Beware of new telephone scam!!!

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  1. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

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    I've just been informed of a serious attempt to get someone's bank account etc details through very devious means which were NOT obvious!!! As this was told to a friend who is a regional manager for a major security firm I suggest you do NOT treat this lightly! :Eeek:

     
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    certainly not a new scam. the caller leaves the line open and plays the sound of a dial tone when you put your receiver down. when you pick it up again, it sounds like the dial tone. the caller or an associate then talk you through your security questions and bank details. they then use this info themselves on another line at the same time to your real bank

    not all thieves are stupid or wear stripy jumpers and carry a bag marked swag. in the real world, they use psychology to trick you and take the money long before you realise what is going on. they work on the premise that people will panic and be foolish enough to compromise their own security

    thankyou for the reminder though
     
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    something else to watch out for..thanks a lot funsters.:whatthe:
     
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    These days I tend not to answer the phone :Smile: especially if I don't recognise the number and always let it go onto the answer machine its amazing they just hang up, mustn't be that important :winky:
     
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    WOWwwwww!!!! :Eeek::Eeek:

    You don't answer your phone unless you recognise the number???? :Eeek::Eeek::Eeek:

    Do you no realise what you might be missing? :Doh:

    It may be a call from Nigeria, offering you a fortune from a long lost relative, or a £1,000,000, if you cash a cheque! :thumb:

    You could also be missing out on offers of free holidays, massive refunds of PPI insurance, huge sums of money for accidents that you have never had, etc., etc. :Cool:


    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    I do exactly the same!
     
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    I see this all too often (.....currently work on a Fraud Squad in the Met)

    A few tips (which I trust are mostly comon sense to you)

    NEVER give out any personal information on a cold call.

    NEVER buy anything major from ebay/autotrader/pistonheads/gumtree without having a face to face deal and seeing the item (many many cars, campers and motorhomes are offered for sale at just below the 'normal' price making them attractive, but they aren't real - you MUST go see the vehicle in person)

    NEVER send money through a bank transfer/western union unless you have the item.

    If using ebay - stick to paypal, and only link to it from your ebay acount - never from an external link in an email. (There are scams on ebay - but if you are unlucky enough to fall for one - at least you have some financial protection if using paypal properly through the ebay website which YOU OPEN YOURSELF - not a link!)

    Always check the 'grammar' on emails and the like, some replicate ebay and paypal emails and are very convincing - but check all the small print carefully, - if you weren't expecting it - its a scam.

    And remember - you DON'T have a long lost relative, you havent been left a load of money in a will, and you NEVER have to pay money to release money, or for the 'girl' you met online to help her sick auntie and then fly over to visit you - even though her (or his!) photo is very attractive! It's usually someone from one or two certain African countries.

    Golden rule - if it seems to good to be true - it is.

    Sadly I see many many people who are apparently normal intelligent ordinary human beings - and they fall for it all the time. Most of these scams operate from overseas, and not only is there nothing the Police can do, but the Banks won't refund your money if you've transferred it and its a scam. Even to a UK bank account - it's opened using a stolen/fake identity, used to 'launder' money, then closed.

    Buyer beware:thumb:

    If anyone does have any specific concerns or think they've been 'done' - I'll always be happy to help any Funsters with the knowledge and experience I have, only a PM away and in confidence!:thumb:
     
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    I now unplug phone and only plug in to make outgoing calls.
     
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    The email supposedly from a friend in need abroad is one of the cruelest and potentially the one most likely to catch folks out, I think.
     
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    I got an email from a member on here. It was for plastic surgery and some special anti ageing cream:ROFLMAO:
    I knew it must have been a fake .
    Not because I don't need it :Blush: but the person in question just wouldn't have sent it. I forgot to tell them when we were at Eden camp. This has just reminded me:thumb:
    I think someone must have go t her email list and sent it to all the addresses.
     
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    Hahaha..I had one like that from a friend - for a slimming 'camp' in France.

    He was so embarrassed when I asked him if he thought I needed to lose some weight ::bigsmile:
     
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    It's probably been posted before but this phone scam has another, potentially more beguiling guise. In this case, the caller claims to be PC Plod (in the cases reported around Banbury) from Hammersmith Police Station. He claims to be calling in response to an arrest: they have pulled in someone with your credit/debit cards on them (presumably cloned). Then they tell you to call the bank and hold the line open whilst you do.
    I had a call attempting this about two months age, then read in the local paper of another case to someone with the same surname. Just remember, the police will always tell you to contact your bank, and your bank will NEVER ask for a pin number.
     
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    Oh yes - this happens, and more....so to follow on, and add to the OP's post;

    If the scammer is successful in duping you on the phone - (and believe me they are!) the next step after obtaining all of your security details and your pin is they arrange either a 'courrier' (which is a local minicab) to come to your home and collect your cards so that they can be destroyed (sometimes - they advise it will be a plain clothes Officer who comes round), and that unwitting cab driver (yeah right - but prove otherwise) then delivers the cards to a 'shell' address, and well - you can guess the rest.
     
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    I always answer anything like this with: as I'm a policeman I'm very interested in this, and see how quick the call gets terminated:winky::Smile:
     
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    I had one a couple of weeks ago telling me I had cancer and to open the attachment for the test results. At the top of the e.mail it said to me and 33 others, a bit of a give away.
     
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