internet scams

  Doug29 10:44 12 Jan 2005

I am currently selling a car. Somebody has tried to scam me for my bank details so that they can "wire transfer money straight into my account." Is there organisation to report these scams to? I would be grateful for any advice so that somebody less aware doesn't get caught out. Thank you.

  JaßîsFaß ˜ 12:01 12 Jan 2005

Are you sure it is a scam and not an honest request for the person to be able to pay the money direct to your account instead of having to wait for a cheque to clear.

I often pay amounts to other peoples bank account instead of giving over cash or cheques. By giving your sort code and account number you are not giving access for them to your account/money.

  Doug29 13:34 12 Jan 2005

The e-mail is in pidgin English. The sender has used two different names on correspondance. He cannot view the car because he is out of the country but his shipping agent will handle the transaction. He hasn't replied to a request for contact details. He is going to buy the car on the strength of a photograph. The car is worth £43000. Would you do that? Sounds suspect to me.

I have read about similar scams, often originating in Nigeria. Not hard to set up with a e-mail address.

  spuds 13:56 12 Jan 2005

click here

Report it to your local trading standards, they may pass the information onto other relevant parties. Its happening all the time now, and the methods do vary as each possible scam is uncovered.

  JaßîsFaß ˜ 16:36 12 Jan 2005

OK, perhaps had you mentioned some of those facts I would have understood why you felt it was more likely to be a scam. Certainly does seem a bit iffy.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 16:53 12 Jan 2005
  bremner 18:35 12 Jan 2005

The Met Police Computer Crime Unit deal with reports of internet fraud click here

  Doug29 19:30 12 Jan 2005

After checking out the Met Police Computer Crime Unit link they are only interested in racist material, child porn and dodgy porn, if UK based. No crime has been committed to me YET. I have reported it to the senders ISP ( was wondering if someone more knowledgable than me on the subject knew if any further action could be taken to prevent this happening to someone else, even if it is just temporary by closing down the e-mail address or something.

  spuds 22:45 12 Jan 2005

No point in talking about closing down email addresses, as the people who run these type of scams usually have very high knowledge banking transfer procedures and how the internet works.Close one email address down and twenty more become available.

Most of it is attached to big crime, and not the little chap sitting in front of a living room computer.Best to forget about the whole thing, and thank your lucky stars that you didn't fall for it.It just ain't going to go away overnight.Similar to spam really, you are either going to subscribe to it or you are not, depending on the mood at the time.

  jerichobob 22:56 12 Jan 2005

It might sound like spamming but let all your friends and relatives know, your workmates, and anyone else that you can. The more people that know of the possibility of these things the less that are likely to get caught out. Unfortunately these people prey on greed and that's why they make the huge sums of money that they do. People can be so gullible at times that it seems all to easy to milk them for every penny that they have. BBC's Watchdog shows cases similar to this all the time and the people that have been caught out are always 'amazed' that it was a scam. Why? If it sounds too good to be true then it is.

  Forum Editor 00:26 13 Jan 2005

as you put it? No crime has been committed, and in fact you have no evidence whatsoever that any crime would be committed.

You have a suspicion certainly, but that's an entirely different thing. There's absolutely no reason why you should be concerned about handing over your bank details - account holder's name, account number, and sort code - to anyone at all; you do it every time you send someone a cheque. Possession of this information doesn't enable anyone to have any kind of access to your money, so please try to relax about this.

My advice is not to waste any further time worrying - if you're uneasy just forget it and move on.

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