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Reply #60 - 19.04.17 at 14:12:29
 
For those in the UK
Scam alert!!!!!
 Just had a call purporting to be from the Telephone Preference Agency saying they're upgrading their service.
 Apparently I will never get another nuisance call in my life!
 Started checking details, address, postcode, did I pay by direct debit, was it due to expire in 2018 (wrong, they don't expire). At this point I started getting suspicious, since the TPA is free, but when he wanted to check the expiry date on 'one of my payment cards' I stopped cooperating and started asking why. He kept insisting so I told him he was becoming a nuisance call and hung up.  
 Rang the TPA and they confirmed it is scam originating outside the UK. They are looking into it but the numbers used keep changing, so difficult to pin down. My caller came up as 'number unavailable'.
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Reply #61 - 20.04.19 at 10:05:55
 
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Reply #62 - 28.07.19 at 15:38:52
 
There's a fake email going around purporting to be from the tax people.   It says if you click on a link you will get a large refund in a few days.   HM Revenue & Customs do not send emails; they send letters.
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Reply #63 - 24.09.19 at 15:49:01
 
Just had a phone call from 'Thomas Cook refund agent' going to give me a refund on the holiday I have purchased (no I haven't) just need my card details and 3 digit number on back to refund me ...
 
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Reply #64 - 15.10.19 at 19:18:58
 
Over 75s have to start paying for their TV License from next year.   Just received this in an email.   So obviously a scam.
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Reply #65 - 19.10.19 at 22:36:49
 
If you get a call from 01274 786501 just hang up.   It's a scammer.   Will probably tell you he's from BT.
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Reply #66 - 02.12.19 at 17:31:34
 
Heads up **WARNING** I've just had a SCAM phone call telling me that £39.99 is being taken from my bank account for amazon prime? It said to cancel this transaction press "ONE" I know I don't have amazon prime so put the phone down and phoned amazon who confirmed it is a SCAM.
One person who did press "ONE" gave bank details and had £25,000 attempted to be taken from their bank account but! Luckily the bank stopped it to ask the owner if they had authorised it...
DON'T PRESS ONE... JUST PUT THE PHONE DOWN
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Reply #67 - 15.12.19 at 17:05:44
 
Just had an email purporting to be from Tesco offering £800 if you click on a link.. I brief investigation confirms that it is not from Tesco but is a scam.
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Reply #68 - 16.03.20 at 20:38:05
 
Just received an email purporting to be from Paypal.   I checked with my Paypal account and there's nothing in it.   Wonder what would have happened if I had clicked on that link.
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Reply #69 - 24.03.20 at 14:38:41
 
There's an email going around:   As part of the NHS promise to battle the Covid - 19 virus, HMRC has issued a payment of £258 as a goodwill payment.   Follow link to apply
 
It then gives you a link to click on.   Do not click on the link.   This is a scam.
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Reply #70 - 17.09.20 at 13:38:34
 
And so it begins!.
‘Good Morning (At 1:30am)  I'm called from the NHS track and trace service, Sorry to wake you !!According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'
'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'
'I'm not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.'
'Right. Um... so ....'
'But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?'
'Ok (gives address)'
I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.'
'Sorry - a payment card? I thought this was all free?'
'No - I'm afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you're ready.'
'No - that's not right. This is part of the NHS so there's no charge.'
'I'm afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please - this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.'
Puts the phone down.
This is how scammers work. And vulnerable people will fall for it.”
Don't fall for it.
 
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Reply #71 - 18.11.20 at 13:02:34
 
Had a message on my phone this morning purporting to be from O2 saying that they hadn't been able to process my latest payment.   In order to avoid fees click on a link.   Strange that as I don't use O2.
 
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Reply #72 - 19.12.20 at 12:52:55
 
Do not open any link you might receive from mark.w.raineyz@thedishwashersson.com.   There is no such email address and the link will direct you to a scam.
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Reply #73 - 06.01.21 at 15:11:51
 
Be warned that the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has received evidence of fraudulent messages being sent to the public informing them a new dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
 
People are being sent a text message claiming to be from the NHS which informs the recipient that, "we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine." The message ends with a link to a website mocked up to look like a legitimate NHS platform. The website requests personal details, including name and address and banking details.   The NHS will not ask for banking details.
 
The CTSI has said “this is the latest in a series of scams themed around the pandemic in circulation since last March. With the UK vaccine rollout underway, scammers have modified their scam to consider this new development.”
 
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Reply #74 - 03.02.21 at 12:36:57
 
Just got a call from my banks fraud prevention unit.  Nice fella called Lukas. Kind enough to send me through a text under my banks umbrella text number to prove he was genuine and legitimate.  Told me how my account was being frequently used in Birmingham and confirmed the last 4 digits of my account number.  Reiterated that he didn't need my full account number or pin as he was going to cancel my card, for my own safety.  I'd get a new card out in 3 days.  As I said, very nice, very genuine sounding and very convincing..  All he needed me to do was call out the code sent to my phone.
If I had've called out the code, which my actual bank had sent me as a warning that someone was trying to authorise a large purchase through my account, that code would have allowed him to proceed with the transaction and I would have been up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
As such, when I told him I'd ring him back, he became much more insistent, saying that he hadn't asked me for my full account number or pin and was in fact helping me.
I reiterated that I would ring him back and eventually he hung up the phone very abruptly
Checked with my bank who confirmed it was indeed a scam.
Be careful folks.  Be on your guard.
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