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Hoax emails and text messages

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Mar 2020
4:27pm, 25 Mar 2020
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Autumnleaves
There is an Uber one doing the rounds - my daughter got one today. I had that O2 one a while back, very nearly fell for it !
Mar 2020
4:32pm, 25 Mar 2020
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bigleggy
I used to respond to the 419ers for a bit of sport. Used to spin them all kinds of yarns, limited only by my imagination.

A guy wanted to split £90million. I negotiated with him that hard he agreed to give me £115million if I just sent him my bank details. I've been a member of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister, Lord, Lady and I've even worked on the hit TV series Heartbeat. While I'm yanking their chains they ain't scamming old ladies.

That wooden Commodore 64 is a thing of beauty :-)
Mar 2020
4:34pm, 25 Mar 2020
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GordonG
another good rule of thumb for hoaxes is the insistence that payment must be *now*
Mar 2020
4:35pm, 25 Mar 2020
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stilldreaming
2I had one yesterday to say that my direct debit payment for tv licence had failed and to click the link. I wasn't taken in, but checked the tv licence website out of interest and it had some very useful advice about spotting fake emails. Sadly the email did look genuine and I'm sure some people will fall for it.
Mar 2020
7:43pm, 25 Mar 2020
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swittle
:) @ 419er baiting, leggy & fetch! ^
Mar 2020
7:55pm, 25 Mar 2020
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Dave.O
Not a text or email but years ago I had someone calling me about Windows on my computer has been flagged as having a virus and for a small fee, they could do fix it. I got him to explain everything, asked questions which he answered then after about 5 minutes said "So how would that help on my Apple Mac"

He promptly told me where to go and hung up.
Mar 2020
8:03pm, 25 Mar 2020
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swittle
:) Nice 1, Dave.

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