Beware Boiler Room scammers

Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by Tribalclass, Jul 11, 2012.

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  1. A quick heads up.

    I left the service last month and am eagerly awaiting 36 years worth of gratuity wad. Perhaps coincidentally, but hopefully not as the result of an information leak, I have been contacted by one of these boiler room scam outfits. Luckily, having been around for more than a dog watch, I did not fall for it.


    Call on the mobile [Blocked number] - "Hallo [my forename], I'm Peter and I am calling you on behalf of [garbled and unmemorable] brokers and would like to discuss an exciting offer with you. Before I go on can I just verify that you are [my full name], home adress [my correct address], phone number [the one he is calling me on] and email address [correct email address]?

    Me - how did you get these details?

    Sheister - It's from a third party. You did consent to be contacted by other businesses

    He then launches in to his shpiel.

    I shan't go through the whole thing, but they are very well trained and know exactly what psychological buttons to press, mostly bigging you up as a smart person who is savvy with money and can spot a good opportunity when you see it, lots of chummy banter.

    Long story short - a polite decline is the best way of dealing with them. Also, whenever I give my details to a legitimate web-based outfit for something one-off, e.g. hotel wifi, I give a made-up but valid email address which is not mine.

    Weather eye out, chaps.
  2. For one moment I thought this was a thread about water tending.
  3. ...and I have nothing against Stokers!
  4. I was just about to bring down my fanny of stovies so you could insert your steam pipe.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012
  5. Try telling them your from the FSA and thank them for the call which shall be passed on to your fraud department - Worked for me!:thumleft:
  6. You would have to be quick, I was already in the air lock with a couple of pairs of ovies to boil up....
  7. As someone who used to be in the Financial Services industry, I can say you did the right thing, Tribalclass...... or can I call you Tri ?
    If, however, you'd like some ideas on where to invest your wad, I have a friend who used to be a bank manager in Reykjavik, and currently managing a fund of Greek smaller companies equities. It's a ground floor opportunity which could yield spectacular results.......interested ?
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