Scam call awareness & Info
If you recieved a cold call from Alex’s Guardian it was most likely a scammer spoofing our number. We do not cold call random numbers. All calls from Alex’s Guardian (+1 717-573-0627) are first initiated through email chats unless responding to a left voicemail. Will never ask for your SSN/DOB/Credit Card Info over the phone. The only info ever ask for are a Name, Callback #, and email in order to follow up. All emails from Alex’s Guardian are sent via the @ alexsguardian.net domain.
What is a scammer / scam?
A scammer is an individual or entity that engages in fraudulent activities to deceive and exploit others for financial gain or personal advantage. Scammers often employ various deceptive tactics, such as false promises, misinformation, or manipulation, to trick their victims into providing sensitive information, money, or valuable assets. They operate in different forms, including online scams, phone scams, email scams, and more. The primary goal of a scammer is to deceive and defraud others, leading to financial loss or other negative consequences for the victims. It’s essential to be cautious and vigilant to avoid falling victim to scams.
There are numerous known scams that have been prevalent over the years. Here are a few examples of common scams:
- Phishing Scams: Scammers send deceptive emails or messages that appear to be from reputable organizations, such as banks or online services. They aim to trick recipients into providing personal information like passwords, credit card details, or login credentials.
- Tech Support Scams: Scammers pretend to be tech support representatives from well-known companies and contact individuals claiming that their computer has a virus or technical issue. They offer to “help” by gaining access to the victim’s computer and may charge fees for unnecessary services or steal sensitive data.
- Online Purchase Scams: Scammers set up fake online stores or auction listings to sell products that either don’t exist or are significantly different from what is advertised. Victims pay for the items but never receive them.
- Nigerian Prince Scam: This is a type of advance-fee scam where the scammer claims to be a wealthy individual, often a Nigerian prince, and offers to share their fortune with the victim. However, the victim needs to pay various fees or expenses upfront, which ultimately leads to financial loss.
- Lottery or Prize Scams: Scammers inform victims that they have won a lottery or prize and ask for payment to cover taxes or processing fees before the winnings can be claimed. In reality, there is no prize, and the victim loses the money sent to the scammer.
- Romance Scams: Scammers create fake online dating profiles and form romantic relationships with victims. Once trust is established, they request money for various reasons, such as medical emergencies or travel expenses, but it’s all a ploy to extract money from the victim.
- Investment Scams: Scammers offer fake investment opportunities promising high returns with little or no risk. Unsuspecting individuals invest money, but the scammer either disappears with the funds or provides false updates until the scheme collapses.
- IRS Impersonation Scams: Scammers impersonate IRS agents and contact individuals, claiming they owe back taxes and must make immediate payments to avoid legal consequences. They use fear and urgency to pressure victims into sending money.
These are just a few examples of the many scams that exist. It’s crucial to stay informed and vigilant to protect yourself from falling victim to these fraudulent schemes. Remember to verify information, be cautious with personal data, and report any suspicious activities to relevant authorities. There are also people / groups that scam bait. See below for more info.
- Wikipedia [Scams & Fraud] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scam_(disambiguation) & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraud
- Wikipedia [Internet Fraud] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_fraud
A scam baiter, also known as an Internet scam baiter or simply a baiter, is an individual who actively engages with scammers and online fraudsters with the intention of wasting their time, gathering information about their operations, and raising awareness about scams. Scam baiters typically pose as potential victims, using fake personas and email addresses to attract scammers.
The primary objective of scam baiters is to prevent scammers from targeting real victims and potentially causing financial or emotional harm. By engaging with scammers and leading them on, baiters disrupt their operations, making it more difficult for them to find actual victims and reducing their effectiveness.
Scam baiters often document their interactions with scammers, recording email exchanges, phone calls, or chat conversations, and then share these interactions publicly on websites, forums, or social media platforms. Through this process, they expose the tactics and techniques used by scammers, helping others recognize and avoid falling prey to similar scams.
It’s important to note that scam baiting carries certain risks, and it should be done with caution. Engaging with scammers can lead to potential retaliation or personal data exposure, so individuals interested in scam baiting should take appropriate precautions and avoid revealing any personal information during the interactions.