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I have noticed over the last rwo days several emails that have avoided the spam filters. They're all headed something like: "Amazon/Asda/Boots etc. has a surprise for you". I have absolutely no doubt that they're all scams. You haven't won a prize.

I'd warn anyone receiving one not to be taken in by them. Interesting to know if anyone else has received one that wasn't directed to their spam folder (which is usually the first thing to alert people).

davidstockport
29 days ago
What do you think of this?
RichardDoolin
RichardDoolin29 days ago

Is it from hubuck?

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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29 days ago

They come from various (probably hacked) email addresses, which is why I don't include the full email addresses in picture below, I don't know where the links will lead to because being aware of this type of scam I don't click on the links to "claim my surprise". It is very tempting for people who have had dealings with the companies named to click on links, the only surprise they will get is when they look at their bank statement some time later and find that they've inadvertently consented to be charged and will never get their money back. Hence this warning.

It could be because they come from hacked email addresses that they evade spam filters. Image

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pato
pato29 days ago

davidstockport Thanks for the heads up on this, I think the more people that sign up to get the freebies offered on various sites are more susceptible to being victims of these particular scams, as for the Bank, Amazon and BT ones, I find it's the older generation that fall for those.

You're topic is always a good reminder for me hat they are still doing the rounds and allows me to remind my elderly relatives to Never talk to these people, instead phone me and I'll make the enquiries for them.

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lilyflower
lilyflower29 days ago

Also had them from Costo, Shopper Savings, Walgreens, Sams Club, Consumer Rewards, Apple, Tesco, Aldi fortunately most go into Junk/Spam. A good giveaway that it's spam is when they have my name wrong!

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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29 days ago

This latest batch are (IMO) avoiding being identified as Junk/Spam, Because they are almost definitely from hacked email accounts.

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mrgoggll
mrgoggll29 days ago

I wish someone would spam me , my inbox is empty and I'm lonely , I wonder why ? Image

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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29 days ago

I'd hazzard a guess that the reason you're lonely is that nobody likes you, in fact very few here seem to like you very much. (Well some might think they do when you're using a different name). Even "management" don't appear to like you very much if they won't let you post deals or new topics - as you've said, and as anyone can see, is probably correct by looking at your profile.

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tumblespots
tumblespots29 days ago

I am sure I have had a few of these recently. I also seem to have had a lot of bitcoin spam over the last few months - on a daily basis. It all arrives in spam and I block each email address but it still keeps coming....

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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29 days ago

The danger I refer to is that as these don't arrive in spam, they are more likely not to be seen as scams (and trusted). I feel blocking the email addresses from those sending all the bitcoin spam is a total waste of time, they seem to have an endless supply of email addresses. Fortunately I only get them on one email account.

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tumblespots
tumblespots29 days ago

davidstockport Yes, when they aren't already in spam they are more of a 'threat'. It's a constant challenge...

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap29 days ago

I've been getting a lot pretending to be from amazon

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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29 days ago

My sister says she has been getting a lot of phone calls pretending to be from Amazon too.

It would appear the "has a surprise for you" on this scam is preceded by the name of any company the recipient might have had dealings with.

Just hope this topic prevents some readers getting scammed.

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heatherduthie
heatherduthie29 days ago

davidstockport I have lost count of the amount of phone calls I have had in the last week from BT telling me they are going to cut off my internet and Amazon telling me my prime is due for renewal. I don’t even have prime. Block the numbers and they just call from a different line.

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pato
pato29 days ago

heatherduthie There's an article on todays Daily Record warning about these2 scams, they have both been doing the rounds for a while, I humour these idiots before giving them abuse, sometimes it makes my day 😂

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-cops-warn-over-callous-23428693

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heatherduthie
heatherduthie29 days ago

pato I’ve been getting them on and off for months but this last week seems to be worse. They start calling at 8 in the morning. Just a nuisance

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pato
pato29 days ago

heatherduthie I know how you feel, it used to annoy me too, but I must admit that I haven't had many calls recently, maybe they're starting to take the hint.

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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29 days ago

heatherduthie I sympathise regarding the phone calls, I managed to stop all spam calls over four years ago with a phone with call guardian on it. I haven't had one spam call since. No legitimate caller will refuse to state who they are before the call is accepted and those on my allow list don't need to.

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heatherduthie
heatherduthie29 days ago

davidstockport my friend has this. Maybe it’s about time I get it too. To be honest the only one who calls the house of any importance is the in-laws as they are in their 80s and don’t have a mobile phone, so it is cheaper for them to call the house, if it weren’t for them I would probably just pull it out of the socket

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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29 days ago

heatherduthie I bought mine supposedly refurbished, but brand new, it was only £23.99. (less now) Best investment I ever made. This is the same model but shop around they can be cheaper.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BT-8500-Advanced-Single-Digital-Cordless-Telephone-Answering-Machine-Speaker/293803278130?hash=item44680a3f32:g:3cUAAOSwy11fmJCl

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RichardDoolin
RichardDoolin28 days ago

heatherduthie Can't you put them on hold and play them Four Season for an hour or two?

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap28 days ago

We dont have a landline anymore heatherduthie

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heatherduthie
heatherduthie28 days ago

davidstockport I will have a look. Thanks for the link

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heatherduthie
heatherduthie28 days ago

RichardDoolin haha. I just hang up on them

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap28 days ago

They often hang up on me 🤣 heatherduthie

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heatherduthie
heatherduthie28 days ago

Imnotcheap If it wasn’t for the in laws and the fact that my other half is on call 2 weekends out of every month ( just in case the mobile mast is down ) I would pull it from the wall

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap28 days ago

That's why we got rid my son used to run off and hide phone set when I was looking after his baby brother when he was smaller 😂 heatherduthie

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heatherduthie
heatherduthie28 days ago

Imnotcheap I picked up yesterday and said hello and they actually hung up on me. The cheek of it. Hahah.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap28 days ago

Glad it's not just me 😂🤣🤣😂 heatherduthie

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Mctash
Mctash18 days ago

Trumatis em isay heatherduthie

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ZoeEngland
ZoeEngland29 days ago

Have had quite a few of these in the last few weeks , I just delete them straight away

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold18 days ago

I had a voicemail left on my mobile phone a couple weeks ago from HMRC threatening legal action if I didn't call them back on a.....mobile number 😁. I had to laugh because I doubt most people would be that daft.

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