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Alert message sent 14/08/2020 10:02:00

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As we know scammers are becoming more sophisticated in their approaches. Suspicious emails should be forwarded to report@phishing.gov.uk Up till 30/6/20 the number of reports received stood at more than 1,173,000 with the removal of 4,590 scams and 11,543 URLs.

Friends against Scams is an excellent website with advice to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams. Worth checking out this site and sharing with others -https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

Personally, I have received much shorter and authoritative scam emails recently -if you hover over the email address this will give the indication of a scam. There are many imaginative email names for scammers posing as Paypal!

One of my recent scheme members has given me permission to share his recent experience -

"Just got a call from my banks fraud prevention unit. Nice fella called Lukas. Kind enough to send me through a text under my banks umbrella text number to prove he was genuine and legitimate. Told me how my account was being fraudently used in Birmingham and confirmed the last 4 digits of my account number. Reiterated that he didn't need my full account number or pin as he was going to cancel my card, for my own safety. I'd get a new card out in 3 days. As I said, very nice, very genuine sounding and very convincing.. All he needed me to do was call out the code sent to my phone.
If I had've called out the code, which my actual bank had sent me as a warning that someone was trying to authorise a large purchase through my account, that code would have allowed him to proceed with the transaction and I would have been up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
As such, when I told him I'd ring him back, he became much more insistent, saying that he hadn't asked me for my full account number or pin and was in fact helping me.
I reiterated that I would ring him back and eventually he hung up the phone very abruptly
Checked with my bank who confirmed it was indeed a scam.
Be careful folks. Be on your guard."

Good advice and well spotted.
Stay safe,
Maggie
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)

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