THIS HAPPENED IN ETON ON FRIDAY – LET’S HOPE, IT IS NOT THE BEGINNING OF A SERIES:
24/3 Friday 11.30 a.m. / noon. Somerville Road, Eton. COURIER FRAUD – first one in some time. Very little detail at the moment other than the aggrieved was phoned and a courier sent to collect her credit cards, which have then been used to remove cash from her account. Please warn everyone you know, neither the police, not the banks will every send a courier to collect credit cards.
NEXT A FORMATTING PROBLEM WITH MESSAGES:
Some people have been having problems with the formatting of messages when the arrive in your email box. They seem to spread right across the page, as opposed to staying within the window.
If you have this problem, please let me know.
Jennifer had this problem, so we asked VisaV the company that wrote the Alert Software for help.
This was their response:
Good Afternoon Jeff, I have turned on the ‘compact email setting’ for Jennifer's account. Please let me know if she is still continuing to have issues with your emails. Regards Charlie
So – it can be resolved.
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL: firstname.lastname@example.org Your Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here 24/3 Friday 6.10 a.m. / 11.20 a.m. Courthouse Road. Attempted shed break. CCTV shows an offender fence hopping from neighbours’ gardens and trying to force open the shed. Nothing taken. 23/3 - 24/3 Friday noon / Saturday 10 a.m. Portlock Road. Attempted garage break. Offenders have damaged the garage handle in an attempt to break in. No entry gained and nothing stolen. 24/3 – 25/3 Friday 6 p.m. / Saturday 9.45 a.m. St Mark’s Road. Car badly keyed – repeat victim. 24/3 Friday 4.15 p.m. Providence Place, St. Cloud Way. Chained up bike outside supermarket stolen. A black hybrid Carrera bike. 25/3 – 26/3 Saturday 9.30 p.m. / Saturday 0.40 a.m. King Street. Bike locked to railings stolen. A turquoise, racing bike.
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK: email@example.com Your Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here 26/3 Sunday 5.40 a.m. / 7 a.m. Lowbrook Close. Burglary. The owner was awoken by a noise and his dog barking and phoned the police, who attended immediately. The owner was sure the house was locked but police found the rear door unlocked. The thief is believed to have reached up through a dog flap to open the door. The kitchen was searched, food and cigarettes stolen. CCTV shows the thief was in the property for about 30 minutes. He then left using a chair from the garden to leave over a garden wall. 25/3 – 27/3 Saturday 7 p.m. / Monday 9.30 a.m. Gainsborough Drive. Burglary. No clear point of entry and nothing known at this time.
OLDFIELD & BRAY: firstname.lastname@example.org 27/3 Monday 1 a.m. / 8.45 a.m. Hotel Car Park, Manor Lane X 2. 1. Car window smashed – car searched, nothing stolen. 2. Car window smashed (stone left at scene) iPod and running gear stolen.
First from John: Some excellent advice:
Interesting to see on your last email the lines used by the phone scammers.
When I get any such calls, I use some of the following lines :
Mr XXXXX is dead I’m the builder
Yes Mr XXXXX speaking but I’m bankrupt
To Microsoft Tech Support scammers – I spoke to your colleague yesterday and he fixed it.
My computer is an Apple Mac !
When they knock on my door it’s either:
I’m the tenant I don’t deal with that or
I’m moving next week !
Well done John, it is always useful to have a few pre-prepared answers in your head because you never know when they are going to call and you are then caught off guard !
AND SOME MORE EXCELLENT INFORMATION FROM KAREN:
Just a thought Jeffrey
A lot of companies give you the FIRST four numbers of a credit/debit card, to try and persuade you that they know the card, so you feel safe they are genuine.
People should be aware that the FIRST four numbers of cards are the same across the board, over a large section of cards (some sort of bank coding I think) and can be widely known in any event. It's the LAST four numbers they need, so giving them this, they can easily get the rest.
Whenever I have had a new debit card, the card number is exactly the same on every new card, except for the last four numbers. Maybe you can make people aware of this, as being told the first four numbers can lull them into a false sense of security.
You heard it here !
NEXT – from Barbara:-
This evening I received an email from "Apple Support Billing" about activity that seems unusual - and - to read the secure message by opening the attachment. The sender was ‘Payment Store’. When I ran my curser over the ‘Link’, it came up as "payment store @tempekobong.com". This is the same sender address that has shown in previous weeks, over 2 purported "unusual purchases", on Amazon.
Thank you for all the many warnings and guidance over checking and being so careful. I certainly have NOT opened any attachments !
Some really good advice from Shirley:
I came across this and thought it may be useful to make people aware of it. There is a lot of property fraud about especially on unencumbered property (ie. no mortgages) or property which is let out or empty. In such cases it is easier for fraudsters to take out loans on your property or even sell it on without your knowledge!
The Land Registry offers a free service which will monitor your property and notify you if certain activities occur on it. See the following links for details:-
You can still use this service on a property, even if you don’t own it, so you could monitor a property owned by an elderly relative for instance.
Kindest Regards, Shirley.
NEXT: A reminder from Tony.
We had a call today from a bogus ‘TalkTalk’ representative.
I soon sent him on his way, but was interested that my ‘caller display’ had shown the number with area code 01628 – which was why I picked it up.
Best wishes and many thanks.
For several years now scammers have had the ability to change their International number – which people won’t pick up – to display a local / UK number. This works as you can see from Tony’s email above, but it does not fool the BT Call blocker phone ! The FREE Telephone preference Service, TPS can block UK calls, but I do not believe, it blocks International calls !
Thanks Tony for a timely reminder.
Carolhas also emailed me, to put out a TPS reminder:
Re unwanted phone calls.
You forgot to mention that BT are now offering a free service to block selected received calls online. I have been using this & the number of unwanted calls has decreased but cannot stop "unavailable"
Thank you for the service you provide.
NEXT: Microsoft / Windows / BT Scams still with us !
Hi Jeff I received a call on Thursday morning 10am. A woman with Indian accent called and told me that she was from BT. She explained that she could see from her records that I am receiving lots of junk mail and she could fix it.
As I had read about this sort of scam through your mails, after a few questions she hung up !
NEXT: One that has got through our Police systems: No name, no details of who sent it – just a header ‘Donation from Marie Holmes’. Apparently she won $188 million on the Powerball Lottery and wants to donate $1 million, to me ! All I need do is click on the link for more information on how to receive the funds !!!
BEST ADVICE: - if you don’t recognise it - don’t ‘investigate’ it, by clicking the link - just bin it.