first said I needed to go to an Amazon store, but I told them that we don’t have an Amazon store and they confirmed it. Then they suggested I go to a local grocery store and get what they called a security code that would put an end to the scam. When they couldn’t tell me exactly what it would cost or what the process was, I continued trying to get it out of them. It was all very vague, so I told them that I was concerned about security, and would phone them from a police station which was only about 20 minutes away. They hung up.
For the most part, their presentation was the slickest that I’ve encountered, but as I asked questions there were some things that gave it away.
Friends, these sorts of things make me quite angry, but they are everywhere and will undoubtedly continue to increase in number and the slickness of the presentation. I hope you never are a target, but if you are, I hope this helps.
Next blog, back to politics or social issues, particularly the Rex Murphy for Prime Minister Facebook Group, and restarting Lets Do It Ourselves at ldio.org. And an update on Meritha.
Best to each of you! Please LIKE and SHARE this. If we can help one family not to be scammed, it will be a minute well spent.