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Scams: Telephone, email, texts, other 2021

DavidGrain

master brummie
I had an email yesterday which I deleted immediately. It was a name I did not recognise. It said something to the effect ' I sent you an email recently but got no response. Is this email address still valid'. As I said I deleted it immediately.
 

superdad3

master brummie
A new scam/fraud?

Received a letter addressed to company at my address. Didn't think too much about it. Put back in postbox endorsed "not known at this address".

Then received another letter, this time from Companies House which is the gov agency for registering companies etc. Checked on line and yes a new company with that name was registered at Companies House using my address a few days ago. Warning bells rang this time. Clearly some sort of fraud going on. Returned letter to Companies House suitably endorsed. What else could I do?

This is the advice I was given:
1. Go on Companies House website and report illegal use of my address which I have done.
2. Go on Action Fraud which is the UK/GOV website for reporting fraud which I have done.

Will update if further developments.
Update:

Companies House:
1. Filled in two forms, had to provide proof that I actually live at my address [but the fraudser registering a company at my address didn't need to!!!].
2. Companies House then sent me two replies [one to each form], ditto to the company to my house, ditto to the named person at my house - six letters in total!!! Yes, really.
3. Companies House say that the regulations require them to wait 28 days to see if they get a reply from the company to the letters sent above. Not going to happen, but rules are rules.
4. Contacted them yet again to say I was elderly, at risk etc etc and as they had accepted that my address was being used fraudulently surely they could remove my address immediately. You guessed it - no they couldn't - that's the rule.
5. Asked what info company had supplied to register at my address. Refused to supply - it's confidential they say.
6. Sent in a Freedom of Information request - turned down as they don't give out personal information on companies. Have appealed.

Action Fraud:
Insufficient info to do anything. Suggested to them they contacted Companies House to ask for "confidential" info they have. No reply.

Information Commissioners Office:
Received a letter today addressed to company. Rang up to see what it was about. Told it would be an offence to open letter not addressed to me & declined to tell me what it was about. Told me to return it with a covering letter.

Well there you have it. No support or help from a bunch of bureaucratic government agencies - utterly useless and unhelpful. The saga continues......................

Apols for this - not really Brum History but might be of interest.
 

Eric Gibson

master brummie
Today the Scamazon American lady returned, first call for some time and a bit more refined, "Thank you for renewing your Amazon Prime account." and the usual "Press one."
 

rosie

brummie
I had two calls yesterday from 08000803242 saying they they were market research about TSB. the first mentioned PIN numbers so I was obstructive and told him nothing. The seond was a woman who asked my opinion of TSB so I told her in no uncertain terms my opinon of her, she said she would remove me from her list, she may as well, I'm not that gullible!!
rosie.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
Hi, yes checked on Companies House website. Only gives name of company, address [ie my address] and name of [only] director & nothing else of any use. That's it.
There is an article in today's Mail on Sunday about this type of scam. The paper article suggests emailing the reporter - I can't see the address in the online article but if you want it I will PM you.
 

superdad3

master brummie
There is an article in today's Mail on Sunday about this type of scam. The paper article suggests emailing the reporter - I can't see the address in the online article but if you want it I will PM you.
Hi, many thanks for details of article. Yes, please PM name etc of reporter. The situation is every bit as bad as the article suggests. Looks like the company will be removed from register at my address. That then leaves the company director registered at my address. Yes, really. To remove that I will need a court order [and of course a fee]. Just unbelievable. Have written to my MP but unless the law [ie Companies House rules] are changed there is nothing anyone can do.

Incidentally I don't know if you remember me. We met near Moseley Bog a few years ago and you asked me if I was a Forum member. I was surprised until you explained that you had recognised my dog from my avitar!! Sadly, Bella is no longer with us. Died peacefully at home back in January.
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
Just received this seconds after a text for verification of a doctor’s appointment. The scary thing is the timing ! Do they have the ability to monitor NHS messages ?

NHS: You are now eligible to apply for your COVID-19 Pass. If you do not apply, you may be fined. To apply……..
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
About an hour later….

MyHermes: Hi there, please reschedule delivery of your item immediately at………before your item is returned to sender.

The start of the number of the sender is 44 7305 being the same as the NHS text above.
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
I had a missed call on my mobile yesterday from a Crewe number. The only person I know in Crewe is someone whose email contacts were hacked many years ago and I still occasionally get emails purporting to come from her which I delete.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
My husband had a text about an undelivered parcel - headed "post office" - I thought they were Royal Mail these days.
Forwarded it to 7726 and then sent the number as well to our mobile provider. That number works for any provider.
You can also forward suspicious emails to the national cyber security centre.
 
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