We’re deep into autumn now, with Christmas edging ever closer. And now that we’re well into the penultimate month of the year, it’s time for a look back at October to see what I got up to.
The major event, of course, was my charity abseil for nystagmus research, and you can find out all about it in my epic blog post and video. There are lots of photos and video highlights from the day, especially from the headcam I was wearing during my descent. So do go and check all of that out. Huge thanks to everyone who sponsored me, and you can still donate until 23 March 2019.
But there were still other bits and pieces going on during October as well. So I’m going to tell you about them here, and there’s also a video to go with this post as usual. I hope you enjoy my latest recap!
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So far my scam awareness posts have been focused on emails that I’ve received, simply because that’s how I get most of them. However, scammers still target people in other ways of course, such as by telephone and post.
And so the other day I received an unusual business card. I’ve no idea who put it through my letterbox, but it’s clearly the only thing they’re capable of delivering, unlike the promises made on the card. And it appears this blatant fraudster has been around for quite some time.
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I’ve had another scam email recently that I wanted to quickly share with you, because it’s another one that’s fairly common, similar to ones for Paypal. But this time it’s from someone pretending to be iTunes, which is of course used by millions of people, myself included.
It’s a very short email, and the main red flags are very easy to spot. However, it does have a sneaky trick up its sleeve to be careful of, that I’ve not seen in my other spam emails so far.
Update: Since writing this post, I’ve had a 2nd email, which is identical except for a few minor differences, which I’ve noted that below as well.
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It’s been quite a while since I last did a scam post, because I very rarely get such emails, thankfully. But this week I’ve received a couple of emails at my work address, both identical, that have grabbed my attention – because they had my real name and a genuine password attached.
So initially, for a few brief seconds, it seemed a little alarming. But then it became immediately apparent that they were fake and not worth responding to. Googling has also shown it to be a very widespread scam that has attempted to extort money out of a lot of people. so at the end of this post I’ll link to an article that deals with it very comprehensively, including responses to concerned people in the comments.
But here I want to discuss the emails I got, by showing you one as an example, and how I knew I could safely delete them.
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Scam emails seem to arrive like buses sometimes, as the saying goes. I don’t get any for a while, and then 3 come along at once. And that happened earlier this month when I received a hat-trick of emails claiming to be from the TSB bank. 2 of them were identical, but one was different. And I’ve not had emails claiming to be from TSB before. But then scammers will try a variety of banks and financial institutions to see who they can catch, so getting scam emails for different banks isn’t surprising.
So it’s time for another instalment in my scam emails series. As usual, this is going to be rather repetitive in the signs to look out for, if you’ve seen the previous posts. But the more I can hammer this stuff home to make people aware, the better, as I do get comments from people who are grateful for the info I’m providing, and people do keep stumbling on the posts from web searches. So let’s get on to it.
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My scam email posts are consistently some of the most viewed on my blog, with various search requests leading people here. And that’s great, because it proves people are checking whether things are genuine or not, and so it’s helping to raise a bit of awareness.
I haven’t made any posts like that for a few months, because I haven’t received any emails that are different to the ones I’ve mentioned before. Thankfully the spam I get is still quite infrequent. But last week I had 4 copies of the same scam email sent to my blog’s email address in the space of a few minutes, relating to a company I haven’t mentioned yet – PayPal.
The signs to look out for are the same as ever, but are always worth repeating. Especially given that PayPal are so widely used, so scams that try to target its users are extremely common. So anything that helps to raise awareness of such fraudulent activity is always worth publishing. So here’s the email I got, and why it’s clearly fake.
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Someone seems to be rather keen to pose as Santander at the moment. Over the past couple of weeks, my Junk filter has picked up 4 emails – the latest 2 being just a day apart. They’re all coming from the same place too, and have a lot in common. Indeed, the latter 3 emails are practically identical, they mainly just have different links.
They’re all claiming there’s been a security issue with my account, so I need to verify myself. They all have from addresses with the same domain. They all have links constructed in a very similar way, with subtle differences. And the formatting and grammar of the body text isn’t great in parts. So I’ll show you the text of the emails, and then highlight why they’re obviously nonsense. And don’t forget you can check out all of my scam email posts to see other examples I’ve highlighted.
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