Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warns
26/01/2021 | news | technology | 359
The NHS says any invitation which asks for vaccine payment or bank account details is a scam.
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26/01/2021 15:00:44 84 0
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Any message that asks for bank details is a fake scam. End of.
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26/01/2021 15:19:33 54 16
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Does this include TV Licence renewal?
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ray
26/01/2021 16:31:14 6 0
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“A fake scam?”

So they are pretending to be scammers but arent legitimate scammers?
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26/01/2021 15:01:05 111 1
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Awful people these scammers. Never miss an opportunity to take advantage of vulnerable people.
Pure scum.
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26/01/2021 16:41:58 21 1
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And same are those selling/sold hand sanitizer, antibac wipes, hand wash soap, paracetamol.... etc. for extortionate prices.
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26/01/2021 19:08:07 7 2
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Yes, caveat emptor, I heard of some outright rogues who've charged the British public £22B for a 'worldbeating' track and trace system.

I wonder what kind of gullible fool would fall for that?
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26/01/2021 21:37:45 1 0
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Talking about the tories?
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26/01/2021 23:02:55 0 0
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I think they are called Westminster et all
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26/01/2021 15:02:30 143 3
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An odd topic for a HYS as we will all be in agreement I am sure that these people are scum ...
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26/01/2021 15:29:41 57 2
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Indeed. Preying on the vulnerable at the most vulnerable of times. Despite the email content actually being a linked image (which is a red flag, if you know to look for it) - even some clued up people I know nearly fell for it.

Here is hoping that Karma does exist.
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26/01/2021 16:00:00 19 2
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Must be one of them on here, as you have a downvote!
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26/01/2021 16:07:13 9 1
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They only thing to disagree with is about what and how much they should be punished. I don't mind as long as it is proportional to the effect it has on the victims and a little bit more.
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26/01/2021 16:29:04 0 23
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Just for balance:

Scammers dont do what they do for a laugh, they do it for money.

Its horrible but awful that they feel they have to do these things to get by.

Whether here or overseas this unpleasant behaviour points to, as tends to be the case, societal issues.
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26/01/2021 16:49:34 3 3
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National emergency - time to reintroduce summary execution for this type of scum
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26/01/2021 16:57:35 3 0
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You've got to admire their entrepreneurial spirit, spotting and exploiting an emerging opportunity.

Just joking, scum.
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26/01/2021 18:28:51 3 0
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how can anybody vote down?
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27/01/2021 12:42:57 1 0
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Cant believe 3 people have down voted this. Perhaps they would like to come out from behind their anonymity and put a post up with the counter argument?
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26/01/2021 15:03:43 8 0
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I received one of the above yesterday which seemed genuine until the last page where it asked for credit card details very professionally done
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26/01/2021 15:04:20 3 8
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Derbyshire are wrong. We here in Hampshire receive our invite by text and we have to click a link to make our booking. This wrong information will put people off making bookings. The police should check their facts before speaking.
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26/01/2021 15:07:28 8 0
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Derbyshire police are not wrong. My wife received one of these texts.
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26/01/2021 15:08:52 4 0
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But you don't have to apply and you don' t have to give your bank details. At that point people will realise it's a scam I hope.
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26/01/2021 15:12:59 3 0
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I'm in Hants too but have been told we'll receive our invitation by letter through the post. Email inbox had the fake invite yesterday, but it was transparent enough to avoid any problems. Delete and report.
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26/01/2021 15:14:33 2 0
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Having re-read your post I am struggling to understand it. You say in Hampshire you receive a text and click on a link. That is what Derbyshire Police are saying.
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26/01/2021 15:04:25 7 0
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Scummy scammers. Anything to con people.
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26/01/2021 15:04:20 3 8
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Derbyshire are wrong. We here in Hampshire receive our invite by text and we have to click a link to make our booking. This wrong information will put people off making bookings. The police should check their facts before speaking.
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26/01/2021 15:07:28 8 0
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Derbyshire police are not wrong. My wife received one of these texts.
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26/01/2021 15:07:43 16 0
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I find this hard to believe that people fall for this but I guess they do or the scammers wouldn't try it. They are coming back as lowlife slugs next time.
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26/01/2021 16:02:00 15 0
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The problem is, that there are people who struggle with the "modern" technology that most of us take for granted. There are also vulnerable people who are easily confused. They're the primary target of these scammers, and if they snare some other people too, it's a bonus for them. People who stoop so low disgust me, but sadly they keep at it.
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26/01/2021 15:04:20 3 8
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Derbyshire are wrong. We here in Hampshire receive our invite by text and we have to click a link to make our booking. This wrong information will put people off making bookings. The police should check their facts before speaking.
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26/01/2021 15:08:52 4 0
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But you don't have to apply and you don' t have to give your bank details. At that point people will realise it's a scam I hope.
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Dal
26/01/2021 15:09:45 23 0
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You can normally hover over the email address and it should show you where it came from - this is usually an absolute giveaway that it is a scam. While many of us will spot this easily (I did last night) many more vulnerable people may be taken in so spread the word to relatives who may be at risk as they are desperate to get the vaccine.
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26/01/2021 21:21:44 5 1
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This is VERY dangerous advice - a competent scammer knows exactly how to fake an e-mail or web address or a telephone number.

For vaccination invitations: ignore e-mail & phone, wait for the letter.
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26/01/2021 15:09:50 49 1
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Disgraceful that anyone would stoop so low as to take advantage of a situation created by the pandemic. What complete scum.
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26/01/2021 15:12:16 29 22
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Rumor has it that vaccine emails in Wales are bieng hijacked by council workes claiming the vaccine place under the person's name. that is another low
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26/01/2021 15:10:03 96 3
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I'm just glad the African Prince who kindly did mine for 185 quid hasn't heard about this!
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Cam
26/01/2021 15:11:32 15 1
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Lol
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26/01/2021 16:42:53 3 4
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surprised he had the time between that and selling is own people as slaves
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26/01/2021 18:51:43 0 0
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Did he send you the invite in a blue envelope?
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26/01/2021 21:25:24 0 0
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£185? You got off real cheap.
(I'll do your second dose for only £2500. US approved, by POTUS 45 himself: I'll use 100% pure guaranteed bleach)
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26/01/2021 23:08:15 0 0
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Cunny funt
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26/01/2021 15:11:03 31 11
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Don't you just hate people who prey on people's fears & desperation to part them from their money, just to suit their own ends and those of their peers. So often they're people with no proper business background, who couldn't cut it in a real job/profession (maybe even sacked for repeatedly lying) and have used their network just to abuse people's good faith... Who does that remind me of?
Boris is the best PM england has ever had FACT ! I hope you have some proof he has lyed other wise you should go to prison from treason ! By by ! Removed
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26/01/2021 15:25:05 6 4
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You?
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26/01/2021 15:11:04 4 0
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Had this one in my email yesterday, spotted it was a scam straight away.
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26/01/2021 15:11:18 70 1
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This is pretty despicable that people are prepared to scam others of their hard earned money in the midst of a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 100k in the UK. Many have lost loved ones, jobs and their livelihoods.

No words can describe such behaviour. Truly shocking the lengths people will go. I hope they choke on it.
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26/01/2021 16:57:23 27 0
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This is not just someone sat in a bedroom in the UK, this is multi million pound organised crime being run from countries that we have no jurisdiction or extradition with.
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26/01/2021 17:11:47 1 1
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Unfortunately it's human nature, some people are scum some aren't. Look at how the bankers stole peoples money and wiped out pensions in 2008...this is worse as it directly affects peoples lives, but still
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26/01/2021 15:10:03 96 3
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I'm just glad the African Prince who kindly did mine for 185 quid hasn't heard about this!
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Cam
26/01/2021 15:11:32 15 1
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Lol
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JC
26/01/2021 15:11:58 10 5
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It doesn't surprise me that the scammers will try this on, what does surprise me is that there are gullible people that fall for it. Never give bank details from a link from a text message or email and always verify the source of a web address.
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26/01/2021 15:17:06 0 0
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Desperate times!
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26/01/2021 15:12:00 76 1
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Scum of the earth.
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26/01/2021 15:09:50 49 1
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Disgraceful that anyone would stoop so low as to take advantage of a situation created by the pandemic. What complete scum.
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26/01/2021 15:12:16 29 22
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Rumor has it that vaccine emails in Wales are bieng hijacked by council workes claiming the vaccine place under the person's name. that is another low
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26/01/2021 15:25:13 22 3
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And is there any evidence for the rumour? No, I thought not.
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26/01/2021 16:04:26 20 0
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And rumour has it that false rumours are spread around on social media, including BBC HYS forums.
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26/01/2021 16:10:04 14 0
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Rumour has a lot of things, and most of them aren't nice, or true......
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26/01/2021 17:23:32 5 1
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Do you have any evidence for that rumour, or do you just not like council workers....
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26/01/2021 21:39:20 1 2
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And, in Northern Ireland, "back room" workers employed by the NHS who have no contact whatsoever with patients have moved themselves to the front of the vaccination queue. Heads should be rolling out of HS offices but I bet they all get away with it.
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26/01/2021 15:12:26 60 3
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There are some real scumbags out there. You have to hope they get covid 19 themselves.
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26/01/2021 16:01:38 11 10
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No, the chances of death or serious illness for them with COVID is still very low....too low....pneumonic plague might be more appropriate.
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26/01/2021 16:25:02 2 12
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Well, Boris caught it and he's the biggest scumbag of all.
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26/01/2021 19:01:33 1 1
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One did, he left office on the 20th.
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26/01/2021 15:04:20 3 8
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Derbyshire are wrong. We here in Hampshire receive our invite by text and we have to click a link to make our booking. This wrong information will put people off making bookings. The police should check their facts before speaking.
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26/01/2021 15:12:59 3 0
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I'm in Hants too but have been told we'll receive our invitation by letter through the post. Email inbox had the fake invite yesterday, but it was transparent enough to avoid any problems. Delete and report.
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26/01/2021 15:13:04 5 2
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To be fair...as long as there is big money in it scammers will try....
Money talks unfotunatly
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26/01/2021 15:13:19 1 57
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If you're dumb enough to fall for one of these you get everything you deserve.
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26/01/2021 15:15:29 25 0
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Nice bit of victim blaming!
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26/01/2021 15:16:00 7 0
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Nice, blame the victim rather than the criminal.
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26/01/2021 15:18:26 14 0
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My 92 year old mother in law would probably fall for this, she comes from a generation that is less tech savvy. Fat lad or fat head??
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ike
26/01/2021 15:23:09 7 0
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Some people may not be as bright as you, but after a comment like yours I doubt if there is anyone thicker than you.
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26/01/2021 16:12:45 2 0
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Not nice. It is suprirsing but people obviously do, so how does that make it 'deserving'? A punishment for being vulnerable? I thought we were mean to protect the vulnerable not throw them under the bus?
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26/01/2021 15:14:12 2 2
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Would be an interesting revalation if this was within the NHS itself. I have seen a few companies do that (work as a server security admin) and the palm it off as a hacker!!
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26/01/2021 15:29:03 2 1
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And is there any evidence for such a situation? No, thought not. Why try to start such false rumours? What is your agenda?
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26/01/2021 16:00:58 0 0
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I very much doubt you've observed anything of the sort.
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26/01/2021 15:04:20 3 8
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Derbyshire are wrong. We here in Hampshire receive our invite by text and we have to click a link to make our booking. This wrong information will put people off making bookings. The police should check their facts before speaking.
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26/01/2021 15:14:33 2 0
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Having re-read your post I am struggling to understand it. You say in Hampshire you receive a text and click on a link. That is what Derbyshire Police are saying.
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26/01/2021 15:13:19 1 57
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If you're dumb enough to fall for one of these you get everything you deserve.
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26/01/2021 15:15:29 25 0
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Nice bit of victim blaming!
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26/01/2021 15:18:47 0 6
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Maybe the victim is the criminal. Happened a few times in the US - Hackers claimed they lost money and manipulated the law to claim damages off the people they where scamming - and they WON!!!
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26/01/2021 15:15:54 14 2
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See this report too :
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55769991
Criminals are sucking wealth out of us, vulnerable people taking the brunt of it. We really need govt to push back...
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26/01/2021 21:32:42 2 4
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Except it's Government that's doing most of the sucking - using any excuse to transfer taxpayers' wealth to the offshore tax havens they and their rich pals hide their obscene wealth in. Brexit is a great excuse, Covid is even better. £350 million to Lord Ashcroft through the vaccination scheme. Makes criminal activity look like chicken fodder.
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26/01/2021 15:13:19 1 57
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If you're dumb enough to fall for one of these you get everything you deserve.
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26/01/2021 15:16:00 7 0
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Nice, blame the victim rather than the criminal.
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26/01/2021 15:14:59 16 0
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While these may look obviously fake to most people, unfortunately it's those that are vulnerable or desperate that will continue to fall victim to such scams.

Just as with Covid, please continue to take extra time and care to support such people and, as a result, leave the scammers high and dry!
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26/01/2021 15:11:58 10 5
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It doesn't surprise me that the scammers will try this on, what does surprise me is that there are gullible people that fall for it. Never give bank details from a link from a text message or email and always verify the source of a web address.
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26/01/2021 15:17:06 0 0
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Desperate times!
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26/01/2021 15:18:14 0 0
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Well, you do actually have to register with the swiftqueue system that is used in our neck of the woods to book vaccine appointments.
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26/01/2021 15:13:19 1 57
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If you're dumb enough to fall for one of these you get everything you deserve.
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26/01/2021 15:18:26 14 0
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My 92 year old mother in law would probably fall for this, she comes from a generation that is less tech savvy. Fat lad or fat head??
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26/01/2021 15:15:29 25 0
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Nice bit of victim blaming!
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26/01/2021 15:18:47 0 6
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Maybe the victim is the criminal. Happened a few times in the US - Hackers claimed they lost money and manipulated the law to claim damages off the people they where scamming - and they WON!!!
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26/01/2021 15:21:00 1 2
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Shows you how stupid America is.
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26/01/2021 15:23:26 2 0
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Yeah maybe the moon is made of cheese, the scammers are the wrong doers not the victims
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26/01/2021 15:25:20 1 0
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I can't find any reference to that on line, any chance you can back that up with a link?
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26/01/2021 15:18:57 8 0
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I love those scam messages. Especially the phone call. It’s so funny what they try get from you and obviously I troll them so bad.
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26/01/2021 15:22:38 5 1
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I had one that had clearly intercepted a credit card bill and done a bit of research on me. I damned near fell for it. A phone call saying your card has just been used for £2000 by someone who can tell you the last 3 real transactions is effective. Its taught me to an awful lot more careful..... and to use my shredder.
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26/01/2021 15:19:06 3 0
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Recieved yesterday...obvious scam, since it uses my email address rather than my name to address me...like many other scams.Its a very long and descriptive email and very convincing to those who have not become wise enough not to click anything when asked to.
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26/01/2021 15:00:44 84 0
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Any message that asks for bank details is a fake scam. End of.
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26/01/2021 15:19:33 54 16
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Does this include TV Licence renewal?
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26/01/2021 15:42:02 19 3
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Yes
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26/01/2021 16:35:04 9 0
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Oddly enough, yes it does! I have received dozens of fake emails about TV licencing!
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kf
26/01/2021 16:38:55 2 0
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watch out the them too, in text messages
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26/01/2021 16:53:26 1 2
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You had better check you have a license sucker.
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26/01/2021 17:09:55 1 5
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Emails yes a scam, however when you go on their own website and enter the details obviously it's not a scam.

If you post is because you don't like paying for a TV licence, then either cancel or suck it up. I don't like paying taxes as they just go to Tory donors or bankers but here we are...
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yes
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26/01/2021 19:02:37 1 0
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Yes
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26/01/2021 20:43:27 0 0
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now that is a scam
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27/01/2021 09:55:56 0 0
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Some of them yes. You would be surprised how many fake (and quite convincing fake) e-mails are being sent regarding TV licence renewals - so be careful, especially if you use web mail, the spam filters there are no where as good as the ones in the desktop version of Outlook.
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26/01/2021 15:11:03 31 11
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Don't you just hate people who prey on people's fears & desperation to part them from their money, just to suit their own ends and those of their peers. So often they're people with no proper business background, who couldn't cut it in a real job/profession (maybe even sacked for repeatedly lying) and have used their network just to abuse people's good faith... Who does that remind me of?
Boris is the best PM england has ever had FACT ! I hope you have some proof he has lyed other wise you should go to prison from treason ! By by ! Removed
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26/01/2021 15:37:36 18 1
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When you write comments do you try to sound stupid or does it just come naturally to you?
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26/01/2021 15:46:42 5 0
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ah the 'Appeal to Ignorance' logical falacy - i think someone is great so it's a fact that they're the best so you must be wrong to think otherwise
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26/01/2021 16:08:55 3 0
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Dyslexia si a lleH OF eh melborp in Rushia
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26/01/2021 16:23:02 0 0
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Could we have an English translation please
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26/01/2021 16:26:37 0 0
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Brush up on your spelling.
You are off topic.
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26/01/2021 16:39:06 0 0
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Perhaps you could ask your owner to put a little fertiliser in your weekly watering regime.
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26/01/2021 15:20:57 4 0
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How hard is it to traces the source of the email ? or at least follow the money flow ? I have no idea I am hoping for real answers not people highlighting my ignorance.
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26/01/2021 15:21:00 43 0
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There are no words adequate to describe how loathsome these scammers are that would not be moderated.
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ray
26/01/2021 16:33:47 6 2
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You could try the word “loathsome?”
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26/01/2021 15:18:47 0 6
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Maybe the victim is the criminal. Happened a few times in the US - Hackers claimed they lost money and manipulated the law to claim damages off the people they where scamming - and they WON!!!
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26/01/2021 15:21:00 1 2
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Shows you how stupid America is.
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26/01/2021 15:21:03 5 0
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Yes, I too have had one of these. I had received a letter just a day before so I assumed it was a follow-up. I wasn't bothered asked for my date of birth (my GP uses this on arrival at the practice)
But I got bothered when they asked for my mother's maiden name - that, for some people, is what they use as a password.
Note the front page says 'on the basis of family genetics' - which is nonsense.
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26/01/2021 22:12:32 1 0
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And you don't have the common sense to lie about your date of birth or your mother's maiden name?

Sucker!
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26/01/2021 15:22:16 1 0
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Just been invited by text for vaccine at the Excel walk in centre. You just have to turn up and show the text to prove entitlement. Text should mention the reason you have been recommended for the vaccine.
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26/01/2021 15:26:32 1 1
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geeeeeeeeeeetcha vaccination certificates. geeeeeeeeeeetcha vaccination certificates here. 3 for fifty quid
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26/01/2021 15:18:57 8 0
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I love those scam messages. Especially the phone call. It’s so funny what they try get from you and obviously I troll them so bad.
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26/01/2021 15:22:38 5 1
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I had one that had clearly intercepted a credit card bill and done a bit of research on me. I damned near fell for it. A phone call saying your card has just been used for £2000 by someone who can tell you the last 3 real transactions is effective. Its taught me to an awful lot more careful..... and to use my shredder.
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26/01/2021 15:22:41 48 2
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The only way to stay safe is to assume ALL texts, e-mails and phone calls are a scam. Always verify by contacting the organisation direct from its published contact method.
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26/01/2021 15:25:54 14 6
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in theorty great. and an upvote. but the government, and many corporations, are absolutely determined that you will not be able to do this.
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26/01/2021 15:36:49 7 0
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You try doing that when you are over 80. By that age all your mental energies go into daily routine. These scammers know exactly what they are doing and how to do it. Personal experience: whack-a-mole of elderly relatives agreeing to Direct Debits. Relative vehemently denies giving out bank details, even when eye-witnessed.
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26/01/2021 18:01:30 0 0
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Definitely. And if they won’t talk to you when you phone in, but insist on calling you back, don’t answer any security questions to ‘prove you are yourself’ when they call. Ask them security questions so they prove they are who they say they are. If they refuse, and they will, put in a formal complaint. DWP hate this, they will just stop your benefits but it is better to be safe than sorry.
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26/01/2021 21:54:11 0 0
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Ask for confirmation by post. The cost will put most scammers off. They know full well tat they'll succeed only a few times every 10,000 times they try, so they need to keep their costs down.
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26/01/2021 15:13:19 1 57
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If you're dumb enough to fall for one of these you get everything you deserve.
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ike
26/01/2021 15:23:09 7 0
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Some people may not be as bright as you, but after a comment like yours I doubt if there is anyone thicker than you.
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26/01/2021 15:23:11 0 2
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I thought April was 3 months away ? I know and respect the fact there are some of our elders living alone, but they must have family, careers and friends who wouldn’t fall for this at all ?
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26/01/2021 15:18:47 0 6
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Maybe the victim is the criminal. Happened a few times in the US - Hackers claimed they lost money and manipulated the law to claim damages off the people they where scamming - and they WON!!!
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26/01/2021 15:23:26 2 0
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Yeah maybe the moon is made of cheese, the scammers are the wrong doers not the victims
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Ray
26/01/2021 15:24:13 42 3
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My missus is funny she has me in stitches. When a scammer calls she tries and keeps them going for as long as possible. So you want me to open the laptop..... OK here goes. Its a blue screen ? Reboot ? OK power button down you say, OK now its switched off, and so on ... and if its one of those you have been in a car accident, How did you know !!! I lost my leg ! When ? You should know !!
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26/01/2021 15:30:01 23 2
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My brother does the same thing, he puts on different accents to make it funny until they hang up.
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26/01/2021 15:42:31 12 0
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tell them it is saying run scandisk.
1%............
30 seconds
2%...............
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26/01/2021 16:17:28 7 0
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my son's favourite: 'you mean the accident when my head came off?'
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26/01/2021 16:27:27 9 0
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I had a great time years ago when someone tried to get me to have a conservatory at a 'special discount' if I allowed them to use it in advertising... I kept them going for about 10 minutes with loads of questions about their conservatories, terms & conditions etc. until finally asking "Will you put it on stilts then, as I'm in a first-floor flat?". They hung up, sadly.
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26/01/2021 16:32:53 13 0
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I had someone on the phone trying to tell me I had an ipad order on my Amazon account that had to be cancelled or I would be billed. I am sure I heard a small sob before she eventually hung up. I think it was when I yelled at the top of my voice that I had never even been to South America so how the hell could I have lost my eye patch on the Amazon............its the little things.
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27/01/2021 07:32:54 2 0
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I do this when I have the time. If everyone played the game it would make their unscrupulous businesses unviable.
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27/01/2021 18:46:23 0 0
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Double glazing sales call, after pause tell them they've been connected to a nuclear fallout number ...

Or whistle like a fax machine straight away, the exchange bot doesn't ever pass it through to the call centre ...
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27/01/2021 23:08:32 0 0
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That's great, I keep them going for as long as I can before telling them the exe file they are telling me to run won't work as I'm using Linux.
49
26/01/2021 15:25:05 0 3
bbc
so you mean that in the past 30 years while people were paying tax every day, the government has not implemented any procedure for "un spoofed" information?
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26/01/2021 20:56:18 0 0
bbc
Do you actually know how to read an email header, or even find them on your system?
13
26/01/2021 15:11:03 31 11
bbc
Don't you just hate people who prey on people's fears & desperation to part them from their money, just to suit their own ends and those of their peers. So often they're people with no proper business background, who couldn't cut it in a real job/profession (maybe even sacked for repeatedly lying) and have used their network just to abuse people's good faith... Who does that remind me of?
50
26/01/2021 15:25:05 6 4
bbc
You?
60
26/01/2021 15:31:10 7 0
bbc
Good one. Lucky Oscar Wilde is dead or he'd be out of a job.
19
26/01/2021 15:12:16 29 22
bbc
Rumor has it that vaccine emails in Wales are bieng hijacked by council workes claiming the vaccine place under the person's name. that is another low
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26/01/2021 15:25:13 22 3
bbc
And is there any evidence for the rumour? No, I thought not.
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26/01/2021 15:18:47 0 6
bbc
Maybe the victim is the criminal. Happened a few times in the US - Hackers claimed they lost money and manipulated the law to claim damages off the people they where scamming - and they WON!!!
52
26/01/2021 15:25:20 1 0
bbc
I can't find any reference to that on line, any chance you can back that up with a link?
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26/01/2021 15:22:41 48 2
bbc
The only way to stay safe is to assume ALL texts, e-mails and phone calls are a scam. Always verify by contacting the organisation direct from its published contact method.
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26/01/2021 15:25:54 14 6
bbc
in theorty great. and an upvote. but the government, and many corporations, are absolutely determined that you will not be able to do this.
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26/01/2021 15:22:16 1 0
bbc
Just been invited by text for vaccine at the Excel walk in centre. You just have to turn up and show the text to prove entitlement. Text should mention the reason you have been recommended for the vaccine.
54
26/01/2021 15:26:32 1 1
bbc
geeeeeeeeeeetcha vaccination certificates. geeeeeeeeeeetcha vaccination certificates here. 3 for fifty quid
55
26/01/2021 15:27:51 9 2
bbc
So why doesn't the Government's Cyber Unit just use the fake IP address to scam them back or just block them altogether?... It is well known that most of these scams originate in certain African countries. We need to see what action is being taken, not just a warning, by the Government.
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26/01/2021 15:31:42 5 4
bbc
Don't just blame the Africans - a good few come from good old UK
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26/01/2021 15:38:18 2 1
bbc
Because they are FAKE IPs, not ones associated to an actual account, blocking a fake IP is useless. the best way to track these people is through the money trail, but even then getting international financial institutions to actually turn over a scammers details takes a lot of legal and diplomatic work. It is done but it takes time. Warning the public stops the majority if not all.
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26/01/2021 15:53:16 3 0
bbc
Nigeria and Ghana springs to mind. Gold medal holders for international scams.
24
26/01/2021 15:14:12 2 2
bbc
Would be an interesting revalation if this was within the NHS itself. I have seen a few companies do that (work as a server security admin) and the palm it off as a hacker!!
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26/01/2021 15:29:03 2 1
bbc
And is there any evidence for such a situation? No, thought not. Why try to start such false rumours? What is your agenda?
3
26/01/2021 15:02:30 143 3
bbc
An odd topic for a HYS as we will all be in agreement I am sure that these people are scum ...
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26/01/2021 15:29:41 57 2
bbc
Indeed. Preying on the vulnerable at the most vulnerable of times. Despite the email content actually being a linked image (which is a red flag, if you know to look for it) - even some clued up people I know nearly fell for it.

Here is hoping that Karma does exist.
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Ray
26/01/2021 15:24:13 42 3
bbc
My missus is funny she has me in stitches. When a scammer calls she tries and keeps them going for as long as possible. So you want me to open the laptop..... OK here goes. Its a blue screen ? Reboot ? OK power button down you say, OK now its switched off, and so on ... and if its one of those you have been in a car accident, How did you know !!! I lost my leg ! When ? You should know !!
58
26/01/2021 15:30:01 23 2
bbc
My brother does the same thing, he puts on different accents to make it funny until they hang up.
59
26/01/2021 15:30:15 9 0
bbc
If I get a scam phone call I just say to the caller how ashamed their mother would be if they know what their child was doing ... this usually leads to a load of expletives and the call ends ... but is very satisfying and they don't call back
72
26/01/2021 15:39:39 2 1
bbc
Lucky you - I tried this and got repeated robocalls threatening violence. Had to disconnect my phone for 2 weeks.
104
26/01/2021 15:54:13 1 0
bbc
I always reply "Mr.. is out for the day. Don't know when he will be back."
304
26/01/2021 21:44:05 1 0
bbc
Better tactic ... say there's someone at the door, walk away but don't hang the phone up. Maximise the cost to the caller & minimise your wasted time.

Better still - NEVER answer unless you recognise the calling number - NEVER answer an international call unless you're expecting one and NEVER, EVER answer calls with a withheld calling number.
50
26/01/2021 15:25:05 6 4
bbc
You?
60
26/01/2021 15:31:10 7 0
bbc
Good one. Lucky Oscar Wilde is dead or he'd be out of a job.
55
26/01/2021 15:27:51 9 2
bbc
So why doesn't the Government's Cyber Unit just use the fake IP address to scam them back or just block them altogether?... It is well known that most of these scams originate in certain African countries. We need to see what action is being taken, not just a warning, by the Government.
61
26/01/2021 15:31:42 5 4
bbc
Don't just blame the Africans - a good few come from good old UK
62
26/01/2021 15:32:39 10 3
bbc
You know it's a fake message when it says "government's coordinated"...
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26/01/2021 15:42:07 4 0
bbc
In every cloud there’s a clown
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26/01/2021 22:10:39 0 0
bbc
In this case it's accurate grammar - the giveaway is "government" without a capital G.
63
26/01/2021 15:32:49 0 1
bbc
May I ask would the NHS ever use emails to invite people to be vaccinated? Would they look similar to the scam email?
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26/01/2021 15:33:01 0 10
bbc
Its troubling that the scam example doesn't contain a single spelling mistake, which is quite unusual in scam communications. Only mistakes I can see is the absence of the definitive article "the" in front of NHS - as in "the NHS" and 2 full stops after the word "history. ." If anyone falls for this they should surely be entitled to a "Covidiots Card" which certifies the bearer to be a Covidiot.
90
26/01/2021 15:46:24 3 0
bbc
It's troubling me that the BBC refers to invites rather than invitations. How common.
294
26/01/2021 21:04:02 0 0
bbc
So how did you get a job with the Grammar Police, given you don't even appear to be able to spell your own user name properly?
65
26/01/2021 15:34:44 7 0
bbc
It would be too much to hope that these scammers actually catch this dreadful disease and suffer the consequences.
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26/01/2021 15:36:01 19 0
bbc
You think you've seen it all then some people manage to sink even lower by trying to take advantage of people even for something like this - can only hope all the fraudsters get it and suffer - and yes i do mean it
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MDK
26/01/2021 15:36:14 33 1
bbc
Cyber crime like this needs a minimum 10 year jail term. Shame it’s probably done off shore. Need more investment into policing this.
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26/01/2021 15:43:23 11 17
bbc
You assume the scammers are in the UK.........
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LG
26/01/2021 16:25:56 4 7
bbc
Yes why don't we share resources with say 27 other nations ...oh hang on!
266
26/01/2021 18:53:47 5 0
bbc
I watched a YouTube video and enjoyed a delightful 45 minutes where a computer expert/programmer was contacted by a scammer. Said expert messed around and pretended to be a complete novice and when he uploaded a requested 'bank details' file he managed to encrypt all of the files in the scammer call-centre PCs.
The language from the scammers when they realised what had happened was a joy to hear.
44
26/01/2021 15:22:41 48 2
bbc
The only way to stay safe is to assume ALL texts, e-mails and phone calls are a scam. Always verify by contacting the organisation direct from its published contact method.
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26/01/2021 15:36:49 7 0
bbc
You try doing that when you are over 80. By that age all your mental energies go into daily routine. These scammers know exactly what they are doing and how to do it. Personal experience: whack-a-mole of elderly relatives agreeing to Direct Debits. Relative vehemently denies giving out bank details, even when eye-witnessed.
69
26/01/2021 15:37:04 0 4
bbc
i HAD ONE OF THESE SCAM EMAILS THIS MORNING.
73
26/01/2021 15:41:01 9 2
bbc
Just delete it then and please turn your CAPS down, there's no need to shout.
Boris is the best PM england has ever had FACT ! I hope you have some proof he has lyed other wise you should go to prison from treason ! By by ! Removed
70
26/01/2021 15:37:36 18 1
bbc
When you write comments do you try to sound stupid or does it just come naturally to you?
87
26/01/2021 15:46:50 3 1
bbc
Translated from Russian by someone with poor education!
55
26/01/2021 15:27:51 9 2
bbc
So why doesn't the Government's Cyber Unit just use the fake IP address to scam them back or just block them altogether?... It is well known that most of these scams originate in certain African countries. We need to see what action is being taken, not just a warning, by the Government.
71
26/01/2021 15:38:18 2 1
bbc
Because they are FAKE IPs, not ones associated to an actual account, blocking a fake IP is useless. the best way to track these people is through the money trail, but even then getting international financial institutions to actually turn over a scammers details takes a lot of legal and diplomatic work. It is done but it takes time. Warning the public stops the majority if not all.
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Bob
26/01/2021 15:56:24 1 1
bbc
They are not fake IPs. You cannot fake an IP address.

Faking an IP address would be like faking your home address. You can tell people your address is 99 Downing Street if you like, but don't expect the post (or internet traffic in the case of IP addresses) to get there.
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26/01/2021 15:30:15 9 0
bbc
If I get a scam phone call I just say to the caller how ashamed their mother would be if they know what their child was doing ... this usually leads to a load of expletives and the call ends ... but is very satisfying and they don't call back
72
26/01/2021 15:39:39 2 1
bbc
Lucky you - I tried this and got repeated robocalls threatening violence. Had to disconnect my phone for 2 weeks.
69
26/01/2021 15:37:04 0 4
bbc
i HAD ONE OF THESE SCAM EMAILS THIS MORNING.
73
26/01/2021 15:41:01 9 2
bbc
Just delete it then and please turn your CAPS down, there's no need to shout.
159
26/01/2021 16:23:14 0 0
bbc
I think that may have intentional and a joke. BBC HYS is one of the most humourless places I know.
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CG
bbc
Removed
75
26/01/2021 15:41:31 14 0
bbc
So why are Internet Service Providers not blocking the sources of this message? If you report receipt of one of these to Action Fraud it will take weeks to be dealt with......
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Bob
26/01/2021 15:52:47 8 1
bbc
People: you can't read my private messages, invasion of privacy!
People: please block these dodgy emails!

That's the reason. People don't want governments being capable of reading and decrypting stuff, snooping in on all your doings, but also want them to stop bad content. You can't have it both ways.
36
26/01/2021 15:19:33 54 16
bbc
Does this include TV Licence renewal?
76
26/01/2021 15:42:02 19 3
bbc
Yes
62
26/01/2021 15:32:39 10 3
bbc
You know it's a fake message when it says "government's coordinated"...
77
26/01/2021 15:42:07 4 0
bbc
In every cloud there’s a clown
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Ray
26/01/2021 15:24:13 42 3
bbc
My missus is funny she has me in stitches. When a scammer calls she tries and keeps them going for as long as possible. So you want me to open the laptop..... OK here goes. Its a blue screen ? Reboot ? OK power button down you say, OK now its switched off, and so on ... and if its one of those you have been in a car accident, How did you know !!! I lost my leg ! When ? You should know !!
78
26/01/2021 15:42:31 12 0
bbc
tell them it is saying run scandisk.
1%............
30 seconds
2%...............
79
26/01/2021 15:42:37 6 0
bbc
Who are these opportunistic vultures sitting on the fringes waiting for such an opportunity. I can't help but think if they put this kind o f gumption and work ethic into legitimate businesses they'd be quite well off.
83
26/01/2021 15:45:54 8 3
bbc
Serco
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MDK
26/01/2021 15:36:14 33 1
bbc
Cyber crime like this needs a minimum 10 year jail term. Shame it’s probably done off shore. Need more investment into policing this.
80
26/01/2021 15:43:23 11 17
bbc
You assume the scammers are in the UK.........
105
26/01/2021 15:54:18 8 0
bbc
Try reading it again !
118
26/01/2021 16:03:41 5 0
bbc
There was a TV programme about a whole office building in India given over to a large gang of scammers trying to obtain sensitive information from unsuspecting users in UK . I had a call from one purporting to be from Microsoft security, because my computer was full of "wires" (his pronunciation of viruses.) I said I hoped it was, otherwise the power wouldn't get from the input to the motherboard.
81
rd
26/01/2021 15:43:36 4 13
bbc
People need to read and note the phone number, Gov never use mobile number to send txt, they never ask for personal detail, that's not too hard to use mobile, if you still fall for this you should not be using any mobile devices, its just prove you are incapable in tech. you own fault!!
85
26/01/2021 15:46:33 5 2
bbc
Do you think victims of crime are always to blame? Maybe all victims should be locked up for their own protection...?
92
26/01/2021 15:49:45 2 0
bbc
Actually both the NHS and HMRC have sent me texts in the last 12 months so you're wrong there, but no they don't ask for personal details.
122
26/01/2021 16:03:00 5 0
bbc
Do you want to explain that to my 75 year old mum, recently widowed, never used emails or zoom or whatsapp before, but is now so she can keep in touch with her grandkids. Then after being shut in doors for 12 months she gets an email offering an appointment for her long awaited vaccine and according to you its her own fault. You arrogant SOB
82
26/01/2021 15:45:53 3 3
bbc
What's an 'invite'?
91
26/01/2021 15:48:37 5 2
bbc
Makes the person feel 'Speshul' cos they where 'invited', so there!!
94
26/01/2021 15:50:34 1 0
bbc
What's a pedant?
79
26/01/2021 15:42:37 6 0
bbc
Who are these opportunistic vultures sitting on the fringes waiting for such an opportunity. I can't help but think if they put this kind o f gumption and work ethic into legitimate businesses they'd be quite well off.
83
26/01/2021 15:45:54 8 3
bbc
Serco
84
26/01/2021 15:45:57 6 3
bbc
I'm Sorry but the whole Covid vaccination strategy has been plastered all over the news / press, everywhere!! For crying out loud people, we in the UK will have our vaccines supplied by the NHS, FREE!!

Not some dodgy phone call or email demanding your payment NOW!!

Exercise your Grey Matter and stop with the compo face cos you got scammed.

Admitting that on FB or T does you no favours!!
And some people still don't believe Covid is real! We already know 52% of the population isn't too clever, this is just another example. I agree the perperators are scumbags but a little common sense will go a long way! Removed
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26/01/2021 22:55:49 0 0
bbc
Free - except that they're demanding that I travel to a "vaccination centre" 30 miles away - round trip is going to cost well over £100 by taxi, if I can find one (most have gone out of business due to the pandemic)
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rd
26/01/2021 15:43:36 4 13
bbc
People need to read and note the phone number, Gov never use mobile number to send txt, they never ask for personal detail, that's not too hard to use mobile, if you still fall for this you should not be using any mobile devices, its just prove you are incapable in tech. you own fault!!
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26/01/2021 15:46:33 5 2
bbc
Do you think victims of crime are always to blame? Maybe all victims should be locked up for their own protection...?
Boris is the best PM england has ever had FACT ! I hope you have some proof he has lyed other wise you should go to prison from treason ! By by ! Removed
86
26/01/2021 15:46:42 5 0
bbc
ah the 'Appeal to Ignorance' logical falacy - i think someone is great so it's a fact that they're the best so you must be wrong to think otherwise
70
26/01/2021 15:37:36 18 1
bbc
When you write comments do you try to sound stupid or does it just come naturally to you?
87
26/01/2021 15:46:50 3 1
bbc
Translated from Russian by someone with poor education!
143
26/01/2021 16:13:39 1 0
bbc
Surely that was ironic pretend bad english? Surely.. Viva Brexit must have slaved over every mispelled word in order to make their point? Please? Otherwise, well I just don't know what to say..
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26/01/2021 15:47:06 47 0
bbc
How did we get ourselves in a situation where it has become so easy for scammers to call us using spoofed numbers with total impunity, and law enforcement authorities appear to be completely powerless to do anything about it?

Since the start of the Covid crisis the scammers have been relentless. I sometimes get about half a dozen calls in a single day.
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26/01/2021 16:05:44 13 1
bbc
You're clearly not being 'direct' enough with them....I tend to find they don't call back after a brief chat, and if that doesn't work a quick blast of something through the NAD amp at 130db usually works . I'll probably be done for infringing their human rights though.....
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26/01/2021 16:15:22 3 0
bbc
It's because they go to great lengths to hide where and who they are. It is possible to track them, but it requires great skill, and considerable processing power. Sadly, the resources just aren't available to catch all of them. Though some do get caught. But with the odds in their favour, they continue to use these scams. It's not a new problem, but it's got worse during the pandemic.
161
26/01/2021 16:24:38 0 0
bbc
You can get phones with blocking facilities. It worked a treat for us.
180
26/01/2021 16:31:30 0 0
bbc
Blow a referee's whistle down the phone. An ACME Thunderer is the best, they never phone back!!
201
26/01/2021 16:41:34 3 0
bbc
Today we have had 6 scam calls and an e-mail claiming to be from Virgin media with a perfect Logo. How is it that Virgin Media has no means of being able to identify people making scam phone calls .

How is it the police cannot catch these people . They are thieves just like pickpockets etc .

I do not believe that with a little effort these people cannot be apprehended .
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26/01/2021 15:47:47 21 1
bbc
Small tip. Whenever you recieve an email like this. Hit the reply button and look at the senders email address. It will always be from an obscure email address. Junk it.
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Pip
26/01/2021 15:54:01 10 0
bbc
Or even if it looks close, just check the spelling, I recently had one that was from @virginmadia, so easy to just miss an 'a' for an 'e', and done.........?
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26/01/2021 16:38:54 2 0
bbc
Small tip but not a good one.
Sometimes there is a button marked "Reply" within the body of the email which in fact disguises a dangerous link. Do NOT hit it!
Bad advice I'm afraid Shweeper.
Just ignore or junk all unsolicited email.
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27/01/2021 18:49:22 0 0
bbc
When you hit reply it sends them a receipt, then they know you're a real person. More will then follow ...

Plus just opening some emails (without doing anything else) activates the malware / virus 'payload'.

If in doubt, delete.
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26/01/2021 15:33:01 0 10
bbc
Its troubling that the scam example doesn't contain a single spelling mistake, which is quite unusual in scam communications. Only mistakes I can see is the absence of the definitive article "the" in front of NHS - as in "the NHS" and 2 full stops after the word "history. ." If anyone falls for this they should surely be entitled to a "Covidiots Card" which certifies the bearer to be a Covidiot.
90
26/01/2021 15:46:24 3 0
bbc
It's troubling me that the BBC refers to invites rather than invitations. How common.
82
26/01/2021 15:45:53 3 3
bbc
What's an 'invite'?
91
26/01/2021 15:48:37 5 2
bbc
Makes the person feel 'Speshul' cos they where 'invited', so there!!
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rd
26/01/2021 15:43:36 4 13
bbc
People need to read and note the phone number, Gov never use mobile number to send txt, they never ask for personal detail, that's not too hard to use mobile, if you still fall for this you should not be using any mobile devices, its just prove you are incapable in tech. you own fault!!
92
26/01/2021 15:49:45 2 0
bbc
Actually both the NHS and HMRC have sent me texts in the last 12 months so you're wrong there, but no they don't ask for personal details.
93
26/01/2021 15:49:56 6 0
bbc
Yet, et the same time, there's an even bigger problem with mainly BAME communities who are refusing vaccine for all sorts of invalid reasons. Dealing with 'the public' would drive you crazy - so many stupid and poorly educated people who prefer a rumour to facts.
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26/01/2021 16:07:45 0 0
bbc
Snoop Dog needs to make an advert for this, show him getting his. Get a load more BAME Icons to show the truth. Then Gov. UK needs to find and prosecute just a couple of the people spreading disinformation on FB & Twitter! Publicly Prosecute, Name & Shame on all platforms!! And the platforms that allow them to post!
82
26/01/2021 15:45:53 3 3
bbc
What's an 'invite'?
94
26/01/2021 15:50:34 1 0
bbc
What's a pedant?
170
26/01/2021 16:27:14 1 0
bbc
Someone who bothers to put an apostrophe in 'what's'.
Fall for this and you deserve everything you get. Are you thick or what? Removed
114
26/01/2021 16:01:57 1 1
bbc
Careful TDK, Aunty Beeb doesn't like you telling idiots they are, idiots.
96
26/01/2021 15:50:52 3 0
bbc
Just catch the idiots doing this and give them a jab of their own but make it a lethal one.
97
26/01/2021 15:51:41 7 1
bbc
If a huge asteroid was hurtling in to destroy all life on earth, there would doubtless still be tricksters trying to sell asteroid proof umbrellas at £1000 a time.
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26/01/2021 22:11:10 0 0
bbc
Skylab hats?
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26/01/2021 15:51:44 8 1
bbc
Search "Scamming the Scammers" on youtube, guy locks the scammers PC then gains access to the CCTV system in the office used by these scum. OK, maybe I have too much time on my hands...
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26/01/2021 15:54:19 3 0
bbc
I've seen an Iirish guy do that. legend

if only the government gave a flying **** about what he's doing. he might get more puiblicity.

the
government
don't
care
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26/01/2021 15:59:45 2 0
bbc
I've seen loads of his videos, it cracks me up how he keeps them on the line and messes with them for ages....now there's a key worker :-)
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26/01/2021 15:41:31 14 0
bbc
So why are Internet Service Providers not blocking the sources of this message? If you report receipt of one of these to Action Fraud it will take weeks to be dealt with......
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Bob
26/01/2021 15:52:47 8 1
bbc
People: you can't read my private messages, invasion of privacy!
People: please block these dodgy emails!

That's the reason. People don't want governments being capable of reading and decrypting stuff, snooping in on all your doings, but also want them to stop bad content. You can't have it both ways.
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26/01/2021 21:35:37 0 0
bbc
Well ... for a start I don't trust Govenments or coprporations to safeguard MY privacy and I'm quite capable of protecting myself against scammers, thank you very much.

I pay my internet service provider to connect me to the network. Nothing else.
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26/01/2021 15:45:57 6 3
bbc
I'm Sorry but the whole Covid vaccination strategy has been plastered all over the news / press, everywhere!! For crying out loud people, we in the UK will have our vaccines supplied by the NHS, FREE!!

Not some dodgy phone call or email demanding your payment NOW!!

Exercise your Grey Matter and stop with the compo face cos you got scammed.

Admitting that on FB or T does you no favours!!
100
bbc
And some people still don't believe Covid is real! We already know 52% of the population isn't too clever, this is just another example. I agree the perperators are scumbags but a little common sense will go a long way! Removed