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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

there's a new scam going around

There's a new mail scam going around. In your mail box, regular mail, NOT email, you get a very real looking travel brochure from a place in Malaysia, saying they're celebrating their 12th anniversary, so they've sent out prize winning scratch cards.

If you win, the scammers will ask for a "tax" payment of several thousand dollars before they can release your money to you. 

My daughter K received one of these brochures in the post today and has asked me to warn all of you.

Here is an image from the website www.scam-detector.com  showing what some of these brochures might look like:

If you have neighbours who are elderly or perhaps not on the internet to read this warning, please let them know.

 I'm personally planning on printing a hundred or so warnings and dropping them in my neighbours mailboxes.

**Edit: the scammers may also ask you for a copy of your passport for authentication and for bank account details.
Be aware! Do not send any details! 

12 comments:

  1. It is difficult that people would fall for this type of scam and yet many do each year and lose money.
    Unfortunately my printer is on the blink but I will pass this on if I happen to see any neighbours which is unlikely. They keep very much to themselves.
    I wonder if this scam should be reported to the Postal people of perhaps the police?

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  2. Mimsie; thanks for volunteering to pass this on where you can. Perhaps if you told someone well known for gossiping, word would get around. I don't know that reporting it would help much, apparently many people have already received this scam brochure, it isn't as new as we thought.

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  3. These types of scams just never seem to end. I think it is a great service when people pass the information along to warn others.

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    1. Cheryl; they never will end and they getting more clever. As long as there are gullible people who aren't aware enough, the scammers will survive and thrive.

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  4. Reminds me of the Nigerian prince scam!!

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    1. fishducky; is he still around? He must be getting a bit long in the tooth by now.

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  5. Sigh. They are everywhere aren't they?

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    1. Elephant's Child; absolutely everywhere. Apparently this scam has torn through Australia and is now spreading to other countries. Well, according to the scam-detector website.

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  6. Always good to warn people so we are aware.
    Merle.................

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    1. Merle; I'm pleased to help out in this matter.

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  7. It would immediately end up in my trash bin where such stuff ends up always. I have no desire to go to Malayasi,or anywhere else to be honest; but thanks, River. :)

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    1. Lee; I knew you wouldn't get fooled, but still, be careful. The scammers items are looking more and more legitimate and genuine.

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