Over the past few months I have recieved a number of emails that look like they are from a legitimate UK company, claiming that I have an overdue / outstanding Invoice to pay.
The email looks very legitimate as not only does it have a email signature from a real company but also includes a footer note that suggests the email has been scanned by an antivirus program and that it is certified "clean".
Unsuspecting recipients will try and open the attached "invoice" only to then infect their computer with a virus.
If you reciveve one of these emails – delete it and dont panic. Providing you dont open the attachment, your computer is safe.
However, if you end up finding that these spammers/scammers have used your email address to send fake emails – you will probably find out when you start getting bounce back emails and emails from people telling you they dont owe you money! (like I did yesterday)
There is a 95% certainty that they have "spoofed" your email address (setting you as the sender) and have NOT hacked your email or computer.
(Having said that its always worth getting your PC / Email account checked just-in-case)
If it helps, you can ask your email provider (usually your web designer or web hosting company) to setup something called a SPF record, this will help stop people (scammers) from spoofing your email in future.
Whilst we at Adscams are always on the lookout for charity advertising scams, we also keep and eye out for other scams.
Last week I had a phone call from a company who asked if I was interested in “Fine Wine Investing”. Firstly investing isn’t high on my priorities list right now and as I am not a drinker, investing in Wine was not of interest to me.
I politely said “no thanks” to the sales guy on the phone and I was then asked “why?” – ahh Mr wont take a polite no thanks, I bet he went to sales school.
I explained my lack of desire to invest in anything at the moment and my dislike of Alcohol and he then quoted an article in “The Times” as recommending a fine wine investment. This perked my attention somewhat – I recall last year receiving a very similar phone call from a company trying to get me to invest in “Land”. – I still said no thanks.
He then continued his ploy to get me interested by using NLP techniques and trying to convince me I was not doing myself any favours by not investing. – Wont they learn – the more you push me the less likely I will do any business. In the end I said NO and he hung up.
Knowing a friend who does like his wine and keeps a special fridge to store his favourites I thought I would seek his expertise. He kindly forwarded me this cut out from the Sunday Times:
Recommended Book: Wine Investment for Portfolio Diversification: How Collecting Fine Wines Can Yield Greater Returns Than Stocks and Bonds