UK travellers visiting the EU are used to getting the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for free which covers health costs while in the EU to the same standard as if back in the UK.
As of first January 2021 that changed as the UK is no longer in the EU so why should UK citizens get free medical treatment?
If you already have an EHIC card then it remains valid until it’s deadline.
For pensioners and a few other cases, new medical insurance will remain free for travel to the European Union, but for the majority it is finished and we will have to pay for travel medical insurance in the E.U. as we already do for the rest of the world.
Scammers are starting to offer free EHIC – just click the link in the emails and fill in your details to get the free cover.
But the messages are fake and the websites are fake – just a means to get your personal information that can then be sold to other scammers.
Diabetes is a huge problem in the Western world and to a lesser degree in the developing nations.
There are no real cures but there are various treatments that help to reduce the problem and alleviate the side effects of having a too high blood sugar level.
The best advice for anyone with diabetes type II is to exercise more, lose weight and have a healthy diet.
Scammers take advantage of the frustration and desperation felt by many with life changing diabetes, who struggle to get to the ideal weight and have a healthy diet.
A latest such scam message includes a fake video clip and the usual scammer language.
e.g. “Learn The secret Pinch Method” – but then claims 190,00 people already use it, so not such a secret really.
“There is no doubt the $370 billion diabetes industry does not want you to see this”. But diabetes treatment sales in the years to 2020 were only around $25 billion per year so the scammer’s figure is made up.
“Watch the video now before Big Pharma takes it down”. No. Just the usual dose of conspiracy theory.
Sadly, there is no magic pinch that resets your blood sugar instantly. The body’s blood sugar management system is very complex and a simple pinch will have no effect.
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Lots of scammers try to entice people with stories of magical pain relief without drugs. They are always fake of course. This latest set of emails claim “Eat this before breakfast to remove all pain”. This magic remedy also claims to cure diabetes which is an odd combination even for a scammer to claim. All lies as usual.
“Scientists scream after this invention proves to be 12 times more efficient than solar panels”. Eye-catching but rubbish from a stupid scammer. 12 times more efficient than solar panels would be well over 100% efficient which is obviously impossible. This scammer even claims the invention is from God. Pathetic.
“Put 10 drops of this on your tongue to melt away belly fat”. A catchy opening line for an email but is just the usual rubbish from the mind of a scammer. This message even has pictures of fat people to try to convince the reader that they look terrible and must buy this miracle ingredient immediately. There is no such ingredient just the scammer’s greed.
An email claiming to be from Tesco Clubcard offering my last chance to win “??150”. I assume the question marks are where the scammer didn’t now which currency to pick even though Tesco is a British store. My email system recognised that the message also contains Slovenian and offered to translate. No thanks. Just a scam.
An email arrived, trying to look like it came from Amazon with the title ”Your Amazon order cancelled”. The contents were quite short with the key part being “We could not process your last order due to a mismatch in your card / billing address. Choose either of the alternatives – Return and complete or Cancel order here.” Obviously a fake message from a scammer and the links actually went to licbluewaffletaco.com which is just made up rubbish.
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There is a project led by Professor Monica Whitty of the University of Warwick and it involves a number of Universities, enforcement agencies and private sector businesses.
DAPM (Detecting and Preventing Mass Marketing Fraud).
The DAPM (Detecting and Preventing Mass Marketing Fraud) project will develop novel techniques to detect and prevent online mass marketing fraud (MMF), a major and growing problem that generates significant social anxiety and psychological impact. DAPM will establish new foundations for:
Detecting assumed identities and persuasive messaging used by fraudsters
Delivering much needed insights into the psychological and technical factors that lead to poor decision-making on the part of existing and prospective victims of such frauds
Through a multi-disciplinary approach and close focus on co-designing solutions collaboratively and testing them ‘in the wild’, the project will generate not only new scientific understanding of the anatomy of MMF, but also tools and techniques that can form the basis of practical interventions in tackling such fraud.
Importantly, this work brings together academic and non-academic partners. Each organisation has different knowledge to share and can tackle the problem using different methods. Combining academic research with technical knowledge provides much greater capability to prevent and detect MMF.
The outcomes of this project will enable:
Increased trust in the digital economy by citizens due to developed science around MMF detection and prevention
Improvements in public safety and fewer victims of MMF crime.
Changes in industry tactics and public policy around detection and prevention of MMF
Mass Marketing Fraud is a serious, complex and organised crime. Examples include foreign lotteries, advanced-fee scams and romance scams. Some are low value, one-off scams involving large numbers of victims; others involve developing a relationship where money is defrauded over time. The internet has opened up a vast array of opportunities for criminals to target potential victims and to trick people into making financial transfers in the name of charity, investment or love.
In the UK Action Fraud estimate that less than 10% of victims actually report this type of crime. Victims are unlikely to recover losses, offenders are often not caught and many victims are affected psychologically – often to a degree outweighing the financial loss.
Organisations are in the difficult position of trying to keep their business running while maintaining the safety of staff and customers in a world of Coronavirus.
Many scammers want to take advantage of the fear and difficulties around this and offer fake solutions – PPE that doesn’t exist or is not fit to use, fake ways to spot the virus, fake treatments, fake tests and more recently fake vaccines.
One latest email offers:-
“Fortunately, however, you can now use a test which can deliver results within 15 minutes; a test which is increasingly being used by companies across the country. “
“Our test will confirm if COVID-19 is present in the individual before any symptoms are revealed. It has an accuracy rate of over 99% and requires no specialist equipment.”
The email address for information etc. is info @deosgroup.co.uk but this is actually a link to sptr.eomail6.com/hsdjkfhaskdhfkahdfkhadfkadksdfadakdadadadasd which is obviously fake.
Do not buy anything to do with Coronavirus precautions, equipment, tests etc. except from accredited sources.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email
Brooklands Radio is obviously a radio station and the new Internet domain “.radio” has come available.
So in theory we could buy the domain name BrooklandsRadio.radio or Brooklands.radio or something similar if we wanted to.
“.radio” is an example of a domain name suffix or top level domain as they are called.
Many of these such as .com or .co.uk can be bought by anyone for maybe £5 – £20 per year.
And some are incredibly valuable such as Google.com or Microsoft.com or bbc.co.uk.
Some have protected registrations which means you can only own the domain if it is relevant to your business. “.radio” is protected so only radio stations and business in the field of radio can buy such a domain name.
Why is there a need to protect domains? There are unfortunately a lot of people (claim jumpers) who buy domain names they think will be valuable then try to sell them at a profit to someone who needs that one.
If .radio was not protected then someone could buy up the domain bbc.radio for example and then sell it at an extortionate price to the BBC if they wanted it. This can prevent people getting the domain names that they should have for their business.
Some of the recent new top level domains coming to market are
And so on.
There’s a world of new domain names to choose from.
But, most businesses still use .com or .co.uk in the UK as these are so well known.
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