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  • BEWARE OF PHISHING & AVOID CLICKING ON MALICIOUS LINKS Sat, 03 September 2016 16:51

    Phishing is a two-part scam involving an email or PM from someone who appears reputable, but links to a scam website to steal your username and password. With your personal info, scammers access your account to create sales posts and steal money. These are phishing red flags:

    – TimeZone has never sent email requesting login details. This type of email is a phishing scam intended to steal your login & password. If you did not request a login reset, DO NOT click on any links to reset your account name or password.

    – Please DO NOT click on links emailed to you or messages in your PM box. Any links that redirect you to another website are a scam. If the domain doesn’t match the link you’re being directed to, then the link is a fraud.

    – URL Shorteners such as bitly, googl, tco, bitly, amznto, tinyurl, owly, are commonly abused by scammers to mask phishing sites and malware sites. Do not click on shortened URLs sent to you in an email or PM. Please report a shortened URL immediately to a moderator.

    – Non-TimeZone email address. The email address of the sender does not include the timezone.com domain name, instead using something like “comcast.net”: timezone@comcast.net.
    Any email that spoofs TimeZone or other reputable users is a scam.

    – False Identity. The email address spoofs TimeZone and other reputable users.

    – Urgent call to action The email includes an urgent request in the subject line, such as “You have a new private message from Administrator” or asks questions about a sales listing. Phishing emails often include unusual grammar, misspelled words, extra spacing, or odd punctuation.

    – Non-TimeZone URL: Be skeptical of any email that contains a link to a non-TimeZone URL. If you’re using a laptop or desktop computer, you can check a link’s URL by hovering over it with your cursor, and the URL will show in your browser window. Any URL that redirects you away from timezone.com is a scam.

    – Bad spelling, grammatical errors & typos. Scam emails are intentionally written with bad spelling, grammatical errors & typos. Scammers do this to target the most vulnerable users. By incorporating so many errors, scammers filter out the “false positives”, or people who immediately identify the emails as fake, are dismissive and trash them. For the scammers, those who are not dismissive are the ones most likely to believe the email, fall for the scam, and are vulnerable to further attacks bc they are also the same people likely to wire money.

    – Malicious links. Do not visit unknown website links. By clicking on these Trojan links, you allow a scammer to steal info such as your password.

    – Inconsistency. Look for consistencies. Be aware that it is easy for persons anywhere in the world to buy disposable “burner” cellphones with a US mobile number. Be skeptical if a mobile number in a sales listing doesn’t match a seller’s location. Google your seller’s name and address. Never wire money to a different name than the seller. Be cautious that everything about the sale remains consistent and makes sense.

    – Repeat Scam. Once you’ve fallen for one scam, you become a permanent target for repeat scams bc the scammers consider you vulnerable, gullible, and/or easily duped. Please contact admin@timezone.com for further steps in securing your account.

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