FACEBOOK WARNING OF DVLA SCAM
FROM HOAX SLAYER: Neil Trotter Lottery Win Advance Fee Scams
Emails notify recipients that they have been selected to receive a large donation from UK Euromillions lottery winner Neil Trotter.
The emails are not from Neil Trotter and the recipients have not been awarded any money. Neil Trotter really did win a large lottery prize, but he is not randomly giving away millions of pounds to strangers via email. The messages are advance fee scams designed to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to criminals.
so do get back to us quickly via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Text in attached Microsoft Word document)
My name is Neil Trotter the current winner of 108 million Pounds on the Euro million Jackpot Draw for 2014, and i bring to you perfect good news for such a perfect timing as this. I know this is surprising for you to have received this at this stage But because of my last year unexpected blessings am excited so i am willing to donate 5,000,000(five Million Great Britain Pounds) to you and as part of my effort to alleviate poverty and care for the less privileged around the world have decided to donate to just 5 people around the globe which you are a part of. <
so do get back me quickly via my personal email at (email@example.com)
Do Provide the following information below when contacting me
Country of Residence:
Winners of large lotteries such as Euromillions are generally the subjects of various mainstream news reports. These reports tend to name the winners and discuss their backgrounds and future plans.
This is fertile ground for scammers who are quick to capitalise on news of such wins. The scammers are able to provide ‘evidence’ of their spurious claims by linking to one or more of these news reports.
In March 2014, Neil Trotter, a UK car mechanic won a whopping 107 million pounds in the Euromillions lottery. Soon after, emails like the examples above began to be distributed.
Of course, the emails are not from Neil Trotter or anybody associated with him. And the recipients have not been awarded any portion of his winnings. The emails are typical advance fee scams designed to trick users into sending their money and personal information to criminals.
Those who reply as instructed will soon receive follow-up emails from the criminals who will continue to pretend that they are Neil Trotter. The emails will claim that, before they can receive their unexpected windfall, recipients must first pay for various fees associated with transferring the funds. The scammers will invent expenses such as insurance fees, taxation, banking fees, and legal costs. They will insist that, for legal reasons, these fees must be paid in advance.
If a victim complies and sends money as requested, further demands for money will follow. Often, requests for further fees will continue until the victim has nothing more to send or at last realises that he or she is being scammed. All of the money sent will line the pockets of the criminals and it is very unlikely that victims will ever get it back.
And, to make matters worse, the scammers may have been able to trick their victim into sending a large amount of personal and financial information. This information may later be used to steal the victim’s identity.
Be very wary of any email purporting to be from a lottery winner that claims that you have been awarded a large donation or grant. Lottery winners often do give away portions of their winnings to charity. However, they are extremely unlikely to randomly hand out millions of pounds to total strangers via email. Such a claim is simply absurd.
Shampoo Survey Scam – “You Wont Use Head and Shoulder Shampoo Again”By Brett M. Christensen On March 8, 2017
In Facebook Scams, Scams. Tagged Facebook, scam, survey scam
Outline:Facebook message featuring a video teaser image depicting a strange growth on a person’s shoulder claims that the growth was caused by using a type of shampoo. The message advises users to click a link and watch the “most shocking video ever seen” to learn more.Brief Analysis:The message is a scam designed to trick you into spamming your Facebook friends and participating in bogus online surveys. The claim that the supposed growth was caused by shampoo is a lie. Nor is it any sort of “government warning” as claimed in some versions of the scam. The fake image uses a manipulated picture of a lotus seedpod and is similar to a long running hoax that supposedly depicts a breast rash that harboured live larvae. Do not click any links in this scam message.
Example:Shampoo Survey Scam
Example:GOVERNMENT WARNING: You Will Never Use This Bath Shampoo After Viewing This!You must watch this video to save yourself and your family from this diseaseShampoo Warning Facebook ScamDetailed Analysis:A post currently being distributed on Facebook claims that you won’t use Head and Shoulder shampoo ever again after you click to see the video. An earlier version purports to be a ‘Government Warning’ and claims that a type of ‘bath shampoo’ is causing a disease that you and your family need to know about.The post features an image of a strange growth on a person’s shoulder. The message advises you to click the image to view a video with more information.However, the claims in the message are lies. It is certainly not any type of government warning. The ‘bath shampoo’ disease depicted in the image does not exist and there is no video. The teaser image of the shoulder growth is the result of digital manipulation.
If you click on the image in the post, you will be taken to a fake Facebook Page that supposedly hosts the video. But, when you attempt to play the video, a pop-up message will advise that you must first share the Page as a means of proving that you are the owner of the Facebook account.But, even if you dutifully share the scam page with all of your Facebook friends as instructed, you will still not get to see the promised video. Instead, you will be taken to a fake YouTube page that once again appears to host the video.But, another pop-up message will inform you that, before you can view the footage, you must first participate in an online survey, ostensibly to ‘verify your age’.
The message contains a list of links to various surveys.However, even after completing several surveys, you will still not get to see the video, which never existed to begin with.The surveys will try to get you to provide your personal information and enter your mobile phone number, supposedly to go in the draw for various prizes. But, by submitting your mobile number, you will actually be subscribing to an absurdly expensive SMS ‘service’ that will be charged at several dollars per text message. And, the details you provide may be shared with other Internet marketing groups and you may subsequently be inundated with unwanted phone calls, emails and junk mail.
Meanwhile, the scammer responsible for the fake message will earn money via an affiliate marketing system each time a victim participates in a survey.The bogus image used in the scam message appears to have been created by taking a photograph of a lotus seedpod and digitally combining it with a photograph of a person’s shoulder.The image is strongly reminiscent of a long-running hoax image that supposedly depicts a larvae infested rash on a woman’s breast. The breast rash image was also created using a picture of a lotus seedpod.
‘Shocking video’ scams like this one are now very common on Facebook. Be wary of any message that claims that you can view ‘shocking video’ or ‘breaking news video’ by clicking a teaser image or link.
If you do click on one of these messages, and subsequent pages claim that you must share the information and/or participate in surveys before you can view the footage, do not proceed.
Be careful not to take the paracetamol that comes written P / 500. It is a new, very white and shiny paracetamol, doctors prove to contain “Machupo” virus, considered one of the most dangerous viruses in the world. And with high mortality rate. Please share this message, for all people and family. And save life from them ….. I’ve done my part, now it’s your turn … remember that God helps those who help.
This “urgent” message, which is circulating rapidly via social media, warns you not to take a new “very white and shiny” type of paracetamol tablets that are labelled “P/500 “. Supposedly, doctors have found that this type of paracetamol contains the “Machupo” virus. According to the message, Machupo is one of the most dangerous viruses in…
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Islington Council are sending out warnings of scam phone calls being sent out claiming to be able to obtain large savings on your council tax.
To obtain this ‘service’ you must send them an ‘administrational’ charge, and they will send you the details.
You have probably guessed the rest – The callers are fake, you will lose your ‘administration’ charge, and you will receive nothing in return except a hole in your spending money.
If you receive a call out of the blue offering you a reduction on your council tax it may not be all it seems.
Local residents have reported to Islington council that they have been contacted by a company claiming to be able to refund substantial sums of money on their behalf. The criminals say that the council tax banding for your property may be incorrect and that you can pay them a £65 “administration fee” to claim the money back. Needless to say, the refund never turns up and the fee is lost.
Elderly residents may be the main targets for this scam and it has been the subject of complaints nationwide.
Look out for the following to ensure you are “scam aware”:
If you think you have been a victim of a fraud by a company claiming to be able to get compensation or a rebate on your behalf then report it to: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/claims-management-regulator
If you think your Council Tax band is wrong, you can appeal it at: https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals/challenge-your-band
Residents affected by this issue should report it to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0345 6040506 or see the website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer
Urgent attention should be given to warnings being passed on from Lidl customers of two men in Lidl car parks asking women to “Smell this new Perfume”.
One sniff of this will put the victim unconcious immediately, leaving them vulnerable to theft of their money, keys, purse, car, not to think of anything else more violent.
It would appear that these criminals are operating from between two cars in Lidl car parks.
Although these thieves seem to be operating from Lidl car parks so far, it is likely that they will start to use the car parks to other stores, so unaccompanied women or those with young children, you should always be on guard if asked by anyone if you would like to smell their new perfume. Specially if you are in a car park.
Also see ‘Ether threat’
For further warning on this matter, click this link.