Scams of any type.
Post scams of any type. If it is not from personal experience, check its veracity if you can; Snopes.com is a good reference. I shall be posting IT scams as I become aware of them, and you of course, can do the same.
Open Loop 30
Action Fraud has received 752 reports in four days relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem. The emails state that the recipient is eligible for a rebate as a result of a newly announced government scheme. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.
Please view our tweet to see a screenshot of the fake emails reported to Action Fraud: https://twitter.com/CyberProtectUK/status/1527657160586444800?s=20=RdAiopW83gUlsAymvjnu5g
• Remember, your bank, or any other official organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, contact the company using details from their official website or app.
• Spotted a suspicious email? Forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) - email@example.com
For more information on how to stay secure online, please visit: www.cyberaware.gov.uk
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(Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
This is a familiar fraud that has been going on for years. The victims are older people who may not be aware of it.
Protect your loved ones from callous fraudsters after Hampshire and Isle of Wight residents lose more than £786,000 to courier fraud
Hampshire Constabulary is urging family members and friends of vulnerable people to be on their guard to help protect their loved ones from courier fraudsters.
Typically, courier fraudsters target their victims by claiming to be a police officer or a member of staff from a victim’s bank and they often pressure people into making quick financial decisions to assist with fictitious investigations.
In 2021 alone, 110 people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight were victims of courier fraud, with losses totalling £786,963.
Across the whole of the UK, 3,625 people were victims of courier fraud, with people losing more than £15.2million through scams.
Hampshire Constabulary is now supporting a new campaign launched by the City of London Police to help tackle courier fraud.
To help raise awareness, the City of London Police has released a new list of tactics used by the fraudsters.
An analysis of data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has highlighted four modus operandi (MOs) which are now more commonly being used by fraudsters.
Four common MOs used by courier fraudsters:
1) Bank card expiry: Fraudsters claim to be from the victim’s bank and say their card is no longer valid. They ask for the pin number and then send a “courier” to collect the card before using it for fraudulent purposes.
2) Purchasing high-end items: The suspects pretend to be police officers and ask the victim to help with an undercover operation by purchasing expensive items like watches, jewellery and gold. Once the item is bought, the victim will hand over the item to the criminal.
3) Counterfeit cash/bank investigation: A person claiming to be a police or banking official informs the victim that they need to help with a banking corruption investigation. The victim is told to withdraw a large amount of money and the cash is picked up later by a courier to “check for fingerprints or to identify counterfeit bank notes”.
4) Computer takeover: The fraudster telephones the victim, purporting to be from their internet service provider, saying that they have had an issue with their internet connectivity and they are due compensation. The victim is persuaded to download a remote access application, giving the suspects access to their home computers. The fraudster persuades the victims into thinking that they have been paid too much compensation and the victims then withdraw cash to pay the money back, which is later collected by a courier.
Detective Inspector Mark Carter, from Hampshire Constabulary’s Serious & Organised Crime Unit, said: “These fraudsters are heartless individuals who prey on some of the most vulnerable people living in our area.
“We know that victims of courier fraud are typically aged between 70 and 89, with women more likely to be targeted than men.
“I would like to urge everyone who has an elderly relative, friend or cares for someone in that age bracket to make them aware of this type of fraud.
“We want people to know the tactics used by fraudsters and to be aware of the warning signs to look out for.
“These incidents can often have a huge impact on victims as they come to terms with the fact they have fallen for a scam, and the financial losses that come with it.
“We want to ensure that people do not become repeat victims, so we want to educate them and their loved ones to ensure that fraudsters can no longer take advantage of Hampshire and Isle of Wight residents.
“Our officers are determined to bring an end to offences of this nature and will take appropriate steps to identify and prosecute the individuals responsible.”
Signs of courier fraud:
• Courier fraud usually starts with an unsolicited telephone call to the victim.
• Typically, the suspect will pose as a bank official, police officer or a computer or utility engineer.
• Courier fraudsters will usually request victims to purchase high-value items such as a Rolex watch and gold bullion, withdraw cash or provide a bank card for collection from a courier.
• Fraudsters will instruct victims not tell any family or friends about what they are doing.
• When carrying out courier fraud, criminals will request that the victim hangs up the phone to ring their bank for confirmation while keeping the line open. The suspect then purports to be bank official and provides false confirmation.
• Fraudsters will also make arrangements for a courier to meet the victim to collect the item they have purchased.
Anyone who receives an unexpected call from someone claiming to be one of these officials should verify they are speaking to someone genuine: hang up, wait five minutes and call back on a number they know is genuine.
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(Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire and Isle of Wight)
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Shoppers targeted with a fake Tesco refund email
An email claiming that you’re due compensation from Tesco ‘because of a system error’ has been confirmed as a fake. Unlike other phishing attempts this message didn’t have any branding and used random employee names to try to appear real.
Which alert (Edited)
Fake Cadbury ‘Easter Chocolate Basket’ message
A fake message posing as Cadbury is spreading quickly on WhatsApp. It's inviting people to grab a ‘Cadbury FREE Easter Chocolate Basket’ by clicking through to a site that has nothing to do with Cadbury.
Interesting, truth is stranger than fiction story on BBC Sounds, about how a fraudster, Russel King (Lord Voldemort), used a football club in a con that stretched around the world. Cast includes Sven-Göran Eriksson and Sol Campbell: https://bbc.in/3pIK6N2
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The two money saving plug scam posts, were prompted by this post in Anything:
If you use 1 unit of electricity, you will be charged for 1 unit of electricty. If you can produce a device that does otherwise, you will be a millionaire in no time, and the whole world would be using them.
The Motex website was created 71 days ago, and information is witheld by a Privacy Service. The TechTrends website which reviews (advertises) the product gives false information:
They are using the name of the famous (not to everyone) scientist to impress, and quote ridiculous amounts that can be saved: 'It is no secret that the price of electricity is steadily increasing each year, but thanks to this new Nikola-Tesla-inspired technology, consumers can save hundreds to thousands of pounds every year on their electric bills.' The device contains a capacitor, a few resistors, an LED and a fuse - all it does is light the LED!
The website does not change its text to agree with the location of the reader: there is no Public Utility Commission in the UK: 'It's very apparent that we as Brits have an energy crisis - a lack of energy from lawmakers and the Public Utility Commission about fixing the crooked business of selling overpriced electricity to consumers.'
The reviews are ficticious, and all the photos are 'models' The site is connected financially to the seller of Motex. Here is a statement from the end of their website:
THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT AN ACTUAL NEWS ARTICLE, BLOG, OR CONSUMER PROTECTION UPDATE
MARKETING DISCLOSURE: THIS WEBSITE IS A MARKET PLACE. AS SUCH YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE OWNER HAS A MONETARY CONNECTION TO THE PRODUCT AND SERVICES ADVERTISED ON THE SITE. THE OWNER RECEIVES PAYMENT WHENEVER A QUALIFIED LEAD IS REFERRED BUT THAT IS THE EXTENT OF IT.
ADVERTISING DISCLOSURE: THIS WEBSITE AND THE PRODUCTS & SERVICES REFERRED TO ON THE SITE ARE ADVERTISING MARKETPLACES. THIS WEBSITE IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT A NEWS PUBLICATION. ANY PHOTOGRAPHS OF PERSONS USED ON THIS SITE ARE MODELS. THE OWNER OF THIS SITE AND OF THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES REFERRED TO ON THIS SITE ONLY PROVIDES A SERVICE WHERE CONSUMERS CAN OBTAIN AND COMPARE.
There is an app that makes it look like a bank transfer has taken place when in fact it hasn’t.
The app creates an image confirming a successful payment for the correct value. This is fake and no money will have been sent.
The app is being used on popular auction and marketplace websites.
Take steps to protect yourself by making sure you receive payment confirmation from your online banking account or ask your bank before posting any goods.
You could also take a photo of items before posting them so you have proof of condition in case of a fraudulent claim.
Compliments of the day,
I am Dr.Raphael W Bostic,President Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. I handle financial consultancy for government, financial institutions, companies and high net individuals. I was informed of some funds belonging to beneficiaries being held up in suspense accounts with the Federal Reserve Bank. These funds are as a result of inheritance/Donations/lottery contract sum owned to beneficiaries all over the world but have not been able to be released to them due to bottlenecks caused by the remitting officers from the foreign country where the transactions originated from. I have been consulted by the Federal Reserve Bank Board of Trustees in conjunction with the United States Government to resolve with immediate effect all payments to beneficiaries whose fund are with Federal Reserve Bank.
You are to cease any further communication with any of the previous shady elements that may have been communicating with you in the past attempting to frustrate you from claiming your funds. Our wide experiences in these matters as they apply to International Transfer Policies in this part of the world will enable me ensure that your outstanding fund payment is resolved with immediate effect. Finally, you are to understand that you are not the only beneficiaries being paid this way as others have been receiving their funds hence we will not compel you against your wish to do what is necessary and have your fund released to you. Thanks for your anticipated response.
I will await your immediate correspondence with your direct telephone numbers to my private email address at (firstname.lastname@example.org) for re-confirmation so that we may conclude your payment immediately.
,Federal Reserve Bank
Another Amazon Scam (Edited)
I don't know if this one has been posted before. It is perpetrated by an incompetent bunch of scammers. Why would a refund be required if the transaction was stopped?
Some years ago I had a problem with my computer and asked for assistance - I can't remember who from. I was asked if I would allow the Helpdesk Administrator to access my computer remotely. I said no and he talked me through what I needed to do. Most things can be done without allowing remote access, it just saves time.
Posted on Nextdoor:
another amazon scam. Hi , Please be aware of a new, very high-level scam. I had a phone call from someone who introduced themselves as a member of Amazon. She briefly said that my Amazon account had been hacked and someone attempted to make a purchase of a mobile phone for around £700. She said they managed to stop the transaction as it seemed very suspicious but I need to confirm if I want the refunded money paid on my bank account. As I couldn't understand was she was talking about, she said she would transfer me to her manager. After that, she hung up. Seconds later, I had another call from a similar number and this time it was a man. He introduced himself and explained to me step by step that someone hacked my amazon account and confirmed everything the woman had said before. He said that to receive the refund Id have to fill the refund form but to do that I would have to go to Play Store and install the app called Amazon remote desk. I did and then he put his email to get access to my mobile. He said that the form is there and I have to fill that in to get a refund. The app looked very legitimate, there was a logo and website layout exactly like amazon's. I didn't fill in the form as I was concerned about why they need CCV no for a refund. I asked him to explain that but he said that was the procedure. I kept asking why he needed that and all my bank details if amazon already has all the information. Then he hung up. I have removed the app from my mobile. Their number were +35347712847 and +35399425334. It all looked very legitimate till the very end and I am very aware of frauds and scams. So stay vigilant. I have reported this information to the police.
Post from Anything loop. Be sure to listen to the programme, and register for the Land Registry alert service:
We are appealing for information and offering crime prevention advice following a spate of luxury watch distraction thefts and robberies across the county in the past year.
During each incident, the suspect – typically a woman – has targeted elderly victims in public places by pretending to ask them about a survey or a petition.
They often use a clipboard as a prop to make themselves appear genuine.
Once the survey has been completed, the suspects often compliment the victim and try to embrace them, with reports suggesting they may try to hug or kiss them.
It is during this time that the item, usually a watch, is removed using sleight of hand techniques.
The suspects are then spotted leaving the area in a vehicle.
The desired target locations seem to be near golf courses and supermarket car parks. However, some offences have also taken place outside residential properties.
During the last 12 months, more than 30 incidents have been reported to us. Victims are predominantly targeted because they are wearing high value Rolex watches.
Some of the incidents are as follows:
21/01/21 - Waitrose, Locks Heath (44210024288)
An elderly man was approached by a female and asked to sign a petition for a deaf charity. She grabbed his left hand and the man later noticed that his Rolex watch was missing.
18/02/21 - Waitrose, Yateley (44210061865)
An elderly couple had completed their shopping and were putting it in the car when a female approached them with a clipboard and asked them to give her some information. The suspect tried to kiss the man and grabbed his arm, before removing his watch.
8/04/21 - Weston Road, Upton Grey, nr Basingstoke (44210132217)
A man was working in his front garden when he was approached by a female. She grabbed his wrist and 15 minutes later he realised his Rolex watch was missing.
18/05/21 - Waitrose, Chandler’s Ford (44210191837)
An elderly man was approached by two women who asked him to sign a petition relating to children. The victim obliged and was hugged by one of the women. He later discovered that his Rolex watch was missing.
25/05/21 - Wellow Golf Club, East Wellow (44210202702)
A man was parking his car in the golf club car park when an unknown woman approached him and asked him to sign a piece of paper and engaged in discussion. He later realised that his Rolex watch was missing.
05/06/21 - The Square, Petersfield (44210219105)
A man was walking along Petersfield High Street when two unknown women approached him. They had a clipboard and were asking for signatures for a petition. One of the females grabbed the man around the wrist and he later realised his watch had been stolen.
19/07/21 - Blackmoor Golf Club, Bordon (44210286098)
An elderly man was unloading his golf equipment when he was approached by two women. One had alleged hearing difficulties and they wanted him to sign a petition regarding the building of a facility for disabled people in Farnham. They hugged him and stole his Rolex watch.
20/09/21 - Orange Row/South Street, Emsworth (44210378258)
A man was approached by two women dressed in a nurse’s type of uniform. They claimed to be collecting signatures for a deaf centre. While signing the document, one gave the man a hug while the other grabbed his left hand. One tried to kiss the man but he broke away, and they walked off quickly. A very short while later he went to check the time, to find his watch was missing.
Detectives are investigating the incidents and we would like to remind people to be on their guard following the reports over recent months.
We are urging the public to report any offences immediately to help apprehend the offenders.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind people of what they can do to help protect themselves:
When you meet a fundraiser in person, check their credentials – street collectors should wear an ID badge that is clearly visible
Most fundraising materials should feature a charity’s name, registration number and a landline phone number
If in doubt, ask for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer your questions
Register your property for free at immobilise.com
Photograph each piece of valuable gold or jewellery against a plain background with a ruler next to it
Keep a written description for each item
Jewellery can be forensically marked with a suitable security product. Always take specialist advice before marking expensive or irreplaceable items. You can find out more about traceable liquids at securedbydesign.com
Keep purses and bags closed and secure at all times
Be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you when you are out shopping
Carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest
Return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it
Use a purse that’s difficult for others to open – one that zips or snaps shut is best
Conceal your wallet in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge
Don’t hang bags on the back of your chair or a pushchair
Report suspicious activity in your area to police by calling 101 or online at hampshire.police.uk but in an emergency, always call 999.
Anyone with information relating to any of the incidents above, please call 101 quoting the reference number.
Message Sent By
(Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire and Isle of Wight)
SCAM ALERT. New one on me! I get a Whats App message "Dad my phone has been stolen, I'm borrowing one from work, until I can get my insurance to replace mine. Here is the number of my work phone xxxx xxxxxxxxxx." Later in the day, Whats App message, from the new number, "Dad, my Bank won't allow me to use my new phone to pay an invoice, which needs paying before tomorrow. If I send you the payment details i.e. Bank sort code and account number can you pay if for me, and I'll settle up tomorrow." OK. Then follows the amount £xxx, and the Bank Details again by Whats App. Just as a check I phone my daughter, on her old number, and find out that she has not lost her phone, nor does she need any invoice paying. Tthis is a scam, and can be sent to anyone. Merry Christmas.
Just got a text............. We'll be in touch tomorrow with your 2-hour slot. Get set up at virginmedia. Com/replacebb. Not in? No worries: Yodel will leave a card explaining how to reschedule
I frequently get emails saying i have been chosen for a prize/discount etc. these are allegedly from well known companies but i just wonder if they are all scams or am I missing out by ignoring them. ?
Stop Scams UK, supported by the Financial Conduct Authority and Ofcom, have started a telephone service, where you can check whether the call, text or email is genuine. Most of the UK's leading banks have signed up, apart from HSBC, and it works on all major mobile networks To check on a possible scam, phone 159 and choose your bank by pressing the appropriate number on the keypad, you will then be put through to someone in customer services. If the scam originates as a phone call, be sure to put the phone down and check that the caller has disconnected. Scammers even have a recorded dialing tone and the same response as dialing 159. You can check immediately that they have gone, by phoning your home number via a mobile phone, or phone 159 on your mobile.
The service will be run as a trial for 12 months.
Adverts have appeared on cybercriminal forums asking for scammers to target a batch of stolen Microsoft 365 email addresses. The gangs want to recruit scammers who speak English as their first language, because they are less likely to make the grammatical errors that expose many phishing emails.
We want to urge local residents that are selling off-road motorcycles, quad-bikes and ATVs online, particularly on selling platforms such as Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, to be vigilant following a number of reports of thefts or attempted thefts across the county.
It comes after numerous sellers have received a call, or direct message, from people pretending to be ‘buyers’ and requesting an image or a video of the vehicle engine running from the seller.
Those pretending to be ‘buyers’ have then extracted the image metadata – which allows users to see when and where the image or video was taken – allowing the bike to be pinpointed to a specific location.
The vehicles are then targeted by criminals and are often stolen or attempts made to steal the vehicles.
We know online buying and selling sites have grown in popularity in recent months, however we want to remind people to please be vigilant when selling items in this way.
Our advice would be:
• Ensure that ‘location’ settings are switched off on your mobile device / camera if you’re then sending images to prospective ‘buyers’; this would mitigate against the location metadata being extracted and the vehicle located
• If asked for additional images or videos from prospective buyers, upload them directly to your online listing; do not send them directly
• Do not provide you home or work address to buyers; arrange to meet them in a public place or neutral location
• Report any crimes or suspicious activity via our online reporting tool via the Hampshire Constabulary website - https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
•If a crime is in progress, please dial 999 immediately
Message Sent By
Wes Hutchins (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)
Just a shot of my email list. It shows 2 entries for Ezee-fix.
Eezy-fix is a genuine company based in Belfast. I have never dealt with them and hadn't heard of them until checking this morning.
I do not believe they are involved in this scam.
However, as I had never heard of them, it would have been impossible for me to have placed an order with them, let alone given them payment.
I am not opening the emails as undoubtedly there will be a tracker within advising them they have a "Live" email address and I don't want that.
But be aware that this is how scammers start. I would tell them that I haven't ordered anything, then they will start a dialogue to attempt to get my bank details, either to "return money" I have paid or perhaps to make a payment that isn't due. One way or another they are touting for information.
Just make sure that you don't give them any!
We are urging those selling high value electrical items online, particularly on Facebook Marketplace, to be vigilant following a number of reports where people pretending to be ‘buyers’ have walked away with the goods after convincing the seller they have paid via bank transfer.
There have been a total of 21 incidents since August 14 across Hampshire.
Laptops, mobile phones, tablets, games consoles, a drone and a watch are amongst the items stolen, ranging in price from £370 to £3400.
Those pretending to be ‘buyers’ have answered a seller’s advert quickly and when they have turned up to collect the items, they have then convinced the buyer they have transferred the money by showing them the transfer on a banking app. When the sellers have said they can’t see the money in their account, the ‘buyers’ have convinced them it will appear soon and have left with the goods.
On some occasions, the ‘buyers’ have taken a photo of the seller on their doorstep and asked them to produce ID.
We know online buying and selling sites are really popular and are a great way to trade second hand items, however we want to remind people to please be vigilant when selling items in this way.
Our advice would be:
• Always check and be completely satisfied the money is in your bank account before you hand over the goods. Genuine buyers will accept that this is correct practice
• Have someone with you at home when prospective buyers attend, or arrange to meet them in a public place
• You do not need to show anyone ID. There should be no reason to pass over your personal details / ID to a prospective buyer
• If you believe someone has attempted to scam you in this way, please try and note down a description of the people involved or vehicle they travelled in and make a report.
• Report any suspicious activity via our online reporting tool https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/fo/v1/fraud/
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Marisa Charles (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)
Do not buy anything from this company. We bought some fruit trees and now we are getting calls every day. I don't answer but I check the numbers online.
There are loads of complaints about scam calls from them about all different things. One is about a motoring club which they sign you up to whether you want it or not
Copied from another forum...........
Thames Water - Suspicious Call. Got a call from Thames Water ysterday stating that my consumption for the months April to July is way above average and they need to visit my place to check for leakages and to advice me how to save water. They said the earliest appointment available is 10-Aug. But when I asked them how much was my consumption in the same period last year and what %age has increased, they said they do not have access to old data. When I asked what %age is the increase over jan-feb-march again he said he does not have the data. I got the feeling it may be a suspicious call. Just posting it here for everyones benefit .
I'm currently listening to episodes of The Missing Cryptoqueen on BBC Sounds. It is a true story about Ruja Ignatova, the founder of the fake cryptocurrency OneCoin. The scam took in millions of victims, and stole billions of pounds.
Phishing warning: fake Sainsbury’s marketing survey email
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Sainsbury’s has confirmed that an email promising £90 for taking part in a ‘marketing survey’ has nothing to do with it. Here’s what the email looks like.
We’re all used to seeing slick marketing from brands. Many feature recognisable logos and familiar brand colours to promote their offers across emails, social media, TV adverts… the list goes on.
But Sainsbury’s has confirmed that this ‘marketing survey’ email and the site it takes you through to have nothing to do with the supermarket. The survey and its offers of free ‘rewards’ are fake, and eventually encourage you to part with sensitive personal information.
Here’s what the email looks like:
Why the hassle of a fake survey?
Phishing attempts like this are becoming more sophisticated: fraudsters impersonating these companies know that posing as a well-known brand may not be enough to get someone to part with sensitive information, so are using more thorough tactics to gain your trust.
Completing the fake survey will take you through to another page dressed in Sainsbury’s branding that encourages you to ‘claim’ a reward. An ‘offer expires’ countdown is another sign that the site is attempting to rush you into making a decision.
Continuing to follow these links eventually takes you to a page encouraging you to enter sensitive information, such as your name, address and email, all of which could then be used by the people behind these fake emails.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said:
“Customers should always be mindful of phishing scams. This message is not from Sainsbury’s and we are advising customers to delete it”
Have you spotted fake ‘marketing’ emails?
In April, a similar ‘loyalty program’ email promising prizes and purporting to have been sent from Dyson was confirmed to be a fake. Have you noticed an increase in these types of tactics?
Tue 29/06/2021 13:40
Our system indicates that a glitch in our billing procedures has led to an overcharge on your latesr payment to us.
Our accounting department has concluded thar you are elibgible for a refund of £79 GBP
Click here to view online.
E.ON Issuing Date: 29.06.2021
E.ON Refund Ammount: £79 GBP.
Please note: In order to claim the refund, please confirm your details by view online