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Re: Another Scam

Postby mum-at-the-oven » April 5th, 2018, 10:15 pm

Gruney, I had exactly the same message from Apple last week.! I was reading the news online at the time.

I did notice there was a countdown time of 1 min 52 seconds. If I didn't press scan within that time then all files etc. etc. would be infected/lost etc.

Although I was initially worried I did realise that the countdown was obviously a scam to make those panicking to download the scan button. Fortunately I don't bank online but it still unnerved me enough to phone my Son (who I knew was playing badminton at the time) to ask his advice. Then of course it panicked him as to why I would phone him when I knew he was playing badminton...He thought that there was a family emergency!

I seem to be a target for every scam going - even though I never give any information away! I'm afraid my inherent polite nature with constant calls from another continent have evaporated but they still persist in targeting me!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » April 6th, 2018, 8:50 am

earthmaiden wrote:What he also told me, and this is what I want to pass on, was that when I do access my bank accounts on line, do so with no other page open - even Wildfood.


That's worth knowing :tu:

That's strange ... I 'quoted' the last sentence of Gruney's post and now it says the earthmaiden said it :aww: :?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby scullion » April 6th, 2018, 5:53 pm

i think i reported that apple scam, on here, a few months ago. it's been around a while now. it tries it on every few weeks - just delete it and forget it.

i've had one today purporting to be from dvla, with a pdf attachment, about a refund (why?).
it amazes me that they think the email address it comes from would fool anyone. it's a massively long far eastern sounding name from an equally long, far eastern sounding domain - so long that the end and the country id can't get squeezed in to the title/ sender bar. i didn't even bother looking at the source code.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » April 15th, 2018, 8:35 am

While I was visiting a friend there was a telephone call on the landline said to be from BT engineers claiming there was 'unusual' or 'illegal activity detected on friend's internet connection which they had to sort out. Nonsense of course.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » April 17th, 2018, 8:38 am

This is a new scam to me. If could frighten a few people, I suppose. :o

Email received this morning...

Hello
Your OS was managed by my damnific program...
Whats the trouble?
I installed the malware on a porn site, you tapped on the videotape and immediatly loaded this malicious soft to your OS.
This damnific program made your web camera shooting so I got the videotape with you masturbating. In next 2 hours this damnific program collected all your contacts.
Finally, I got all your private data and video with you wanking, so if you want me to eliminate all the data - transfer me 295 usd in bitcoin. Otherwise I will send the tape to all your contacts.

Its my Btc number - 18eVRPbqkevqLAqk78vUcyCkwaFanKk9GU
You have 24 h. from this moment. As soon as I see transfer I will erase the data forever.
I am apologize for my illiteracy- Im from Vietnam.
Dont try to track this e-mail, I have stolen it.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » April 17th, 2018, 8:57 am

We're on your email contacts list Aero ... if they send us the video we'll let you know :shock: :lol: :hi5:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby scullion » April 17th, 2018, 10:30 am

and suffolk can forward it to me - tee hee!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » April 17th, 2018, 1:00 pm

I can see possibilities here ... ;)
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » April 17th, 2018, 1:08 pm

I had an email from myself this morning :scared:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » April 17th, 2018, 1:08 pm

If they do, all you will see is the back of the Post-It note stuck over the camera!! :D

We did this on a "just in case" basis. One of my friends answered an early morning Skype call from a work colleague, which went well unitl the end when the caller said "Thank you for your help. But you do know that you are sitting in front of your camera with no clothes on, Don't you?" :D

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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » April 17th, 2018, 5:57 pm

:o :lol:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » April 18th, 2018, 8:26 am

Nice friendly email received in the wee small hours ...

"W⁨e⁨'re conc⁨er⁨ned tha⁨t yo⁨ur pa⁨ypal acco⁨unt do⁨es n⁨ot fi⁨t wi⁨th y⁨our bil⁨ling addre⁨ss. Yo⁨ur qui⁨ck res⁨ponse wi⁨ll h⁨elp t⁨o re⁨st⁨ore you⁨r pay⁨pal acco⁨unt.

W⁨e a⁨re re⁨vie⁨wing ev⁨ery acc⁨ount si⁨nce 20⁨18 to m⁨ake su⁨re th⁨at o⁨ur custom⁨ers ar⁨e re⁨al pe⁨rson. W⁨e ar⁨e fight⁨ing aga⁨inst fr⁨aud a⁨nd fa⁨ke ac⁨count. T⁨o con⁨tinue u⁨sing o⁨ur servi⁨ces, plea⁨se co⁨mpete yo⁨ur pro⁨fil an⁨d up⁨date yo⁨ur blli⁨ng. Othew⁨ise we⁨ wil⁨l del⁨ete y⁨our acco⁨unt wit⁨hin ⁨a we⁨ek i⁨f w⁨e do⁨nt h⁨ear from you now.
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I DON'T HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT ... NEVER HAVE ... THEY CAN DELETE MY BLLING AS SOON AS THEY LIKE :rolleyes:

On reflection ... don't think I have any bling worthy of the name either :lol:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » April 18th, 2018, 8:40 am

had something like that aero- see above. All mine was slightly, only slightly, more subtle.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » April 19th, 2018, 6:10 am

Phone rings,

"Have you ever been involved in an accident?"

"That's how I got here in the first place"

Unfortunately, I didn't think of that riposte until I'd put the phone down. :(

Next time, even though it's not true.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Gruney » April 19th, 2018, 8:44 am

suffolk wrote:Yo⁨ur qui⁨ck res⁨ponse


This seems to be the latest style - well I've only just noticed it. `"press X within the next 60 seconds" or "immediately" etc. to avoid whatever consequences they warn you of. It's obviously designed to make people panic, and comply without having the chance to think for a couple of seconds.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » April 19th, 2018, 9:36 am

Gruney wrote:
suffolk wrote:Yo⁨ur qui⁨ck res⁨ponse


This seems to be the latest style - well I've only just noticed it. `"press X within the next 60 seconds" or "immediately" etc. to avoid whatever consequences they warn you of. It's obviously designed to make people panic, and comply without having the chance to think for a couple of seconds.


I'm confused by whatever is inserted in each word... or is it just showing on my lap top :? :? :? :? I had to keep re-reading it :td:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » April 19th, 2018, 10:12 am

One “Microsoft” caller who was being strung along by a friend of mine, eventually realised this and complained angrily that she had been deliberately wasting his time. She replied that he had better get used to wasting time, because when he was caught, he might have to deal with several years of time wasting. :D
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 23rd, 2018, 7:39 am

We all know scamming is NOT funny, but I thought this was.

The brilliant Joe Lycett.

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Re: Another Scam

Postby Zosherooney » May 4th, 2018, 8:05 am

Opened up my Mac Book Pro this morning to a loud alarm noise. Page appears on google, purportedly from Apple about our computer having 3 viruses..... Looked very convincing, I was very nearly taken in. Googled it and as it had a timer on it, just closed down the page. Ran Malware and all is fine..... and breathe......
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » May 21st, 2018, 1:13 pm

Not a scam at all but an oddity, that we thought might be one

I have sent text messages to two people, form my phone with number ending in 6. They have been confused because although they can see my message is part of the conversation, their phone doesn't recognise the number attached to the message, which ends in 7

We really wondered what was going on
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No problems - except apparently some iPhones tag messages with the original phone number when texting iPhone to iPhone with iMessage turned on. Hence only two mystery callers in 6 months, they both have fairly new iPhones too. The problem is easily fixed

However, do check in My phone that it is showing the new number if you have a recent iPhone
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » May 21st, 2018, 3:11 pm

My iPhone number in the details is the correct one. But if I look in the provider details which lists the provider's internet feed etc. it shows the phone number as the one that originally came with the phone.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 28th, 2018, 9:15 am

A strange one today. My mobile rings. An actual mobile number shows up playing my mum's ringtone, and as I am waiting for her to phone me thought it was her, but it was not my mum's number or voice. Woman asks me about an accident I have had that wasn't my fault. I ask what accident? Phone gets hung up. That old chestnut! Just weird because I have only assigned that ringtone to my mum.....
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » May 28th, 2018, 10:04 am

Oh no! I hope they haven't sussed some way of ringtone scamming! That would be so bad. :evil:. It does seem odd Tezza, have you checked your settings?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 28th, 2018, 10:40 am

Ah, I think something has gone a bit strange with my settings, can only have been when I had to reboot my phone the other day when my camera wouldn't work. Scare over!

A bit annoyed though that I didn't use the response I had up my sleeve for the next time I had a call like this. 'Accident I had that wasn't my fault? Oh you mean the other night as a result of a dodgy takeaway prawn vindaloo?'. That ringtone put me off my stride! :lol:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby icelesley » June 7th, 2018, 7:02 am

We keep getting automated calls saying "this is BT, we are turning your internet off today, press 1........" at that point I cut it off so I assume they want me to connect to an engineer so they can get at my computer. They have called the last 4 days, I have ignored it and the internet hasn't gone off, so it is a scam.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » June 7th, 2018, 7:07 am

Yes usually it just goes off without warning with them... :D (Although I have to jinx it and say this hasn't happened in quite a while.)
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » June 7th, 2018, 8:31 am

So sad that people are still falling for these scams or even wondering if they might be genuine. I'm afraid I tend not to believe anyone who calls nowadays. Earlier in the week I had a call from a jolly sounding man with one of the sexiest voices I have ever heard who tried to engage me in pleasant chat about Sky. It was almost tempting to keep talking but I explained I had never had dealings with Sky, was happy with my current arrangements and no, I didn't want to discuss what my current arrangements are. He seemed a little taken aback!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » June 8th, 2018, 9:06 pm

I received a message via 'Messenger' this morning from an Australian friend who is currently in London. I have been expecting a message. The start of the message seemed perfectly normal and I responded normally. The only odd thing was that it was only 6.30am but I had been at work for an hour and was wide awake and commented that she was up early. Then the content started to puzzle me a bit and I was immediately on my guard - I was told all about a Facebook lottery she had joined, there was a suggestion she had won a nice sum, and that I could join too. I knew it wasn't genuine then and deleted the caller and sent a message to FB saying it was a stolen identity. It turned out that several quite sensible mutual friends had had similar conversations and had been taken in at first. Friend later contacted us and said she'd dealt with it.

I am wondering how that scam worked. Obviously just about everyone responded to the message which must tell the originators something even if no personal information was divulged. I wonder if the conversation had continued whether I would have been invited to contribute money to the 'lottery' with bank details. I very occasionally get Facebook friend requests from men I don't know and delete them straight away. Facebook usually asks if it is Spam or not at that point. Later today I had two such requests. Was it coincidence or connected in some way I wonder? That kind of thing makes me feel very uneasy.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 8th, 2018, 9:31 pm

That messenger thing would worry me too, so good that you had your wits about you.

I have had three numbers call me today with an area dialling code of Wakefield. Absolutely no connection with a person or business in or around Wakefield and no voicemails left so I shall ignore.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Rainbow » June 8th, 2018, 10:33 pm

EM - I wonder if it's connected to this scam;

"A "Facebook lottery" promising prize money of $7.5 million has scammed nearly 30 Queenslanders out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, police say."

I've read warnings about it over here. People pay a lot in 'fees' to get the prize money, then have to pay a further $7,500 to 'unlock' the money!! And apparently lots have :o
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » June 9th, 2018, 6:10 am

My friend lives in Queensland and it does sound similar. It is sad and hard to believe that people would pay out so much. It certainly targets the vulnerable.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » June 11th, 2018, 9:11 am

Not exactly a scam but it is 10am and already I have received 3 calls with a recorded message about 'window scrappage' :evil:. Do they really think that I would use their services after annoying me like that?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Gruney » June 11th, 2018, 9:27 am

The other day, I received yet another recorded message telling me my line had been compromised, and I would lose internet connection if I didn't etc. etc. I ignored it, of course.

This morning I lost my internet connection! It was a total co-incidence of course, solved by switching the router off and then on - but for a second or two - :evil:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » June 11th, 2018, 9:44 am

earthmaiden wrote: I have received 3 calls with a recorded message about 'window scrappage'


I have only had one of those although the phone was out for a few days which might explain it.

One completely unintelligible one from some 'microsoft laboratory' style woman caller. 'Do you have any computers or iPhones in your house?'' 'No' and phone put down.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 11th, 2018, 10:19 am

What's window scrappage?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » June 11th, 2018, 10:40 am

They take your old windows away and get money for them and then sell you new ones which apparently conform to newer standards (energy saving etc). There's money to be made in it apparently ... more for them than us I have no doubt.

http://www.government-grants.co.uk/gree ... -and-doors

Apparently you can save up to £2,800.00 a year in heating costs ....... Oh yeah? That'll be the day ... That's nearly three times what we spend a year :lol:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 11th, 2018, 11:35 am

Ah, I'd never heard of it!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 14th, 2018, 4:02 pm

I have an email sitting in my inbox from 'workfromhome.....' with a title 'Dragons' Den....Bitcoin....millions of people are making money....blah....blah'. Needless to say I have left it alone!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby mum-at-the-oven » June 15th, 2018, 12:41 pm

I had 3 calls yesterday all claiming to be from TPS and all male callers had very strong Asian accents.

Apparently they needed details of my debit card :rolleyes:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » June 15th, 2018, 2:38 pm

Oh MATO, that is very sad. I hope no-one falls for it.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby mum-at-the-oven » June 15th, 2018, 2:50 pm

I know em - I fear someone must be taken in by them or they wouldn't persist.

They started the conversation by asking if I was still getting nuisance calls !!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » June 15th, 2018, 6:49 pm

mum-at-the-oven wrote:They started the conversation by asking if I was still getting nuisance calls !!


The irony is Perfect.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby mum-at-the-oven » June 16th, 2018, 10:18 pm

I know miss mouse - I have previously had cold calls attempting to sell me devices to prevent cold calls!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 17th, 2018, 4:41 am

Another email this morning telling me I can earn £1750 a day trading in bitcoins. Well, lucky me, I'll jump straight in, not! :evil:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » June 20th, 2018, 2:00 pm

Just had an email which certainly appeared to come from PayPal. It said there had been unusual activity on my account and gave a link so that I could confirm my pay details.
I checked my account by logging in through the official website. All was in order there. I imagine it was a scam - but a very realistic-looking one.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » June 20th, 2018, 2:30 pm

earthmaiden wrote:Just had an email which certainly appeared to come from PayPal. It said there had been unusual activity on my account and gave a link so that I could confirm my pay details.


Very wise re logging in via the site EM. It is scary how authentic some are now looking.
I had one of those months ago, I hope that I mentioned it here at the time because it is always good to be reminded, my account was about to be terminated unless I follow this LINK. I don't have a PayPal account so that was a bit of a no-brainer.

Another from HMRC.UK, follow this LINK for my £400 tax rebate, now don't start sending those begging pms please.

A phone call yesterday, a genuine person with a wrong number looking for Laura Somebody, whoo, that's a blast from the past.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » June 20th, 2018, 2:33 pm

Honestly, it is getting so tiresome isn't it!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » June 20th, 2018, 2:41 pm

One advantage is that we Trust No-One. A (genuine) credi-card issuer got short-shrift several times from the cat/flat sitter querying 'Unusual activity on the account' a couple of years ago by telephone, I too was short, oops, that one was genuine. The woman calling was very professional and I was very apologetic.

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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 20th, 2018, 10:31 pm

Recently I have been having a number calling me I think from Wakefield more than once a day which I ignored until I got curious so picked up. Somebody telling me I had done a free online mis-sold PPI enquiry (not that I can remember!) and started asking me all sorts of past address details, maiden name, creditors. I got a whiff of suspicion, told them there was someone at the door and 'can you call back tomorrow?' They haven't!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Badger's mate » June 21st, 2018, 8:35 am

I have ignored any GDPR requests by any organisation that has asked me to click on a link in order to confirm my details. Several have, they don't deserve my custom because although they are very likely to be genuine (I have dealt with them all in the past) it's a classic phishing tactic. For that reason, it is irresponsible iirc for any decent organisation to ask its contacts to click on a link, and give them the mild threat of a deadline.
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