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Any Tips to Avoid Scammers and Con Men


I think it is wise that we are all as aware as we can be about what the fradsters are up to. can you share your news of what is the latest and how to avoid falling victim

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One that has happened to two people I know (one for tree felling the other for fencing) is that they've been asked by workmen who seem to be doing a good job "We've nearly finished now - can we settle up?" After getting money they've found some excuse to leave. Never to return. (leaving a tree across lawn and old fence panels and concrete posts behind)

My advice to anyone confronted with this is to say "I'll give you half and the other half when you have finished and cleared all rubbish." - or simply "I'll pay when the job IS finished".

Also insist on paying by cheque and NEVER let them persuade you to let them take you to a cash machine.

Another piece of advice NEVER employ any workman who'll give you a big discount for cash (saying it doesn't need to go through books etc.) If they're willing to admit they're criminals - don't even let them near your home.


Top 5 Tips To Take A Stand Against Telephone Scams

1. Never give out personal or bank details over the telephone.

2. Don’t feel pressured to making a decision over the telephone.

3. If the caller is vague about giving out their company

information, hang up.

4. Don’t open texts or answer calls from unrecognisable numbers.

5. Consider a call blocking device to filter out unwanted calls.


I bought a phone with Call Guardian on it about three years ago - since then I've not had one attempted scam call, for some reason they're not willing to say who they are and press the # key before my phone will ring.

I miss them in some ways - I used to love wasting their time - if nothing better to do.😀 (My record was 77minutes - until he said quite angrily "You've been wasting my time!" I replied "Well you started it!").


davidstockport I got a call from someone pretending to be from Microsoft telling me I had a computer virus so I played along pretended to follow the instruction until 20 minutes later the person realized I was messing with him so he started to swear at me ending the call.

What is Call Guardian


zerocenturyzero You asked "What is call Guardian?" It is a call blocking device (which you mentioned) built into phone. My phone a BT8500 was bought refurbished (it was actually new in box when it arrived) for £22.99 (via ebay). undoubtedly the best cordless phone I've ever owned. You do need to have caller display enabled from your phone line provider, most providers, if not all, don't charge for caller display service now.

Here's a link to picture: https://image.slidesharecdn.com/bt8500-userguideusermanual-141002035130-phpapp02/95/bt-8500-digital-cordless-phone-with-advanced-call-blocker-1-638.jpg?cb=1454489112


Don't trust anyone!! Pay with PayPal online with credit card if it's over a 100. I never buy off anyone who approached me to sell - whether it's a at the door or on the phone, if I want it I'll buy it without someone prompting me. The old saying is true - if it looks too good to be true it probably is!


that is all extremely good advice and I think the motto not to buy from anyone trying to prompt you is fantastic advice


thanks so much to all of for such fantastic advice it is extremely hard to stay hand of all the con men and scammers these days

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