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Hermes Scam Warning!
« on: Monday 03 May 21 15:03 BST (UK) »
I received a text message on my phone informing me that they had tried to deliver a package and will reschedule delivery for tomorrow, there was a link given to a web address that doesn't match their website and the phone number doesn't exist! We hadn't ordered anything but some people who may be waiting for a delivery may click on the link without thinking. Hermes usually put a note through the door with details of where the package has been left! I deleted the message without clicking on the link. Ironically, we had just got back from a walk. I only have essential numbers in my contacts list, I don't do any banking or ordering goods from my phone, so it's really annoying  >:(
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« Reply #1 on: Monday 03 May 21 15:11 BST (UK) »
I've had that a few times, Carol. I'm wondering what the next scam will be  ::)
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« Reply #2 on: Monday 03 May 21 15:43 BST (UK) »
They  just  do  not  stop do they, we have to be alert at all times

Last week I had written a large cheque, my bank rang me to talk about it,
 mentioned the amount and I then asked him how sure could  I be that he was in fact my bank, as  it   happens it was my bank , he said  my writing was  not  my usual handwriting,  not the signature, that was OK  but the rest of the writing
on the cheque, I was surprised  but they picked it up and thought it was worthwhile checking, I thought about it after and I assumed he thought I   had just signed a cheque  and given it to someone else to fill in, or it was an already signed cheque stolen, it renewed my faith  in human nature   i can  tell you

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Re: Hermes Scam Warning!
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 04 May 21 09:15 BST (UK) »
I received a text message on my phone informing me that they had tried to deliver a package and will reschedule delivery for tomorrow, there was a link given to a web address that doesn't match their website and the phone number doesn't exist! We hadn't ordered anything but some people who may be waiting for a delivery may click on the link without thinking. Hermes usually put a note through the door with details of where the package has been left! I deleted the message without clicking on the link. Ironically, we had just got back from a walk. I only have essential numbers in my contacts list, I don't do any banking or ordering goods from my phone, so it's really annoying  >:(
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I had 4 from DHL last week, apart from I wasn't expecting any parcels, it was clearly generated by a person with English as a second language.
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Re: Hermes Scam Warning!
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 04 May 21 09:51 BST (UK) »
Yes, Harry, that is one of the main giveaways.  Poor English and bad spelling, also the fact that they don't give your name.  It's usually Dear Customer.

You have to be so on the ball these days.  ::)  So far I have avoided being scammed in any way and hopefully I never shall be.
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« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 04 May 21 14:55 BST (UK) »
A while back, pre Covid, I was having trouble with my phone ,but over the phone spoke with BT to order another.
This was late on a Saturday night.
My bank details were refused.
B,T said no worries they would add the cost of my phone to my bill.
I phoned the bank next morning to see what was wrong.
It was explained to me that I had never shopped using my card at such a late hour before!It seemed suspicious to them,as they were aware I was elderly.
We exchanged some passwords etc and Motherís maiden name ,all was OK.
I phoned BT again
The phone had been added to my usual monthly bill .
I was very grateful to the bank .
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« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 04 May 21 15:18 BST (UK) »
A while back, pre Covid, I was having trouble with my phone ,but over the phone spoke with BT to order another.
This was late on a Saturday night.
My bank details were refused.
B,T said no worries they would add the cost of my phone to my bill.
I phoned the bank next morning to see what was wrong.
It was explained to me that I had never shopped using my card at such a late hour before!It seemed suspicious to them,as they were aware I was elderly.
We exchanged some passwords etc and Motherís maiden name ,all was OK.
I phoned BT again
The phone had been added to my usual monthly bill .
I was very grateful to the bank .
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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 05 May 21 11:09 BST (UK) »
In the USA, the scammers send messages with real phone numbers. Things must be easier still for scammers there.
There's a chap who has a YouTube channel showing him wasting the time of the scammers, and attacking the PCs they use. It's referred to as "scambaiting".
He recently has started using an AI to converse with them rather than his own effort. It does voice recognition and plays back appropriate voice clips.
This week he posted a video showing his AI in action - phoning a scammer and pretending to be outside his bank and ready to do a money transfer of $17000 to their account.
By badgering them - the exact same method they use on their victims - the AI got them to give their account details. Even with an obviously invented name, and no record of them having contacted the "person" previously, their greed got the better of them.  ;D
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Re: Hermes Scam Warning!
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 05 May 21 13:10 BST (UK) »
Yippee!
The worm turns!
That brought a chuckle !
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