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1 hour ago, Cade said:

Merge with scam thread. 

 

Royal Mail, HMRC and your bank will never, ever contact you by text or email.

 

Physical letters are still the order of the day and are far more secure than technological options.
In some rare cases your bank may call you to notify you of suspicious account activity but even that's getting rarer.

 

Royal mail might contact you via email about customs charges for parcels.

 

I had it last year and it was definitely legit and in relation to a specific order I had coming.

 

My bank(s) also contacts me via text from time to time. Any time I've phoned them to check they've confirmed it's legitimate.

 

Just as a caution to people ignoring 21st century means of communication out of hand...it may actually need your attention and not be a scam.

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1 hour ago, Footballfirst said:

There are potentially VAT or Import duties to pay if you have ordered even moderately priced goods from EU countries.

 

The thresholds are explained in this article.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/jan/21/eu-website-purchases-the-import-charges-uk-customers-have-to-pay

 

Not just the EU.

 

However, FF, this is a scam with a website faked up to look very close to the Royal Mail site.  With such as small sum demanded people automatically might think it can't be a scam, and let their guard down.  However, the goal of this scam is likely to capture your account details and draw as much money as they can get away with before you are aware.

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1 minute ago, frankblack said:

 

Not just the EU.

 

However, FF, this is a scam with a website faked up to look very close to the Royal Mail site.  With such as small sum demanded people automatically might think it can't be a scam, and let their guard down.  However, the goal of this scam is likely to capture your account details and draw as much money as they can get away with before you are aware.

I appreciate the nature of this particular scam, but as far as the EU is concerned there is a Brexit cost.  Tax/customs arrangements for goods coming from outside the EU have not changed.

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This sounds the same scam as the scam which started the 'scam' thread.

 

Please merge with the scam thread.

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1 hour ago, Cade said:

Merge with scam thread. 

 

Royal Mail, HMRC and your bank will never, ever contact you by text or email.

 

Physical letters are still the order of the day and are far more secure than technological options.
In some rare cases your bank may call you to notify you of suspicious account activity but even that's getting rarer.

Santander do e-mail me regularly, but they always add the last three digits of my postcode on their e-mails.

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1 hour ago, Captain Slog said:

Santander do e-mail me regularly, but they always add the last three digits of my postcode on their e-mails.

With information on interest rate changes and account fees yes, certainly nothing to do with actual transactions

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2 minutes ago, Cade said:

With information on interest rate changes and account fees yes, certainly nothing to do with actual transactions

Agreed, and they never give direct links either, just tell you to log on their site

 

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Been getting texts about HBSC trying to set up a new payee or some rubbish.

Just had the dreaded phone call from the automated female version of Stephen Hawking about the warrant out for my arrest for tax evasion unless I press 1.

Manchester number 0161 879 4624

 

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19 minutes ago, moshy said:

Been getting texts about HBSC trying to set up a new payee or some rubbish.

Just had the dreaded phone call from the automated female version of Stephen Hawking about the warrant out for my arrest for tax evasion unless I press 1.

Manchester number 0161 879 4624

 

The scum never give up.

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I've reported that Amazon Prime scam that often I'm now tempted to press 1 just to spend time sending the caller in circles before they try to rip off some other unsuspecting victim. 

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Got the Royal Mail failed delivery scam email yesterday, wanted £2.99 for my item to be delivered as it was stopped at customs and had incured a charge. 

 

 

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Got the early morning call this morning, claiming my card, one I don't have was used for purchases this morning.  Recorded voice so no point hurling abuse, just hung up. 

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On 09/01/2021 at 14:48, Tazio said:

I got woken up this morning by the phone and got terrible news. A criminal prosecution is being raised against me for tax crime and a warrant out for my arrest.  However luckily if I pressed 1 I could halt the charges. 


Clicked on this thread having had the call yesterday. Press 1 to talk to an agent. Hung up and went on the HMRC website. Unsurprisingly there is a bit about this particular scam. A few months ago my business partner got the same call. He pressed 1. He was told he was about to be arrested unless he paid £X immediately and there was a black car with CID across the road. Funnily enough no car so he told them where to go. Got told back he was a “stupid ****ing *****” to which he replied yeah you’re obviously HMRC now do one!

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24 minutes ago, N Lincs Jambo said:


Clicked on this thread having had the call yesterday. Press 1 to talk to an agent. Hung up and went on the HMRC website. Unsurprisingly there is a bit about this particular scam. A few months ago my business partner got the same call. He pressed 1. He was told he was about to be arrested unless he paid £X immediately and there was a black car with CID across the road. Funnily enough no car so he told them where to go. Got told back he was a “stupid ****ing *****” to which he replied yeah you’re obviously HMRC now do one!

 

A few months ago I back chatted the caller, and felt pretty good about myself, until I got the phone calls waking me up during the night, and no one there when I answered. I figured I had to give them the win on that one now I just hang up.

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1 hour ago, Sharpie said:

 

A few months ago I back chatted the caller, and felt pretty good about myself, until I got the phone calls waking me up during the night, and no one there when I answered. I figured I had to give them the win on that one now I just hang up.


It’s shit Bob. The tone and menace in the recorded message will undoubtedly scare some people, especially the vulnerable, into coughing up. As far as the phone is concerned though we no longer have a device connected to the landline and my mobile is permanently on silent. If I miss a call and know the number I’ll call back.

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35 minutes ago, N Lincs Jambo said:


It’s shit Bob. The tone and menace in the recorded message will undoubtedly scare some people, especially the vulnerable, into coughing up. As far as the phone is concerned though we no longer have a device connected to the landline and my mobile is permanently on silent. If I miss a call and know the number I’ll call back.

Yes, thats the correct attitude needed nowadays.   Any incoming number not in my phone list with a known name gets ignored.

 

My wife gets several single ring calls each month - one ring then stops.  It's a 0843 number - presumably they want to you to call back, and keep you hanging on a premium rate call for several minutes.  It's usually a different number each time, so she just adds it to the network blocking service. 

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Scams are indeed becoming a wee bit more elaborate.  I consider myself quite well up on the scam situation and take care not to divulge my details, I don’t have paper statements divulging any info however, I am prone to buying the odd thing or two on amazon.
 

So, on Monday I received a text from TSB fraud service (I have a TSB business card), the text asked if I had made a purchase online from Samsung electronics for £**** (it was over £1k) “if you made this purchase text back YES, if you did not make this purchase text back NO”.  So, I text back NO and immediately my phone rang and an automated voice came back saying “this is a message for ....my name.... pleas call *********** for an operator”.....AYE RIGHT, this was a number I didn’t recognise so I didn’t call it.  Scammers nil, me one (I thought).  

 

 I then decided to call the number on the back of my TSB card just to let them know what happened and, after a security check, I was put through to the fraud department and indeed someone had tried to use my card to make an electronic purchase which TSB rejected.....clever fkrs.....old card cancelled and new card on its way.

 

How the scammers managed to get my 3 PIN number on the rear of my card I have no idea.  I had asked TSB why this purchase was declined, they said the purchase was from an unknown IP and location and, the purchase was out of my ordinary buying habits and, it was in line with high value goods scammers usually target......

..thank fek they seem to be switched on.

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Ordered An item from Amazon ( cost £120 ) and when it arrived it was the right packaging but contained a worthless hand spinner of similar weight. 
 

My first thought was someone in the warehouse switched them so I used the app to give an explanation and ask for a replacement. 
 

Next day the replacement arrives with correct packaging but this time containing a bolt. 
 

I go on the app but there seems no way to contact a real person via phone or chat so just request a refund as the company selling these is at it imo. I wrote a review saying ‘Don’t buy this item as it is a scam’ which Amazon rejected as it doesn’t fit their ‘guidelines’. 
 

posted back the spinner and washer yesterday so hoping to get my money refunded next week. Bought the correct item, slightly more expensive, elsewhere. 
 

 

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31 minutes ago, davemclaren said:

Ordered An item from Amazon ( cost £120 ) and when it arrived it was the right packaging but contained a worthless hand spinner of similar weight. 
 

My first thought was someone in the warehouse switched them so I used the app to give an explanation and ask for a replacement. 
 

Next day the replacement arrives with correct packaging but this time containing a bolt. 
 

I go on the app but there seems no way to contact a real person via phone or chat so just request a refund as the company selling these is at it imo. I wrote a review saying ‘Don’t buy this item as it is a scam’ which Amazon rejected as it doesn’t fit their ‘guidelines’. 
 

posted back the spinner and washer yesterday so hoping to get my money refunded next week. Bought the correct item, slightly more expensive, elsewhere. 
 

 

I've chatted with Amazon customer service a few times through the app now, it is possible and they're very helpful

 

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2 phone calls to my mobile this week which I didn't answer. They left messages.

 

First one was a woman's voice (embarrassingly obvious it was a recording) who said I should stop calling her and that she has told the police about me. Obviously wanting me to call her back so the scammer could charge me £50/second on the call.

 

Second was a recorded message saying my National Insurance number has been used "illegally" and I should call this number to sort it out.

 

JUST **** OFF YA SCAMMING TRAMPS!!!!

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9 minutes ago, Smithee said:

I've chatted with Amazon customer service a few times through the app now, it is possible and they're very helpful

 

I just seemed to get a Bot. 🤷🏼‍♂️

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The Real Maroonblood
3 hours ago, highlandjambo3 said:

Scams are indeed becoming a wee bit more elaborate.  I consider myself quite well up on the scam situation and take care not to divulge my details, I don’t have paper statements divulging any info however, I am prone to buying the odd thing or two on amazon.
 

So, on Monday I received a text from TSB fraud service (I have a TSB business card), the text asked if I had made a purchase online from Samsung electronics for £**** (it was over £1k) “if you made this purchase text back YES, if you did not make this purchase text back NO”.  So, I text back NO and immediately my phone rang and an automated voice came back saying “this is a message for ....my name.... pleas call *********** for an operator”.....AYE RIGHT, this was a number I didn’t recognise so I didn’t call it.  Scammers nil, me one (I thought).  

 

 I then decided to call the number on the back of my TSB card just to let them know what happened and, after a security check, I was put through to the fraud department and indeed someone had tried to use my card to make an electronic purchase which TSB rejected.....clever fkrs.....old card cancelled and new card on its way.

 

How the scammers managed to get my 3 PIN number on the rear of my card I have no idea.  I had asked TSB why this purchase was declined, they said the purchase was from an unknown IP and location and, the purchase was out of my ordinary buying habits and, it was in line with high value goods scammers usually target......

..thank fek they seem to be switched on.

The banks seemed to have upped their game nowadays.

 

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1 hour ago, Pans Jambo said:

2 phone calls to my mobile this week which I didn't answer. They left messages.

 

First one was a woman's voice (embarrassingly obvious it was a recording) who said I should stop calling her and that she has told the police about me. Obviously wanting me to call her back so the scammer could charge me £50/second on the call.

 

Second was a recorded message saying my National Insurance number has been used "illegally" and I should call this number to sort it out.

 

JUST **** OFF YA SCAMMING TRAMPS!!!!

 

They just seem to be getting more and more elaborate all the time.

 

The days of getting emails from some Prince in Nigeria are fast disappearing.

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2 hours ago, davemclaren said:

Ordered An item from Amazon ( cost £120 ) and when it arrived it was the right packaging but contained a worthless hand spinner of similar weight. 
 

My first thought was someone in the warehouse switched them so I used the app to give an explanation and ask for a replacement. 
 

Next day the replacement arrives with correct packaging but this time containing a bolt. 
 

I go on the app but there seems no way to contact a real person via phone or chat so just request a refund as the company selling these is at it imo. I wrote a review saying ‘Don’t buy this item as it is a scam’ which Amazon rejected as it doesn’t fit their ‘guidelines’. 
 

posted back the spinner and washer yesterday so hoping to get my money refunded next week. Bought the correct item, slightly more expensive, elsewhere. 
 

 

I've spoken to their Customer Services load of times.  If you log on to the actual website, as opposed to the app, there's a link at the bottom of the page. They usually call you back pretty quickly.

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1 minute ago, Lemongrab said:

I've spoken to their Customer Services load of times.  If you log on to the actual website, as opposed to the app, there's a link at the bottom of the page. They usually call you back pretty quickly.

Thank.. I will use that if I don’t get my cash back. I’m more miffed ( at the moment ) that they wouldn’t publish my review despite the item still being on sale. 

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highlandjambo3
1 hour ago, The Real Maroonblood said:

The banks seemed to have upped their game nowadays.

 

Yes I think so......if they can’t protect their customers then the customers might look elsewhere.  

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34 minutes ago, highlandjambo3 said:

Yes I think so......if they can’t protect their customers then the customers might look elsewhere.  

This.

Sometimes I’ll get a text if it’s a new company I’m buying from online.

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9 minutes ago, The Real Maroonblood said:

This.

Sometimes I’ll get a text if it’s a new company I’m buying from online.

Yes....like I said in my previous post above.  I received a text from my TSB fraud squad a couple of days ago, I thought it was a scam but no, it was actually TSB requesting to know if I had attempted an online transaction for £1k+.....thankfully they knocked it back but, the scammer had my full card details, which is a card I thought I was very careful with.

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2 hours ago, highlandjambo3 said:

Yes....like I said in my previous post above.  I received a text from my TSB fraud squad a couple of days ago, I thought it was a scam but no, it was actually TSB requesting to know if I had attempted an online transaction for £1k+.....thankfully they knocked it back but, the scammer had my full card details, which is a card I thought I was very careful with.

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