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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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » November 1st, 2017, 11:08 am

I had an e mail supposedly from HMRC beginning
'Hi mouse, click below for your tax refund'.

Hmm, as if.

Today Netflix wants me to update the account, 'click here to enter details'.

I have never bought anything from NetFlix.

Beware, the scammers are up and off again. Did I read that November is a busy month for them? No-one knows why.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » November 1st, 2017, 5:37 pm

The gullible have lost there wits again now Sober October is over?!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 1st, 2017, 7:02 pm

My post just disappeared ! :? ..

Anyway, it was to say that I got my first ever phone scam from 'Microsoft' this morning. I asked if they thought I was stupid ??? They didn't hang around ;)
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » November 1st, 2017, 7:09 pm

Now you won't feel left out ;)
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » November 1st, 2017, 8:36 pm

Keep them coming I say and warn us all. We cannot be brilliant all the time, it is so exhausting for a start.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 2nd, 2017, 7:49 am

I have had a dodgy looking email from Microsoft today. They have never emailed me, and as far as I know, no need to. I shall ignore.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » November 7th, 2017, 9:17 am

It's not only the gullible who get caught. A man emailed his solicitor for BACS details to transfere £120,000 as final payment for a house purchase. Unbeknown to either side, his emailed was intercepted by hackers so the money went straight into their account. He lost the lot.

Similar scam on BBC breakfast this morning, though the £300,000 was recovered.

Reported about a week ago, a woman had ordered a £300 item through Amazon from a third party seller. When a parcel arrived, she signed for it but on opening discovered it was a cheap item she hadn't ordered. As far as Amazon was concerned, as she's signed for it, there was nothing they could do.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » November 7th, 2017, 9:25 am

An e mail from Amazon yesterday, my recent purchase (what purchase?) could not be processed, fill in your credi-card details here and a link. Hmmm. I don't think so.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Zosherooney » November 7th, 2017, 9:32 am

MM we had one of those and reported it to Amazon, they seemed grateful.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby scullion » November 8th, 2017, 12:08 am

i've had so many of those - up to three a day (- they've stopped for a while and the banks that i don't have accounts with have started again). i automaticaly click to report them as phishing scams. the real ones from amazon don't go into my junk folder.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Rainbow » November 8th, 2017, 11:29 am

dennispc wrote:It's not only the gullible who get caught. A man emailed his solicitor for BACS details to transfere £120,000 as final payment for a house purchase. Unbeknown to either side, his emailed was intercepted by hackers so the money went straight into their account. He lost the lot.

Similar scam on BBC breakfast this morning, though the £300,000 was recovered.

I'd Never put bank account details into an email - definitely something to avoid, for just the reasons you've quoted. Emails can so easily be hacked :cry:

I would have thought the solicitors should have warned their client not to do that ;)
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » November 8th, 2017, 12:05 pm

Rainbow, it's worse than you think. His email asked the solicitors for their details. The email never reached them. The email he received back was from the hackers, pretending to be the solicitors.

Within our family we've sent emails to each other asking for details, in order to transfer money. That's how on-line banking works. Last year I bought an iPhone from a friend by asking for his bank details in an email and transferring the money.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » November 8th, 2017, 3:19 pm

From out IT department at work:
** Security alert - Netflix Phishing attack **


"There is a massive scam campaign going on, this time a very well executed Netflix phishing attack.


How does it work?
The scam targets subscribers telling them that their account is about to be canceled. The well-designed, personalized fake email convinces customers to update their account information to avoid suspension. This results in stolen personal and credit card information.


Why is it dangerous?
The email has the subject line “Your suspension notification” and includes a link where the subscriber is taken to a fake Netflix page which requires their log-in information as well as credit card number.

The scam was detected Sunday and it targets nearly 110 million Netflix subscribers. As mentioned, the fake site includes Netflix’s logo as well as popular Netflix shows like “The Crown” and “House of Cards” to make it seem legitimate. "
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » November 8th, 2017, 3:27 pm

Herbidacious wrote:The scam was detected Sunday and it targets nearly 110 million Netflix subscribers


And non-subscribers, eg me.

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Re: Another Scam

Postby Luca » November 8th, 2017, 6:51 pm

I shall pass that news on. Thanks.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » November 20th, 2017, 3:40 pm

Just had a notification of imminent closure of my PayPal account unless I click through a link and confirm my log in details

The thing is, it was sent to a mail address that has never been linked to a PayPal account, so no temptation at all to fall in to the trap :lol:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » November 20th, 2017, 3:49 pm

I get those from time to time Sue ... I've never had a PayPal account ... not ever. :rolleyes:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Zosherooney » November 20th, 2017, 10:36 pm

Not quite a scam Q. but our landline phone has the facility for a readout and having a call that says ' caller withheld number' do you answer the call or not? Most of our landline numbers say the number or if in our directory tell us who is calling.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » November 21st, 2017, 12:46 am

I do answer number withheld, as alI reckon it's about 50/50 whether it's legitimate or nuisance, some businesses withhold the number simply because it doesn't suit them to have customers making calls to the number that call is made from. I think it's policy for example for some companies to withhold a lot of their mobile numbers so staff don't get plagued by return calls when they are out on a job.
I do get a bit suspicious about "number out of area" calls as I get very few legitimate overseas calls, but I tend to answer them anyway on the grounds that it is less complicated than messing about

As previously noted, serious scammers somehow manage to get the display to show a reasonable looking number that can't be reached, and if you don't answer all numbers you don't recognise you can miss quite important calls from utilities, banks etc. that use multiple numbers
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