October 2021 - Microsoft Service Department Scams

Danger ScammerBy the end of September/early October, I've had a number of cold calls from (allegedly) Microsoft Service Departments.

Of course, these are scam calls as Microsoft will NEVER ring you ever, never mind out of the blue as these scammers do. All they want is either access to your computer so as to infect it, then charge you for repairing what damage they have caused, or they are after your bank details so as to scam you out of your savings.

NEVER ever allow a cold caller access to your computer...

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Amazon Phone Scam

Amazon Scam WarningJust had an automated phone call, allegedly from Amazon this morning. Apparently, I have been charged for Amazon Prime Membership at £79.99.

If I wish to cancel this, press 1.

At this point, I hung up as I did not order Amazon Prime and I am assuming that pressing "1" would result in my Bank/Credit Card details being taken to "refund" the charge, more likely to take money out of my account! Checking my Amazon account online, clearly showed that I do not have Amazon Prime active or being...

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Hotmail.co.uk-I.T Centre email Warning!

Just received notification allegedly from Hotmail that my password for an email account is due to expire, yesterday!

Unfortunately, it was not sent by any domain connected with Microsoft, Hotmail, Outlook or such like, but an American site deltapacking.com which when I looked at that suite, has a lot of PHP errors displayed, and the link to Update my password goes to 2####8.halalchickensupplier.com which giving them the benefit of the doubt, ay have been hacked, or maybe the hacker's current...

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Coronavirus Scams

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other...

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You have a Voice Message

Just seen a number of these this week, an email stating there is a private voice mail message attached and to click the link.

As these are not addressed to you personally, rather to the prefix of your email address, and they are not an actual sound file, rather an HTML document, and mainly from domains such as 365messenger these are fake. Clicking the attachment will more likely than not download a small file that will redirect your browser to a website that will no doubt install some...

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Hotmail scam - January 2020

Latest in a long line of scams is this one.

Allegedly from Microsoft asking me to update my hotmail account. Might have been a little more convincing if it was:

  • Addressed to me, rather than an email address
  • Sent from a Hotmail/Outlook or Microsoft address rather than a Belgian email domain.
  • Or the link in the blue button didn't point to hrdgavreva19.americaneaglesystems.com

Fake hotmail Upgrade email

Warning! Fake TV Licensing Emails

TV Licensing ScamJust received yet another email alledgedly from the TV License people advising me that they are unable to take my next Direct Debit.

This time the entire email is hosted remotely so simply looking at it normally (ie: in outlook/outlook express/web mail) gives the scammers knowledge that your email is valid .It is sent from [email protected] with links to onlinetaxwayindian.com and includes a link to 8ac65f38.ngrok.io/payforlicence
All of which is highly suspect.

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Warning! Fake TV Licensing Emails

Just received an email alledgedly from the TV License people advising me that they are unable to take my next Direct Debit.

Unfortunately or fortunately, Licence is spelt with both an "s" and a "c" in different parts of the email, the "Click Here" link goes to l asallelandscapesupply.com but is redirected to a TV License lookalike site at facinghunger.org

Never click a link in a suspect email asking for your bank details, always type in the address into a new browser window or use Google...

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Warning! Outlook Updates Scam

Warning! Fake Outlook Update ScamNot satisfied with trying to scam me by sending fake Income Tax emails, the Canadian domains are now trying to con people into infecting their computer by sending out emails with the Subject Outlook Updates - 2019-2022

One I have received is apparently sent via porchlight.ca and the body of the email, includes the warning that:-

Hi email address<br><br>Your Outlook Account needs to be updated.<br>We are upgrading our server to a more user friendly...

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Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

Warning! Romance dating site ScamsThe National Fraud Information Bureau have become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification.

You may think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your...

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