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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » July 1st, 2018, 7:25 pm

Now I've had an email supposedly from the TSB saying someone has tried to access my account so I need to click on links to activate it The email looks incredibly genuine. I have not touched any links, I don't remember ever having had an account with the TSB.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » July 1st, 2018, 7:46 pm

Oh how tiresome.

This is an old one but the police liaison people have seen fit to send warnings again about the 'Helping the Police to catch a major crime ring'. Give your card details over the phone and a police courier will collect the card to catch the crims. etc. Don't do it of course.

It is good to be reminded I think.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby liketocook » July 1st, 2018, 7:46 pm

Delete EM, delete, as I'm sure you have done already. :D
Apparently I must bank with every bank on the high street going on the number of these. If you do use online banking - I do, it's easy to see how these can catch the unwary and some are very authentic looking. I've adjusted my settings on my account so that I don't get any email alerts from the bank I do use, that way I know anything from "them" is unsolicited. :)
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » July 1st, 2018, 9:55 pm

I seem to be getting more and more but thought I'd mention this one as it really looked authentic. I wouldn't try anything like that with a link any more but they must fool a lot of people (If they manage to choose a bank the recipient has ever had an account with!).
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » August 9th, 2018, 2:53 pm

We have just had a reminder from Neighbourhood Watch that the "Fake police call" scam has started again.

You get a call and the caller states that they are a policeman. They give a name, which varies. It used to be "Det. Sergeant Green from Manchester police".

They tell you that they have arrested a man who, when searched, had your bank details. The scam proceeds from there. If you offer to phone the bank to check, they keep the line open and and pretend to be the bank - including the dialling tone.

Advice is to phone someone you know and check the line is clear. Or ring the bank on a different phone. Or just hang up.

If you are bored, you could play along, ring the "bank" and give some fictitious details, etc......
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Re: Another Scam

Postby icelesley » August 10th, 2018, 6:56 am

There is also an e-mail going out supposedly from Amazon. It says there is unusual activity on your account click here and complete the form your account has been restricted ....hmmm there are spelling mistakes in the e-mail which is suspicious to begin with. So I went into Amazon checked the message area, no message there and no restrictions. If you get the message delete delete delete :tu:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » August 10th, 2018, 7:20 am

I get about one a month of those.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 12th, 2018, 11:20 am

Does anyone else receive countless emails promising the opportunity to make thousands dealing in Bitcoins? I receive them almost daily. I never open them of course! :rolleyes:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » August 12th, 2018, 11:43 am

Not had any of those, but had the usual phone call from a heavily east-asia accented Brian phoning from BT Openreach because there's a problem with my broadband and he'd discovered that someone had hacked my computer ... was I aware of the problem? I asked him if he was aware that he was operating an illegal scam? He swore violently using the F word and hung up ... we must be getting through to them at last :lol: :hi5:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » August 18th, 2018, 6:22 am

Two scam attempts in the last 24 hours.

One is n obvious one. A strong American voice stating that my internet connection had been hacked and that I “urgently needed a new IP address and router. Your internet connection will be cut off in 24 hours. Press 1 to contact our technician, who will help you through the process”

The other is more insidious. I am having some building work done. The company’s email address is in the form “abcbuilding@hotmail.com”. I got one this morning from “abcbuildinq@hotmail.com”. It was sent at 5.00am. I don’t know manybuilders who send emails at that hour. It included some downloads which I haven’t opened, but I suspect they are an invoice for an interim payment and details of the “builder’s” bank account to which the money should be transferred.

Did you notice the change of spelling in the email address? It’s very subtle and easily missed.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby icelesley » August 18th, 2018, 6:58 am

Hmmm a q instead of a g very suspicious.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 18th, 2018, 7:39 am

Oooh! Well spotted. I missed that!

My new mobile rang last night and instead of displaying it as an unknown number, this smart phone recognised it as 'scam / fraud'. Very clever. I actually wouldn't have picked it up anyway, but at least I'm not left wondering who it was.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » August 18th, 2018, 11:12 am

I put my mobile on silent at night Tezza ... after having had some 'wrong numbers' in the wee small hours from what sounded like inebriate students in Freshers Week I decided that was a good move.

I get emails from 'a version' of the old email address of my late Aged Ps' Lovely Home. They now have a new website and new email address etc and obviously somehow the old one's been hacked ....... my email recognises it as junk :D

I had yet another call from 'Brian at BT Openreach' yesterday ... but he was laughing so much he couldn't continue the call and hung up :rolleyes:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » August 20th, 2018, 3:49 pm

I had a phone call last night from a number that I didn't recognise. I answered it as I was in the kitchen next to the phone :lol: There was silence for a couple of seconds and then a guy said ' hi there - how are you?' Now I always ask who's calling before I go any further. He then went very quiet so I said 'are you still there?' I then realised that he wasn't really that quiet and was breathing rather heavily :oops: :oops: I put the phone down :lol: :lol:
OH said who was that? Oh just some guy getting rather hot and bothered :lol: :lol:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » August 20th, 2018, 6:30 pm

I had an email this morning telling me there was suspicious activity on my mobile phone and I had to click here to get advice. Which mobile phone please ? Do people really think I am totally senile?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 20th, 2018, 8:26 pm

Oh, Megan. :lol: I don't think I've ever had one of those! I'm now wondering if that might be a novel way of responding to scam callers to get rid of them!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby WWordsworth » August 20th, 2018, 9:08 pm

A zillion years ago I worked as a hotel receptionist in Sheffield.
Late shift on a Friday usually involved a call from a bloke asking what colour knickers I was wearing.
My response was usually something like "Oh blimey it's you again" and I would put the phone down.
Colleagues did the same.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » August 20th, 2018, 10:14 pm

On night shift in the call centre we used to get a good few of 'those' sort of calls. Not funny receiving them at home though.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 20th, 2018, 10:30 pm

Receiving those kind of calls at home I can imagine would feel very intrusive. It would scare the life out of me wondering who it was!

I was watching a 999 programme a few days ago focussing on the amount of those type of calls the emergency services receive. Unbelievable that, for whatever reason, some feel the need to add more pressure to our stretched NHS.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » August 21st, 2018, 9:40 am

I had a scary one once when I answered the phone and a guy said he was ringing about the advert. What advert? Then he said that he liked my boots and skirt :terrified:
I was subjected to weeks of horrible phone calls and he obviously lived nearby as he would tell me where I had been and what I was wearing. The police were involved and eventually they traced his phone and he was arrested.

It turned out that when I was at the doctor's surgery and had been making another appointment, he had noted my telephone number that I had had to give the receptionist. Following that, the surgery updated their records so no-one ever had to say their number out loud.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » August 21st, 2018, 10:07 am

Meganthemog wrote:It turned out that when I was at the doctor's surgery and had been making another appointment, he had noted my telephone number that I had had to give the receptionist.


Actually that happens all the time these days doesn't it ? Within earshot of the general public you are very often asked for a phone number you can be contacted on. :scared: :shock:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » August 21st, 2018, 11:17 am

PatsyMFagan wrote:
Meganthemog wrote:It turned out that when I was at the doctor's surgery and had been making another appointment, he had noted my telephone number that I had had to give the receptionist.


Actually that happens all the time these days doesn't it ? Within earshot of the general public you are very often asked for a phone number you can be contacted on. :scared: :shock:


I am very careful what I say in earshot of Joe Public these days - although I doubt that I would attract the attention these days! I am now at the age where I have become invisible :lol: :lol:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » August 25th, 2018, 1:55 pm

Not exactly a scam but I wondered if anyone else had found this?

If I Google for a business such as a restaurant, the first thing on Google is usually a little information summary, with a link to the company website bottom right

If I click on the website link, then I find my browser is “kidnapped” by some sort of lottery or prize thing - it varies but it’s always really hard to get past it to the content you actually want without signing up for something

This doesn’t happen if I scroll down the results list and find the actual direct result for the business I need

It’s so annoying I have taken to using DuckDuckGo, which also has the advantage of letting you pick any country in the world as the primary source of results

I wonder if I’d still get it if I signed out of Google? But that would have its downside too
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » August 25th, 2018, 2:21 pm

Answers own question - I’m not signed in to Google and I’m still being hi-jacked
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » August 25th, 2018, 3:36 pm

That was happening to me on my iphone this morning ... seems to have stopped now ... I found that I had a limited time to click on whatever to enter the draw and there was a 'countdown' thing ... I just waited until it had reached zero and then left the site and started again and that seemed to do the trick .... fingers crossed .... very irritating tho
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » August 25th, 2018, 3:43 pm

It has been happening intermittently for months to me, 0n all devices
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » August 25th, 2018, 7:38 pm

Not scams as such but I am being bombarded with adverts on facebook when I am using my phone … 'we thought you might like...' I thought I had sorted it by tightening up my settings as they stopped for a day, but now they are back with a vengeance. I only changed the settings on my lap top though … have no idea what to do on my phone .. more lessons needed. :oops:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » August 25th, 2018, 7:48 pm

Goodness, I get adverts both on Facebook and Google, but nothing like those described here. I was a bit annoyed at work (where we have a strict IT policy and looking at anything slightly sordid can be a sackable offence) to put Google maps in Google search on a work computer for work purposes today and be faced with pictures of people caught in embarrassing situations on Google Map pictures .. :oops:.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » August 25th, 2018, 8:03 pm

Google Maps and Google Earth were banned when I was working because the free user licence was only for private use. If you wanted to use it for business it was meant to be paid for.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » August 26th, 2018, 6:04 am

We don't use Google much but can only get Street View via Google so have access (to identify availability of assets in the ground).
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » August 26th, 2018, 10:55 am

I think the hijacking only occurs if you click the website link in the summary at the top of the results page, not otherwise. So you would only get it when searching for a business, as far I can tell
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » August 28th, 2018, 9:33 am

Hijacking used to happen all the time in the early 2000s. I remember a friend at work telling me that he once clicked on a footballer's page (he was a football fanatic) to be confronted by a giant male full frontal. To make it worse, it covered his entire screen so there was not tool bar to click on the 'x' to get rid of it, and he didn't think/know to try 'escape' (or perhaps it didn't work.) Of course at this point his manager walked in. We eventually got a firewall aka 'the orange screen of death', but it was hit and miss even so.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » August 28th, 2018, 3:27 pm

I think this is a bit different - porn site used to hijack links in web pages, I remember reporting a link on the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry website that should have taken me to a description of something quite dull and being taken to a porn site. I reported it and got a slightly dazed email from the admin saying thanks, as far she could tell it had been done weeks before and nobody had bothered to report it

This seems to be something Google is party too

I'm going off DuckDuckGo, I selected UK in the past year as filters and searched for a really unusual family name. All it would give me was a load of old obituaries in Ontario Canada plus a UK Facebook post I knew about. Google did at least find the branch of the family local to me
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » August 28th, 2018, 5:44 pm

I'm finding the same with DuckDuckGo. It often struggles to find what I want.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » September 1st, 2018, 9:40 am

The usual call this morning 'Hi, my name is Katy X phoning about a recent accident you had that wasn't your fault. Is that right?'

I asked her 'Where did you hear that from?'

She hung up.

The difference this time was, she announced her surname as being the same as my birth name. For a split second she caught my attention. Hmmm....I am not sure any previous callers like this have told me their full name. If she acquired this detail from somewhere, I am curious as to where it came from. A bit scary.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » September 1st, 2018, 9:54 am

One to watch out for as a form of phishing
Always a pleasant sounding British voice
Says we are doing a survey about something slightly vague
Can we just check if you are in the age group in which we need more interviewees? How old are you?
If you respond, of course you aren’t in the required age group, your age is all they wanted
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Rainbow » September 1st, 2018, 10:41 pm

aero280 wrote:I'm finding the same with DuckDuckGo. It often struggles to find what I want.

I had the same problem when I tried using it. All the sites seemed to be American, even when I asked for Australian ones!! So I went back to Google - hope I don't regret it ;)
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » September 1st, 2018, 10:45 pm

There's a spate of HMRC telephone scams around at the moment. Threatening legal action for failure to send in a form, etc. Ask them to give you your tax reference to confirm the matter as you have more than one. They usually hang up.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » September 22nd, 2018, 10:16 am

Probably not a scam but I am being inundated with calls from an 0800 number. I finally answered it and a lady with a very strong dialect from another part of the world which I found hard to decipher told me she was from Virgin Media (I am a customer). She tried to prompt me to confirm my name and address and accurately told me how many years I had been a customer. Apparently, because I am such a loyal customer they want to go through the package I have and offer me 'even greater value for money'. I explained that I do not like to discuss my name and address with strangers and that they could write to me, that apparently is not part of the deal.

I only recently changed the package I have with them via a phone call that I instigated. I felt that the deal I got was probably the best they could offer after a lot of haggling on my part. I think the call is genuine but wonder, if anyone else has responded to such calls, what deal they are trying to offer. I very much doubt it would result in my paying less, I assume they'd like me to have more TV channels and super fast broadband.

They have continued to try phoning me since our conversation so will be going onto my blocked call list.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » September 23rd, 2018, 8:26 am

Yeah, I'd block the Virgin Media number too. Not long ago, I popoed into one of their stores to enquire about a broadband and landline deal, they have been badgering me ever since, especially around the time of the UKTV debarcle. Pests!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » September 24th, 2018, 6:57 pm

An email headed

!!!Amazon is blocking your account

Arrived today. It went straight to the trash bin. Be aware.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » September 25th, 2018, 7:54 am

There was a report today that twice as many people have been scammed to transfer money from their bank accounts in the last year than the previous year. The Which report says the banks are simply not doing enough to prevent this.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Zosherooney » September 25th, 2018, 4:24 pm

We have had two Indian sounding calls today telling us that there is a problem with our router.....
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » September 25th, 2018, 7:03 pm

Apparently another one is circulating, a telly license refund, just click HERE to reclaim the money.

Goodness, like HMRC why would the telly license people do a refund?

Keep them coming everyone, we can all be a bit taken-aback at times.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » September 26th, 2018, 8:45 am

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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » September 26th, 2018, 8:50 am

Nasty as are all scams of course.

Apparently there is an e mail circulating supposedly from TV licensing, click Here for your refund.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby TeresaFoodie » September 26th, 2018, 10:40 pm

I just saw on FB Thames Valley police reporting on this TV licensing scam.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » September 27th, 2018, 11:31 am

DD completed on her house sale and was due to have £150,000 transferred into her Nationwide account on Monday. It left Natwest just before 1 o'clock. By 5 it still hadn't hit her account :terrified: She rang Nationwide and was told that they're customer service department that could help her had just closed so she would have to wait until the morning. By 9 on Tuesday morning DD was beside herself with worry - hadn't slept etc etc.
So we went down to Nationwide and said come on you have got to get this sorted. A guy in the customer service dept said that there was a problem with HSBC who are the clearing bank for Nationwide, and that she would just have to be patient.
By 4 the money was in her account but she was terrified that somehow someone had intercepted her solicitor's transfer.
Fortunately we knew that she hadn't done anything daft so the bank would have to find the money - but it still made for a very tense day or so!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » September 27th, 2018, 2:10 pm

Someone in our wider family (WF) didn’t get caught in a scam, but was used to scam one of her FB friends (FBf). WF’s FB account had been hacked.

Thus, FBf received a request from hacked WF to be a friend. A bit puzzled as she was already registered as one. However, she clicked ‘yes’ and thought no more of it. A couple of days later hacked WF sent a message as she was absolutely over the moon. She’d received £10,000 (it may have been more) and was planning a holiday with her family. All she had to do was to follow a link, pay £1,000 to cover the paperwork and she was now in cloud cuckoo land.

This false message had been sent to all WF’s FB contacts. That one person fell for it.

Message is, if you get a request from someone to be your friend, who is already on your list, then best check with them first.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » September 27th, 2018, 6:06 pm

Gosh, that's quite a well known one. What a shame they fell for it :(
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