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"Gimme Shelter" Live!
Our aim is for our customers to be as relaxed about their I.T as our technician Will is about "Dress Down Friday". All donations in the jar Will 😁
Ticketmaster customers warned their data may have been stolen...
Scam email alert. Emails similar to the one below are in circulation. The scammer is attempting to gather email passwords by falsely stating that your email password is about to expire. There are many variations on this theme so be very careful not to be rushed into making the mistake of helping criminals.
Action Required : Your Email Password Has Expired!
Password Update Notice
Email ID : firstname.lastname@example.org
The password for email@example.com has expired and must be updated. Please click the button below to update your password.
[UPDATE PASSWORD ] (This button links to the criminals site)
You can only update your password via this link for 12 hours after receiving this email.
your-domain.domain Email Exchange Account Team
Note: Do not reply to this email. Contact us with any queries by visiting our website at: Go to your-domain.domain email account customer center
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WhatsApp warning issued over new Alton Towers scam that tricks you into handing over details.
The latest WhatsApp scam is peddling free tickets to Alton Towers, with the theme park warning users not to fall for the trick.
"Alton Towers is giving away 5 free tickets to 500 families," reads one version of the fraudulent text, with a link to a URL that looks deceptively similar to the Alton Towers site.
Another spin on the same scam features the Alton Towers resort logo with a button beneath it that shows how many free tickets are remaining.
Like other WhatsApp scam messages, it's full of grammatical errors: a dead giveaway that something dodgy is at play.
"We're giving 5 free passes to 500 families to celebrate our 110nd birthday!" reads the text below the image.
Clicking on it directs users to an online survey and encourages them to send it on to 20 of their friends. ... See more
Beware of tax scams.
HMRC is warning of an end of financial year seasonal rise in tax-refund scams arriving by text or email. HMRC says the scale of this problem is ‘immense’. Last year there were 771,227 customer referrals regarding this phishing scam in which fraudsters will try to get hold of your personal details.
HMRC would only inform you about tax refunds through the post or through your pay, via your employer. All emails, text messages, or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are a scam. Do not click on any links in these messages, and forward them to HMRC’s phishing email address or phone number. https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing. ... See more
Find out how internet scams work and what to be aware of - misleading websites, report website fraud, suspicious communication and phishing
TV providers fraud warning.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where victims have been offered a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. The fraudster cold-calls victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider and offering a discount on their monthly subscription.
Victims have been informed that: - Their subscription needs to be renewed - part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription.
In order to (falsely) process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports… Beware of these known telephone numbers: 08447111444, 02035190197 and 08001514141. The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent.
When victims finally make enquiries they discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the bank account details provided. This type of fraud is nationwide and, since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the information received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted. ... See more
Reports of tech support scams rocket, earning handsome returns for fraudsters...
A typical technical support scam works like this:
1. A user receives a phone call, claiming to come from an operating system vendor or ISP claiming that a security problem has been found on the user’s computer. One trick fraudster may use to gain a less technically savvy user’s confidence by tricking them into looking for error messages in Windows Event Viewer’s logs.
In fact, such entries are completely harmless and should not be considered evidence of a malware infection. 2. The scammer tricks their intended victim into giving them remote access to the user’s computer in order to “fix” the issue. In truth they install a remote access trojan (RAT). 3.The scammer claims to have identified fake “threats” on the victim’s computer, and scares the user into handing over their payment details or making an online purchase to “fix” the computer. Usually the scammer will present the situation as urgent and requiring immediate action in order to prevent their intended victim from checking with a tech-savvy friend or relative. In some cases, the scam will begin with the user seeing bogus security alerts on their computer, which urge them to “call support” for advice.
New statistics published by Microsoft reveal that the number of complaints its own customer services team have received about tech support scams have risen 24% since 2016, with some 153,000 reports from 183 different countries around the world.
Thanks to Bitbefender for the info in this article. The problem isn’t limited to Windows desktop PCs – all manner of devices and operating systems have been targeted, including mobile platforms and Apple Macs – but I think it is fair to say that most commonly the callers do claim to be calling from Microsoft, or on behalf of a company working with Microsoft.
Microsoft is itself at pains to point out that it does not send unsolicited email messages or make unsolicited phone calls offering to fix computers, or requesting personal or financial information. It simply isn’t in the business of proactively reaching out to people to offer them technical support. In a similar vein, a genuine Microsoft error message or security warning will never include a phone number. So don’t ring it!
If you believe you have been on the receiving end of a technical support scam you can report it to Microsoft via an online form at www.microsoft.com/reportascam
< Thanks to BitDefender for the details in this article >
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I met by chance some ladies doing a great job, delivering on a great idea. Take a look at the leaflets below.
Finished 🙂 South Gloucestershire Council is planning to re-open the Bromley Heath Viaduct over the weekend of 27 April.