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Opinion: Scams seem so obvious...until you fall for one

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ANOTHER day, another text about a parcel I haven't ordered, with a payment demand for re-delivery. Or an ‘HMRC’ email about a random tax rebate. Or a voicemail message demanding my National Insurance number for a fraud investigation.

Scammers it seems are having a ball right now; preying on folk at home waiting on deliveries of online orders. And when you buy from a shop, you don’t always know which courier is going to deliver, so it’s rich pickings for fraudsters.

We’ve all had the emails from that Nigerian prince who needs just £3,000 from you to help free his father from wrongful imprisonment (and in return he’ll transfer you a slice of his multi-million pound family fortune once it’s out of the vault) and we’ve scoffed at those who fall for such nonsense. Then there are the online dating scams, when people of a certain age are foolish enough to believe........

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