Scam alert - I fell for it!

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MartinP
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Hi - Nasty little one - got an email, so phoned the guy back and suspicions raised by an American sounding voicemail message. Did a quick Google on the number and found other people with different variations of the email tailored to different small businesses using the same number. Turns out that this is a premium rate number (070) for which I will be probably charged some exorbitant rate.

So the video version is as follows:
______________________________

Hi

I need some family videos putting on dvd. Could you give me a call.

Thanks

(name removed)
07031975582
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Hope this might prevent someone else falling for it!

Cheers, Martin.

foxvideo
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Sorry to hear Martin, thanks for heads up. Not heard of this one before today.

Dave Farrants Fox Video Editing

johnd
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That is very nasty. I, probably like a lot of other people, thought a number starting '07..' was a mobile number.
I would have hoped the powers-that-be would have made the code on premium lines a bit more obvious!

Dave R Smith
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johnd wrote:
That is very nasty. I, probably like a lot of other people, thought a number starting '07..' was a mobile number.
I would have hoped the powers-that-be would have made the code on premium lines a bit more obvious!

I was about to say the same. I am cautious to numbers and 'Caller ID' is very handy, but I also assumed '07' was mobile.

mooblie
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Me too. Gotta be more careful. "070319" is not listed here:
http://www.logitel.co.uk/std/std07.htm

Not sure if this is relevant:
http://www.datacalls.com/how-it-works/free-07031-numbers.html
If so, it might seem like a free UK 07031XXXX number is being diverted (at no cost to the recipient) to an expensive international number (expensive for the caller)?

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

Gavin Gration
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Mooblie, it's the 070 bit that makes it a premium rate number.

The billing is purely from the 070 revenue - most are diverted to an automated message. The scammers are the telecoms company hosting the number.

The legit use for 070 numbers is "personal numbers". These were big business a few years ago with lots of big firms trying to cash in on the idea.

PAC codes effectively removed the need for personal numbering.

When you see an ad that says free 070 number it does not mean freephone - it simply means the telco will assign an 070 number to you at no charge....but whoever calls you is paying premium rate with them (telco) being the recipient.

Sorry if this is egg sucking but there is quite a lot of confusion around.

076 is a new twist on the scam and is one to be aware of.

glyn.jones
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Hi,

See my thread from last week for the wedding video version of this:http://forums.dvdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=52258. The message is mutating fast.

Glyn

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Michael Renn
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Yet another scam

Hi Everyone!
must be the season for them, as I have this one three times. From HMIR the first one stated that I had £25 overpaid,(2) then days one has uped this to £350. If I hang on do you think I will be offered £1000.
The link is:- HM Revenue & Customs

Mike

John H Jones
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I apparently have an account with every bank in the U.K. The " Nigerians" are building up quite a head of steam this year. !!!!

John

John Willett
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Michael Renn wrote:
Hi Everyone!
must be the season for them, as I have this one three times. From HMIR the first one stated that I had £25 overpaid,(2) then days one has uped this to £350. If I hang on do you think I will be offered £1000.
The link is:- HM Revenue & Customs

Mike

I had one of these - mine said I had about £2,750 due back to me. It arrived about 24 hours after HMRC had paid the real money into my account.

The clue was that it did not address me by name and also said "undisclosed recipients" - any genuine e-mail from HMRC would always be addressed by name.

John
 
A picture tells a thousand words, but sound tells a thousand pictures.

Wisz
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Here's an email we received this morning.

"Dear customer.

Your package has been returned to the Royal Mail office.
Reason: Error in delivery address.
Please find the attached document containing detailed information about delivery failure.
Read all information carefully and come to the "Royal Mail" office to receive your package.

Thank you.
Royal Mail Service."

Naturally I opened the attachment just to see what the virus was.

Apart from the fact it was a email address that is not used by me for shipping, it could easily have misled the less suspicious amongst us.

The return address is also @royalmail.com

Of course if it's genuine I should receive a customer complaint fairly soon.

Richard Wisz Media Services

dominicwitherow
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Just got an email from 'irs.gov' telling me my US tax payment had been cancelled from my 'checking account' and a link provided to my IRS web account to rectify things.

What a bunch of morons! Didn't have too much difficulty spotting that one as spam. What the hell's a 'checking account' anyway? D

Dave R Smith
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dominicwitherow wrote:
JWhat the hell's a 'checking account' anyway? D

..well, I used to be in the exciting world of banking, and I once read that the term 'cheque' came from the Americans, as they would check the counterfoil with their statement.

I therefore assume a 'checking account' is an account from which cheques can be issued.
Our over the pond cousins could similarly ask why we call ours 'current' accounts, when their is no electricity involved and all accounts of all types exist on a daily basis if using tense.:rolleyes:

Barry Hunter
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Re: Scam alert - I fell for it!
Another one I recieved today!
 
New Complaint : 7762650
 
Dun & Bradstreet has received the above-referenced complaint from one of your customers regarding their dealings with you. The details of the consumer's concern are included on the reverse. Please review this matter and advise us of your position.
In the interest of time and good customer relations, please provide the DnB with written verification of your position in this matter by Sep 6, 2013. Your prompt response will allow DnB to be of service to you and your customer in reaching a mutually agreeable resolution. Please inform us if you have contacted your customer directly and already resolved this matter.
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Needless to say I dont have many U.S clients! Let me think? That`ll be NONE!!!
 

Barry Hunter videos4all.org

Wisz
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Re: Scam alert - I fell for it!
I keep getting this one at the moment: from a variety of different eMail addresses:
 
Date: 03 Sep 2013
Our Ref.: CF/12336/13
Your Ref.: 11B/136/13
NOTICE OF TAX RETURN FOR YEAR 2012

"Dear Sir/Madam,

I am sending this email to announce: After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax return of:

GBP 271.91

To receive your return, you need to create a Government gateway account.
Please download and complete the attached form

The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential
and as applicable, copyright in these is reserved to HM Revenue &
Customs. Unless expressly authorized by us, any further
dissemination or distribution of this email or its attachments is
prohibited."

 
Oh and not to mention the irate foreign PayPal customer who hasn't received his goods yet and ends with the veiled threat in Spanish or German etc. "Don't make this get nasty" (I'm learning lots of new languages reading these).
I'll post and example of that one next time I receive one.

Richard Wisz Media Services

Barry Hunter
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Re: Scam alert - I fell for it!
Veil und dankesmiley Das ist gute!
 

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Maxwell
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Re: Scam alert - I fell for it!
Also getting lot of scams  on FedX Parcels. Dont open got a bug of some sort.
tom hardwick
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Re: Scam alert - I fell for it!
I'm often surprised that scammers on the phone ('Your Windows pc is at risk') think we're all so duh-stupid.  To aplease them I quite enjoy stringing them along, finally telling them I can't find Windows on my Mac.
Barry Hunter
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Re: Scam alert - I fell for it!
I learnt a few swear words in Hindi! Definitely gets a reactionsmiley

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