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As people are becoming more aware of email, text and phone scams as the result of publicity in newspapers, on TV, even local radio such as BBC Radio Somerset as well as emails like this, so the scammers are becoming better at deception.
According to the ‘Which’ scam alert service, banks are now routinely putting the blame on victims. They say ‘Industry data shows that 77% of bank transfer fraud victims were told by their bank they were partially or fully to blame for losses, making them ineligible for reimbursement. It’s clear that the current system is simply not enough to protect victims of these types of scams.’
It is noticeable that many scam phone calls appear to be from local numbers, mobile numbers or even from your bank so be aware!
One of our members received an email supposedly about a Netflix subscription being suspended unless payment was made. Examination of the email address showed it was a scam.
On a computer or tablet, hovering over or clicking on ‘FROM’ or the Sender's name should show the sender’s email address and in that case it could clearly be seen NOT to be Netflix.
It is possible to see the Sender's email on a mobile phone but the method may vary depending on the type of phone.
Another member has recently received two emails supposedly about non-delivery of parcels and examination of the email address in each case shows them both to be scams.
At present there are numerous company and government department websites that have been ‘cloned’ by scammers in order to obtain access to your personal details, your bank account or your credit card. These include Amazon, Netflix, PayPal, Royal Mail, Dyson, DPD, HMRC, DVLA, National Crime Agency, and probably many more!