From the Editors

Some current scams – April 2018

As usual there is no shortage of people seeking to take your hard-won cash away from you.   Most seek to persuade you to hand over your banking details on the pre-text of having money they need to pay into your account.  Many use e-mail. Others involve  direct contact at your front door.

Our first example arrived in the email box of the online Broadsheet editor

  • The second was flagged up to us by Brenda Kirkham – until recently co-editor of the paper Broadsheet.
  • As they say – Beware of Geeks bearing gifts!  If it sounds too good to be true – chances are – it’s too good to be true 🙂

Scam 1: DVLA  refund

This is an email titled DVLA refund

Security Alert
We would like to notify you that you still have an outstanding vehicle tax refund of £148.84 from an overpayment, despite our previous letters regarding your refund we are yet to receive your claim.
Requests for refunds are time limited please use the link below to complete your refund request.
Get Started -> link

Please note: You’ll usually get the refund in 4 to 6 weeks, but it may take longer in some cases. You should wait 6 weeks before contacting us about the payment.
Best regards,
Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency -> link

Scam 2: Delivery Driver card cloning

Give this wide distribution. This scam is actually very clever. Just when you thought you’d heard it all. Be very careful out there! Beware of people bearing gifts.

 The following is a recounting of the incident from the victim:

Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone saying that he was from some outfit called: “Express Couriers,”(The name could be any courier company) He asked if I was going to be home because there was a package for me that required a signature . The caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. Sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and a bottle of wine. I was very surprised since there was no special occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn’t expect anything like it. Intrigued, I inquired as to who the sender was. The courier replied, “I don’t know, I’m only delivering the package.” Apparently, a card was being sent separately… (the card has never arrived!) There was also a consignment note with the gift.

 He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a £3.50 “delivery/ verification charge,” providing proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult (of legal drinking age), and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone, especially a minor. This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that the delivery company required payment to be by credit or debit card only, so that everything is properly accounted for, and this would help in keeping a legal record of the transaction.He added couriers don’t carry cash to avoid loss or likely targets for robbery.

My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled out his credit card, and ‘John,’ the “delivery man,” asked him to swipe the card on a small mobile card machine with a small screen and keypad. Frank, my husband, was asked to enter his PIN number and a receipt was printed out. He was given a copy of the transaction. He guy said everything was in order, and wished us good day.

 To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday,  £4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines. Apparently the “mobile credit card machine,” which the deliveryman carried now had all the info necessary to create a “dummy”  card with all our card details including the PIN number.

 Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we immediately notified the bank which issued us a new card, and our credit/debit  account was closed. We also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it is definitely a scam because several households had been similarly hit.

 WARNING: Be wary of accepting any “surprise gift or package,” which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any  kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.

 Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit  card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction!

 PLEASE  Pass this on, it may just prevent someone else from being scammed



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.