The world is full of crooks and gangsters trying to take your money and some of them are very good at it.
This is a true story which prompted us to include our unique scam defender assistance and when you read it, you will see why.
A retired gentleman well into his 80s told me that he had
some shares in an American company which he wanted to sell but he could not
find anyone to sell them for him and he really did not know how to set about
it. Somehow, he eventually managed to find a company in London who said they could this for him, but
first he had to register as a client. To do this he needed to buy through them
some shares in a company for £15000. This would clinch his registration.
They also promised that they would buy the shares back from
him at the same price – this was merely a device to get the account opened. He
did so and paid them the £15000. They then needed another £25000 for something
else and, in all, he paid them £60000.
Then they disappeared.
The fraud squad say they cannot be traced and the old
gentleman is now to all intents and purposes virtually bankrupt. Since writing
this original post, the wife of our gentleman has died. What can we say?
There is a very sad sequel to this account. The gentleman went downhill rather fast and has also since passed away.
Don’t let this happen
If you were asked to give your credit card number and pin over an unsolicited e-mail, would you?
Of course not!
So why hand over your money to someone who is unknown, untried and untested?
Is the following familiar to you? You call up your credit
card company to discuss some matter. The person you want is not available but
they promise he will call back. The phone rings later and a man says: "I
am from XYZ credit card. For Data Protection Act purposes, I must ask you some
security questions. What is your secret password?" And so it goes on until
you have divulged all the necessary information to persuade a credit card
company to discuss your business over the phone.
Do you know they are who they say they are? How do you know
you are not just giving away your information to a fraudster? NEVER give away
your private information, passwords, date of birth etc to someone unless you
are absolutely sure you know who they are and trust them!
We at Adrian Leopard & Company cannot tell you what may
or may not be a scam but we certainly can tell you how to take steps to protect
yourself and as soon as the first warning bells start to ring,
If you are approached with any sort of scheme or proposal
which involves you parting with money, especially up front, and you have any doubts
or reservations, run it past us first before parting with your cash. All you
have to do is to register as a client and buy a block of time for our Telephone Advice Line and get some anti-scam
advice. This could be your best scam defence!
If you have to give your credit card details by e mail, NEVER give the security code in the same e mail. Send a second one and include as little cross reference information as you possibly can. Better still, do not send it all but wait for them to telephone you and ask for it. And then only give it if you are happy they are who they say they are.
It may be the best thing you have bought!