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Clever Scammers.

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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.

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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.

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Re: Clever Scammers.


billnotben wrote:

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

It does maker you wonder......


 

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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...'

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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.

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Re: Clever Scammers.

Coincidental?

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

All views expressed are my own but you can express them too if you want to be right about everything like I am.
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Re: Clever Scammers.

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

 

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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.

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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".

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Re: Clever Scammers.

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

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Re: Clever Scammers.

I agree.

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

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