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2 minutes ago, Amormusic said:

I had an email the other day. From the FBI who have stopped a foreign diplomat with a folder with $4.1m in cash with my name on it. How lucky am I 🤣🤣🤣

Some people must be idiots to respond to this stuff. That is the most ludicrous one I've had to date.

Plus - 4.1 milly in cash... you'd need a van not a folder 😂😂😂

I dunno - those $95 dollar bills pack in fairly tight :whistle:

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With regard to how 'they' get your number, a lot of it is accidentally our own fault, but impossible to avoid. There are number farming operations that use automatic systems to dial randomly generated phone numbers. Your phone rings, you pick it up and it's silent? Then chances are, you've just gone on someone's list of 'real' phone numbers.

Impossible to avoid unfortunately, unless you simply never answer the phone.

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10 minutes ago, rabski said:

With regard to how 'they' get your number, a lot of it is accidentally our own fault, but impossible to avoid. There are number farming operations that use automatic systems to dial randomly generated phone numbers. Your phone rings, you pick it up and it's silent? Then chances are, you've just gone on someone's list of 'real' phone numbers.

Impossible to avoid unfortunately, unless you simply never answer the phone.

I get very few of those calls but got one yesterday. I checked the number and it was a Los Angeles one.

I have blocked it but probably too late. In the USA they get loads apparently. I've heard the phone companies sell the information.

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A friend of mine whose first language is not English (from Guadaloupe) got a scam message purporting to be from the NHS inviting him for the vaccination. It asked for bank details and thankfully he rang me before doing anything!
 

Our neighbourhood watch scheme (Owl.co.uk) said it is the most professional scam they have seen!

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On another forum there is warning of a scam on Instagram concerning high return investments. The usual Ponzi stuff. Convincing offer of  high returns tempts people into making toe in the water investments which initially bring very good returns so more money invested etc. Penny drops when returns eventually plummet  but by then its too late and your money is gone.

A fraud specialist said that there arent really any new scams just old ones better implemented. In this case it was a very good imitation of a share dealing site which persuaded people to risk their investment. But the old saying stlll applies " If it looks too good to be true etc " 

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3 minutes ago, zeta4 said:

On another forum there is warning of a scam on Instagram concerning high return investments. The usual Ponzi stuff. Convincing offer of  high returns tempts people into making toe in the water investments which initially bring very good returns so more money invested etc. Penny drops when returns eventually plummet  but by then its too late and your money is gone.

A fraud specialist said that there arent really any new scams just old ones better implemented. In this case it was a very good imitation of a share dealing site which persuaded people to risk their investment. But the old saying stlll applies " If it looks too good to be true etc " 

Some are very convincing. If it’s an email, check the senders full email address, often a give away. If it does not address you with your name then it’s probably a scam. I never do anything on the email, don’t click on any links, I always go the website and check. One I had from Amazon seemed genuine, I checked with Amazon and they said it was not from them. Most go onto my junk mail anyway, I forward most onto the genuine company. There are various doing the rounds, Amazon, PayPal, BT, TV licensing and now NHS. You can report scam emails to report@phishing.gov.uk

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I have recently had three mails from "my bank" complete with corporate logos etc.

Basically what the mail states is that my debit card is about to expire (it isn't)  and I can apply for a new one or if I wait for it to be automatically  replaced there is a fee of 20 Euros.

The scam they are using is putting a QR code in the mail which needs to be copied to a mobile phone. I guess then I would be directed to a scam bank page and asked to supply details.

The mail comes from an address which contains my banks name but with an addition at the end and a South African domain.

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Just from my local Neighbourhood Watch:

Dear Watch Member,

Hi Everyone….

Well here is the latest scam…..

Victim receives a Whatsapp message from an unknown number.

It says: Hi Mum I have changed provider, I temporarily have this number. Waiting for number porting.

Victim: Which child is this?

Scammer: Guess?

Subject: (Gives the name of one of her children!) Let use ‘Jane’

Scammer: I have an invoice I have to pay today. I want to pay it now but I can’t make payments for 24hrs because I have a new phone number.

The conversation continues and victim led to believe they are talking to a family member. The scammer provides the amount (in this case £351.30)

They also provide an account number and sort code. (in this case 11-03-76 account number 12665260)

The money was transferred and the scammer then re-messaged with a request for more money!!

At this stage luckily the victim phoned their daughter and realised they had been scammed. True story – happened to a police officers mother this week.

 

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I don’t know anybody who doesn’t speak decent English .so when someone comes on and says his name is Colin in broken Swahili. I just laugh

Mind you I’m the same with Glaswegians

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Just got one allegedly from "Royal Mail" and quite obviously some kind of scam, but what impressed me about the BT account it was sent to is that I was offered options

  1. mark as spam and block sender
  2. mark as spam and block domain
  3. mark as spam

I chose 2. Saves me having to do lots of fiddly mouse clicks. Nice one, BT, you usually screw things up but this time you got it right.

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Had a couple of more texts on the mobile regarding Netflix yesterday. "NETFLIX: We've been unable to take payment for your most recent Netflix bill. Please update your information here :https://netflix-billing-update.co.uk" FFS Don't click on the link.

Only a small amount but I expect many will fall for it. 

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I had a , genuine, email from CAMRA today warning me there’s a scam text going around re. membership payments.

CAMRA ! Is nothing sacred ?.

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3 minutes ago, lower bullens said:

I had a , genuine, email from CAMRA today warning me there’s a scam text going around re. membership payments.

CAMRA ! Is nothing sacred ?.

Just had one of those only two days ago. I thought perhaps they were after me renewing the membership after cancelling. They still took the money after cancelling so I contacted the bank who refunded immediately. I hardly scratched the surface with my last vouchers and will not consider re-joining until this Covid thing is well and truly over. As an aside I do not believe in what Camra is now supporting. It appears that the organisation is being run by people who can't remember what it was set up for in the first place; the abolition of Watney's Red Barrel and other crimes against the drinking fraternity. They now seem to promote "Craft" beers, many of which are just keg beers with fancy marketing spin.

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17 minutes ago, Pete the Feet said:

Just had one of those only two days ago. I thought perhaps they were after me renewing the membership after cancelling. They still took the money after cancelling so I contacted the bank who refunded immediately. I hardly scratched the surface with my last vouchers and will not consider re-joining until this Covid thing is well and truly over. As an aside I do not believe in what Camra is now supporting. It appears that the organisation is being run by people who can't remember what it was set up for in the first place; the abolition of Watney's Red Barrel and other crimes against the drinking fraternity. They now seem to promote "Craft" beers, many of which are just keg beers with fancy marketing spin.

Cancelled this year also, had been a member for 40 years. Tried to cancel last year but I was too late apparently.

I don’t use pubs much now, find the prices too high and the beer quality is not so good these days.

Vouchers were no use to me.

Most craft beer is in cans, how can that be real ale? 

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