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Scam or not

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Ronaldo, Nov 10, 2020.

  1. Ronaldo A Fixture

    Over the past week or so I have been getting phone calls from supposedly Amazon Prime saying I am going to be charged £79 .00 and must cancel this subscription if I dont want it.
    I have never been on Amazon prime so being a little intrigued I followed the instructions for a bit to see where it was leading .
    The usual thing happened I get directed to an asian gentleman who asks me to go on line and insert an address on my browser which at this point I hang up .

    So dear friends is this a scam
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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Oh Ron

    Of course it's not a scam ....LOL ....just like the foreign gentleman who rang us and said we need to change our bank details ....Mmmmmneedless to say we never ....

    We have had similar from so called Amazon ...just love 'em ...NOT!!!

    Like you I hang up

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  3. DEL A Fixture


    Why would you do that....a bit rude. have a bit of faith.
    Send me £79 and I'll sort it out for you (y)
  4. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

    Just recently I’ve had several landline phone calls featuring a recorded message which states, “This is your internet service provider. If you do not respond to this message or re-register on our website within the next 24 hours we will be obliged to terminate your subscription”.
    So the drill is to hang up, & check the number the call originated from -

    Guess what? It’s a mobile phone number in Central America/Africa/Asia/Eastern Europe (insert country of your choice).
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  5. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    There seems to be a proliferation of these phone/ online scams at the moment. I had a call purporting to be from HMRC ( British tax authority) , obviously not aware that I'm a pensioner and have my tax deducted at source (both Civil Service and State ), so there is absolutely no way I could owe the huge amount they said. I reported my call to the HMRC/phishing site, had a reply online to say there were many of these scams going on, and that I did the right thing in drawing their attention to this one. I was even able to tell them the actual number from which the call originated. Be very aware, chaps, and don't get drawn in (y)

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  6. Ronaldo A Fixture

    the point is I would like to lead them on a bit and see how much of there time I could waste but the minute they want you to put a web address in your browser I presume they gain control of your computer
  7. DEL A Fixture

    If I've got a bit of time on my hands I quite like entertaining myself with some of these calls.
    A current favourite is the 'I'm calling to discuss your recent car accident'. My response is that I'm delighted to finally get someone to take it seriously.
    That as far as I'm concerned and despite dashcam footage to the contrary the police car hit me ........ I await a follow on call.

    Back in Sept I pm'd a few of the guys with this...
    Got caught up in one of those auto dial phone scam loops where it keeps calling until you talk for more than 20 secs to the sad prick on the other end this is how it went ...
    Him...... I'm calling to advise you that you've been targeted by phone scammers. (indian accent)
    Me ........Nope I'm sorry your accent is too thick, you'll have to slow down.
    Repeated twice more before the penny dropped.....
    Him....... I will f**k your mother, your wife and your daughters very hard .. do you understand?
    Me........ I don't have any of them but I've got some friends and a pet pig you might be interested in.

    Turns out he wasn't up for the pig...... He called me a c**t, so I'm not sharing my $5 million I'm getting from Prince M'Bossa H'Riitchii from Nigeria with him:D
    So it looks like you lot (Davie, Brian, the 2 Rons and Helm) have won a watch, if he follows through, a night of Kama Sutra passion could be heading your way (y)
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  8. Dr Bison Active Member

    You could try this approach:

    ...or this one:
  9. theBaron A Fixture

    "Oh, it's not a scam! What you do, see, is give 'em all your credit card numbers. And if one of 'em's lucky, you win a prize!" - Grampa Simpson

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  10. Wayneb A Fixture

    Quite unfortunate that a member is so cliquey that he only selects his chosen few to answer a question in Lounge on PF.....From my own experience, I have never had a problem with Amazon.....Their return policy is simple and hard to fault......The answer is simple...if it don't relate to you....don't answer the f....n phone...
  11. Henk A Fixture

    My favourite is to answer the phone at my other halfs home, and when the caller asks for her (by her name), I answer "speaking"..
    They first ask again, "can I speak to MRS ......", to which I again reply "speaking". At this point the call goes one of two ways.
    1. The caller simply ignores my Baritone voice, and carries on with the script. At this point I'm happy to go along, answering with fictitious answers to their questions, starting to ask them (dumb) questions, until they cotton on that I've been wasting their time.
    2. The caller questions why my voice doesnt match with "MRS" before my name, at which point I get upset, ask if he has a problem with the fact that I self identity as a woman, and that I want to speak to a supervisor. This either results in them hanging up, or a hilarious 10 minutes of apologising and damage control...
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  12. Wayneb A Fixture

    No .... it's not a scam......It's the troof..... you won't wegwed it........

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  13. chippy Well-Known Member

    Nothing to add but reading through the replies I nearly bust a gut laughing .
  14. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of very vulnerable folk out there who are so easily duped by this sort of thing. My bank keep trying to get me to do everything online - well bollocks to that! OK they have supposedly secure servers but how many times in the past 12 months have you heard of banks and other super-secure agencies getting hacked? Hacking and scamming is a multi-billion dollar "industry". TBH the less I have to do with the internet, the better - hey, wait - what am I doin' on here - aaaaaarrrrgh!:arghh:

    Phil (I think?)
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  15. socko47 Active Member

    In the USA the latest is an email as a survey about your latest vaccination that specifically asks “ How was your reaction or reactions to your Pfizer vaccination?” Then they offer a number of items to choose from and you only need to pay for shipping.
    I explored the offers which looked enticing. After deciding not to take them up on their offer (I said I did not have the Pfizer) the next day I got the same email asking about my Moderna vaccination. I just read a report about this new scam. Easy to get hooked.....remain vigilant!
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  16. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    Usualy I say Hello and wait until they speak
    We have great news for you ...
    The Votswana Airforce wish to ...
    Have you already ..

    Then I say : Yes . you are at the Brussels Central Police Office . What can we ... ...... They already hanged up
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  17. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    Yesterday call ... ringing ..

    Good Morning we are Ideal-AUdition and we are making a survey ...
    Who ? Sorry I dindn't hear you
    We are making a survey for Ideal-Auditio ..
    Can you speak louder ?
    Are you Mr Roffler
    No I'm not Robert my name is Michel
    .... They hanged up
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  18. fogie A Fixture

    Just wait till they phone you about funeral plans.......I always tell them the same
    thing - All organised, old boy. Chosen the music, Juliette Binoche booked to throw
    herself inconsolably across the coffin, and everything - it's amazing how quickly
    they ring off.

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  19. Ray Stout Active Member

    I always tell them that as I'm NOT the beneficery, my kids have picked out a Funeral Plan/life Insurance and fund it between them ! For Utilities I tell them I'm a Council Tennant and they have negociated a bulk discount with the provider and I pay as part of my rent!! So Gullable!! Ray
  20. malc PlanetFigure Supporter

    Any call mobile or other asking for any details ...bank or other is a scam

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