When pop-ups that pose as online surveys from your internet service provider they really only want your credit or debit card number.
Yea, I know that last night a madman shot at a crowd in Vegas, but that is news people already know about, but what about these pop-up surveys telling you you have 60 minutes to complete a special survey about your internet service provider so you can get a free watch for 0.00 dollars but the catch is, you must fill out the form to get it and provide your home phone, your email address, your first and last name and all that. The service provider doesn't need any of that information. They already have it and when you think you are going to get a free watch, the thing they want you to do to get that watch requires you fill out your credit/debit card no. Then let them take out a service fee of around 6 or 7 dollars as tax for that so-called free watch.
Sounds like a scam so I would have to say, it probably is. So far I ran into one today while researching the events in Las Vegas on a website that was providing updated videos about it from a reliable news source, but did this news source have any idea that a clever hacker managed to place a pop-up survey on that page? No way to be sure if they knew anything at all about this, but then Google could be blamed for having a link to that site with the suspicious pop-up that may or may not be a scam to rip you off.
I think it's time to address the fact that Google is the major search engine for us to find links to reliable an reputable websites, but when you use Google to find online sites for getting news reports especially late breaking news reports with live video news feeds, you might get a few surprises, like the one I got today with that survey pop-up. I went ahead and installed AdBlockPlus to my browser which is a Mozilla SeaMonkey browser, made by the same people who created the Firefox web browser.
Open source they call it. maybe open source is being tampered with to the point that it allows hackers to place those zombie surveys in them. But I think these types of scams are taking place on wireless phones using other so - called safe and reliable browsers like Silk and for Windows 10 users, such as the latest internet browser, called Edge. The hackers or trouble makers who find ways to place code into sites and make your browser take you to a duplicated look-a-like website that is infected with either a virus or a hack, well, you the end user might just become victimized by the unfortunate events that cause you headaches that make you fearful of getting online and make you wish you had not completed that scam survey when your phone starts ringing off of the hook and you get placed on a sucker list of some kind so more and more wannabe scammers will try harder to use your Personal Identity Information to steal from you.
Paranoid? me? You bet I am.
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