Directv Promotion, Exclusive Verizon Offer and Walmart Satisfaction Surve
One of our readers very proudly shared this scam promotion with us because he enjoyed wasting a scammer’s time and attention! The email claims to offer a 50% reduction on your AT&T Directv monthly bill for 3 years! All you have to do is pay an initial 2 months in advance through the purchase of BEST BUY prepaid gift cards! (Does THAT make any sense?) And if you act in the next 100 minutes, they’ll throw in another $100 discount!
The email provides two phone numbers to call: 855-705-0708 or 855-716-0644. Our TDS reader called 855-705-0708. Here’s how he described his experience….
“This one is a doozy. I kept this guy on the phone for 22 minutes. Had him send this to my alternate email. Told him to call me back in 30 minutes. He did. I went over all the details in the email. He originally told me this included my Directv account AND my cell services. I quizzed him about no cell services mentioned. He assured me they were included. If I concluded this offer in less than 100 minutes they would have a courier deliver a $100.00 debit card to me within 24 hours. I told him I would jump right on this. Two hours later he called back and said the billing department had not heard from me.
It was then I told him I was having more fun with this scam than he was. Of course he lambasted me with all sorts of cursing and name calling. When he stopped I told him I was a better con man than he will ever be and scolded him for breaking character. He was still cursing when I hung up.
I hope you post this because I think some people will fall for this because it looks real. They did a very good job on the email and the caller was very convincing.”
We applaud this gentleman’s effort! As we’ve said many times, we feel it’s important to sometimes hit back at these low-lifes who don’t care who they target or how much pain they cause! The creators of this particular scam have likely been conducting it for two years based on the fact that the email came from dtvpromotionsdepartment[.]com, a domain registered in early December, 2018 but now expired and with no website on it.
Next we have an “EXCLUSIVE OFFER” from Verizon, or so it wants you to think. This “special offer Verizon reward” came from the domain arrespite[.]com and the fine print at the bottom tells you that it is “brought to you by Elmer Harris” of “9975 Bayport,,St.Mankato, Minnesota.” WHO IS THAT? According to Google and other online resources, there is no street in Minnesota called Bayport. There are, however, the towns of Bayport, MN and Mankato, MN. You are also informed that you can “Unsubscribe” from this email list and there is an address listed for Suite 143 at 275 Cumberland Parkway in Mechanicsburg, PA. 17055. There is no “Suite 143” at this address! In fact, this address is for a UPS store that also offers mailbox rentals, a commonly used ploy by scammers but we doubt that they’ve rented a mailbox there. Just delete and be happy you dodged a bullet.
Finally, in yet another example of malicious clickbait disguised as a “satisfaction survey” here’s an email that came from someone’s Gmail account named “hectorabelmarsh” but called Walmart. Just take part in an “Online mart satisfaction survey” and you’ll earn $90. Links in this clickbait point to a malicious web page hosted on a service offered by Dream Host called dream[.]io. We’ve notified Dream Host about this abuse.
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