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Reports, discussion and enlightenment of things that spoil email communications.

  1. My computer is sending errors

    On four separate occasions over the past two weeks we have received phone calls from Indian sounding people from something called Windows 35. The opening message goes something along the lines.............. "We have your Windows license number and have been receiving error messages from...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 19-03-2017 1:00 AM
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  2. Beware "You've been witness summoned to court

    Beware emails supposedly coming from The Crown Prosecution Service with a reference number in the subject line and saying you've been witness summoned to court. DON'T CLICK THE LINKS - it's fake

    Started by NicoUK‎, 03-11-2016 4:06 PM
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  3. Beware of emails from Ancestry.com

    Peter Calver in the latest edition of the Lost Cousins newsletter warns of emails purporting to be from Ancestry.com offering a 14-day trial. The truth is (as Peter says) that there are usually free 14-day trials available on Ancestry (and FMP) without you having to click on dubious links in...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 06-05-2015 12:09 AM
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    07-05-2015, 1:45 AM Go to last post
  4. BMD Registers hacked??

    Have had two emails this afternoon whilst I was out from sales@bmdregisters.co.uk: Dear Neil Mitchell, This email is confirmation that your have bought 10 credits for use on www.bmdregisters.co.uk At the time we sent this email your new credit balance was 13.

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 04-02-2015 8:18 PM
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    06-02-2015, 7:30 AM Go to last post
  5. Is this another scam?

    I had a surprise this morning when I opened my emails - there was a very official-looking receipt from Paypal thanking me for a payment of USD 149.49 to some character in Dallas, Texas, paying for a digital watch. Except that I didn't order a digital watch and haven't used my PayPal account for...

    Started by JohnN‎, 18-02-2013 8:45 PM
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    19-02-2013, 2:45 PM Go to last post
  6. Scams on the phone

    I've just been reading an article where someone got conned out of several thousand pounds (mainly by their own stupidity) but also because they didn't know one little fact. This applies to phones in the UK. Those of you who live elsewhere might like to try it, in case it applies in your country...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 19-12-2012 3:39 AM
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    19-12-2012, 6:31 PM Go to last post
  7. Beware ADP Digital Cert Expiration email

    another one to beware of ADP Digital Certificate Expiration Emails Point to Malware Hosted on Hijacked Sites http://news. softpedia.com/news/ADP-Digital-Certificate-Expiration-Emails-Point-to-Malware-Hosted-on-Hijacked-Sites-280153.shtml Here’s what the body of the message looks like: This...

    Started by coenmfam‎, 28-11-2012 4:03 AM
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  8. Will people never learn

    I am on facebook as are a lot of my friends. Some of my friend have started to go along with a new posting which says. I have told my friends to delete what they had put. I explained that I didn't know the exact year they were born but that they have given the day and month in their profile and...

    Started by terrysfamily‎, 30-09-2012 10:58 PM
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  9. 'This is the electricity board'

    Had a phone call yesterday. 'Good afternoon, can I speak to Mrs Pamela Downes?' (In a disinterested voice) 'Who's calling?' 'Hello Mrs Downes, my name's Dave and I'm calling from the electricity board. I'd like to confirm that you are and the bill payer'. 'Which electricity board?' ...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 06-07-2012 8:50 AM
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  10. Opportunity missed - curses!

    I have been waiting for weeks for the technician to phone and tell me there are problems with my computer. Well, it happened yesterday evening BUT my wife had just put dinner out so I had to hang up. I was so looking forward to leading them on a wild goose chase. I suppose I could have left the...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 14-12-2011 12:48 AM
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  11. Thumbs down H M Revenue and Customs refund

    Beware the tax man is back, received today from HMRC that I am due for refund, did not open but forwarded to email@actionfraud.org.uk Betty

    Started by BettyL‎, 26-10-2011 4:19 PM
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    27-04-2012, 11:09 PM Go to last post
  12. Qualified Investor Register

    Be wary of phone calls about this Register. It is a legitimate register and is part of the Financial Services Authority. The requirements for inclusion on the Register are clearly set out on the FSA site and should be consulted if you are told by unsolicited callers that your name is included...

    Started by Frank W‎, 15-02-2012 2:48 AM
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  13. PayPal Scam

    I'm not sure if this is global or just NZ but here goes: About 15 months ago I set up a PayPal account to pay for some research at National Archives. No problems and I haven't used the service since. Please note the emails I mention were opened on the ISP's Server not my PC Two days ago I...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 02-12-2011 1:10 AM
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  14. Yet another telephone scam

    A plausible sounding person will ring you and tell you that you owe your telephone company additional money. He will request your credit card details and the 3 digit security number. If you don't believe him he will tell you that he will cut off your phone. If you doubt him he will tell you to make...

    Started by terrysfamily‎, 12-11-2011 9:34 PM
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  15. Fake Parcel Delivery Service warning

    Just a heads up to hopefully avoid members circulating this fake warning which is doing the rounds again. The basics of the message are - Can you circulate this around especially as Xmas is fast approaching - it has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making...

    Started by MarkJ‎, 30-11-2010 12:14 AM
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  16. Microsoft Security Warning/Microsoft Protect

    Hiya, If you ever click on a site and while it is trying to load a popup errupts,,starts scanning then begins listing the most horrible Trojan viruses by the hundreds and then asks if you want to DELETE the Trojans....DO NOT CLICK YES!!! It is not a Microsoft Security Warning,,,,it is a...

    Started by Nannas‎, 25-06-2011 8:15 AM
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    25-06-2011, 11:19 AM Go to last post
  17. They're at it again!

    I just had a phone call (5.00pm on a Tuesday) from an Indian-sounding gentleman who asked for me by name. There were a lot of other Indian-sounding gentlemen talking away in the background, too. I asked who it was who wanted to speak to him and he reeled off a name which I didn't catch (haven't got...

    Started by JohnN‎, 15-03-2011 5:17 AM
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  18. Smile An enjoyable Scam phone conversation

    Such a fun phone call yesterday- overseas call (immediate suspicions): "Hello - I am ?? from Windows Securities - we are ringing you today because it appears you have a problem with your computer Really? Yes, did you know you have malicious software that has been downloaded onto your computer?...

    Started by Dorset Girl‎, 20-01-2011 1:17 PM
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  19. Bogus email from "forum member"

    A warning to all forum members, I received this email just now, supposedly from one of the forum members , it has to be bogus but I'm wondering if it was sent to others, I have helped her out in the past with a few things and the email address is hers so maybe identity theft?, anyway here's the...

    Started by Hugh Thompson‎, 02-02-2011 12:13 PM
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    02-02-2011, 5:40 PM Go to last post
  20. Unhappy Eftpos card scam hits New Zealand

    This could well be a well-known swindle in other countries, but it's a new one over here. A courier calls at a shop with a package and demands a small payment to cover the cost of delivery. The victim pays with their Eftpos card using a portable terminal which is in fact a 'skimming' device...

    Started by JohnN‎, 31-12-2010 12:21 AM
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    20-01-2011, 12:09 PM Go to last post

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