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Simon warns of a holiday scam

By johnboy - 25 August 2008 14

Another day, another scam, this time Attorney General Simon Corbell warns that ‘Once in a Lifetime Holidays’ are letting people know they’ve ‘won’ lovely trips to Mexico and Florida and all that’s needed is a credit card number to secure the prize…

    “The representative then convinced the resident to give her credit card details to verify she held a MasterCard or Visa and told her that no one could debit money from an account without the 3-digit code on the back of the card.

    “This is clearly misleading and I urge Canberrans not to respond to offers, deals or requests for their personal details.

    “When the resident checked her credit card the following day, nearly $600 had been withdrawn from the account and when she attempted to call the number the representative had given her, it was not connected.”

Here’s a tip folks, if you didn’t enter it then you haven’t won.

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Simon warns of a holiday scam
Loquaciousness 10:37 am 26 Aug 08

CHW said :

So…. When this:

You are a winner in the Google 10th Anniversary Promotions
From: Google Online Promo ? 2008 (googlegiveawayspromo2008@mchsi.com)
Sent:Saturday, 23 August 2008 10:38:11 AM

[snip]

turned up in my Junkmail I instantly assumed it was a scam… I contacted Google via their Feedback address; haven’t heard back from them yet, either.

Anyone else got one??

Before you forward anything, or if something smells fishy … check here first. Many things might seem pretty harmless – many of them are. But even those things that are just hoaxes or fake ‘news’ stories, they clog people’s inboxes and spread misinformation.

L

Spitfire3 8:30 am 26 Aug 08

Lucky you deleted those important numbers

CHW 7:22 am 26 Aug 08

So…. When this:

You are a winner in the Google 10th Anniversary Promotions
From: Google Online Promo ? 2008 (googlegiveawayspromo2008@mchsi.com)
Sent:Saturday, 23 August 2008 10:38:11 AM

You won ?500,000.00 GBP in Google Online Give-away promotion. Contact Mr FrancisHenson with the following details below through this email:mrf.henson000@googlemail.com. YOUR WINNING DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOW:ComputerGenerated Profile Numbers (CGPN):(deleted by me),Ticketnumber:(deleted by me),Serial numbers:(deleted by me), Luckynumbers:(deleted by me)

turned up in my Junkmail I instantly assumed it was a scam… I contacted Google via their Feedback address; haven’t heard back from them yet, either.

Anyone else got one??

caf 11:58 pm 25 Aug 08

It’s actually quite easy to get your bank to do a chargeback on unauthorised credit card charges. The transaction is reversed, the bank looks into it, and if the merchant can’t produce the signed docket, no deal.

Whatsup 7:11 pm 25 Aug 08

Spitfire3 said :

Man! If even THAT effort’s not gonna work, what’s a guy gotta do to get a date?

LOL. I wouldn’t suggest asking a chick for credit card details is a good pick up line, not unless you are a male escort.

Spitfire3 5:38 pm 25 Aug 08

Man! If even THAT effort’s not gonna work, what’s a guy gotta do to get a date?

peterh 5:10 pm 25 Aug 08

Whatsup said :

They rang my place the other night.

I asked the caller where they got my details from and he said “the bank gave it to us”. I asked them “Which bank was that?” At that point they started asking if I had a credit card and I asked them what kind of fraud they were planning to commit. The caller changed tone then and started chatting me up and inviting me to go and have dinner. I politely declined their offer and hung up.

which bank, eh? must’ve been pretty young, then. best opening line ever.

Whatsup 5:05 pm 25 Aug 08

They rang my place the other night. I asked the caller where they got my details from and he said “the bank gave it to us”. I asked them “Which bank was that?” At that point they started asking if I had a credit card and I asked them what kind of fraud they were planning to commit. The caller changed tone then and started chatting me up and inviting me to go and have dinner. I politely declined their offer and hung up.

peterh 5:01 pm 25 Aug 08

what, you mean i didn’t win?? 🙂

Spitfire3 4:52 pm 25 Aug 08

A lot of people don’t quite know what that little three-digit number on the back of their credit card is for. Lack of knowledge leads to suggestibility. You’d think credit card companies, in their own interests, would do more to ensure it’s black and white for those people.

But we all know credit card companies would rather pay off the scammers than risk security paranoia in their less-well-informed customers.

Sammy 4:27 pm 25 Aug 08

Yes, economic darwinism at its finest.

Beserk Keyboard Warr 4:18 pm 25 Aug 08

A fool and his money are easily parted.

Skidbladnir 4:12 pm 25 Aug 08

If you’re putting credit card numbers directly into a POS terminal, you don’t need to use CCV number.
I thought everyone who has ever been near a POS terminal knew that.

Aurelius 4:12 pm 25 Aug 08

Is this Economic Darwinism?

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