cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Clever Scammers.

Strat
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 30,411
Thanks: 3,365
Fixes: 506
Registered: ‎14-04-2007

Clever Scammers.

This afternoon I placed an order with Amazon.

This evening I checked webmail and found an email from Amazon in the Junk folder.

This was the content.

Fake Amazon security check.JPG

Due to the timing I could have been conned into clicking the validation link, however I didn't.

Needless to say the URL in the validation link was anything but Amazon related.

Customer and Forum Moderator. Windows 10 Firefox 88.0.1 (64-bit)

10 REPLIES 10
billnotben
Community Veteran
Posts: 7,253
Thanks: 1,777
Fixes: 2
Registered: ‎23-09-2010

Re: Clever Scammers.

I suppose you're left wondering if the timing is just a coincidence.

Myself I'm wondering how much money is made by scammers in the UK.

I expect a lot goes unnoticed or unreported.

Strat
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 30,411
Thanks: 3,365
Fixes: 506
Registered: ‎14-04-2007

Re: Clever Scammers.


@billnotben wrote:

I suppose you're left wondering if the timing is just a coincidence.

It does maker you wonder......


 

Customer and Forum Moderator. Windows 10 Firefox 88.0.1 (64-bit)

Mav
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 20,635
Thanks: 3,894
Fixes: 431
Registered: ‎06-04-2007

Re: Clever Scammers.

I have had quite a few of these coincidental scam-type emails after making purchases.

 

To the uninitiated they can seem genuine.

 

Edit: The usual first give-away is the 'Dear Customer' rather than 'Dear Mr...'

Forum Moderator and Customer
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear - Mark Twain
He who feared he would not succeed sat still

billnotben
Community Veteran
Posts: 7,253
Thanks: 1,777
Fixes: 2
Registered: ‎23-09-2010

Re: Clever Scammers.

I know it's one of the dead giveaways but I would actually prefer the "Dear Customer" to the phony pally act of often being addressed in first name terms in many business emails.

Minivanman
Aspiring Legend
Posts: 13,297
Thanks: 5,052
Fixes: 1
Registered: ‎04-11-2014

Re: Clever Scammers.

Coincidental?

I'm not so sure, which makes it all the more worrying.


Don't limit the friends you haven't met with arguments you'll never have.
Champnet
Champion
Posts: 1,676
Thanks: 537
Fixes: 7
Registered: ‎25-07-2007

Re: Clever Scammers.

A cursory glance will often spot glaring spelling or grammatical errors.

 

Strat
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 30,411
Thanks: 3,365
Fixes: 506
Registered: ‎14-04-2007

Re: Clever Scammers.

Yes, I'm wise to all this but unfortunately many people aren't.

Future generations will also be aware and will be suspicious of everything.

Customer and Forum Moderator. Windows 10 Firefox 88.0.1 (64-bit)

Alex
Community Veteran
Posts: 5,055
Thanks: 760
Fixes: 12
Registered: ‎05-04-2007

Re: Clever Scammers.

Sadly, they'll get better at it.

Will only be a matter of time before they pay someone who speaks native English to write the e-mail.

Then I guess the only thing you've got to go by is the e-mail headers, to see where it came from. What I would do is try to ring them and essentially say "I appear to have an e-mail from your company", and see if they say "No".

Mav
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 20,635
Thanks: 3,894
Fixes: 431
Registered: ‎06-04-2007

Re: Clever Scammers.

I actually think the standard of grammar in many establishments is lowering which could make it harder to spot scam emails.

Forum Moderator and Customer
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear - Mark Twain
He who feared he would not succeed sat still

Strat
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 30,411
Thanks: 3,365
Fixes: 506
Registered: ‎14-04-2007

Re: Clever Scammers.

I agree.

Looking at some of the posts on certain forums, the writers could be employed to compose these emails Wink

Customer and Forum Moderator. Windows 10 Firefox 88.0.1 (64-bit)