Another Scam

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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » September 4th, 2017, 9:32 am

Not exactly a scam, but if you are expecting a new bank card, check your account until it arrives. And follow up it doesn't arrive promptly.

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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » September 4th, 2017, 11:51 am

Thanks aero280, what I find frightening about that news account; one gang has been doing it for 30 years, so much for the Post Office working closely with the Police ,and the guy in Thame got a mere 10 months. :td:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » September 4th, 2017, 7:47 pm

I had two emails yesterday, one suggesting I clicked on a link to contact a lady who had apparently decided to share well over £1,000,000 with me and the other, which looked very genuine, supposedly from Apple saying there was a problem with my account and I needed to do things by clicking on links before recent purchases could be honoured. The only thing I use Apple for is occasional use of i tunes and recent purchases are on my i pod and being played every day so have been honoured.

I didn't click on anything but it would have been very easy to have done so.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » September 15th, 2017, 8:08 pm

Are the "Apple" e-mails from the "shaw.ca" domain? I thought that had been closed down?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » September 15th, 2017, 8:54 pm

Don't know, it's been deleted now and I haven't had another - yet!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Suelle » September 20th, 2017, 10:28 am

I had a very dodgy looking email purporting to come from amazon.co.uk, which said that accounts not used within the last 6 months were going to be deleted, and giving a link if you wanted to keep your account. What made me suspicious was that it was written in very poor English - lots of grammatical mistakes. Unfortunately some people might not be suspicious if they don't notice the mistakes.

I deleted the email, but realise now that I should have reported it to Amazon.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby scullion » September 20th, 2017, 10:32 am

I had a long flurry of amazon based emails which I reported. They seem to have dried up for the time being.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby cooksalot » September 21st, 2017, 11:15 am

Just before I went on holiday I had a call from a dodgy looking number. It was a recorded message saying I had been reported for tax evasion (!) and should ring back immediately for “legal” advice. I ignored it and so far HMCR has not come knocking on my door... :shock:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » September 21st, 2017, 11:17 am

How unpleasant for you.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » September 21st, 2017, 12:03 pm

I don't know if it works in the UK but here we can look up an unknown number and seee where it comes from. recently we have had a number of calls, none of which we have answered, from an 08 number and it turns out they are, indeed dodgy. This would only work if you have a number calling display.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » September 21st, 2017, 2:14 pm

There are a number of sites on which we can look up numbers
The trouble is the scammers now have a way of making the number you see on the phone screen different from the one they are actually using, and even if you try to use the phone to call the number in its memory you get a recording saying the number is not a valid number.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » September 21st, 2017, 3:40 pm

We're noticing that, blocking a number using 1572 doesn't always work as BT doesn't recognise the number! :twisted:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » September 21st, 2017, 6:05 pm

StokeySue wrote:the scammers now have a way of making the number you see on the phone screen different from the one they are actually using,


I just snap when I answer the phone and apologise if it is eg dentist receptionist with an appointment reminder.

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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » September 21st, 2017, 6:15 pm

A lot of what we get are recorded messages. There's no one to snap at.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » September 21st, 2017, 6:31 pm

I get the recordings

I snap at them anyway :evil: :oops:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » September 21st, 2017, 7:04 pm

StokeySue wrote:I get the recordings

I snap at them anyway :evil: :oops:


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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » September 21st, 2017, 7:29 pm

StokeySue wrote:I get the recordings

I snap at them anyway :evil: :oops:


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Re: Another Scam

Postby WWordsworth » September 21st, 2017, 8:04 pm

I rarely answer the phone, I just screen calls via the machine.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » September 22nd, 2017, 6:29 am

Don't know how I doubled posted - maybe the iPad.

We have caller recognition, but Surgery comes up as 'Unavailable' and I could never remember the various numbers of OH's many friends.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Suelle » September 22nd, 2017, 6:45 am

Many numbers that you might want to answer in some circumstances, such as NHS numbers, come up as withheld on my phone, just the same as the numbers you wouldn't want to answer.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby cooksalot » September 22nd, 2017, 6:52 am

Suelle wrote:Many numbers that you might want to answer in some circumstances, such as NHS numbers, come up as withheld on my phone, just the same as the numbers you wouldn't want to answer.

Very true, Council numbers come up as withheld meaning people sometimes don't answer important calls. I used to find this when I was working for them!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » September 22nd, 2017, 8:50 am

cooksalot wrote:
Suelle wrote:Many numbers that you might want to answer in some circumstances, such as NHS numbers, come up as withheld on my phone, just the same as the numbers you wouldn't want to answer.

Very true, Council numbers come up as withheld meaning people sometimes don't answer important calls. I used to find this when I was working for them!


Yes ... if we were calling clients we tended to use mobiles as those numbers weren't withheld.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » September 22nd, 2017, 9:08 am

Our theory is that if the call is urgent or important there will be a message left on voice mail. We have just stopped giving anyone our mobile number, even if they insist because of our total lacck of mobile signal. Problem is trying to convince anyone that we truly can't receive mobile messages.

Even the family didn't believe it until they came in the summer and tried on their own very smart phones - as D-I-L said there just isn't a box to tick or a line to fill in which says "No mobile phone!"
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » September 22nd, 2017, 4:51 pm

Not a scam but something that is quite shocking.
I received a letter from HMRC today - brown envelope on the doormat so I opened it only to find that it was addressed to a Mr S Bloggs but the address was correct.
Mr Bloggs had apparently contacted HMRC to find out his NI number which they had provided - along with his date of birth!
If I was a fraudster this would be an absolute gift!
I have contacted HMRC and asked them to investigate why Mr Bloggs has used my address for his correspondence.
Surely HMRC would know a tax payers address and not send mail to any other address than that they hold on record.
I've owned this house for over 10 years and before that it was empty for about 5 years so not a previous owner.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » September 22nd, 2017, 5:24 pm

[quote="Meganthemog"]Surely HMRC would know a tax payers address and not send mail to any other address than that they hold on record.I've owned this house for over 10 years and before that it was empty for about 5 years so not a previous owner.[/quote
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don't database addresses correctly
When I moved I had mail forwarded for 1 year
And I informed them of my change of address; I have a few HMRC docs with the new address on dating from about that time
After about 8 years I got a really nasty letter at this address (never found out how they claim to have discovered this) basically accusing me of being an evil fraudster because I was hiding from them
The lack of contact hadn't worried me, as I had some dealings with them through PAYUE - which had the correct address
What finally p-d me off was the jobsworth who got really angry with me because I couldn't provide some 11 year old document she though she might like to see; when I mildly pointed out that this was more than 7 years before, so I didn't have it she accused me of trying to defraud HMRC; apparently honest people don't know the rules :?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby WWordsworth » September 22nd, 2017, 8:28 pm

I did a bit of sessional work at a local college about 8 years ago and was (forcibly) enrolled in their pension.
As I am approaching my diamond jubilee, this week I received a letter asking if I really am Wordsworth and do I really live at this address because they wrote to me at a different address and the correspondence was returned marked "gone away '
I scanned over to them an envelope, with their frank, from 6 years ago.
I am pleased to report they accepted that as proof that I really am Wordsworth and I do live here.
But I don't want to squander the £27 per year I am entitled to.

I have suggested to J that we go for fish and chips twice.

What would you do with such a significant amount?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » September 22nd, 2017, 9:34 pm

Ticket to one of the travelling operas when they visit Norwich :D
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » October 6th, 2017, 1:54 pm

Just had a call from a man with very poor English telling me that my BT internet connection was about be terminated. He asked me to go to my computer and log in to a special site and he would talk me through how to fix the problem.

I would have spun it out, but I'm old so I was watching Countdown, and didn't have time.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » October 6th, 2017, 6:40 pm

Hahaha Aero. Did you make it to the end of Countdown? It can be touch and go for those of us of mature years.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » October 6th, 2017, 6:45 pm

I did, but I fell asleep during Pointless. :rolleyes:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » October 10th, 2017, 11:17 am

I have had a letter from HMRC asking me to send them the letter I received - even though they told me to destroy it 3 weeks ago. Fortunately as I am a slut the pile of paper waiting to be shredded before recycling is still sitting on the shredder -so I have copied it and sent the original to them. We'll see what excuse they come up with.
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