It’s bad enough BBB gets email about gimmicks and pitches being made, but when they use U.S. troops as a cover, it is stooping too low.
“Can I trust you? I am Sgt. stanley. an American soldier presently here in Afghanistan.
.email me here (email@example.com)”
The text arrived at 4:30 a.m. to a number that was supposed to be unlisted.
BBB receives questions, almost daily, asking how con artists get a cellphone number. They frankly have robo-callers texting messages randomly, and when someone responds, they know they have an active number.
Cellphone users should follow these tips:
- Never give personal or financial information to unsolicited texts, emails or calls.
- Delete those texts and don’t click on links.
- Don’t go to websites provided in the message. Don’t engage them in conversation.
- Texts can include information-stealing viruses.
Remember, they are texting you from a phony number, and asking you to respond to a phone, email address or website that is fake as well.
In this case, they tell the recipient to text to Stanleygoff2@, but when you check where the text was distributed it is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The unscrupulous scammers use the name “Sgt. Stanley” and infer the last name is Goff. If you do a web search, you find that Sgt. Stanley C. Goff, is a veteran. Sgt. Goff, a Vietnam veteran, is being used. He co-wrote a book about serving in the war. Don’t ruin a good man’s name.