So Many New Scams! Here Are Some We’re Seeing Now

I’m so offended by the texts and emails I receive which are clearly from scammers.  I don’t want you to be a victim, so let me describe some of them.

At least once or twice a day I get an email labeled “payment notification,” “deposit notification,” “ACH transfer completed,” or something similar with no message, only an attachment. But the attachment is not a PDF or document, it’s a file with the suffix “.htm” or “.html,” signifying that it’s a website. I could be pretty sure that by clicking on that link I would have my computer or iPhone infected with some kind of coding which would open me up to identity theft or worse. Don’t click on any link that’s a website! Another frequent email scam pretends to be from Microsoft stating that my password is about to expire. If I click on the link it will, of course, ask for my password! Here’s a screenshot from my Scam folder where I have been archiving the scam emails I receive:

Text messages are an increasing source of dubious and unsavory contacts. Many of them simply try to start a conversation with a greeting (a particularly clever such text message is shown at right), but the phone number is from a strange area code. Delete those!  If it’s a real person, they will call you if you’ve ignored the text.

Be careful out there!

Author: Golden Real Estate, Inc.

Golden Real Estate is a prominent member of the Denver/Jefferson County real estate scene. Based in Golden, we service both Denver and Jeffco, representing both buyers and sellers. We're well known for Broker Jim Smith's weekly "Real Estate Today" column published in the Denver and Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section each Thursday. The column also appears in several weekly newspapers and is archived at We have nine agents, all of whom are Realtors and EcoBrokers. Our office is Net Zero Energy since December 2017, and several of us drive electrics cars. Known for our sustainable practices, we accept polystyrene (aka "Styrofoam") for recycling, keeping 200 cubic yards per year out of area landfills.

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