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Phishing makes use almost impossible. Does anyone else have this problem? It only occurs on this site, never on any other part of the internet. When I try to do something on this site I usually get a small window which says: “Congratulations Dear Century Link Community LLC User. We are holding a New Years’s celebration [last week it said Christmas celebration] to loyalty users. Please click “OK” to claim your reward.” It has a “cancel” and “OK” links. I don’t click on anything. I have called Century Link and they confirm it is NOT from them. Obviously a phising ploy. The problem is that it locks up my screen. I have to go back to the Chevy Bolt.org link to free. Sometimes it locks up Safari and I have to do a hard restart to retain use of Safari. And it happens repeatedly during any session.
 

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Just yesterday, while browsing the site, I had a page load with three loud beeps. The page had the Microsoft Windows logo and claimed that my computer had become infected by a Trojan virus. The page also had a pop-up window with no ability to close it, asking to download an update.

I closed the browser from the task manager and my virus scanner indicated no issues.
 

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Phishing makes use almost impossible. Does anyone else have this problem? It only occurs on this site, never on any other part of the internet. When I try to do something on this site I usually get a small window which says: “Congratulations Dear Century Link Community LLC User. We are holding a New Years’s celebration [last week it said Christmas celebration] to loyalty users. Please click “OK” to claim your reward.” It has a “cancel” and “OK” links. I don’t click on anything. I have called Century Link and they confirm it is NOT from them. Obviously a phising ploy. The problem is that it locks up my screen. I have to go back to the Chevy Bolt.org link to free. Sometimes it locks up Safari and I have to do a hard restart to retain use of Safari. And it happens repeatedly during any session.
It happens constantly on iOS, to the point the site is unusable, but I haven't had much issue on the Mac. It's hard to believe it's taken this long to get HTTPS working, but better late than never. I doubt that it will help with this problem but it's possible. If you make sure to have multiple tabs open before accessing the site, you can usually just close the tab with phishing attack.
 

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Thanks Loosebolt. I too am using iOS on an iPad. Glad to know it is not “me” but systemic. I may check with Apple and if I get an answer, I will let everyone know.
 

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These are delivered with the advertisement payload so HTTPS or not isn't a factor. Unfortunately the eutopia created by "innovators" (people who instantiate various online databases fed by us, the new low bar for "innovation") precludes the operator of this site from having any control over the situation. We dogs must eat what is put in our dish.
 

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I use Chrome with the free Ad-block add-on. Works great - site is quick, no phishing or add overload.
 

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These are delivered with the advertisement payload so HTTPS or not isn't a factor. Unfortunately the eutopia created by "innovators" (people who instantiate various online databases fed by us, the new low bar for "innovation") precludes the operator of this site from having any control over the situation. We dogs must eat what is put in our dish.
This was my understanding also. I'd like an explanation (from Apple, yea, not likely) of why it's so much worse on iOS. Safari on the Mac Doesn't have these problems. I do most of my browsing on an iPad these days, but now must wait till I have a computer to use this site.

The fact that this junk is delivered as part of the ad payload doesn't nothing to raise my opinion of the general class of organization that serves ads.
 

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This was my understanding also. I'd like an explanation (from Apple, yea, not likely) of why it's so much worse on iOS. Safari on the Mac Doesn't have these problems. I do most of my browsing on an iPad these days, but now must wait till I have a computer to use this site.

The fact that this junk is delivered as part of the ad payload doesn't nothing to raise my opinion of the general class of organization that serves ads.
I no longer use an iPad, but I believe you can still download Chrome and use it on an iPad. This may solve your problem.
 

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I use Mac OS and Safari on a Macbook Pro with no problems except slow to load pages. However I do you an ad blocker app. Likely this has spared me the agony of phishing attacks.
 

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Phishing makes use almost impossible. Does anyone else have this problem? It only occurs on this site, never on any other part of the internet. When I try to do something on this site I usually get a small window which says: “Congratulations Dear Century Link Community LLC User. We are holding a New Years’s celebration [last week it said Christmas celebration] to loyalty users. Please click “OK” to claim your reward.” It has a “cancel” and “OK” links.
I just encountered this problem yesterday while attempting to browse the forum with an iPad. Note, clicking "Cancel" or "OK" makes no difference. I finally gave up and switched to my Mac laptop.

Wish someone could advise on how to stop this blatant abuse of the forum.
 

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Just yesterday, while browsing the site, I had a page load with three loud beeps. The page had the Microsoft Windows logo and claimed that my computer had become infected by a Trojan virus. The page also had a pop-up window with no ability to close it, asking to download an update.

I closed the browser from the task manager and my virus scanner indicated no issues.
Need a little more info on this. Are you on mobile or desktop? What browser and operating system are you using?
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Wish someone could advise on how to stop this blatant abuse of the forum.
People have already advised how to stop the ads. Use a browser with ad blocking such as Chrome. I've never seen a single advertisement.

I'm against false advertising such as the ad claiming the computer has been infected by a virus, but unfortunately there's no way to keep deceptive people from employing deceptive tactics. In the 21st century, people have to be suspicious of any message claiming there is a problem, and especially asking for information.

My dad got a call from someone saying they were with the IRS, and that police would be dispatched if the back-taxes were not paid immediately. He asked the guy to hold while he went to get his credit card. My dad set the phone down and just went about his business letting the guy hold until he finally gave up.

We're going to have to get a lot more clever, because the future is going to have much more sophisticated and deceptive tactics. What are we going to do when confronted by someone who looks and sounds exactly like someone we trust? That technology exists now.
 

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....In the 21st century, people have to be suspicious of any message claiming there is a problem, and especially asking for information.

My dad got a call from someone saying they were with the IRS, and that police would be dispatched if the back-taxes were not paid immediately. He asked the guy to hold while he went to get his credit card. My dad set the phone down and just went about his business letting the guy hold until he finally gave up.

Phone fraud is a huge problem with seniors, we younger folks have no problem telling scammers f-off, etc.... but seniors are more trusting because back in the day that kind of stuff never happened. I took my mom's CC away a couple of years back because I knew if someone called claiming to be her doctor, AARP, from her church, etc... and needed to update her CC info she would gladly give it to them.
 

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As I understand, the majority of CC fees billed to the business is to cover fraudulent charges. I wish they'd just make 2-factor authentication a requirement instead of passing the cost of fraud onto the business/customer. There will always be fraud, but we should at least make it difficult/risky.

I've met identity thieves before who admitted that once they got out of prison, they would continue doing identity theft because it was so easy, and easy to avoid getting caught as long as they weren't careless. They view the crime as victimless because the cost is so diffuse.

White collar crime is not dealt with seriously enough. Same with property crime; you call in and law enforcement won't care at all. They are busy dealing with domestic disputes and writing speeding tickets.

Even more OT, but last time I went to the local police station, an old woman spent 35 minutes complaining about a car that is often LEGALLY parked on the street near where she lives. They were way too nice listening to her complain about how she'd rather they didn't park there.
 

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Never happened to me. Running Chrome on Win7 and Win10 on several systems, with McAfee or Norton virus protection. Some Apple users think that their hardware and OS are immune to viruses and malware: this is not the case.
 
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