RSSAll Entries Tagged With: "scam"

Neep of the week

Neep of the week

Some people need saving from themselves. I’m thinking of Mr McArthur Wheeler, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who demanded money with menaces from one of his local savings banks. The staff were puzzled that, unlike most bank robbers, Mr Wheeler had made no attempt to disguise himself. He simply strode into the bank in full view of […]

Another scam to clean you out

Another scam to clean you out

This is one of those tales that lurches from unfortunate coincidence to financial panic, and I hope it provides some of you with plenty of advance notice. Another financial scam is doing the rounds and someone I know was the latest target. A couple of evenings ago, my mother mentioned that she appeared to have […]

When thieves spoil it for everyone

When thieves spoil it for everyone

Sometimes you just shake your head. Not far from where I live, there was a wonderful little shed which sold the best of free-range eggs fresh every morning. You had to be quick because the shed’s reputation was such that if you weren’t there before 10am everyone else in the area had swooped already. The family behind […]

Doric defeats cold-call scams

Doric defeats cold-call scams

If you are pestered by cold-callers, who always seem to pick teatime to phone, you should join the Telephone Preference Service. This is a free service that removes your phone number from the calling lists of UK-based sales companies. It becomes effective roughly a month after you sign up. Any company which calls you without […]

Four annoying things about charities

Four annoying things about charities

I know before I start that this view won’t be popular, but I think charities are now on the verge of harassment in the way they collect funds. I say this because we are having to console a widow who has just turned 80 and who, among her birthday cards, found a congratulations letter from […]

Outfoxing the advert scams

Outfoxing the advert scams

You might have noticed in the news the kerfuffle about an English “inventor” having sold bomb-detecting devices to a number of governments and airport-security services around the world, principally in the Middle East. It turned out that the devices had been based on golf-ball detectors from the US and, depending on whose advice you took, […]

Computer scams : update

Computer scams : update

On February 28, I mentioned that unsolicited phone calls from operators with poor and heavily accented English who offered to help you solve computer problems were scams designed to milk your credit card of as much money as they could steal before you noticed. Now I have an update to this story to lift your […]

There's something wrong with your computer

There’s something wrong with your computer

Have you had a phone call lately from someone with a marginal grasp of English who is most concerned about problems you appear to be having with your computer? Usually this is an offer to sort out difficulties you are having with Microsoft products on your machine. For a fee, the caller offers (a) to […]

  • Categories
  • Comments Policy

    We welcome your comments. All are moderated, so will not appear instantly.
    We will process them as quickly and moderate as lightly as we can.
    Comments may be edited. They will be rejected if they contain:

    • Profanity
    • Offensive remarks
    • Libellous text
    • Personal remarks
    • Commercial promo

    Let's keep it pleasant and friendly for all of us. Thank you.

    Elaine
    Webmaster. Strawberry Glen Web Services.