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Resources from the web site of Well House Consultants on the subject of Scams. We provide open source training course and business hotel accommodation in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Background
Any human activity seems to be taken by the less honest members of society as license to attempt to extort and defraud, and the Internet is no exception. We've come across a number in our time, and we've collected some of them together in this section.
Longer articles related to this subject
Identity theft - Phishing for your details

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4651Pressure selling in the fire safety business
Written earlier this month / posted 19th February The gentleman from Xxxxxx Fire (UK) Ltd visited us for an annual check on our extignuishers on Wednesday. He told us we needed 4 new exinguishers (out 5) at what we felt was an excessive price for supply and installation. When challenged on the price, ...
2016-02-20
 
4385A booking that looks too good to be true? It probably is too good to be true!
The scammers are getting cleverer. We are - always - mindful of bookings that display certain characteristics such as poor use of English. And that's "mindful" not "rejecting", since many of our hotel customers have very limited English. A request for a booking in March came in the other day - "fishy", ...
2015-01-06
 
3859Youve Been Selected for the 2012 Edition of the Global Registry
"You've Been Selected for the 2012 Edition of the Global Registry" says an email just received in my mailbox, and I smell yet another directory offer which is far too poor to even consider taking up. The "Global Registry" name is familiar to me - I think - or was that the "World Company Register" which ...
2012-09-22
 
3480Direct Message: Really horrible blog about you ... a clever phishing trip, said to be from an MP
I'm just a bit suspicious when I get a direct message on twitter, out of the blue, from an MP who's not my own. And I'm rather more suspicious when he tells me "Really horrible blog about you, might want to read this migre.me/6TEr5" ... for one thing, I'm sure he has better things to do, and for another ...
2011-10-14
 
3291Pay and refund scam - alive and kicking against Melksham businesses
From my email box, reproduced with permission ... Hello! I wonder if you would be so kind as to circulate a warning to your members for me? Recently we were exposed to an attempt to de-fraud us and we would like to let others know so they know what to look for. This is especially important to new ...
2011-05-17
 
3222Clickjacking - another way to get you to follow a malicious link - Facebook issue
"A clickjacked page tricks a user into performing undesired actions by clicking on a concealed link. On a clickjacked page, the attackers show a set of dummy buttons, then load another page over it in a transparent layer. The users think that they are clicking the visible buttons, while they are actually ...
2011-03-29
 
2988Not mugged in London!
Lisa and I are fine ... but that's not what a friend on Facebook was told - that friend was told by someone claiming to be Lisa that she (Lisa) had been mugged in London and needed money sent ... urgently ... by this friend from another country. If anyone claiming to be either of us ask you to send ...
2010-10-08
 
2895Global Computer Maintenance Department
A story that I felt worth sharing ... from a forum that I help with, and describing another practice which I feel is distinctly unethical and misleading ... ""As we're on a bit of a tech bent here in the FPC at the mo, I thought I'd share details of a call I just received. May serve as a warning to ...
2010-07-30
 
2690The World Company Register - is it another scam?
"Updating is free of charge" says the email ... but read the fine print and you'll see that submitting information and signing it commits you to a spend of 995 euros per year for three years. Curiously, the fine print wasn't very legible to me, so I've extracted the text to help you read it, and taken ...
2010-07-16
 
2524An update on legal changes from the FSB?
"We're with the FSB, and would like to update you about forthcoming changes to the law". So said a caller on the phone to one of our team, and I got the message to call back. Which I duly did. It seemed a bit odd to the person who took the call that the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses), who have ...
2009-12-04
 
2403Hotel Booking Scam / Cost of calls to 070 numbers
In my email, a juicy hotel booking ... 10 days for five double rooms ... which we shall not be accepting. Dear Sir/Ma, I am Andrea Paula,I write to introduce our Ministry " His Grace Ministries". Our main importance of sending this mail is to crave your sense of honesty and sincerity with respect ...
2009-09-17
 
2373Translation from Ghanaian to English
In response to an email I have just received ... which shouts the subject line DO NOT IGNORE at me ... I'm not ignoring but providing you with a translation! Hello Hello Pardon me for not having the pleasure of knowing your mindset before making you this offer and it is utterly confidential and genuine ...
2009-08-26
 
1795What have iTime, honeytrapagency and domain listing center got in common?
There are so many scams and dubious schemes "out there", and from time to time some of them come enough to my personal attention (by trying to scam me usually!) that I make comment about them on our web site. And, perhaps not surprisingly, I get a great deal of feedback, mostly by email or sometimes ...
2008-09-15
 
1342Google, wwmdirectory, Freshwater, ATP - new scam?
While I was away last week, Lisa received two invoices in the post with the Goole logo on them - for 79.99 each - and wondered what I had been ordering. Nothing - I believe they are a SCAM. Having used the esteemed Google search engine itself to look into these and draing a blank, we have taken it ...
2008-09-12
 
1772Ken Palm, iTime, and Domain Name Tasting
Have you come across "domain name tasting" - try before you buy from ICANN. It is the practice of registering a domain name (and placing pay-per-click ads on it for a few days) to gauge whether the ads will make more than the annual cost of the domain. Read more about it here (link opens in separate ...
2008-09-04
 
1680Astroturfing - the online definition
Have you noticed how a "real life" term can sometimes get used for an online application? I came across one today - astroturfing which I am told by someone who really knows about these things is now illegal in the UK. Let's start in real life. Have you even stood at a market stall, as the guy on ...
2008-06-23
 
1313Tratum Technologies
Lisa writes: "Suresh from Tratum Technologies phoned; he is interested in a technical partnership. 07977 487 214. Please call him back. I reply: "Hmm. Have done. I got an answerphone message after a long ringout and left a message inviting him to email me. So that was followed a few seconds later ...
2007-08-21
 
860Warning - false emails, said to be from Paypal
I get a LOT of spam emails - phishing trips by people looking to steal my identity - asking me to confirm my details with the likes of E-bay, Paypal and half the banks in the world. The idea of the spammers is that you go on to what looks like the company's site to confirm you details but really you're ...
2006-09-10
 
347Frightening and from-friend viruses and spams
Viruses and spam get more and more clever at getting through! The authors of these pieces of rogue software know that their victims are more likely to open emails that come from colleagues or - better - from their web administrator. It's very easy indeed to guess the account names for administrators, ...
2006-06-05
 
Topics covered in this module
Phishing and false invoices.
"Please help me transfer this money" scams.
Domain registration and domain Tasting.
Selling you things you don't want or need.
Protecing your self from the data protection scammers.
Identity theft, sitting on domain names and others.
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