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Peter Miller01/12/2020 08:42:16
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2W I am glad that I am not the pnly one nearly taken in by it and that you agree that it is an amazing website. I only use a normal phone with no wistles and bells. IT was ony after I had pressed the button that I realised that normally they don't want the 3 numbers n the back.

Alex I use Paypal when I can. I never give details to phone calls etc.

One very worrying thing, When filling it in the card number was already there. They must have hacked it from somewhere else.

I have always been cautious but now I won't even trust my own emails!!!

fly boy301/12/2020 09:59:26
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Had a message from Tesco today to claim my £5 egift. They entered my last four numbers of my mob. number and asked to fill in my whole number to collect my loyalty e gift. If they sent me this text they must know my number. Scam or what ? Cheers

Brian Hammond01/12/2020 11:47:55
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Wonderful,I have just been informed that I am owed £46 refund car tax,as I only pay £30 a year it could be a scam ,what do you think?

kc01/12/2020 12:11:35
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I also had the " Google has selected you to take part and win an Iphone " message whilst on the Modelflying forum. Seemed genuine and I progressed through and eventually "won" the prize but of course I wasnt going to pay anything by credit card to get a prize. Close examination of the screen showed tiny print saying you will be billed £49 to your credit card until cancelled for this opportunity to take part in this contest! Barely visible print even on a large monitor. It all looked genuine at first.

My recollection is this scam came up whilst looking at the first mention last week of the forthcoming Modelflying Advent Prize draw. Did anyone else get that scam whilst on that Modelflying item?

Edited By kc on 01/12/2020 12:13:01

Peter Miller01/12/2020 13:32:42
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I didn't see that!!! WOW!. LUckily I got my card cancelled within half an hour and only the £1 had gone.

I was on the Forum but cannot remember which thread I was looking at at the time.

kc01/12/2020 14:00:49
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Yes you were lucky! I think it said £49 each month! It might take more than the first month before anyone realised a payment was taken and so they probably get 2 payments. It seems likely it would just be signing up to a phone contract and they would claim it was not a scam when caught.

Actually i noticed that the website changed names once I had 'won' the prize. At that point the prize was only a £500 phone not the £1000 phone promised on the first page. Both had wwws ( secure) prefixes and looked quite genuine except for the tiny print on the second page.

J D 801/12/2020 15:32:38
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I saw something like KC got into when looking at the subscriptions/offers page last week, and went off it quick. A robing hack of some sort ? angry Perhaps mods should check this out?

David Ashby - Moderator01/12/2020 15:40:36
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Posted by J D 8 on 01/12/2020 15:32:38:

I saw something like KC got into when looking at the subscriptions/offers page last week, and went off it quick. A robing hack of some sort ? angry Perhaps mods should check this out?

I'll ask our IT chap to have a look.

J D 801/12/2020 15:48:26
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yes

EarlyBird02/12/2020 19:49:13
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Is this the scam advert?

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Peter Miller02/12/2020 20:35:33
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I can't remember that part.

It was an advert for a Google offer of Free mobile phone if ypu filled in a survey.

EarlyBird02/12/2020 20:56:15
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My initial thought was that I had a forum PM it also mentioned £1000.

I was suspicious.

They are Google ads and I am wondering if they should be there at all.

I followed another one which took me to a very poor looking page about being paid for surveys.

I was even more suspicious.

What relevance do these ads have to this forum and should they be there?

thinking

Steve

Peter Miller02/12/2020 21:00:53
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From what my bank said they are Pop Ups that are somehow linked to the website.

David Ashby said that their IC man will be investigating.

Very nasty but I only lost £1.

My bank has details of them and will be watching out for them and I have aa new card on its way

J D 802/12/2020 21:09:33
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Not sure if that was where it started EarlyBird. I seem to remember it was shortly after I clicked on the Christmas 6 issues offer. J D .

EarlyBird02/12/2020 21:14:16
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Paranoia is setting in, I am thinking maybe. I guess it was the new message that made me think it was part of the forum. A sneaky way to get people to follow the link. A scammers trick?

David Ashby - Moderator04/12/2020 13:26:38
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Posted by Peter Miller on 02/12/2020 21:00:53:

From what my bank said they are Pop Ups that are somehow linked to the website.

David Ashby said that their IC man will be investigating.

Very nasty but I only lost £1.

My bank has details of them and will be watching out for them and I have aa new card on its way

 

Peter, Tech response is.....do you recall whether you had any other sites open on your browser at the time?

Do you have any anti Malware software running? 

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 04/12/2020 13:28:32

Peter Miller04/12/2020 13:31:06
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No, I only had the Model Flying Forum up at the time.It is very rare for me to have more than one website up at a time.

I am using a Chromebook which has its own anti virus software.

Other people saw that same thing while on the Model Fying Forum and nearly got caught too

Edited By Peter Miller on 04/12/2020 13:46:29

Malcolm Fisher04/12/2020 19:13:41
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My wife had one of the frequent calls about problems with her Windows computer. She said hers was a Mac and got an apology. Some time later a similar voice called and I answered the phone this time. The caller claimed to be from Apple Mac and had evidence that my Mac had been severely compromised. I told him that I didn't have a Mac to which he replied that he had the details of the machine registered to me and that my wife had asked him to call me.

In the past saying one had a Mac always made these callers hang up so it would seem that they are changing their tactics to try to gain access to computers whatever type they are.

Malcolm

i12fly04/12/2020 20:33:50
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I had exactly the same thing as EarlyBird, I went onto the Dec/Jan page. Thought it was a Forum message so opened the message and it said I would be entered into a draw for a Samsung S20 phone if I completed a survey. I don't do surveys (only do the RCM&E polls) also I've just had a new phone so went no further.

Peter Miller04/12/2020 20:38:00
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I had yet another phone call about my washing machine guarentee. Considering that it was bough getting on for twenty years ago I was NOT amused.

The caller was even less amused when I told him he was a pillock!!!

He said that he was only going by what came up on his screen.

He was even less amused when I told him that his company must be totally rubbish

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