Scammers use all sorts of enticements to get people to reply and give their personal information.
This one is weird in that it’s hard to see who it is aimed at – anyone in investments would recognise it as fake and people not into investments may not understand it.
The email sender’s address is PaulStarr but the message claims to be from Stella June so is an obvious scam.
It’s also sent to Undisclosed Recipients which suggests it has been sent to a large number of people for whom the sender only has email addresses – no names.
The key part of the message is:
I am Stella June from the central computer room of the Euro Screen responsible for all foreign /international transfer passing through Europe.
There has been a standing order pending on a transfer in your name on the Euro screen for months now which happens to be a contract/inheritance funds payment, Please do tell us why you have left your funds half done and unattended to in the euro screen.
Usually these sorts of messages mention a very large sum of money – in the millions of Pounds, dollars or Euros, but in this case it’s left up to the imagination and perhaps the greed of the email recipient.
There is no attempt to make the email look authentic, no company name or contact details etc.
A simple cheap phishing message. Never reply to such messages.
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Holiday City Travel say they want to add us, free of charge, to the holiday company register. Don’t any of these morons check who they are sending emails to?
A scammer named Didik offers us the chance to buy the [radio station].com domain name. But a simple check shows that it is an unregistered domain name so anyone can buy it for £1.99 first year currently. It’s of no use to us, so we’re no interested. If we replied that we were interested, then ‘Didik’ would buy the domain name for next to nothing and try selling it to us at a high price. If you do want one or more domain names, then shop around – and don’t be taken in by this kind of email.
Dimosthenes lists a series of part numbers and wants us to advise cost, discount, payment terms, transportation costs to Greece and delivery time for the below item (or alternative solution). Radio stations don’t sell parts so is an obvious scam.
A series of emails arrive at about the same time with titles such as “What an Interesting Offer”, “Open for a remarkable offer”, “Special offer just for you”, “Fabulous Offer enclosed” and so on. They are all from random email addresses i.e. ones with lots of numbers in them and are clearly made up by a computer. The messages have identical content – just a link to click. No thanks – won’t be clicking on any of those.
A message from Katherine claims she is currently working on behalf of a major industry-leading client trying to enhance their brand via editorial content and whilst looking for opportunities, came across our website brooklandsradio.co.uk. She wants to place sponsored content on our site. But she has an email address that shows she works in the gambling industry. No thanks. Gambling and community radio do not go together.
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If you receive emails from a reputable business and want the emails to stop then usually the easy answer is just to click the unsubscribe button.
The problem is where you are dealing with emails from companies that you don’t know whether they are reputable or not and of course the vast majority of spam messages are from the disreputable sources.
For these, it’s usually a bad idea to click on the unsubscribe link – assuming there is one of course.
Why is that?
By clicking, you are confirming that the email address is Live and hence it may be added to spam lists that sell at a higher price than spam lists of untested email address. These lists are sold to other scammers and spammers.
Your click demonstrates an interest in the subject of the email. A sender that is not reputable will then double down and send you many more similar emails.
The sender can glean quite a lot of information from your click, about your browser and operating system, IP address etc. and that can be used to target scams and attacks against you.
The link you click may well be to a site that tries to download malware onto your device.
Think twice before clicking on an unsubscribe link.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.
The Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) is a proactive operational Police unit with a national remit. It was formed in 2002 in partnership between UK Finance, the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police.
Their brief is to investigate, target and, where appropriate, arrest and seek successful prosecution of offenders responsible for card, cheque and payment fraud crimes.
In the first half of 2020 the unit disrupted seven organised crime groups, made 70 arrests and secured 30 convictions. Through close collaboration with banks, the telecoms industry and other law enforcement agencies, the unit prevented an estimated £12.5 million of fraud and seized or blocked over £2 million in assets. Also, their partnership with social media platforms led to the identification of accounts that featured posts relating to payment crime and saw more than 500 social media accounts linked to fraudulent activity taken down.
The DCPCU is comprised of officers from the City of London Police and Metropolitan Police as well as banking industry fraud investigators and support staff from UK Finance. It carried out enforcement activity against individuals seeking to use Covid-19 as an opportunity to target victims, executing 25 warrants between March and June 2020.
The DCPCU say they continue to work closely with UK Finance and its members from across the payment industry to tackling the constantly evolving challenges of fraud.
DCPCU recommend that Consumers follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign to stay safe from fraud, and always question any uninvited approaches to transfer money or give away personal details in case they are a scam.
Amazon is the biggest retailer on the planet and most of their sales are not actually Amazon products but sold on behalf of other businesses using the Amazon platform and Amazon is a huge target for all sorts of scams and other types of fraud.
Amazon Brand Registry Program
This is Amazon’s way to tie brand owners more closely into Amazon and give them extra functions and services to protect and build on their brand. It is particularly useful if a product maker has multiple retailers selling their products online.
Amazon Describes The Benefits As :
It helps a brand to have control over their product listings
It ensures that the information given about a product is accurate
It helps to increase product sales
It helps protect the brand
It enhances the brand content
It helps improve efficiency
It helps to list the products without UPCs or EANs
It eases the listing of products
It helps create different product variations
It eliminates bad listings
It comes with enhanced customer support
It offers enhanced image search to match any fake logo(s) or product(s) through images
Who Qualifies to Use the Brand Register?
Sellers who sell their products under their brand name
Sellers who are manufacturers
Sellers who are actually private label brand owners
Sellers who produce white label products
Sellers who are actually distributors and who have the authority to own a trademark’s content in Amazon
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.