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Report e-mail scams, National Fraud Authority urges

MrGoatsmilk 9 1.5k England
26 Feb 2011 11:49AM
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looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2011 3:47PM
It's the something for nothing greed factor that kicks in and that is why people fall for these scams,
you don't get something for nothing SIMPLES!
MrGoatsmilk 9 1.5k England
26 Feb 2011 4:00PM
Not all scams work on the need for people being greedy.

Some appear to be a genuine product or service that someone wants or needs and is happy to pay for.
looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2011 4:04PM
there is always an enticer to reel people in, otherwise it is hardly unlikely that people change their shopping habits or usual vendors...
MikeA 13 1.3k England
26 Feb 2011 10:10PM
Ok if you have half an hour or more to report a scam, they don't tell you that in the publicity blurb. Good idea, poor execution.
mrcal 14 1.0k
27 Feb 2011 8:06AM

Quote:Ok if you have half an hour or more to report a scam, they don't tell you that in the publicity blurb. Good idea, poor execution.

Why half an hour? I read it to be as simple as forwarding the suspect email. Have I missed something?
MikeA 13 1.3k England
27 Feb 2011 10:19AM

Quote:Welcome to the Action Fraud reporting form
Making a fraud report

The form will take you through a series of questions about the incident you are reporting, including questions about the suspect. Any mandatory fields are marked with this symbol required

You will normally need around 20 to 30 minutes to complete the form. Once you have started the form you will need to complete it in one session, so before you begin, please make sure you have any relevant information to hand. For example names, dates, information about the suspect, and details of how any money was lost. Please note that you will be timed out of the form and will have to start from the beginning if your computer is left idle for more than 60 minutes.

Quote:[b]Why half an hour? I read it to be as simple as forwarding the suspect email. Have I missed something?[/b]

I guess you must have Tongue
mrcal 14 1.0k
27 Feb 2011 11:36AM
The form to which you refer seems to be for reporting an actual fraud while the OP's linked BBC article highlights a new service by which one can simply forward scam emails.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1928 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2018 12:43PM
I'm refreshing an old thread... My Other Half received an obvious scam text this morning, purporting to be from HSBC, a bank we have never used, advising of a 'suspicious log-in' on our (non-existent) account, asking him to click on a link. Obviously he didn't.

We have just spent three quarters of an hour trying to report it and have given up. HSBC were not interested but suggested the police. The local police's website gives a phone number for non-urgent reports, the number was not recognised. Using 101 I got through to an officer who gave me the Action Fraud website and number.

I was unable to make contact via the website. The first time I dialled the number I received a recorded message saying that I was going to be cut off. The second time we found ourselves in a queue, which after a very long wait gave out an email address.

The email address apparently does not exist... The new service article mentioned above doesn't connect to anything either...
thewilliam2 1 780
5 Jan 2018 1:22PM
If the banks lost money as a result of phishing, they might take it more seriously!
saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
5 Jan 2018 1:46PM
From the HSBC FAQ page:

I got a suspicious email.
Don't click on any links. Don't open any attachments.
Just forward the email to phishing@hsbc.co.uk - we'll investigate it.
MEM 10 8 England
5 Jan 2018 5:07PM
Saltireblue is correct, just go to the banks website and usually listed under the security section you'll find the forwarding address for scam/spoof/phishing emails, I had over 300 of these phishing emails during 2015/16 including Tesco bank, HSBC, Halifax, Natwest, Lloyds, Barclays, Nationwide, Bank Of America, Amazon, Apple, Paypal and the good old tax office HMRC usually informing you of a tax rebate (yeah sure) all of which was forwarded by a couple of clicks of the mouse, some of them will reply thanking you HMRC being one of them the others you won't hear from, they was so frequent I started putting the forwarding address in my contacts list, the important thing is NEVER click on any links or attachments just forward them as is.

Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Jan 2018 7:05PM
I just delete them, I get them all the time, many for accounts that I don`t hold.
MEM 10 8 England
5 Jan 2018 8:12PM
I like to think that the banks etc actually do something about these con artists, I know that HMRC and Paypal say that they endeavour to track them and close them down even if they don't at least I'm helping to clog their inbox up and if enough people do that then they might actually get their act together.
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
6 Jan 2018 12:38AM
It's worldwide. Just delete, and don't do any financial business with email, it isn't secure. The post is not secure either.

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