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Cathy Deals with Scam Callers

Scammers call you trying to steal your money or your identity or both.

So, why not waste their time, drive them mad and get your own back.

Plus while you’re keeping them busy they cannot be scamming someone else.

Cathy Simpson came up with an unusual way to have a bit of fun while deflecting cold callers, although it needs a little preparation to really work well.

“I used to be plagued with them, sometimes as many as six in a day, so I applied serious thought to the problem. My life changed forever when I discovered that you can download MP3 clips of various sounds, which I saved in iTunes.

“So… a scammer would call, and I’d tell them I’d need to transfer them to my husband, then play a clip of someone snoring REALLY loudly for a few minutes or a chorus of screaming chimpanzees.

“Sometimes I’d tell them my computer was in the other room, and I’d need to go down there to turn it on. So they could accompany me on my journey, they were treated to the sound of someone walking along an interminably long echoey corridor, followed by the sound of wading through water. These guys have no staying power, you know. When I asked if they were still there, they’d already rung off.

“My favourite, though, was the time they phoned to tell me my IP address had been hacked. They told me to turn on my computer. I played a clip of artillery fire, followed by an explosion. I expressed dismay that my computer had just blown up.

“I told them I couldn’t tell, as the computer was now in small pieces all over the floor and the room was full of smoke. They told me not to worry, that they were working on it. I thanked them, of course. It was only polite.”

Have fun.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Fake Car Parking Fines

The email arrives – it’s a “Notice of intended Prosecution”.

Oh dear!

The email sender knows my name unlike most scammers.

The email does have a company name and logo for Chariot car parks but the sender’s email address is a misspelling which gives it away immediately as a scam.

It says I was illegally parked in a private parking space and caused great inconvenience to the owner of the parking spot.

It doesn’t specify a date or time for the incident but says it occurred on Self road near Chancery road.

Perhaps those are common street names randomly chosen by the scammer.

I have until the end of the month to pay £108 or the fine will be doubled and I will be prosecuted, supposedly.

There is a link to click to pay the fine and perhaps some people just pay without thinking about whether they actually ever parked in such a spot.

There is a box labelled Vehicle Registration which is blacked out and it says Click to Reveal

What the scammer really wants is for you to click that link. Obviously it makes no sense for the owners registration to be blacked out as it is their car.

The link leads to a fake website that will infect your computer with malware.

Never click a link in an unsolicited email and always take time to consider any worrying emails or texts before reacting.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Amazonian Finger Trick

Top eye doctors are shocked to learn that this odd Amazonian finger trick sharpens vison effortlessly.”

Not really of course – it’s just rubbish from a scammer trying desperately to get you to click to watch a ridiculous video clip for which she gets paid.

“The biggest vision breakthrough of the 21st century”.

“No more tired eyes or dry eyes”

“No more blurry or double vision”.

This scammer seems to have a little more sense than most. She avoided the phrase ‘weird trick’ and used ‘odd’ instead as ‘weird’ is very overused by scammers.

She also made big claims but did restrain herself compared to scammers who want their fake product to solve every problem imaginable.

But, it’s all rubbish – just another greedy scammer.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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