Help a newbie with the Telegram app

I try to avoid unnecessary junk and apps on my computer, as most are merely distractions and annoying, not to mention increase the items I have to monitor for security purposes. But recently a web site op who I trust posted a message, “I have a package for you…” followed by a reference to Telegram (“Telegram me…@{his user name}”. I think he wants to communicate more directly than swapping public messages on his web page.

I am ignorant about Telegram. Can someone take me to square one so I can get in touch with this party without compromising my computer or complicating my life?

Telegram is primarily a phone App. There is a client for Windows but the native platform is iOS. The Android App came out a few months later.

You create a registered account with your phone number.

Messages in Telegram can be encrypted. It’s more secure than SMS Texting.

I like Telegram because its easier to send family photos and video.

Wikipedia says there’s currently 500 million monthly active users.

It seems reliable and safe.

Someone saying “I have a package for you”, not so much…

(online, yet)

I’d ask what the package is before I download an app and go through who knows what else. Even if it were my best friend.

Any attachments need to be carefully scanned with antivirus. Look at the file extensions.

I don’t know if Telegram scans for malware. I only use it to exchange family photos. I haven’t researched it.

Anything from strangers gets deleted. Jenn’s party photos never gets opened. I get that garbage on SMS. I delete without opening the message.

Hey, keep us posted as to what you did, and what [soundtrack swells ominously] “The Package” is.

AT THE VERY LEAST, contact that OP and ask what they want to send you… AND IF THAT MESSAGE WAS ACTUALLY SENT BY THEM.

Here’s the final analysis. I was having trouble installing Telegram, but that may have been a good thing. In the immortal words of (Dr.) Johnny Fever, “If everyone is out to get you, being paranoid is Just Good Thinking.”

The web site owner posted a new video, and appended a warning at the end telling viewers that his fans have been seeing comments on his site telling them that they had won a contest and to call a phone number to get their prize. Most were suspicious enough to email him about it, and he confirmed such a message was not posted by him.

His only defense has been to delete any such comments when detected.

Since I rarely have occasion to cold email a YT site admin, I was not aware that obtaining the site’s direct email was that easy, but after poking around a bit, found out it was readily available after passing a CAPTCHA. So I found the email addy and sent a message.

He just replied and verified that my “got a package 4 U” message was of the same ilk as the “you won a contest” scam.

Further investigation makes me think that the original comment was not an official posting by the site’s OP, but only a comment formatted to spoof one, just like a scammy email made to look like a Bank of America warning, complete with official bank logo. So I don’t think his site was hacked.

We learn something new every day, eh?