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« Reply #435 on: July 01, 2018, 12:05:57 PM »
It's not a scam but it certainly is a con as I found out when I checked my BT telephone bill for May.

My wife needed to contact me when I was having a coffee morning at the Queens Hotel Llandudno and unfortunately my mobile phone was not working.     She couldn't find the Queen's Hotel in the telephone book so tried the directory enquiries at 118 500

BIG MISTAKE     
At the first attempt they couldn't find the number and the duration of the call was 43 seconds and cost £5.63
The second call a few minutes later resulted in the telephone number being found and the duration was 2 mins 11 seconds and cost £9.09

Don't ever use 118 500 for finding out a phone number as it's just daylight robbery      >:(

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« Reply #436 on: July 02, 2018, 11:04:49 PM »
That’s a shocker Hugo!
No doubt they always manage to NOT find the number on the first attempt, this should be illegal.
If they fail, they should pay you!!
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Dave

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« Reply #437 on: July 04, 2018, 12:21:40 PM »
I have had 2 more scam emails purporting to be from BT in the last two days. They warn you that you will lose your email addresses if you don't log in to your account.
Ignore the links on them them and any other emails from BT. Go to your account via the web whenever you need to check anything.
I have reported things to BT in the past and they say that they can't stop them as soon as one BT account is shut they open another. That sounds odd to me too! Surely to have an account you must have to pay and if so leave a trail?

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« Reply #438 on: July 13, 2018, 12:08:37 PM »
North Wales Police together with Trading Standards are warning the public to be alert to a scam that is instigated by a telephone call.
A telephone call from a person purporting to be from the Inland Revenue demanding payment.

North Wales Police Designing Out Crime Officer, David Williams said:
The nature of the message is always that the victim owes money for unpaid taxes. There is then a warning that they will be arrested unless the money is paid.

This is a telephone scam and under no circumstances should anyone enter into conversation with the caller, let alone provide any personal details. If you receive a recorded message asking you to ring a particular phone number, don’t call them back. Never follow their instructions. You will not face any court proceedings as claimed by the scam callers.

Anyone concerned about such calls can speak to Trading Standards on 03454 040505 (Welsh language) 03454 040506 (English language).

Ian

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« Reply #439 on: July 14, 2018, 11:14:26 AM »
There's a nasty scam doing the rounds where the perpetrator emails you to say they've infected your computer and made a video of you self-pleasuring while watching pornography.  Some of these show you an old password you may have used at some point in a forum elsewhere. They demand around $3000 dollars or they say they'll send the video to your friends and family.

Most of us now routinely cover our cameras with card or sticky tape and have done for years, but if you don't do that it's worth considering.  As a further precaution use long passwords - short ones can be broken with brute force attacks.  But this is just another scum-created scam. Nothing to worry about.

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Dave

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« Reply #440 on: July 14, 2018, 02:18:45 PM »
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There's a nasty scam doing the rounds where the perpetrator emails you to say they've infected your computer and made a video of you self-pleasuring while watching pornography.  Some of these show you an old password you may have used at some point in a forum elsewhere. They demand around $3000 dollars or they say they'll send the video to your friends and family.

Most of us now routinely cover our cameras with card or sticky tape and have done for years, but if you don't do that it's worth considering.  As a further precaution use long passwords - short ones can be broken with brute force attacks.  But this is just another scum-created scam. Nothing to worry about.

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I have no need to worry about that one then!

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« Reply #441 on: July 14, 2018, 03:56:10 PM »
My friends and family are pretty used to me behaving like that, so I’m not motivated to pay up.
In fact, they can put it on the BBC Cymru News at 10pm if they like.
I’d say the 6pm news, but there’s the watershed of course. 
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« Reply #442 on: July 15, 2018, 09:10:44 PM »
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My friends and family are pretty used to me behaving like that, so I’m not motivated to pay up.
In fact, they can put it on the BBC Cymru News at 10pm if they like.
I’d say the 6pm news, but there’s the watershed of course.

Tut, tut. Dragging the tone down again!

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« Reply #443 on: July 16, 2018, 07:57:22 PM »
Just received an email from PayPal saying they have suspended my account until I resupply my bank account details. They have provided me with a handy link  to click on to supply said details. On clicking on the senders URL it came up with support@ibuymyhousesnow. Sounds  reasonable must get to it immediately.

Ian

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« Reply #444 on: July 17, 2018, 07:03:38 AM »
 :D :D :D
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« Reply #445 on: August 21, 2018, 01:50:04 PM »
NW Police............

Reports of a prank caller claiming to be conducting a telephone survey for a  toiletries company offering free products . Please do not give any personal or medical  details to anyone unless their authenticity can be confirmed.
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« Reply #446 on: August 22, 2018, 12:20:45 PM »
How is that a prank? Beadle would turn in his grave.

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« Reply #447 on: September 11, 2018, 12:01:22 AM »
International Postcode Online Lottery Notified me today that i have won £900,000.00 with my lucky numbers   in their Tax Free Draw and they have given me the Tel. No. to begin my claim. How lucky is that especially as i haven't bought a ticket. Might just bye myself a blue or red Jaguar or maybe one of each on the strength of it, Yippee.
PS=This information must be kept away from public to avoid unwarranted abuse of the program or fraudulent acts from criminal minded and unauthorized person(s). So don't tell anyone please

Ian

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« Reply #448 on: September 11, 2018, 08:05:49 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #449 on: October 20, 2018, 09:31:05 AM »
Some online sellers are offering people free goods in return for positive product reviews, an investigation by consumer group Which? has found.
Its investigator joined several "rewards for reviews" groups and was hired to write high-rated reviews in return for free items.

Paid-for, or fake, reviews flout rules set by platforms such as Amazon and Facebook.
A similar investigation by BBC 5 live uncovered the trade in false reviews.

Fake five-star reviews being bought and sold online
The Which? investigator found five sellers who gave instructions to order an item through Amazon, write a review and share the link, with the promise of a refund.

The investigator gave an honest review of the items, but in three out of five cases was not refunded because the reviews were not positive enough...... Continued     You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login