Another Scam

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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » January 22nd, 2020, 10:37 am

I get those emails EM ... and I don’t even have a Paypal account :lol:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » January 22nd, 2020, 2:55 pm

I had a recorded American voice telling me that my prime was about to be renewed, but I ended the call assuming they were (oddly) just informing me anyway. It did indeed renew on the 16th so a bit late for me to do anything about it.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » January 23rd, 2020, 8:45 am

I just got the amazon call again and listenened almost to the end. 'If you want to discontinue prime services or speak to an amazon manager press 1" now the offer to speak to speak to an actual human at amazon is enough to arouse anyone's suspicions. Indeed having contact with them in any form being facilitated is...
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » January 23rd, 2020, 10:16 am

https://conversation.which.co.uk/money/ ... hone-call/

They were telling me that my prime sub is a lot cheaper than it is!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » January 23rd, 2020, 4:03 pm

You & Yours, Radio 4 had a lot to say this week, it might be this one

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000dfph
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » January 29th, 2020, 1:14 pm

Two calls from Amazon Prime so far, female American accent. Plus Jaylene e mailed from the Philippines and wants to discuss an urgent business matter, what can it be?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » January 29th, 2020, 1:26 pm

There's a hotel in Germany that we stayed at a few years ago. If you go to the original website, you find that it went into administration about three years ago. The administrators have arranged for it to be used by the local authority to house some refugee families while its future is being decided.

If you search the name of the hotel, you find a few places still offering accommodation there.

"I am the manager of the hotel. I still live there. Sadly any payment you made will be lost. However I still have access to the hotel and, as a special favour, I can let you stay in the same room that you already booked, but you must pay again. Please send an e-mail to... and I will tell you how to send the money" :( :( :(
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » January 29th, 2020, 2:07 pm

Crikey aero, that really doesn't sound a tempting offer!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » February 1st, 2020, 11:00 am

My mother has had the amazon call three times in the last 4 hours :evil:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » February 1st, 2020, 3:43 pm

Oh dear, not one today, or yesterday, has everyone forgotten that I exist? Ah, 'Probably' I hear you all cry, how unkind.

It really is an utter pain isn't it. Sigh.

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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » February 5th, 2020, 2:02 pm

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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » February 5th, 2020, 2:21 pm

Terrible. What is HMRC doing about it? They seem to be in chaos and love sending bullying notices to people and threats about tax returns being due so you could believe HMRC would do that, what an awful culture.

You and Yours R4 today detailed how a young woman, not an old duffer like me, was scammed in that 'We are the Police' thing claiming to capture scammers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000f074
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » February 5th, 2020, 2:27 pm

I don't think they can do much if the scammers are based overseas (which I assume they are). There has been a lot of publicity telling people to check properly before responding to claims of this sort but it's clearly hard to reach everyone.

I had a call from the fraud department of my bank the other day suggesting I pressed 1 to continue. Obviously I didn't - but on further investigation found the call to be genuine, they had 'detected unusual activity' on my card use and kindly blocked it until I spoke to them! I suppose I was grateful they cared!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » February 5th, 2020, 2:34 pm

My point is that it is just the sort of thing I would expect from HMRC whose behaviour is dreadful.

earthmaiden wrote: I had a call from the fraud department of my bank the other suggesting I pressed 1 to continue.


Good grief, what bank is that? What terrible practice, I suppose we all know that our phones can be hijacked and calls re-routed.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » February 19th, 2020, 4:57 pm

Is this a scam?

I have a Pay Pal account but haven’t used it for many years - unless I’ve forgotten something. Today received this on my phone:

“Your Paypal account has been limited due to a failed payment request. Please visit: https:// etc., etc. “

Tapping on that link I’m required to sign in. I’ve got all the necessary details, but my email address for Paypal is an ancient one that I haven’t used for years and can’t access.

Do I ignore, or use Paypal’s Contact Us link?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » February 19th, 2020, 5:08 pm

Looks like a scam to me. Ignore it. If you haven't used paypal for ages, you can't have a failed payment.

Did this come as an email? If so, look at the address it came from. It will probably extend to something unlikely. Also, did the e-mail address you by name, or just "Dear customer".

And, if it was not sent to the defunct email address, it can't have come from Paypal. They won't know any other email.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » February 19th, 2020, 5:23 pm

Thanks aero, it came to my phone Messages. Didn’t address me, just the message.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » February 19th, 2020, 5:32 pm

I use PayPal (but not as a credit facility). I get periodic emails saying that there is a discrepancy on my account and that I won't be able to use it until I have contacted them using links provided. The first time, I went to my account (NOT using the links provided!) and it all looked fine. Since then I just spam the emails and my PayPal account has operated as normal so it is spam. I have searched the emails for discrepancies but there is nothing obvious - I think it lies in the French or Swiss address they give.

Not had this via a message (yet) though!

Yesterday I answered a call on my mobile, didn't speak or press anything and a recorded message told me I had contacted the wrong extension!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » February 19th, 2020, 5:50 pm

dennispc wrote:Is this a scam?

I have a Pay Pal account but haven’t used it for many years - unless I’ve forgotten something. Today received this on my phone:

“Your Paypal account has been limited due to a failed payment request. Please visit: https:// etc., etc. “


Total scam IMO, my scamometer is whirring.

With luck the original card will have expired. I always use a low limit credi-card and pay it off. At one time the credi card people wanted to extend the limit, I don't think so.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » February 19th, 2020, 5:54 pm

earthmaiden wrote:Yesterday I answered a call on my mobile, didn't speak or press anything and a recorded message told me I had contacted the wrong extension!


Well that is a new exciting spam one to look forward to.

Annoying isn't it.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » February 19th, 2020, 6:19 pm

Total scam ... I’ve had quite a few similar emails ... I do not have and never have had a Paypal account :twisted: ... flag up to your service provider as Phishing.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby dennispc » February 20th, 2020, 4:56 pm

Now deleted it, the helpful posters over at Mac Forum were certain it was a scam, one posted, “in the email just hover your cursor over any link(dont click on it) you will see a popup does that match the address. if it does not then its a fake/scam.” It didn’t come as an email so not much help, but may help someone.

Another, who’d had a similar message, posted

“Of course the PayPal link isn't for PayPal, goes to NetRange: 35.184.0.0 - 35.191.255.255
CIDR: 35.184.0.0/13
NetName: GOOGLE-CLOUD

PayPal is in the NetRange: 64.4.240.0 - 64.4.251.255
CIDR: 64.4.240.0/21, 64.4.248.0/22
NetName: PAYPAL-SITE”
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