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Post by Tizer » 04 Jan 2019, 10:31

I've read that in three months in early 2018 more than £50 million was lost by British people in pension scams - yes, in 3 months!

Here's another scam aiming to get our personal and credit card details...
`TV licence email scam: More than 5,000 complaints in three months' LINK
`A TV licence email scam has led to more than 5,000 complaints over the past three months. Cyber crime monitor Action Fraud said fake TV licence emails regarding payment issues had been sent out to try to collect bank details. The number of reports has increased in each of the past three months, with 1,805 complaints in December alone. Action Fraud told the BBC the scam was "particularly nasty as it looks so convincing". The emails use headlines such as "correct your licensing information" and "your TV licence expires today" in an attempt to convince people to click on the link in the email...'

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Post by Tripps » 04 Jan 2019, 11:47

'The accident of which you were innocent' scammers called again yesterday. Sheffield land line, and authentic looking phone number. This time I managed to get through to a human - I think my current bad cold fooled the voice recognition software. :smile:

He was an Asian sounding gent who said he was called Anderson. I asked for his phone number, and company name. He gave both, but they were false. I was just revving up for the 'coup de grace' when for some reason he put the phone down on me. Very rude.
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Tizer wrote:
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Action Fraud told the BBC the scam was "particularly nasty as it looks so convincing". The emails use headlines such as "correct your licensing information" and "your TV licence expires today" in an attempt to convince people to click on the link in the email...'
I got that one a couple of weeks ago. We are on direct debit so guess what? :extrawink:
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Post by Stanley » 11 Jan 2019, 05:13

I got my first financial spam email this morning for a long time. It purported to be from the Halifax and said there was news about my account..... Strange thing is I haven't got one so marked as junk immediately without opening. The crooks must be getting desperate, I wonder how many of those mails they sent out....... No wonder servers are clogged!
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Daniel (Lord) Finkelstein relates how his father, living alone, was targeted recently by fraudsters. The man phoned him claiming to be from the police and sounding genuine. He said a fraudster was targeting his account and so a policemen would have to visit him and collect his bank details. When father said he didn't want that the `policeman' became aggressive and threatened him with various legal spoofs to make him even more worried. He also said `We know you live alone. Father told them that his son was there with him. They said `We know there's no-one with you' (and that was correct ) and then `We're coming round now'. By that stage father was, not surprisingly, in a panic. Fortunately he had the good sense to rush out his back door and to his neighbours' house who took him in and called the police who also notified the bank. Nothing happened to his account and of course the criminals weren't traceable; but it left father living in fear of phone calls. There are some nasty people about.

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Post by PanBiker » 11 Jan 2019, 15:50

I received the TV licence scam email again today, they don't give up do they?
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Post by PanBiker » 11 Jan 2019, 15:55

Just realised that I posted at the beginning of December that I had never received a spam or troll mail up to that point the other side of Windows Defender. Same TV licence one twice since then. :surprised: :sad:
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Post by Tizer » 11 Jan 2019, 16:35

We get few scam emails these days but they are much cleverer that they used to be.

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Post by Stanley » 12 Jan 2019, 03:54

I made the mistake of picking the phone up on a cold call a few days ago. I have been getting two or three calls a day since then..... I must be on the active list again for a while... Bugger!
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Stanley wrote:
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I made the mistake of picking the phone up on a cold call a few days ago. I have been getting two or three calls a day since then..... I must be on the active list again for a while... Bugger!
I have the 'caller ID' service with my landline package so am able to ignore them. They definitely get the idea that no one is going to answer. :-)
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Post by Stanley » 12 Jan 2019, 07:31

:good:
Perhaps I need a more modern phone?
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Post by Sue » 12 Jan 2019, 08:22

We have caller ID on one phone, but not in the kitchen where we tend to be or in tbe bedroom. The other morning the phone woke us in the bedroom, I grabbed it fearing something was wrong with one of the family and it was a spam caller about my internet AGH!
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Post by PanBiker » 12 Jan 2019, 09:47

Call barring works on the line rather than the individual phone and is a much better bet if you have more than one receiver. We have that on our Talk Talk service. You can bar from the phone with a key press or go online to your account and manage and add to the list from there. It has a friendly number list as well for calls that you are prepared to accept, works very well.
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Post by Tizer » 12 Jan 2019, 10:06

We have the caller ID display service on our triple cordless phones provided free with our Plusnet broadband.
Stanley, we have the triple version of this `BT 4600 Big Button Advanced Call Blocker Cordless Home Phone
with Answer Machine' Single version
There is a Twin version if you need it: Twin

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Post by PanBiker » 12 Jan 2019, 10:26

If your Talk Talk package includes telephone, the call barring facility is already available. You just need to go into your account online and enable it. You only need the # key on your phone to add a number to the barred list.
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Post by Stanley » 13 Jan 2019, 04:05

I can see I will have to do a bit of research! That big button phone looks interesting Tiz, I shall consider it.
Had a look. Does the call block key only work for BT accounts?
I'm not ignoring what you said Ian, it's just that my phone is over 20 years old and it's probably time I upgraded.....
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Post by Tizer » 13 Jan 2019, 10:25

We don't use call blocking, only caller display. I think these services usually have to be from your service provider. Ours is Plusnet. I think Ian is saying Talk Talk would provide the service and I expect any phone would accept it.

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Post by PanBiker » 13 Jan 2019, 10:48

Yes it's part of the phone package if you use Talk Talk. You just have to enable the feature in your account, a tick box job. You can add numbers to the blocked list directly from your phone, don't need any dedicated buttons just the # key. You can manage the list online if you wish. We have a couple of basic BT wireless handsets, I think they were round the £20 mark, no buttons on the base units just charging docks, they work fine. Voicemail is built into the account as well so you don't need a specific receiver to do that either.
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Post by Big Kev » 13 Jan 2019, 10:54

I have a similar option with the Sky Talk package, you can add up to 1000 numbers to the 'block' list.
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Post by Stanley » 24 Jan 2019, 07:16

Just had an email 'Important update' address is 'email' What did I do? Resisted the temptation to open it and deleted it. If it'a genuine and important I shall get to know.....
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Post by Tizer » 31 Jan 2019, 11:07

Received this spam/scam yesterday. The scammers are now targeting EU nationals who work here. Immigration And Nationality Services Ltd is a genuine business helping such people with their documents etc. The OPEN CREDIT NOTE is a button if you view the message in HTML and it links to an unrelated and obviously risky web address. The email is from an address at the domain victoriandetectives.com which has obviously been hacked. Basware is also genuine. It's no danger to me but unfortunately there will be EU nationals in the UK who won't notice the odd From address and just click on the dodgy link and get scammed.
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Credit Note from Immigration And Nationality Services Ltd
Immigration And Nationality Services Ltd sent you a credit note on 30/01/19
Customer Number 8816553
Credit note number T05-00077106C
Due Date 12/02/19
Gross total -3,004.18 GBP
Click the button below to view the credit note.
OPEN CREDIT NOTE
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This service is brought to you by Basware, the e-invoice service provider of Immigration And Nationality Services Ltd. To edit the list of recipients of these email messages, please login to Basware Portal
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Post by Stanley » 01 Feb 2019, 03:14

I had a phone call the other day from 'a BT service man' who 'happened to be in the area'. I didn't wait to hear any more, just hung up. God knows what that was about....
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Post by Stanley » 06 Mar 2019, 06:22

I got mail yesterday with the heading 'Problem with your TV licence'. That is very strange, at my age it's free. Guess what I did with it....
They are getting desperate out there!
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Post by Big Kev » 06 Mar 2019, 06:51

There have been reports of a lot of similar emails all over the country, unfortunately there are some who part with their money...
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Post by Stanley » 06 Mar 2019, 07:16

:good:
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