Inland Revenue and Microsoft phone call scams (again)

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Inland Revenue and Microsoft phone call scams (again)

#1 Post by Brian » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:40 am

That Microsoft "your system has a virus/error/trojan" phone call scam is doing the rounds again locally - these people never give up despite this scam being as old as the hills because they are still getting people to fall for it. It shows if nothing else the complete inadequacy of our media systems that despite warnings on social media, newspapers, TV and radio for years about this particular scam (never mind the Tesco vouchers) that there are still those out there that will be taken in by it. Don't assume your neighbour or friends know about it, tell them as they could be next.

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Re: Microsoft phone call scam (again)

#2 Post by Brian » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:10 pm

Just bringing this back up as it is STILL happening locally

Please remember that NOBODY from Microsoft or indeed any of the major utility's or banks will contact you randomly and ask you for money over the phone, nor will they ask you for your bank details.

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Re: Inland Revenue and Microsoft phone call scams (again)

#3 Post by Brian » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:04 am

And once more these people are at it again.

They prey on people they think are not computer literate or indeed just try their luck by going through random phone numbers.

Once more they are phoning houses in this area and in this case pretending to be from HM revenue demanding payment.

It goes without saying, NOBODY will ring you up and demand payment for ANYTHING over the phone. And they will most certainly not ask for payment by iTunes vouchers either.

If you get a call like that, feel free to swear at them and put the phone down but more importantly, make sure everyone you know is aware of this scam, it would surprise you how many are not.

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Re: Inland Revenue and Microsoft phone call scams (again)

#4 Post by Brian » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:06 pm

This is never ending and again despite numerous warnings the advice is not getting out there - now add this one to the list.

https://www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/da/212015
False claims of Telephone Preference Service:

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.


The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.


In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.


On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.


During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.



Protect yourself:

There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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