Phone and web scams

Nelson Mail - - Opinion -

Re. the scammed cou­ple’s warn­ings (Nel­son Mail, Jan­uary 11) – I also have had three of these calls in the past 24 hours, claim­ing to be from Spark. It is rel­a­tively easy to iden­tify them as scams.

1. There is a de­lay be­fore the caller re­sponds af­ter you say hello.

2. The caller speaks with a very Asian or for­eign ac­cent.

3. The call seems to be very dis­tant, as if he (usu­ally a male) is a long way away – maybe on a smart­phone.

The best re­sponse is to just hang up. Don’t en­gage in a con­ver­sa­tion, or they will think you are ‘‘hooked’’ and will come back to you.

I get the impression that most peo­ple who are tar­geted are se­niors, like me. Nel­son Se­nior Net is a good source of in­for­ma­tion about this and other in­ter­net is­sues. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found on its web­site.

Barry Doig Stoke, Jan­uary 11

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