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CRAFTY CONS

Some of the scams listed below are from
several years back but, unfortunately, some are still relevant today or at
least something very similar so they are worth checking out.

In this day and age there appears to
be an abundance of scams and con artists around, here are some of the most popular – to be
avoided at all costs!

These sort of warnings often turn out
to be hoaxes and it can be difficult to ascertain just how genuine they
are but, having carried out initial checks to weed out the obvious hoaxes,
they are featured here in good faith in the hope that, should they be
authenticate, it will prevent some people falling into their traps.

August 2009 – Received
from Jack Clarke

PLEASE PASS ON TO YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY.

The new telephone ‘scam’ has arrived in Medway.
(although it has been reported across the UK)

I received a call from a ‘representative’ of BT, informing me that he was dis-connecting me because of an unpaid bill. He demanded payment immediately of £31.00 , or it would be £ 118.00 to re-connect at a later date.

The guy wasn’t even fazed when I told him I was with Virgin Media, allegedly VM have to pay BT a percentage for line rental!

I asked the guy’s name – the very ‘English’ John Peacock with a very ‘African’ accent – & phone number – 0800 0800 152.

Obviously the fella realized I wasn’t believing his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. I asked how & he told me to hang up & try phoning someone – he would dis-connect my phone to prevent this.

AND HE DID !! My phone was dead – no engaged tone, nothing – until he phoned me again.

Very pleased with himself, he asked if that was enough proof that he was with BT. I asked how the payment was to be made & he said credit card, there & then. 

I said that I didn’t know how he’d done it, but I had absolutely no intention of paying him , I didn’t believe his name or that he worked for BT.

He hung up.

Did 1471 & phoned his fictitious 0800 number – not recognised.

I phoned the police to let them know , I wasn’t the first! It’s only just started apparently but it is escalating.

Their advice was to let as many people know by word of mouth of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it’s real, so please let as many friends & family aware of this. 

N.B. 
If someone calls you and you hang up but they remain on the line this
will make your line unusable until they hang up and that is the the way
they make it look as if you have been cut-off.


February 2008 –
received from Cat Sheppard

“I have recently been contacted by a “charity” called Life – telling me that one of the directors of the company had agreed to pledge £199 to an under-privileged school to give them new books. I asked the directors who said they hadn’t even heard of the charity. Life phoned me back today to ask how we would pay and I told them we didn’t know who they were and we hadn’t agreed to anything and they just put the phone down without another word. The telephone number was withheld. Please can you post this on your site as I don’t want other people to fall prey to this thieving.”

After
receiving this message from Cat I contacted the charity “Life”
and received the following response from their Chief Executive –

“Thank you for your email. The call most definitely did not originate from our charity and we would not fundraise in such a manner. This is the second such incident we have been made aware of this week.”


Viccy Hall
has sent this timely reminder of a recent scam.  It is my
understanding that this was stopped a couple of years ago, however, they
may well have resurrected it and, in my view, it is better to be
forewarned –

It
has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making
people aware of the following scam:

A
card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery
Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you
need to contact them on

0906
6611911 (a premium rate number).

DO
NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.

If
you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will
already have been billed £15 for the phone call.

If
you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail
Fraud on 02072396655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at www.icstis.org.uk 

cartoon deliivery van

 

More
information on the history and latest situation regarding this particular
scam can be found at

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/parcel-delivery-service/
 


 

 

 


Email Petitions 

In most instances Governments/Organisations
do not accept email petitions as they consider that Petitions need to
contain the full address and be signed by each petitioner.

Chain Emails

Most emails asking you to add your name and
forward to as many people as you can are similar to the “chain
letters” which were circulated years ago.

Their object is to get names and
“cookie” tracking info for telemarketers and spammers to
validate active e-mail accounts for their own purposes.

Any time you see an e-mail that says
forward this on to “10” of your friends, it probably means that
is has an email programme attached that tracks the cookies of all the
recipients or the host sender is receiving a copy.

Each time it gets forwarded, it get lists
of “active” e-mails to use in spam e-mails, or sell to others
that do.

Barbara
Fitzjohn


Reminder received from David
Lubran
.  This is not a new scam but one worth remembering –

One of our employees was called on
Wednesday from “VISA”, and I was called on Thursday from
“MasterCard”. Note, the callers do not ask for your Card number;
they already have it.

The scam works like this: Person calling
says, “This is (name), and I’m  calling from the Security and
Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460. Your card has been
flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I’m calling to verify. This
would be on your VISA card that was issued by (name of bank). Did you
purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for £249.99 from a Marketing
company based in (name of any town or city)?”

When you say “No” the caller
continues with, “Then we will be issuing a credit to your account.
This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from £150
to £249, just under the £250 purchase pattern that flags most cards.
Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your
address), is that correct?”


credit cards

You say “yes”. The caller
continues – “I will be starting a Fraud investigation. If you have
any questions, you should call the 0800 number listed on the back of your
card and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control Number.
The caller then gives you a 6 digit number.

“Do you need me to read it
again?”

Here’s the IMPORTANT part on how the scam
works. The caller then says, “I need to verify you are in possession
of your card”. He’ll ask you to “turn your card over and look
for some numbers”. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your
card number, the next 3 are the security Numbers that verify you are the
possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make
Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to
read the 3 numbers to him.

After you tell the caller the 3 numbers,
he’ll say, “That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card
has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you
have any other questions?” After you say No. the caller then thanks
you and states, “Don’t hesitate to all back; if you do”, and
hangs up. You actually say very little, and

They never ask for or tell you the Card
number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20
minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security
Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase
of £249.99 was charged to our card.

What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN
number on the back of the card. Don’t give it to them.

Instead, tell them you’ll call VISA or
Master card directly for verification of their conversation. The real VISA
told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already
know the information since they issued the card!

If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN
you think you’re receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your
statement you’ll see charges for purchases you didn’t make, and by then
it’s almost to late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.


Warning received from
Libby White

Young men approach people, usually
in car parks, commenting on their perfume and asking if they would like to
sample some fabulous scent they had at very reasonable prices.  When
you sniff the so called perfume on offer you pass out, at which time they
steal your possessions.

I
have been contact by Ms. Margaret Campbell who advises –

I
must point you to this article regarding the perfume thing you have
mentioned on one page – http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/perfume.asp

Snopes
is good for letting you know if something is fake or not so I recommend
that you check it out any time you get information like that.


I have recently received a cautionary
tale from a regular contributor –

  • “I would like to warn women about the
    danger of giving their car keys with their house keys attached to anyone.

A good friend’s daughter went to a well-known
tire (tyre) company to have a flat repaired while she waited.  Without thinking she
handed her key ring with all her house keys on to the serviceman and waited.  What
she didn’t know is that most of these places also have key cutting machines.  One of
the servicemen copied her apartment key and two days later entered her apartment late at
night and raped her.

This was a business she frequented and they had
all her personal information on their computer.

The man was caught months later and the police
found out that he had done this before.

workmen holding a spanner

  • Someone telephones to say you are a lucky
    winner of an expensive prize but they need your credit card details to confirm your
    identity.  The “prize” is then charged to your credit card.
     

  • You get a telephone call to say you have been
    selected as recipients of a weekend break, however, on arrival you experience a high
    pressure sales pitch to purchase holiday homes, time share etc.  These calls are
    usually brought to an abrupt end if you say you are not part of a “couple”.
     

  • Home improvement companies contact you to say
    if you have work carried out by their company and agree to be a show house you will
    receive discounts for every person shown around by them.  You could even end up
    getting the work done free!  Having paid for the work to be done, no-one is shown
    around your house and you end up paying the full amount which is often more expensive than
    their competitors.
     

  • You are offered a “free trip” but
    when you call to make reservations you are advised that all the dates selected are fully
    booked.  They go on to say, however, for a small fee they could arrange a comparable
    holiday.  These charges can add up to a very expensive holiday you probably did not
    want in the first place.
     

  • You are offered a “once in a
    lifetime” investment but you need to act immediately.  Once the funds have been
    received both cash and recipient disappear never to be seen again.
     

  • Advertisements are placed in local papers or
    shop windows offering details of how to make money from home with very little outlay- just
    send £5.00 (or similar) to such and such address.  Not much to lose you think, so
    off goes your £5.00.  In return you receive a letter telling you to place
    advertisements in papers or shop windows and invite other people to part with their money.

Remember, if something
seems to good to be true – it probably is.  You rarely get something for nothing.

If you are fed up with receiving unsolicited
junk mail, Rusty may have the answer – she writes on the
original “Please remove my name from your mailing list” and returns is to sender
in their Postage Paid envelope.

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