Last week I was nearly fooled by scammers. I always thought I was pretty careful and couldn’t never be tricked but this time they nearly got me.
When I was on a day off from work, I was contacted via email (on my phone) from a work colleague requesting I purchase 5 x $200 Apple Gift Cards.
He requested that once I purchased the vouchers I send through the codes as he needed to use them soon. I did think this was an odd request, as it was something he could do himself faster.
I decided to contact him to check the amount was 5 x $200 and not 5 x $20. My work colleague promptly phoned me stating he had no recollection of an email exchange between us!. I then clicked on the actual name and it was not my colleague’s email address but some other address I had never heard of.
Needless to say, I did not go and buy the gift cards. I did however contact the scammer telling him I had purchased the cards. He very quickly replied and asked me to disclose the codes. I told him to get lost (or words to that effect!).
This is just one of many scams around, so just be careful!
This article appeared in our February 2022 newsletter. Author: Chris Mason