This time the scam is operated by humans. Using supermarket car parks, escpeciall Lidl, two men will approach a woman near her car and ready to load her shopping. They will introduce themselves as being from a well known perfume company and ask if she would like to smell their new perfume. If she agrees she will be presented with a wadge of cotton wool soaked in ether. This of course renders her unconcious in a few seconds. When she recovers she discovers her cash, credit cards and car have vanished.
Protect Yourself on email scams:
Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer some protection and avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone on: 0300 123 2040.
Beware all of you who licence yourself or your vehicle online. If you receive an email
purporting to be from the DVLA asking you to update your details as they have a database
DON'T OPEN THE LINK!
It will tell you that if you fail to do so, your license will be invalid. It will ask you for your name, address, vehicle make, along with your credit card details including your 3 digit security number.
It certainly looks genuine, and even has a real link to the DVLA website.