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Let's Fight Back Against Scammers and Spammers

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  • fightbackninja
    started a topic Let's Fight Back Against Scammers and Spammers

    Let's Fight Back Against Scammers and Spammers

    It's time we fought back against these dreadful criminals
    We can report them.
    We can waste their time.
    We can protect ourselves against such scammers.
    We can warn others of what happens.
    Let's do everything we can to prevent them from scamming more people.

    Do post your story of dealing with scammers, especially any way of fighting back.
    The Fightback Ninja will post ideas and stories to help you.

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  • fightbackninja
    Ivana and The Gumtree Paypal Scam

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    Why not try Gumtree? After all, Gumtree is British and it works for local people and especially for large items that the buyer collects.

    In the case of a car – no point advertising for more than a short distance from home and it definitely needs to be collected. You can’t put a car in the post box.

    The car went on sale but attracted little attention.

    Then this arrived

    “Great! please consider it sold and remove the adverts online as i am willing to pay your asking price? because i need to buy it for my cousin asap as a surprise gift, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it,sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound. can i earn your trust, hope i wont be disappointed? I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and cleared to your account and i’ll pay you via PayPal today once you get back to me with your paypal email and full name. Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now? Await your response”.

    Ivana recognised this is a well-known scam.
    1. The buyer contacts you via email rather than a call
    2. The buyer offers to buy the item immediately, at full price, doesn’t ask any questions and is extremely keen.
    3. The buyer cannot visit to view the item and has a sob story to explain this.
    4. The buyer wants to send a courier ASAP to collect the item
    5. The buyer tries to circumvent paying by Gumtree by offering another method (this means that if you are scammed, Gumtree cannot help)

    Quite often these scammers say they will pay by Paypal and you might wonder how someone can scam you if they’ve sent you money on Paypal.

    The most common ways are
    1. They don’t pay but instead send fake emails that look like Paypal emails telling you that the money has been paid. Always check your Paypal account rather than accepting an email as proof and never click on links to access your Paypal account.
    2. They pay using a stolen Paypal account. When Paypal find out its stolen – you don’t get to keep the money.

    With Gumtree, cash payment on collection may be the safest approach.

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  • fightbackninja
    Post Office Tears Up Scam letters

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    The Royal Mail has promised to destroy millions of letters sent by scammers.
    Also, where the Post Office believes letters are carrying money from UK citizens to scammers, they will be impounded and checked.

    The Royal Mail makes a lot of money delivering “Marketing” letters of course so it’s not surprising they haven’t wanted to take action to stop the flood of scam letters included in that. The scammers were even able to use Royal Mail bulk mail contracts and have Royal Mail stamped on the envelopes. This gave the letters a ‘trust’ factor.

    However, pressure from newspapers, complaints and a word from the Prime Minister have brought about a change of heart and Royal Mail have introduced a new code of practice with all suppliers that lets them open letters they believe are scams.

    Campaigner and broadcaster Esther Rantzen who has investigated postal fraud in the past said “I’m delighted Royal Mail is taking action to stamp out these appalling crimes against the most vulnerable people. I’ve been horrified by the number of elderly people who’ve been victims of these fraudsters”.

    Also, Royal Mail have said they will stop letters being sent to known scammers and where cash is involved – return it to the victim.

    Royal Mail will also contact any homes they suspect of being targeted by scammers and will send warnings by recorded delivery to ensure they get to the intended recipient.

    Good for Royal Mail and about time too.

    To complain to the Riyal Mail about scam letters, emails or calls you have three choices


    By Email: scam.mail@royalmail.com

    By Telephone: 03456 113 413 (message service only)

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  • dogtired
    Had a strange one last weekend . Facebook Messinger pretending to be one of my friends asking how I was, then started to get me to sign up for a
    " grant" for help with care costs, using strange language and when challenged could not tell me personal things this friend would know. Apparently all I had to do was to " donate" $100 to get ;£1000! A link to a Chrsytal Mitchell on the whole very dodgy!

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  • fightbackninja
    Originally posted by charitynjw View Post

    Hi, FBN
    I received an email this morning, directing me to the following link


    So I checked
    Sadly there are numerous Bitcoin scams around

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  • charitynjw

    Hi, FBN
    I received an email this morning, directing me to the following link


    So I checked
    Is Bitcoin Profit SCAM software or a legitimate crypto robot? Well, our Bitcoin Profit review provides you with the answers and they are very clear! Bitcoin Profit (AKA BTC Profit) is a blacklisted crypto scam and confirmed get-rich-quick-scheme. Severe warning. Fake app steals money!

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  • fightbackninja
    Call Blocking Phones for Dementia Sufferers

    In 2015, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) received almost 170,000 complaints about nuisance calls

    Cold callers are a nuisance to most of us. But to someone suffering from dementia, they can be a scourge.

    This is also the case for many people with mental disabilities, the very elderly and people not used to callers pretending to be helpful but just seeking to defraud them.

    Many of the large charity organisations until recently used to exchange caller lists so anyone who was generous to one charity would find themselves bombarded with calls from other charities and many paid over far more money than they should have.

    Prime Minister Theresa May said “We want to create a fairer society by cracking down on unscrupulous practices which target the most vulnerable”. She has announced plan to give elderly and vulnerable people hi-tech devices to block these nuisance calls.

    The call blocking devices will be installed in the homes of some of the most vulnerable people across the UK who have been identified by doctors, Trading Standards officials and local councils as being at risk from nuisance callers.

    These trueCall devices will block all recorded messages, silent calls and calls from numbers not already pre-identified by the home owner – offering particular protection to those with dementia.

    The project, which is being co-ordinated by the National Trading Standards Scams Team and supported by local Trading Standards departments, is the latest of a series of government crackdowns on nuisance callers

    The chief executive of Dementia UK, Hilda Hayo, said: We welcome this project as some people living with dementia are vulnerable to nuisance callers who offer bogus services and financial schemes. These calls can not only have a negative financial impact but can also lead to psychological effects such as anxiety, depression and a loss of self-esteem. We frequently receive calls to our national helpline from family members who are concerned that their relative with dementia has fallen prey to rogue traders.

    The funding for this scheme includes £300,000 to supply call blocking machines with the remaining budget spent on the management of the service and raising public awareness of scam and nuisance calls

    The only problem is that the money will run out long before everyone who needs one of the phones gets it. Let’s hope more money can be found.

    To report a nuisance go to the Information Commissioners Office online at www.ico.org.uk

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  • fightbackninja
    Facebook Scammer is Scammed

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    Teddy Wayne was bored one weekend and received a friend request on Facebook. Her name was Claire Anri and she sent photos of herself – a beautiful young woman (turns out the photos were fake as they had been taken from the Facebook page of a personal trainer in New York).

    This was an obvious scam but Teddy played along for 3 months – continually making a mess of transferring money to Claire. She wanted money to travel to America and become his wife.

    Teddy kept up the dialogue on Facebook and had a lot of fun with the scammer. He found ways to annoy her and test her determination to get money from him.

    This section below is one of the funniest.

    Teddy: I am afraid you will stop loving me once you have to live with my chronic diarrhoea. Please tell me you will not let it get in the way of our love.

    Claire: I wont. I promise you my love

    Teddy: thank you. It has gotten worse with the stress from the hurricane but II am only having “episodes” 12 or 13 times a day now. But enough about me. How are YOU?

    Claire: 24 and you?

    Teddy: 32. I have had the chronic diarrhoea since I was 24, though, so we have something in common!

    Claire: what we have in common is love

    Teddy: yes. love, and your age being the age when I developed chronic diarrhoea.

    Claire: — and I will always be there for you my love. Honey when are you sending me the money I asked you?

    Teddy: — I cannot wait. The happiness I receive will overpower this episode of diarrhoea I am currently undergoing.

     — I have sent it already and will give you the MTCN when I see the pics and know that your love for me is true

    Claire: don’t let it lost the way you did the last one you sent

    Teddy: no, you have been so nice about not leaving me because of my chronic diarrhoea; I am going to add another $1,000 to it, ok? You are worth it, baby. Where are you now?

    Claire: am still in Malaysia and you my husband?

    Teddy: still in NYC. My diarrhoea clinic is here so I pretty much have to stay here.

    Claire: am sending the pictures now

    These scammers are usually male and very determined to get your money – 3 months of being played along was finally enough for the scammer to give up.

    The complete story is available at https://theawl.com/my-three-month-fa...n-d451bb9e0e7d

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  • fightbackninja
    Monster BugHow to Report a Bad Website

    It can be very simple and quick for people to create websites – good websites and bad websites.

    What can you do if you encounter a bad website?

    Bad in this case doesn’t mean something you don’t like but a website that is a scam or misleading or steals your personal information or is a copy of someone else’s website etc.

    You can report the bad website to the search engines, blacklists, review sites and the Authorities. Search Engines

    Google, Bing and the other search engines want to know about bad websites so they can direct traffic away from them and where relevant will report the sites to the Police or other Authority.

    Report to Google https://safebrowsing.google.com/safe...badware/?hl=en

    Instructions for Bing https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...shing-web-site

    To report a site Internet Explorer: If you are running IE and are still on the site in question, then click on the Safety icon, which is on the toolbar go to “SmartScreen Filter” and select “Report unsafe website”. Blacklists

    Many organisations maintain lists of ‘bad’ websites called blacklists. This is to enable services such as Web of Trust, Trustwave, Brightcloud, numerous anti virus and anti malware companies such as McAfee, Sophos and many others to block access to those sites.

    When you navigate to a blacklisted listed website, your anti-virus or other software will warn you and stop the browser opening that site. Which such software protection you choose is up to you but they all try to offer a good service.

    PhishTank is a collaborative clearing house for data and information about phishing on the Internet. It maintains a blacklist used by software services. PhishTank allows developers to integrate anti-phishing data into their applications at no charge. https://www.phishtank.com/ Review Sites

    There are various review websites that allow you to enter information, reviews, comments on websites and businesses – to help others make informed choices.

    Which one you pick to report a bad website to depends on the nature of the website

    e.g. for travel reviews – Trip Advisor

    Some of the largest of these review sites are Consumer Report, Four Square, Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List and there are lots more. The Authorities

    You can report websites to Action Fraud if there is evidence of criminal activity.

    You can report online scams and rip-offs to Trading Standards via the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline on: 03454 04 05 06

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  • fightbackninja
    CIFAS Registration Protects Against Identity Theft

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    Cifas Protective Registration is a defence against identity fraud. It’s not for everyone – only those who have good reason to think they’re at risk, for example:
    • people who have recently lost personal documents, or had them stolen
    • customers of organisations that recently lost or leaked sensitive data
    • anyone who has been advised by the police that they’re at risk.
    How does it work?

    When you request Protective Registration, they place a warning flag against your name and other personal details in the National Fraud Database. This tells the hundreds of organisations that use Cifas data to pay special attention when your details are used to apply for their products or services. Knowing you’re at risk, they’ll carry out extra checks to make sure it’s really you applying, and not a fraudster using your details. What is identity fraud?

    Identity fraud happens when a fraudster pretends to be someone else and uses their credit card or account to buy products or services in their name or takes out a loan in that person’s name.

    Victims may not even realise that they have been targeted until a bill arrives for something they did not buy or they experience problems with their credit rating. To carry out this kind of fraud successfully, fraudsters usually have access to their victim’s personal information such as name, date of birth, address etc. Fraudsters get hold of this in a variety of ways, including through phishing emails, fake websites, hacking and data loss, as well as using social media to put the pieces of someone’s identity together. What to do if you’re a victim:

    ACT FAST if you think you have been a victim of identity fraud

    If you receive any mail that seems suspicious or implies you have an account with the sender when you don’t, do not ignore it. Phone one of the major credit reference agencies to report your concerns.

    Get a copy of your credit report as it is one of the first places you can spot if someone is misusing your personal information – before you suffer financial loss. Review every entry on your credit report and if you see an account or even a credit search from a company that you do not recognise, notify the credit reference agency.

    Individuals or businesses who have fallen victim to identity fraud should report this to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

    It pays to be careful with your identity and never give out confidential information unless you are sure of who you are giving it to.
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  • Phaeton
    Originally posted by Amethyst View Post
    Presumably a report to Action Fraud has been made. What on earth is the bank waiting for ' to see what happens' ... just in case the scumbags decide to put the money back in ? haha as if. The victims bank should be straight on the the receiving bank to have the scammers account shut down before they could get the money withdrawn from them.
    I work in Telecom's & our company was contacted by a bank as the numbers that the scammers were using was within our ranges, although the calls were not being made on our network. The fraud guy from the bank I was talking to claimed it wasn't quite as easy as we think, they move the £7K (for instance) literally within seconds that has been broken down into 10x £700, which each go off to 10 different banks, which then all get broken down into 10x £70's so now 100 banks are involved, each of them get broken down even further, then there is literally somebody stood by a cash machine waiting to withdraw it.

    I've no idea if that is fully the truth but the bank was claiming that's why they are finding it difficult, as those 100 banks could be in multiple countries, they could put a hold on all transfers for 24 hours, but then other people would complain.

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  • jdo_ply
    It seems that there are SMS text messages doing the rounds at the moment threatening to remove funds from bank accounts. Some of them have also been chargeable! One message I received was "Your funds (7689.43 GBP) will be removed unless you access your account within 24 hours" along with some dodgy phishing site... I've had three of them in the last month! :O

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  • ostell
    This person is normally above these scams, I don't know what happened this time. The unusual activity on one of the accounts alerted the bank and that transfer got blocked but they failed, so it seems, to take action on the other accounts despite being warned.

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  • Amethyst
    Bloody hell. There's so much publicity around these kind of scams it amazes me people still allow this remote access to happen.

    Presumably a report to Action Fraud has been made. What on earth is the bank waiting for ' to see what happens' ... just in case the scumbags decide to put the money back in ?
    This morning the scammer had the check to call back to ask for the account to be unfrozen so that he could return £7K as he felt guilty.
    haha as if. The victims bank should be straight on the the receiving bank to have the scammers account shut down before they could get the money withdrawn from them.

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  • ostell
    The indian scammers are back. Just been dealing with someone that lost £7K yesterday.

    Phone call is the same as usual, ie there is a problem with your computer and we can fix it. When pressed for an address they give BT's address in London.

    They ask for remote access to your computer. I believe that they use this to install a key logger program so that they can remotely see where you are going. This particular one managed to gain access to bank account and withdrew money from each one they found, and made a couple of accounts go into overdraft. Bank have been told to get back the money fraudulently moved but the bank says wait for 30 days to see what happens. The accounts were frozen yesterday to prevent any further access.

    This morning the scammer had the check to call back to ask for the account to be unfrozen so that he could return £7K as he felt guilty.

    Both computers involved have been restored to a few weeks ago, passwords changed and antivirus updated to latest and scan started.

    I had four phone calls from the USA yesterday purporting to be from BT and stating there was problems with the broadband account and I had to either press 1 for more information and 5 to talk to BT support. I suspect that dialling either number would have resulted in a very expensive chargeable call being made from my number.

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