Friend Scammed Out Of 15K ! Warning !

GGW Laurie

Well-Known Member
Just wanted to alert some of you with older family or friends that enter the Publishers clearing House sweepstakes , they are selling private info such as email and phone numbers to known terrorists.

My friend and neighbor asked me to come over to read something joyful she wanted to celebrate , when I saw this I hit the frigging roof, it was a letter from PCH that said she won 1.5 million and a brand new Rolls Royce they even had her pick out the color , only deal was she had to pay the taxes and so forth to get this.

It was about 5 minutes into this conversation that the phone rang as she was to make her final 7500.00 payment and I asked her to let me talk to them , well they had thick middle eastern accents and got really upset as I asked question after question knowing this was a scam of the highest form , praying on the elderly.

I told these folks they would not be getting another cent from my friend and we promptly went to her bank first who then in turn called the FBI and Homeland security, these bastards have cleaned thousands of folks out of their life savings and are using the money to grow their terrorist activities.

So will my friend get her money back , No !!

Please check on you friends if you see large amounts of money going out or they start getting depressed , my friend was almost suicidal as she thinks she may have helped them kill innocent people with her money.

They will ask for you to send the money on green dot cards at 500.00 a pop and or give you the name of a local bank and account to deposit the money in and then call them and guess what the money is gone , it is usually an account that has been hacked according to the FBI.

Thanks for reading and Please Please beware as these scams are running wild in the US !

Laurie
 

vinylweatherman

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They are rampant over here too. Despite all the warnings, they can always manage to find some vulnerable group that can still be fooled by a new variant.

Our own Action Fraud tells people to assume it's a scam if they win any lottery or competition they don't recall entering, even where a well respected household name is used like the National Lottery, or as is more commonly used in scams, the "Euopean <whateva> lottery", usually a made up name closely resembling a genuine lottery.

There are also the survey scams, which seem designed to extract personal details from people to sell on to scammers whilst pretending to be some kind of "government sponsored survey" using an official sounding, but completely bogus, survey company name like "The British Survey Department" (sounds good? - I just made it up :D)
 

syntynyt

kuollut
in Romania, prisoners have mobile phones in their cells in practice, on paper is of course forbidden. they are doing the same scam but even worse. they are randomly calling numbers from telephone-book, telling to the victim is the advocate of his son/daughter/nephew which had a car accident with victims. while the victim is in shock, another prisoner is taking the role of the son, crying and saying he is in big trouble and needs money to pay the injuried victims and the advocate to stay out of prison and to not call anyone else because will be a higher chance for him to get caught by police and other similar explanations.
then the advocate makes the victim to go at bank and through western union to transfer X sum to X name or to buy for example 100 x10E recharging phone cards and sent the codes. victim being in emotional shock, is doing everything and then silence, until the victim realise was fooled and call the police. with this method hundreds were fooled, most being elder people.
but because banks are showing now warnings, they changed little bit the method, this time for stupid people. now they request the victim to leave the money in a specified trash can, because any other trace will let police know what the son did and will lose liberty. even this work.
based on victims interviews, somehow they are that good that they fake the voice perfectly, "advocates" speaking in a corporate way giving no clue. all happening from a prison cell. and they are many and different individuals from different cities and prisons.
after this successfully rant here, they pulled the same trick in Spain again with lot of people losing their money.
the OP say they had Eastern accents, now i know from where that come from. we are the worst.
 

jjezebel37

Meister Member
mm1
Just wanted to alert some of you with older family or friends that enter the Publishers clearing House sweepstakes , they are selling private info such as email and phone numbers to known terrorists.

My friend and neighbor asked me to come over to read something joyful she wanted to celebrate , when I saw this I hit the frigging roof, it was a letter from PCH that said she won 1.5 million and a brand new Rolls Royce they even had her pick out the color , only deal was she had to pay the taxes and so forth to get this.

It was about 5 minutes into this conversation that the phone rang as she was to make her final 7500.00 payment and I asked her to let me talk to them , well they had thick middle eastern accents and got really upset as I asked question after question knowing this was a scam of the highest form , praying on the elderly.

I told these folks they would not be getting another cent from my friend and we promptly went to her bank first who then in turn called the FBI and Homeland security, these bastards have cleaned thousands of folks out of their life savings and are using the money to grow their terrorist activities.

So will my friend get her money back , No !!

Please check on you friends if you see large amounts of money going out or they start getting depressed , my friend was almost suicidal as she thinks she may have helped them kill innocent people with her money.

They will ask for you to send the money on green dot cards at 500.00 a pop and or give you the name of a local bank and account to deposit the money in and then call them and guess what the money is gone , it is usually an account that has been hacked according to the FBI.

Thanks for reading and Please Please beware as these scams are running wild in the US !

Laurie
Jeez the length some of these criminals go, it's sad but rampant.

I had an email yesterday asking me to pay an invoice of £47.00 that was due immediately but knowing I owed nothing , I googled the mail and low and behold, it was a scam. Thank goodness i didnt click link as it was a vicious malware bot that has been doing the rounds.
 

ChillBill

Banned User - Aussiedave in disguise
I've been receiving court notices (USA), with attached zip files to my .au email address. Obviously on some scub bags list. Some of these notices are quite alarming. Naturally I just trash them and don't open the attachement. But I could see if someone state-side could be stooged into thinking these are legit.
 

KasinoKing

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Scams seem to be everywhere at the moment. Obviously I get loads by e-mail, and occasionally by phone too.
The 2 most recent phone ones have been someone phoning from "Windows" offering to help me "repair" my slow computer, and the other people saying they are ringing about my recent car accident.

Naturally I tell these people in no uncertain terms to go and try to reproduce with themselves, but the thought that they MUST be making money from scamming the more vulnerable members of the public makes me want to vomit!
They are scum. :puke:


KK
 

vinylweatherman

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Scams seem to be everywhere at the moment. Obviously I get loads by e-mail, and occasionally by phone too.
The 2 most recent phone ones have been someone phoning from "Windows" offering to help me "repair" my slow computer, and the other people saying they are ringing about my recent car accident.

Naturally I tell these people in no uncertain terms to go and try to reproduce with themselves, but the thought that they MUST be making money from scamming the more vulnerable members of the public makes me want to vomit!
They are scum. :puke:


KK
The authorities need to be more "robust" in dealing with them. Currently, even the small chance of getting busted is no deterrent as the penalties don't really hurt, and the money is rarely recovered. They are also able to hide behind privacy laws, which places obstacles in the way of victims who try to seek redress. Victims cannot go it alone due to these privacy laws, and the authorities don't pursue them with the vigour they have at their disposal through being able to order phone companies and ISPs to provide trace records that are normally confidential under the data protection laws.

Other than victims, genuine companies are suffering as genuine callers are also being invited to reproduce with themselves because the recipient thinks it's a scam, and has no means to check.

The latest one is that the scammer will invite the victim to hang up and dial their bank to verify that the call is genuine, but they use an obscure exploit that is DELIBERATELY made available by the phone companies that allows them to create a fake subscriber line, complete with dial tone, ready for the victim to "call their bank" on. The scammer then pretends to be the bank, and verifies that the call is genuine. The scammer then phones back a little later, and it is then "open season" on the victim because all doubt in their minds has been dispelled, and they believe that no matter how odd the request, it's coming from their bank. They also pose as the police, the courts, taxman, etc.

Unless you know how this exploit works, you can easily get caught. It's a legacy from the old analogue phone systems, and really shouldn't exist on modern digital exchange lines. The phone companies are "looking into" getting rid of it. It's being used more because victims are better informed, and earlier scams no longer work as well.
 

randomiam

Meister Member
i win the lottery a few times a week

so much spam and scams but if it waet i would be enjoying my new job at apple and Google living of my 70000 billion euros

there needs to be more done about it maybe a website for older and people with little computer skills or sense that's easy to understand
and just make the site viral :)
 

PNEFOREVER2

Senior Member
MM
It's a shame not everyone has the luck I have, 3 times this week I have won the Zimbabwean lottery - $27 million each time, who'd have thought it!?

I'm quids in :thumbsup:

Strangely enough I got an email today from this PCH entitled "Win A Lifechanging $10 Million", been getting them for a while (seems everyone has my fecking email address lately), always sounded dodgy.
 

Googobucs

Meister Member
Please check on you friends if you see large amounts of money going out or they start getting depressed
It's very important if you have older parents or relatives that you talk to them now about their computer habits BEFORE it becomes a problem.
Making yourself available to them if they ever have any questions or concern is key. They need a reliable place to turn when they don't know what to do. You don't have to be able to fix their computer but you can listen to them and keep them out of trouble.

My parents know to always call me if they have any questions and never to open any e-mail they are not sure about or click on any links or web pages. They call me constantly with questions, but you know what....they are in their 70's and some day I'll miss those calls so I'm happy to have them call me just to tell them it's okay to open the e-mail I sent them.
 

mrmark21

Meister Member
I got an email for a tax refund that actually looked very believable. I know about these scams, I'm very cautious with these emails, but this one just looked real... So I called the ATO and turned out this was indeed a scam.

I think it's insane what lengths these criminals go to but there are obviously people that believe these scams otherwise they wouldn't still be around.
 

dunover

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Yes, I got (again) today the HMRC (HM revenue and customs) scam e-mail informing me I was owed a tax rebate and inviting me to send my details lol.......

Now my e-mail addy has ONLY been ever used for online casinos, it's not here on CM nor anywhere else.
 
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