Hello Jeffrey I had a call today at 1750hrs, a recorded message, saying I was being investigated by the Inland Revenue and my details had been fraudulently used to obtain a tax refund and to press 1 and leave my details. I didn't of course, so just thought I would share with you. The number was displayed as +44 300 200 6822. Regards John
Thanks John, The +44 means it was an international call. Generally, people recognise and won't answer international calls, so the scammers have the ability to display fake local numbers, on phone displays !! NEXT: A request for money to pay for an desperate operation in Africa, forwarded supposedly, from Tony’s brother:
This could be of interest to you, as I received from a valid Yahoo Email Account/address. It is obviously a scam, but it shows the length scammers will go to fool people.
The Email was supposing, from my brother, but because we both live at the same address, I knew immediately that something wasn't right. The Email also contains spelling and grammatical errors and my brother, would never send an Email like this to anyone.
When I left clicked on the sender name - which was my brother's full name - and the email address the that came up, WAS his. Which would convince people it was a genuine request, from someone they knew.
I have managed, after some annoying problems to get into the Yahoo account, as the scammers had also changed the password. I also will be getting in touch with Yahoo, in an attempt to find out what happened.
My main concern is other people who have Yahoo email accounts, which could also have been compromised and be sending this type of Email, to everyone in their personal address books, without their knowledge.
Have attached just a copy and paste version of the Email, as I did not want to send you the full version, as it could have contained a virus, and anyway there was also an attachment which could have been dangerous if opened.
Many thanks Tony, emails can be hacked and this is very similar to an old one we all know about - ‘I am crying as I write this email from - wherever - we are on holiday but yesterday we were robbed and all our money was stolen ………………. These have been very common and are the result, not of a virus, which would be caught by our virus protection software, but a Trojan, which slips under the radar, infects a computer and sends tout these tyopes of messages.
This email does say it comes from Tony’s brother. It goes on to say he is involved with a charity programme working in Asia and Africa. It’s aim is to save innocent children from diseases and renal failure etc.etc. You cannot send donations - BUT - if you respond to this email, by clicking on the link and sending him your bank details …… he will send the account number for donations !
ANYTHING LIKE THIS - DON’T CLICK ON ANY LINKS, DON’T OPEN ATTACHMENTS - AND - DON’T SEND YOUR BANK DETAILS !!!
One from Alan:
It just says - Dear Customer - your online ID and information has been changed. To make sure this was genuine …….. Click on the link below …
DON’T DO IT !
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