The Hottest Air Conditioning Scam

Published On July 26, 2022 | By Tom Huskerson | Fraud, Scams, Hoaxes & Hacks, News and Analysis

As if you didn’t  see this one was coming? This has been one of the hottest summers on record across the globe. Even in London the temperature has easily topped a 100 degrees. And like any other opportunity the scammers swing into action.

Is Lowe’s, one of America’s largest hardware store chains is not giving away free air conditioners? No! Just delete the email. There was never a giveaway, and the email is a scam intended to steal personal and financial information such as credit and debit card numbers.

The email scam starts like this;  “CONGRATULATIONS! You are the lucky online winner of a brand new Lowe’s Sweepstakes BTU Portable Air Conditioner entry!” From there you just fill out the form and kiss your identity and bank account goodbye.

Nowadays air conditioning is almost like cellphones, its everywhere. You might be tempted to go for this scam if you are sweating and looking for portable unit but check the source of the offer by hovering your cursor over the links and checking the email address closely. if you think you are hot now wait ’til you get a bill for a new jet ski the scammer purchased using your name and good credit.

Readers are advised to never click on links or call phone numbers that appear in these scam emails. The links will lead to phishing attempts, and the phone calls will connect you with scammers who likely will try to lure sensitive data from you.

Read them carefully

Scam emails often contain obvious grammatical errors. Check the “from” email address in scam emails. Be on the look out for carefully crafted email addresses that look official but are not, another sign of something suspicious going on. It may look like its from Lowe’s but check it carefully. For example, an official email address from Lowe’s will end with “..@lowes.com,” the scammer will send you something that looks like this “help@lowes-security-winner.co.com.cc.” This would not be a legitimate email address for Lowe’s.

Now you know.

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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