‘Alex the Officer’ impostors hack his real-life girlfriend’s phone and credit card
The people hiding behind stolen social media photos of the man known as “Alex the Officer“ are targeting his real-life girlfriend after the couple went public on News 6 and ClickOrlando.com to warn women about the elaborate global romance rip-offs.
Retired Illinois couple receives 2 years worth of vulgar ‘spoof’ calls and texts
For the last two years, Adelmira and Nicholas Garcia of Illinois have endured phone calls and texts from a phantom caller who has used a spoofing app to make it appear as if the calls originated from the couple’s own cellphones.
Don’t share COVID-19 vaccine card on social media, BBB says
All rights reserved)Vaccination record cards are shown before residents are inoculated, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Isles of Vero Beach assisted and independent senior living community in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)The latest scam has to do with COVID-19 vaccine cards. Vaccination cards have personal information on them like your full name, your birthday and where you got your vaccine. AdScammers have been caught selling fake vaccination cards online in Great Britain. If you want to share the momentous occasion online, you can take a photo of your vaccine sticker or take a selfie at the clinic.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office warns against COVID-19 ‘smishing’ scam
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Sheriff’s Office officials are warning residents about a new COVID-19 scam: one sent via text message and aimed at your coronavirus fears. “It is not necessarily connected to any particular case in Orange County. It is just a warning.”If you receive a text message like the one pictured, DO NOT click the link! But News 6 wanted to know: if you click on a scam link in a faux COVID-19 text message by accident or on purpose, are you really in trouble? “Smishing” attacks are used to describe SMS phishing scams or text message scams.
Beware of coronavirus stimulus check scams via text, email, phone calls
As Americans receive their government stimulus checks during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s creating an unfortunate scenario where some might be taken advantage of. “Everyone is vulnerable to scams during these troubled economic times.”Chronister warned people not to click on links that claim there’s an update on the status of their stimulus check. Chronister said people should be leery when someone asks for their financial information or Social Security number over the phone or electronically. “Remember, no government agency will ever ask you to pay money to get your stimulus check faster,” Chronister said. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Don’t fall for it: Army Recruiting says military draft texts aren’t real
Just a heads up: The U.S. Army is not sending out text messages to tell people they’ve been chosen for a military draft, officials from Recruiting Command said Wednesday. Even if there were a draft, it’s not a decision made by U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The Selective Service System, a separate agency outside of the Department of Defense, is the organization that manages registration for the Selective Service, officials said. The Selective Service System is conducting business as usual. Registering for the Selective Service does not enlist you into the military.