This week my attention has been drawn to yet another scam that the pond life of this world will stoop to. A 95 year old lady has been bombarded with telephone calls, as many as 3 times a day. The caller who sounds as if they are calling from an Indian call centre claims to represent BT (British Telecom) and offer a service to ban nuisance sales calls. There is of course a free service in the UK called the Telephone Preference Service that genuine UK companies will subscribe to and not call anyone on this list. The caller says that for just £15 they will stop all these nuisance calls. If this was BT (I have checked and it isn’t but they are aware of these calls), BT would add the cost to the monthly phone bill. This caller wants credit or debit card details. Do you think they would just scam £15? No way! They would clean out the card.
This instance serves as reminder to all of us that there are plenty of people out there dreaming up scams and working hard to steal our money or identity. Be very wary of unsolicited emails, letters or phone calls that even claim to be from companies that we have some relationship with. I have lost count of the number of Nigerian princes that have asked for my help or phishing emails claiming to be from banks, Ebay or Paypal.
What scams have you come across that have been particularly devious and hard to detect?
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