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    • brianqq
    • By brianqq 6th Oct 17, 2:15 PM
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    Reporting scams
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    • 6th Oct 17, 2:15 PM
    Reporting scams 6th Oct 17 at 2:15 PM
    In search of a place to rent, I came across some old-fashioned scams in ads by landlords; asking for a deposit before viewing. It is so ridiculous as I never thought someone might be fooled by this evident scam, but as they are trying it, it should actually work.

    Then, I thought it could be helpful to others if I report them (e.g., email, phone number, bank account, etc.) to the cyber crime police. Of course, they cannot be prosecuted for attempted scams, but it might help the police database?

    What do you think? Should I simply ignore it? Is it useless for police (probably one out of millions of attempts)?

    I try to be a good citizen but not too naive
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    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 6th Oct 17, 2:19 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 2:19 PM
    Forget about it, it's literally ordering back the tide....
    • scorpio_biker
    • By scorpio_biker 6th Oct 17, 2:44 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 2:44 PM
    I'd probably go with reporting it to ActionFraud. Even if nothing get's done about it at least you've done something.
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    • theartfullodger
    • By theartfullodger 6th Oct 17, 4:30 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 4:30 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 4:30 PM
    Whilst it sounds like a scam there is nothing necessarily (depending on terms) wrong or unlawful in requiring a deposit before viewing. But I'd never do so as a landlord & wouldn't accept it as a tenant.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 6th Oct 17, 6:48 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 6:48 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 6:48 PM
    Like you, I believe in reporting illegal activity, scams etc.

    But I have to admit to recent disilusionment:

    Periodically there are spam posts on the forum blatantly advertising fake IDs (passports, driving licences etc) and even forged money offered at advantageous rates.

    I recently tried to report one, which even advertised contact details:

    * rang 101, where nice Thames Valley Police person transferred my call to Action Fraud
    * after waiting 20 minutes, Action Fraud answered, and told me this was a matter for the National Crime Agency
    * No phone number, but I found an email and sent email to NCA
    * they responded by advising me to call my local police on 101

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