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BB & Big Corporation Pt 2

It has all come to a final resolution my faithful family& friends, Thank you for being so supportive. Please excuse my failing to deliver pt 2 as promised. I hit a brick wall last night and going any further was not possible. I needed a break. I am most grateful for your patience. Thank you.

So it would seem that Your own Lady Barefoot Baroness has been had!

My AOL account had in fact been hacked for phishing. This in a nutshell is what happened.

It seems that I exposed myself to this situation possibly by  inadvertently clicking on a pop-up, although I do not recall doing this. I had been warned about 10 months ago by my tech guys to avoid this kind of surfing behavior. So I typically type  the URL into the computer versus clicking on a link. I may have initially exposed myself to these not so nice hackers who get their kicks doing this, and I am assuming making some bucks off the deal. They are bottom feeders in our society.

I am safe again today after 3 days of dealing with AOL, and today even my state attorney general.  I had promised, not threatened AOL this would be my next step if I had no immediate solution by just unblocking my email for me. It was as if my contact list which is all I really cared about was being held ransom on me. If you usually hear from  me via email and have not this would be the reason, I could not recall your email address because I am depend on my laptop’s memory -not mine. If you have emailed me and have not heard back this would also be why.

So let me ask my dear friends,  do you all know what phishing is?  I thought I knew. This is the real positive out of this for me; something I can play the”Glad Game” with..I am glad that I was taught so much these last few days by some very intelligent and close friends who were concerned for my safety. Even my tech here in town, and my close friends were there when I needed them. Thank you!

From my good friends here in our home state I received a link yesterday morning that set the wheel spinning my way finally. I had something concrete to go other than just my word. After being so close to being called a liar on Tuesday by an alleged manager I was put on-notice it was going to be a fight.

This is what I received from these two wonderful friends:


Date Issued:
September 29, 2012
Target Company:
From Address:
User Service <services@aol.com>
Subject Line:

Report Phishing Fraud:

Please forward all phishing emails to scams@fraudwatchinternational.com

An Example of the Phishing Email is below:

An Example of the Phishing Email

An Example of the Phishing Website is below:

An Example of the Phishing Website

Is your Company Targeted with Phishing?

If your company has been targeted with a phishing attack, please refer to our business solutions: Anti-Phishing Solutions, where FraudWatch International provides Phishing Monitoring, Detection, Verification and Site Take Down Services .

Consumers: What to do?

If you receive an e-mail similar to this, do not respond and do not click on the link.  By opening or viewing a preview of the email, or by clicking on the link within the email, your computer may have discretely downloaded a virus or spyware. View our Protection Page for detailed information on what you should do. If you do receive similar emails, or any email that you think may be fraudulent, please forward to FraudWatch International at: scams@fraudwatchinternational.com

Tips to Protect Yourself from phishing scams:
Never click on Hyperlinks within emails, instead, copy and paste them into your browser
Use SPAM Filter Software
Use Anti-Virus Software
Use a Personal Firewall
Keep Software Updated (operating systems and web browsers)
Always look for “https://&#8221; and padlock on web sites that require personal information
Keep your computer clean from Spyware
Educate Yourself of fraudulent activity on the Internet
Check & monitor your credit report
Seek Advice – if you are unsure, ask us: scams@fraudwatchinternational.com
For more detailed explanations on phishing and how to protect yourself visit: http://www.fraudwatchinternational.com/phishing-fraud/phishing-home/
Consumer Tour of Phishing Scams
Step 1. Methods used in phishing emails
Step 2. Methods used in phishing web sites
Step 3. How to protect Yourself from phishing scams
Step 4. How your personal information is used by the fraudsters
Step 5. Phishing scam index – comprehensive listing of phishing scams reported to usBriefly to explain  my experience.When I contacted AOL’s Tech Support my trouble ticket was somehow intercepted by the hackers who were the ones who did the actual phoning on my cell (mobile) phone? (See Dave,& kynfla comments on Pt 1)It was the hackers who were all about taking that $400 from me. And at the time it felt like with AOL’s gracious agreement.All said I’d still like to know a few things. Questions I did not think fast enough on my feet for at the time with  AOL.My questions consist of…

  •  Where is their in-house security?

Even on Wednesday when I finally was in communication with the real AOL management & Tech they still had this trouble ticket open. So although this whole event was partially my own undoing it is AOL who are the professionals, or the ones I should be able to rely on. They should be but are not.

  • Why  does AOL allow the first 4 google search results for their contact number to deal with fraud issues online stay fraudulent phone contact numbers?
  • Why does AOL not put a press release out which would serve t put consumers on notice? I’d love to know the answer to this. The Real AOL answer
  • Why would AOL not phone me back on Monday when the real the AOL tech I was working with initially realized I was not being served by them any longer; but yet a trouble ticket was still open on my account


The moral to my experience and my story is that.. yes, I was far too trusting and believed what I was hearing. Question everything! When did I forget that this was my mantra at one time?

I wanted my technical issues handled so quickly & without any effort on my part I had little tolerance and patience. I also know that I have a lot yet to learn to be able to call myself a responsible person who uses the Internet. I will get there one day soon with a little help from my friends. ~

mea culpa for any concern & I thank you my dear friends & blogging family who saw me through this. You are who kept me sane. ~

Below are related articles (ping backs) regarding phishing. If you are in doubt that this is as serious issue than you can become more educated by just counting how many ping backs are listed for phishing. There were still another 6 or 9 ping backs I could have also cited but my point can be taken with the ones I did list.

Be proactive and teach yourself what I did not do. This is a… Do As I Say, Not As I Did.


From Millionaire To Broke In 3 Hours w/PCH Scam

It would appear that I live a sheltered life even on the Internet.

Since when is Publisher’s Clearing House being used as a way to scam people?

Answer: At least since 2007 that I could find and I have a feeling it goes back much longer. As you’ll see from below the whole things looks legitimate. So much so that people have been sucked into it hook line and sinker from what I learned. When I researched the claim I had just won $1,000, 000 for doing nothing. (see notice below) I had to wonder what this kind of thing does to people who have nothing and what this kind of winnings would mean to their life. I find this a very cruel joke.

Found in my email today was this notice that I was a BIG winner. Only because it was Publishers Clearing House did I even check it out. I was quite perplexed. It was not until I researched the name of the courier first that I found that as I suspected. The “minor shipping fee”stated  were my only requirement beyond verifying who I am. The monies are in the hundreds that they are asking for.

What a deal! For the scammer of course.

I think of the elderly who may not be as savvy in this new world of scams at every turn. I think of the poverty-stricken whose heart would do a GIANT leap of re-surging faith at the thought of being able to buy a home and put food in their children’s tummies. I become enraged!

I am going to ask a favor of you again please BB readers. I know that I have gone on record as not a big fan of re-blogging. and I will not digress on that subject again here but let it be said that anytime re-blogging is being done to forward imperative information that will be useful to the world as a whole. Information helps keep us safe. I’ll reblog and ask that you reblog this time as well.

I find this not only extremely distasteful,  I find too that somehow, someway the authorities should step in. You are even asked by these criminals that you not mention this to anyone yet. I understand that these scammers, especially through the Internet are fly by  night people and hard to find. Not to mention the fact that they set themselves up in one country while going after another. That really should be your first sign that something is off.  I understand that because of these facts it’s hard to bust these creeps, even if they are doing something illegal.  I am still ticked.

I just wanted to share with you another way the power of the Internet can impact our lives. In not so good ways. I have recently been talking about the power of WWW.com/org etc..This is proof that even crooks have found this power.

I say lets counter them with re-blogging the news that they are scammers, to the point where it would be ridiculous for them to even attempt any longer to scam one more victim, because through the power of WWW we have taken them down!


In My Email :

     Attention: Winner,

I hereby use this medium to acknowledge the receipt of your claims requirement regarding the winning notification mail you received, informing you of the prize you have won PCH LOTTO, after the verification process was conducted I wish to inform you that the lotto department and promotions department has just approved your payment of the sum of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00 USD)the check have been handover to a security company in the UK England.The security company will be responsible for the remittance of the entire winnings, and your Lottery Winnings documents  which is of high importance to you, so I expect you to show great appreciation to (Publishers Clearing House) PCH LOTTO as a great firm haven been in existence for years and has single highhandedly made this promotion possible in other to promote (Publishers Clearing House) in every corner of the world through the means of the internet as a global source of reaching people world wide.Incase you still have doubts arising from the angle  of how you got  selected, note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic email ballot system our aim was to  select winners through the internet  which will be a much more easier way to select winners all around the universe due to the fact that only you alone have access to your email so have no fear , for you have emerged a winner as far as you are the original proprietor to the email account which you have received the winning notification letter as distributed by Michelle I Centeno the lottery manger of this great promotion.  .

In furtherance, to begin the final step of the claims process you are advised to contact the Dispatch Company whose details are furnished below and they shall be responsible for onward delivery of your winnings to you and you shall be expected to pay some  fees along the line by the security firm for the delivery of your cheque and documents this fees will not be more than normal shipping charges which we feel will not be a problem to you.

Before your winnings was released to security company a hard cover insurance  policy was placed on your winnings  by the (publishers Clearing House) PCH Lotto company to avoid any harm or illegal channeling due to this, deduction of any amount of money from your funds cannot be done from your Won prize. The instructions given inline with the rules and regulation of the USA and England gaming board once you get your winning funds check you are expected to deposit it in your personal bank account and there is a certain assurance that the entire ONE MILLION USD  you have won will be accredited into your account in not less than three to four banking days please note. below is the courier contact information’s.

Contact Information. Elite Couriers®
Welcome to EliteCourier.co.uk - UK Courier Company
Address: Farm Road Taplow Berks SL6 0PT, United Kingdom
Contact Name: Mr. James Scott
Telephone Numbers : +447035917037
Write to them via email bellow upon receipt of this mail without wasting time, You are to furnish them with your correct details as listed  bellow.
Full Name:
Telephone number:
Postal Address:
Below Are Your Winning Numbers  And Your Email Ticket Number
winning numbers: 4714-34-85-67-32 
Email ticket number: FL 754/22/76
Once again, keep us posted on any development with the Dispatch Company, in relation to your lottery winnings.

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been fully  processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.Congratulations once again.

Best  Regards, 
Mr. Walcot Smith (Claims Officer- P.C.H  LOTTO)