Thursday, 26 March 2015

26th March 2015 - Scams and Spams

Thought for the day: "I had amnesia once or twice….I don't remember!"

Today, my mother recievd a couple of calls from the "Computer Repair Man". As a lady late in her 80's, though she will not accept it or act it, she is more than able to use her email and occasional search ont he internet - indeed, her email is a lifeline which she uses several times a day. Her morning starts with switching on her computer, putting on the kettle, and checking the email form overnight and answering / initiating a message. The rest of the day follows a similar pattern - quick check on the email in passing...

So, when someone phones up to say that there may be a problem with her computer, it is a worrying moment for her. And so it must be for many people up and downt he country who are subjected to this form of scam!  I knos it seems easy for many of us to immediately recognise a ploy, trick or scam - but there are many for whom this is a more grey area.  I feel that those who prey on the elederly are the lowest of the low...

Meanwhile, on my own email I found the following purporting to be from the DVLA - regarding car tax refund..  It all semed farily legitimate until a more close look at the address in question which caontained but not in the correct part of the address.  Again, someone is jumping on the band wagon with the new paperless systems - it woudl be easy to have clicked on the link without really thinking.

Dear customer,

We are currrently upgrading our database and we found that you are eligible to recieve a refund from your last payment made on our behalf.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. As example, for submitting invalid records or applying over the deadline.

To complete your refund application with us, you are required to fill out the form in the link below.

[link deleted - probably a scam or virus]

If you refuses to complete your application within two weeks of receiving this email will cause the lose the specified amount and you will take full responsabilty for that. We sincerely apologise for any inconviniences this might have caused you. Thank you for your co-operation. (c) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Swansea SA6 7JL

May need some work on the grammar there!!!

My free virus checker software is pinging away like an egg timer as it catches more obvious versions - but I still feel that it is the most vulnerable of us who are really being targetted.

It is a sad state of affaris that we have in the world ...

Meanwhile, in other news the Openreach man found nothing - as was expected. Suggests that it may be the Sky equipment at the exchange - no surprise there - always seems to be an element of buck passing when we come around to trying to sort out broadband and telephony.

Got the Estate Agent in today to look at pricing of the house and getting it back onto the market. Looks as though we will be putting it back on at £189,050 just to get it under the 190 figure, in the same wasy as we went for 195 last time to get under the 200.  Ho Hum - just hope that there is someone up in Luton selling a garden shed who will have spare cash to buy. Tasks for the week - re-decorate the top two rooms - splash of paint and get the photos taken and put ion for the Easter Break ...

Got someone calling tolook at the car this afternoon  after 1.30pm Suggested that we will take £350 - might go for higher but think we will just cut our losses.

Busy week - Scarlet Cord Provincial Team yesterday conducting a preparation, followed by Secret Monitor and playing the old harmonium in Pembroke Dock Lodge. A fascinating building - with the domed ceiling and painting and the marks where the machine gun fire hit the ceiling back in the war.
Some are surprised with the amount of music I can get out of the old harmonium - but it is a Woodstock Canada - the same model as the one in my front living room - so quite workable.

St Teilo tonight and Shrewsbury on Saturday for the Provincial Meeting for Athelston ...

Better get on and sort the emails - see if there is anything in the 93 emails that is not a spam or scam...

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