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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.

I know where I am, I've been lost here before.
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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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