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I think I've done something daft.....

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Marelli Mon 21-Mar-16 23:03:20

I'd been going through my emails tonight, and saw an Argos competition. I don't do competitions, normally, and was just faffing about before I closed my laptop down.
Now - horror of horrors - I discover I've been scammed! £4.50 will be taken weekly from my provider so that I can enjoy the unbridled excitement of entering the BL..dy competition. I tried phoning the number given surprise, surprise.... no answer.
So tomorrow, at the crack of dawn I'll be heading down to the phone shop pleading for help. I think they get fed up with me there. I can almost see them ducking behind the counter whispering, "Oh no, it's that Marelli woman again, what's gone wrong this time???"
Just a wee word of warning for you all, though - just in case anyone else is caught this way angry

Annie29 Mon 21-Mar-16 23:12:47

I did the same thing for Asda, managed to cancel it ,only had to pay once.

Marelli Mon 21-Mar-16 23:14:48

How did you go about cancelling it, Annie29?

Nelliemoser Mon 21-Mar-16 23:38:44

Marrelli. I would consider that a very unfair deal. How about discussing it with trading standards? If it is not illegal and you possibly did not read it fully, but it strikes me as being very sharp practice.

Marelli Mon 21-Mar-16 23:49:29

I don't think it's actually Argos though, Nelliemoser. Once I've been to try sort out the phone provider side of things tomorrow, I'll email Argos and forward the 'competition'. hmm

obieone Tue 22-Mar-16 06:22:12

Bumping. I didnt know there were scam competitions.

Marelli Tue 22-Mar-16 06:46:54

When I reread the small-print, obieone, I saw that Germany and America seem to be the registered countries. No mention of UK.
Last year there was an advert on Facebook for Aldi, where, if you clicked 'like' you'd be entered into a Prize Draw or something like that. All that followed were loads of adverts for other companies, so although probably relatively harmless, it obviously wasn't kosher. I do have a bad feeling about this Argos one, though.

Anya Tue 22-Mar-16 06:50:32

That's handy to know. Thanks for alerting us Marelli.

I was watching Fake Britain last night and people looking for jobs are being scammed too. They apply to what they think is a genuine position, are accepted and offered the job and then asked to forward £50 for a CRB check. All fake.

cornergran Tue 22-Mar-16 07:23:59

So easy to do Marelli. Don't feel too bad. I'm sure it would be helpful if you let us know the solution, there will be one, just in case it can help others. Good luck.

f77ms Tue 22-Mar-16 07:54:09

Hopefully you will sort it out today with the Phone company .I Never click on anything which offers you something for nothing ie prize draws , vouchers, money off , they are all scams of some sort xx

Marelli Tue 22-Mar-16 08:06:15

I'll let you all know how it goes. I've messaged Argos's Facebook site to see what they say. Apparently, a reply is expected within the hour if messaged this way, so it'll likely be faster than an email reply.
DH didn't help matters by saying in a very condescending manner, "I'm surprised at you, being led-on like that" (coming from one who isn't led-on at all by telephone cold-callers, asking them to "phone back when my wife gets in...." hmm

Marelli Tue 22-Mar-16 08:14:20

Argos just got back to me, saying that they only advertise competitions, vouchers etc via their website. They advise me to contact my network provider so that the scammers can be blocked from taking money from my account.
How stupid I was not to realise that, though. confused

NfkDumpling Tue 22-Mar-16 08:34:59

The only on-line competitions I go in for now are GN ones. Am I too trusting!

Everything seems to be linked these days. I ordered some clothes from M&S and now get M&S clothes ads. We bought some furniture from Oak Furniture Land - in the shop - and now ads for their stuff pop up all over the place. It's difficult to keep anything private on line. And worrying.

NfkDumpling Tue 22-Mar-16 08:37:08

I mean, what are they doing, advertising stuff which is nothing to do with them? Surely they should take the responsibility?

thatbags Tue 22-Mar-16 08:41:33

If it's a direct debit from your bank account, marelli, you can just cancel it. You don't even have to tell the 'provider'.

annodomini Tue 22-Mar-16 10:22:36

There are so many scams around. I have twice had emails purporting to come from Virgin Media telling me my account was about to be terminated if I didn't renew it immediately. They wanted my username and password which I had no intention of giving them. I have heard no more.

Angela1961 Tue 22-Mar-16 10:50:00

It's all so easy to do whilst sat at home feeling completely relaxed and at ease. I am also very wary (and see it a lot as a few of my friends have done it ) When on Facebook and you see a post because your friend has done it. Click and say Amen to a certain photo. Whilst I'm not saying they are all a con just to get your name - sadly most are. Do we know what they will use our name or images for ?

EmilyHarburn Tue 22-Mar-16 10:52:45

I had one from I tunes saying that someone had done a $50 US order on my account and I must cancel the order and reset my password now. Fortunately it showed the last 5 numbers of a card type etc. that I do not possess. So I deleted it. I am sure they thought I would 'cancel the order' by pressing the blue writing and then resetting my pass word which would have led to all sorts of things.

Juggernaut Tue 22-Mar-16 11:25:40

The scammers usually take the money via your cellphone bill, it's devious, immoral and underhand, but apparently not illegal!
A friend of mine was caught out this way, and it cost her £9-50, but fortunately she stopped it before a second payment was taken.
Never, ever, ever give out any personal details, I know we're all aware of not giving out banking information, but you can enter a competition without ever realising it will cost you. If, when you unwittingly enter a 'scam' competition, you use your cellphone number, the charges will be claimed from your cellphone bill, and your provider will not prevent it.
You need to contact the 'scammers' which is never easy, and tell them to cancel any 'competiton entries' you have made, and remove all your details from their database.

tiggypiro Tue 22-Mar-16 11:33:24

I have received a begging letter from a charity similar to one I sent a donation to at Christmas. I had told them in no uncertain terms that I did not want contacting again so when this letter came I saw red ! I rang them up and they explained they were not the same charity I had donated to (similar name) but that the mailing would have been sent from another company. That company is Transactis Ltd and their tel no is 01244 657277. They can tell you who sold on your information in the first place - in my case it was Hotter Shoes. The last time I bought their shoes was a few years ago and they too will be getting a call from me !

HthrEdmndsn Tue 22-Mar-16 11:36:18

This type of thing has become common. I often receive emails or Facebook postings saying I have the chance to win vouchers for hundreds of pounds for Asda, Aldi, Tesco etc. They are usually soon followed fairly soon (hours or days) by a statement from the companies announcing that they are scams and nothing to do with them.

Tizliz Tue 22-Mar-16 11:49:11

If you want to enter competitions I suggest you go via a site like MSE or Loquax. They work hard to ensure that only genuine competitions are listed. Or you could enter via Facebook and you only need to give your Facebook name.

Foxyferret Tue 22-Mar-16 12:19:56

I keep getting those "you have a tax refund" emails. I phone the inland revenue and was told they NEVER email, they always write to people

Shestheone Tue 22-Mar-16 12:23:45

The best tip I was given - for emails - is to click on the 'show details' button next to the sender's name. Even if the email looks genuine, and some of them are extremely clever, the address of the sender usually gives it away.

For example, I had one from Asda, but the sender's address was [email protected]!

I check this for all emails I'm a bit dubious about.

Tizliz Tue 22-Mar-16 12:27:26

The best tip is to never click on anything in an email. Go direct to the website if you need to update something. I have found the BT ones very convincing - telling me I need to update my card details.