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Alan Ritchie

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Scammers - Advertising in local magazine - Beware!
« on: November 30, 2016, 06:24:34 pm »
I've placed an advert in the local community magazine and today received a call from something sounding similar! English dude talking quick and the gist of it is someone will contact me to confirm the copyright...... and presumably a payment. ;)
Contacted the Community magazine in Helensburgh and the had a chat with the person dealing with my account and it's got nothing to do with them.
There details are
Community forum magazine calling from 07539920221, 07552218163, 07903391080
Alpha Media Solutions calling from a withheld number. Apparently they have been liquidated!

Smurf

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2016, 06:49:08 pm »
I've had these scamers contact me either via email or phone in the past week

Mirosoft wanting to fix my pc
Talk Talk wanting to fix my pc
Paypal saying my details need updating
Paypal then saying my account will be closed in 24 hours if I don't take any action.
And the list goes on and on...

Email & phone scamers make a lot of money from gullable people everyday and are genrally very good at what they do.



Slacky

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2016, 06:53:24 pm »
Im thinking of getting them to close my dodgy/late payers accounts in 24 hours if they donít cough up. They still donít pay.  ;D
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Smurf

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2016, 06:56:56 pm »
Im thinking of getting them to close my dodgy/late payers accounts in 24 hours if they donít cough up. They still donít pay.  ;D

They will probaly clone yer identity while their at it. Then also rob you blind. Good luck with that  ;D

Alan Ritchie

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2016, 07:08:13 pm »
Reported them to the fraud office. Took me half an hour of my time but these low lifes p me off.

Smurf

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2016, 07:21:59 pm »
Most reported fraud cases (scams) they can't do jack as more often than not are outside of their jurisdiction.

Alan Ritchie

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2016, 08:11:45 pm »
It was the London fraud office which took a report and may or may not be looked at. End of the day it's better to complain than turn a blind eye. If it makes a difference or not you'll never know.

Granville Gold

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2016, 08:19:29 pm »
It was the London fraud office which took a report and may or may not be looked at. End of the day it's better to complain than turn a blind eye. If it makes a difference or not you'll never know.

Quite right!

nathankaye

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2016, 12:06:41 am »
Complete jump in thought, but kinda connected.
Listening to radio whilst working (i have one head phone in ear listening to tunes)  and on bbc radio1 news it was talking today about sextortion. Where fraudsters are striking up opportunity in a very revealing sexy way with ones, performing online to each other. Only to have it recorderd and used against them for blackmail.
Ok, that was the big jump, but whilst doing so, they hack into the contacts and social media accounts and threaten to post to them all.
So if receive any dodgey emails from bogus claims. Its not worth opening as can unlease trojans and a whole heap of trouble. Dont respond to any calls or text either because it comfirms the number is active and they sell it on for marketing/advertising purposes.
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Alan Ritchie

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2016, 12:38:30 am »
Dont respond to any calls or text either because it comfirms the number is active and they sell it on for marketing/advertising purposes

If you follow all the advice they give for staying safe you'll end up a hermit.
I can see the benefits of having a premium rate phone number.

EandM

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2016, 08:32:49 am »
I think a prerecorded message stating:

" Thank you for your call. Your call is important to us. Please Note: All calls are recorded and forwarded to the S.A.S. for training purposes "

jonboywalton75

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Re: Scamers
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2016, 09:27:51 am »
A nice Nigerian gentleman still owes me £50,000
Its a disgrace!!!!!

Pete Thompson

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Re: Scammers - Advertising in local magazine - Beware!
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2016, 12:09:29 pm »
I've had this before, you have to be very careful, and don't assume that because they didn't take payment you won't be caught out.

How it works is this;

You get a phonecall from someone from a "community" magazine, sometimes even something to do with the police service, or a charity.  They say you're advert/sponsored publication/editorial is ready.

You say I don't know anything about it.

They say, don't worry we'll sort it and be in touch.

Then you get an invoice for advertising with them for £400.  If you ignore it, it gets passed to debt collection agencies.  If you still ignore it, it goes to the County Court, whereupon you may get a CCJ.

The problem you have is this: They can prove you had an advert in their worthless magazine (which may be just a PDF), as they can show it.  Can you prove you didn't agree to it over the phone?

http://www.adscams.co.uk/police-community-clubs-community-aware-magazine

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/ringleader-who-lived-high-life-10774561

http://www.adscams.co.uk/police-community-clubs-community-aware-magazine

One poor fella (a painter and decorator) had to sell his van to pay them after they took legal action.