90-year-old woman issues warning after spotting scam

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A 90-year-old woman is warning people not to become victims after uncovering a prize draw scam.

The woman, from Colchester, received a letter claiming she had won one of 6,000 cash prizes, ranging from £25 to £20,000.

It said all she had to do was to ring a premium-rate number and listen out for her ID code to find out how much she had won and how to claim it.

She suspected the letter was a scam, and after proving her theory she reported it to Essex Trading Standards.

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5:15am Wed 28 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

there is another scam worse than this in the area, involving former shareholders of international power shares. the people selling the scam claim they come form Geneva, using a London redirect phone number. they tell you on the phone that you shareholders were led into a ruse of mis selling shares and that you are owed £3,000 in extra value post sale dividends. they get you to agree and act for you on your behalf then they take your national insurance number from you and other details, telling you there is nothing to pay and that they only need the details for third party security. three days later a manager from there funding section asks for a cheque for £3,000 stating that you committed to the purchase of shares on the phone using their broking agent service. they then start getting heavy with you and threaten debt recovery action. they make the carrot juicy by stating the shares have jumped in price in a week and state you need to hang on to them for 12 months to see real growth. my 84 year old mother in law some a little long in her years was rather distraught and worried about the £3,000 and the threats. i got involved and reported matters to the F.C.A. in London, investigators took over the case and the details and we heard nothing more of the threats. be warned the section manger of this so called company offering the shares, is extremely convincing and very pushy.
AVPG:
there is another scam worse than this in the area, involving former shareholders of international power shares. the people selling the scam claim they come form Geneva, using a London redirect phone number. they tell you on the phone that you shareholders were led into a ruse of mis selling shares and that you are owed £3,000 in extra value post sale dividends. they get you to agree and act for you on your behalf then they take your national insurance number from you and other details, telling you there is nothing to pay and that they only need the details for third party security. three days later a manager from there funding section asks for a cheque for £3,000 stating that you committed to the purchase of shares on the phone using their broking agent service. they then start getting heavy with you and threaten debt recovery action. they make the carrot juicy by stating the shares have jumped in price in a week and state you need to hang on to them for 12 months to see real growth. my 84 year old mother in law some a little long in her years was rather distraught and worried about the £3,000 and the threats. i got involved and reported matters to the F.C.A. in London, investigators took over the case and the details and we heard nothing more of the threats. be warned the section manger of this so called company offering the shares, is extremely convincing and very pushy. AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
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11:28am Wed 28 May 14

romantic says...

Sadly, there are loads of scams out there, often deliberately aimed at older people, who tend to be more trusting and less aware of such scams.

Prize draws such as this one, e-mails saying you've won a lottery, e-mails supposedly from banks, Amazon, E-Bay, the taxman. The Nigerian fax scam has been around for years and astonishingly still manages to lure in victims.

Most of the work-from-home offers promising big rewards are scams. The shares calls highlighted by AVPG are common still, as are calls apparently from the Police or banks saying your card is implicated in identity theft.

You've really got to be suspicious of almost any unsolicited call, e-mail or too good to be true offer. There are regular stories of people being scammed, but I'm sure many more are too embarrassed to come forward. It's good to keep updated on scams, as they are evolving all the time.
Sadly, there are loads of scams out there, often deliberately aimed at older people, who tend to be more trusting and less aware of such scams. Prize draws such as this one, e-mails saying you've won a lottery, e-mails supposedly from banks, Amazon, E-Bay, the taxman. The Nigerian fax scam has been around for years and astonishingly still manages to lure in victims. Most of the work-from-home offers promising big rewards are scams. The shares calls highlighted by AVPG are common still, as are calls apparently from the Police or banks saying your card is implicated in identity theft. You've really got to be suspicious of almost any unsolicited call, e-mail or too good to be true offer. There are regular stories of people being scammed, but I'm sure many more are too embarrassed to come forward. It's good to keep updated on scams, as they are evolving all the time. romantic
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8:57am Thu 29 May 14

FrankiesaysRelax! says...

Thats why I think all old people should have their phones taken off them, they just cant be trusted.
Thats why I think all old people should have their phones taken off them, they just cant be trusted. FrankiesaysRelax!
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