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Spear phishing scam?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
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vkharchvkharch Forumite
38 posts
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
Hi,

I've just receive 2 suspicious emails one in my gmail Inbox another into Spam folder with similar message quoting my full name and previous address.

Dear [My Name],

Regarding the amount due 1940.89 GBP, we act on behalf of Airnesco Group in order to collect the outstanding account value of your debt.

We would like to remind you that the amount above was due for payment on 23.03.16 but as no payment has been received, your invoice is now considered as overdue. Please find a printable version of your invoice at the following link:
http://www.littlebigdev.net/index.php?e=n-7a820__________ [amended]

Original invoice will be sent out to:
[My correct name and previous address]

In order to avoid further costs, please forward the payment to us and transfer the amount due not later than 10.04.16

Yours truly,
Peter Richardson

The email was send from Peter Richardson @stuart-bathurst.org.uk which is high school domain.
Airnesco Group is manufacturer of a compressed air operated products which I've never heard of or dealt with.

The second email differ only in sender's email, company name and amount. The rest of the wording is the same.

Does anyone come across similar communication as of today there were few post with similar message on www.avforums.com
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  • welgwelg Forumite
    21 posts
    Just got, with my correct right name and postal address



    Regarding the amount due 1229.62 GBP, we act on behalf of Wallis Autogyros in order to collect the outstanding account value of your debt.

    We would like to remind you that the amount above was due for payment on 25.03.16 but as no payment has been received, your invoice is now considered as overdue. Please find a printable version of your invoice at the following link:
    [url]http://www.littlebigdev.net/index.php?vuh=mekbbc29ij2-7&ig
    [/url]
  • ColxfileColxfile Forumite
    77 posts
    Another one here. Received at 10.18 this morning:
    Dear <My Name>,

    Regarding the amount due 1979.85 GBP, we act on behalf of Cheetah Marine LLP in order to collect the outstanding account value of your debt.

    We would like to remind you that the amount above was due for payment on 28.03.16 but as no payment has been received, your invoice is now considered as overdue. Please find a printable version of your invoice at the following link:
    http://www.littlebigdev.net/index.php?poxo=<REDACTED&gt;

    Original invoice will be sent out to:
    <My Name>
    <My old address from 2 years ago>

    In order to avoid further costs, please forward the payment to us and transfer the amount due not later than 10.04.16

    Yours sincerely,
    <Person's Name>
    No previous dealings with this business, and any such would be a touch eccentric on my part: the business named in the email sells power-boats, but I live a long way from the seaside! :o
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  • vkharchvkharch Forumite
    38 posts
    Thanks for the responses, that put my mind at ease. Just reported this to http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
  • tamsletamsle Forumite
    360 posts
    I've also had one of these emails today, saying I owe nearly £2k to a company that appears to sell military equipment(!). They've quoted my old (parents') address that I haven't lived at for 10 years.

    It definitely appears to be a scam, nothing about the email is legitimate and the sender's email is linked to a charity in Scotland, not a debt collecting company.

    I will also report the email.
  • agrinnallagrinnall PPR
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    You can all waste your time reporting spam/phishing emails if you want but it's a lot easier to just delete them and get on with life. And certainly not worth reporting on here - I'd be doing it for hours every day if I did.
  • tamsletamsle Forumite
    360 posts
    I usually do delete them, as a business owner I receive them regularly each week, but when they hate using my personal details I feel it's worth reporting.
  • JJ_EganJJ_Egan Forumite
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    tamsle wrote: »
    I usually do delete them, as a business owner I receive them regularly each week, but when they hate using my personal details I feel it's worth reporting.


    They are using mine as well as yours .
  • I have had to deal with over a 100 emails because my domain name is one of those that has been used. Some of these are abusive. I am amazed that people still don't understand to just delete these - they have been around for some time. Maybe there has been an upsurge or some data has been stolen.
    A couple have phoned me and one wondered if the data could have been stolen from discogs.com as he thinks he bought a record from me via discogs. The data also seems to be fairly old - people have moved and a number of non-deliveries or forwards.
  • torbrextorbrex PPR
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    Rampant Recycler Hung up my suit! Post of the Month Xmas Saver!
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    I got one today.
    Strange how they have my full home address including postcode and sent it to my most private email address. :mad:
  • Just received this email including my home address, relieved to see all the posts of a similar nature.


    Dear James Clark,

    Regarding the amount due 387.18 GBP, we act on behalf of Vulcan Tanks Ltd in order to collect the outstanding account value of your debt.

    We would like to remind you that the amount above was due for payment on 26.03.16 but as no payment has been received, your invoice is now considered as overdue. Please find a printable version of your invoice at the following link ..................

    Original invoice will be sent out to:
    James Clark
    (Home address was typed here)

    In order to avoid further costs, please forward the payment to us and transfer the amount due not later than 14.04.16

    Kindest regards,
    Bradley Warner
    End


    Total scam, I've never heard of this company, none of the searchable information checks out. beware folks.
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