Be careful, scammers are about!

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Posted 11th Aug
Just a heads up to HUKD land,

so far this week i have had 2 scam phone calls, one mentioning my Sky broadband and the second call from Amazon, and then i had a very good email from TV licencing, luckily i am very aware of these types of fraudulent activities taking place.
Trouble is there are people out there who are not, so be careful folks especially with vulnerable.
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I had the Sky one & the Amazon one too..

What I do is take the call as far as i possibly can without giving any personal info, then let them know how they wasted their time entertaining me for 10 minutes.

Scammer - "Can you tell me what it says on the screen sir"

Me - "Yeah says how can you sleep at night"

Scammer - "But sir it shouldnt be saying this, can you tell me what you typed in to get this"

Me - "I typed in google, best way to wind up a scammer"

Scammer - hangs up

Edited by: "MrSprkle" 11th Aug
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Good to bring awareness to this issue. I've not had any phone calls. Maybe 1 from as so called talktalk.I have noticed the increasements of emails that look rather authentic to say the less inexperienced. It's a little worrying.
If In doubt ring the company back up. Maybe from a different phone landline against or vis-versa to make sure they are not holding on the call. Be careful people!
Edited by: "mrman007" 11th Aug
Lots of fake PayPal emails popping up - your account is blocked, click here to re-enter your details!
shelliebish11/08/2020 07:20

Lots of fake PayPal emails popping up - your account is blocked, click …Lots of fake PayPal emails popping up - your account is blocked, click here to re-enter your details!


Sorry forgot about fake Paypal emails, i had those as well!, thank you for reminder.
If you get a phone call just tell them you are an officer on the fraud squad, strangely enough they soon hang up
shelliebish11/08/2020 07:20

Lots of fake PayPal emails popping up - your account is blocked, click …Lots of fake PayPal emails popping up - your account is blocked, click here to re-enter your details!


And fake Amazon emails too
They never went away......
My mother had the Amazon Prime scam call the other day, from a mobile.
I had another car accident I wasn’t aware of.
I only get calls from the accident services helpline about an accident for my non existent car.
Vencurse11/08/2020 08:36

I had another car accident I wasn’t aware of.


You really should pay more attention when you're driving!!!!
I had the Sky one & the Amazon one too..

What I do is take the call as far as i possibly can without giving any personal info, then let them know how they wasted their time entertaining me for 10 minutes.

Scammer - "Can you tell me what it says on the screen sir"

Me - "Yeah says how can you sleep at night"

Scammer - "But sir it shouldnt be saying this, can you tell me what you typed in to get this"

Me - "I typed in google, best way to wind up a scammer"

Scammer - hangs up

Edited by: "MrSprkle" 11th Aug
My mother was scammed recently with the Sky call. They told her that her router needed to be replaced (she had been having problems with her internet recently). She allowed them access to her system via Teamviewer, and used some pretty basic command line commands to fool her. They told her that she would receive £365 for the replacement router, but to do so needed to set them up as a payee in her bank. Not sure why at this point she didn't realise it was a scam, but they ended up getting a lot of money out of her account.

After it happened, she phoned me first and told me they were still on her system. I told her to turn her laptop off immediately. She turned off her internet and phone as they kept trying to call her back. I then advised her to phone the fraud department with her bank.

I spoke with her recently, and she's had the money back from her bank. I've told her that I am the only person to ever connect into her computer from now on, and if anyone needs access, they need to go through me first.

Be careful out there.
Edited by: "Joshua_Blake" 11th Aug
shelliebish11/08/2020 07:20

Lots of fake PayPal emails popping up - your account is blocked, click …Lots of fake PayPal emails popping up - your account is blocked, click here to re-enter your details!


No lie, i got one the other day allegedly from Paypal, addressing me as 'xxxxx xxxxx'
Edited by: "samosa" 11th Aug
The police should be doing much more about this. I find it hard to believe they can't trace the culprits somehow.
Only ever get spam calls on landline, and they very rare, thankful for that, but got genuine call from Gov.UK to check on person having recently flown in from EU was quarantining, almost did the usual please hold for ages, or go suck a fish :/, realized in time :).
pieinthesky11/08/2020 10:27

The police should be doing much more about this. I find it hard to believe …The police should be doing much more about this. I find it hard to believe they can't trace the culprits somehow.


Because most scammers are not based in the UK so our police are really not bothered, it's too much work for them with little in financial return for the police.
Had a few calls claiming to be from Microsoft, BT or Openreach over the last year. I was taken in for a few minutes by the one from “Openreach” as i’d just had new broadband installed. But when the guy I was talking to clearly didn’t know who my service provider was & then started talking utter nonsense about a security threat - I hung up.
I google every number before I even answer my mobile. Luckily I'm a fast researcher and can decipher the caller's intention within a couple of rings. I don't own a landline.
There’s a really weird one that’s just come to mind... there’s an email where they actually know a real (possibly old) password and claim that they’re going to share webcam footage of you pleasuring yourself unless you pay them in bitcoin! I was a bit freaked out by the use of a password that I actually used to use.... but thought the webcam footage might be fun to watch!
shelliebish11/08/2020 11:12

There’s a really weird one that’s just come to mind... there’s an email whe …There’s a really weird one that’s just come to mind... there’s an email where they actually know a real (possibly old) password and claim that they’re going to share webcam footage of you pleasuring yourself unless you pay them in bitcoin! I was a bit freaked out by the use of a password that I actually used to use.... but thought the webcam footage might be fun to watch!


Yeah similar emails claim to know your porn habits. You have to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. However as they threaten to send fake evidence to friends and family, it has potential of vulnerable people taking their lives.
Frankie7711/08/2020 11:18

Yeah similar emails claim to know your porn habits. You have to laugh at …Yeah similar emails claim to know your porn habits. You have to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. However as they threaten to send fake evidence to friends and family, it has potential of vulnerable people taking their lives.


I hadn’t thought of it like that... but yeah you’re right, some people probably wouldn’t cope with the threat of their naughty habits being shared and might take drastic action
Edited by: "shelliebish" 11th Aug
I get the tv license one, and the bt are gonna switch off my broadband call
I keep getting emails from "Netflix" strange seeing as I don't even have it!
Just had another Sky broadband related phone call, told him to go away ( i was not polite)

Update: my wife just had a HMRC call, getting ridiculous now!!
Edited by: "Neverwoncomps" 11th Aug
For a landline, what worked for me was getting an answerphone.

I only pick up if someone starts talking (and sounds genuine). Scammers usually hang up if they get an answerphone.
pieinthesky11/08/2020 16:04

For a landline, what worked for me was getting an answerphone.I only pick …For a landline, what worked for me was getting an answerphone.I only pick up if someone starts talking (and sounds genuine). Scammers usually hang up if they get an answerphone.


This doesn't stop the robocalling messages. And they just call back repeatedly.
Edited by: "Frankie77" 11th Aug
I have numerous blocked numbers on my phone
I get bombarded with calls "from" BT Openreach and amazon prime at the moment.

I have had some success winding a few of the scammers up by saying things like "But you are not from BT, you're a fraudster aren't you", "Why don't you get a proper job and stop robbing people?" and "Are your parents proud of having a thief in the family?". One seemed quite annoyed, they hung up but then rang me back to have a second try at defrauding me, insisting they were genuinely BT Openreach and that I needed to listen and do as they asked!

I have also tried telling a scammer something along the lines that their call has been diverted to action fraud as they have been identified as a scam caller and we have taken a voice print, we will be working with interpol and your local police force to raid scam call centres once the Covid crysis is over, and will be using your voice print to secure a conviction , employees will be held personally liable for their fraudulent activity. Trouble is I kept corpsing.
Edited by: "melted" 11th Aug
melted11/08/2020 16:56

I get bombarded with calls "from" BT Openreach and amazon prime at the …I get bombarded with calls "from" BT Openreach and amazon prime at the moment.I have had some success winding a few of the scammers up by saying things like "But you are not from BT, you're a fraudster aren't you", "Why don't you get a proper job and stop robbing people?" and "Are your parents proud of having a thief in the family?". One seemed quite annoyed, they hung up but then rang me back to have a second try at defrauding me, insisting they were genuinely BT Openreach and that I needed to listen and do as they asked! I have also tried telling a scammer something along the lines that their call has been diverted to action fraud as they have been identified as a scam caller and we have taken a voice print, we will be working with interpol and your local police force to raid scam call centres once the Covid crysis is over, and will be using your voice print to secure a conviction , employees will be held personally liable for their fraudulent activity. Trouble is I kept corpsing.


corpsing?
Mendoza11/08/2020 17:00

corpsing?



Corpsing is British theatrical slang for unintentionally laughing during a non-humorous performance or when a role in a humorous performance is intended to be played "straight". In North American TV and film, this is considered a variation of breaking character or simply "breaking".
melted11/08/2020 17:02

Corpsing is British theatrical slang for unintentionally laughing during a …Corpsing is British theatrical slang for unintentionally laughing during a non-humorous performance or when a role in a humorous performance is intended to be played "straight". In North American TV and film, this is considered a variation of breaking character or simply "breaking".


I’ve never, ever heard of that before. Great to learn new terms
I can heartily recommend the BT range of call blocker phones (landline). They do an effective job of blocking scammers and should one get through it is a simple one button press to add them to the blocked list. I do not work for or have any association with BT
Vencurse11/08/2020 08:36

I had another car accident I wasn’t aware of.


It must have been very bad as it wiped your memory
Frankie7711/08/2020 10:42

I google every number before I even answer my mobile. Luckily I'm a fast …I google every number before I even answer my mobile. Luckily I'm a fast researcher and can decipher the caller's intention within a couple of rings. I don't own a landline.


Is it possible to Google if the caller is spoofing the CLI ?
I was having up to 2 calls a day about my Amazon prime membershiip renewal that I have never paid!
Last few months i've been getting a text from "O2" saying there's a problem with my bill and it needs paying.
It comes through as a normal mobile number and not the official O2 number.
Theres also a link to click which no doubt takes you to a dodgy - lets have your bank details page.

I block them as i receive them but someone might fall for it.
2 "Amazon" calls last week stating my £39 subscription failed, - and I am going to court tomorrow apparently as I haven't paid HMRC so I will be arrested tonight....news to me on all counts lol
AndyRoyd11/08/2020 18:08

Is it possible to Google if the caller is spoofing the CLI ?


Yeah there is that danger. I still think it gives you a head start to what you should expect on the phone. It almost becomes detective work even with genuine calls.
I just hate phone calls in general
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