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Charisma
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Posted: 8/25/2004 11:04:48 AM     Post subject: off-topic: something for nothing? -I doubt it.  

Some of you here seem quite knowledgable, so maybe you could help me with my little dilemma...

Over the past month I have received three letters saying that I would be entered for a prize draw, that I had won, and then that I had to claim the money. I never entered a prize draw, I don't know how these people even know my address and I have never heard of a company called 'Hospital Plan Insurance Services.

If it IS a card fraud scam, where they get you to send them your card number and signature, then its very well done. Apparently, if I send them the letter back TODAY, I can double the money I've already won (they won't state how much), to up to 60,000.

In the envelope I got today, they are a few leaflets with peoples' photos on holding up their winning cheques and quotes from them saying "I never thought I'd win, I'm glad I did it" etc.

There's even a FAQ leaflet for sceptical people like me. Questions like "How do I know you'll send the cash prize?" are answered with "we put everything in writing so you can be sure we'll keep our word"

Here are some others they've anserwed:

Are there any catches?

"...Even the bank details required are simply those you give every time you write a cheque-you are covered by the direct debit Guarantee shown on your Prize Claim form. If you do not have a Bank or Building Society account, a friend or relative can enter their bank details."

How come you have contacted me?

"To attract your attention to aluable protection everyone should have. we therefore co-operate with a number of reputatble firms, allowing their customers to examine our high benefit Disability Protection FREE, as well as the chance to win a Cash Prize."

So what do you people think? Is this a con to get bank details?

-They even have a website
www.HPIS.co.uk
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Josh Z.
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Posted: 8/25/2004 11:15:32 AM     Post subject:  

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&safe=off&c2coff=1&q=%22hospital+plan+insurance+services%22+scam&btnG=Search

or in other words, yes it's a scam.
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Charisma
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Posted: 8/25/2004 11:41:17 AM     Post subject:  

ahh, I reached that page the same at the same time I saw your reply here. It seems alot of people have ran to message boards about it. I can see how alot of old ladies would fall for it straight away and if there was any way for me to stop this scam I would. *contacts Watchdog*
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Paul
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Posted: 8/25/2004 12:14:39 PM     Post subject:  

If it seems too good to be true, it usually is. The BBC had this article on scams a while back, as well as this hilarious article on counter-scamming.
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Charisma
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Posted: 8/25/2004 12:22:42 PM     Post subject:  

I did a bit more searching and found two people on separate message boards who did send away their account details to receive 5.

But then how is this 'company' benefiting by giving away even 5? Maybe they use your account details for online purchasing later on when you least expect it. I dont even own a debit card or cheque book, and even though my mum's probably has nothing in it, they may take something later.

I guess noones reported them because they give you 5.
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ZenZhu
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Posted: 8/25/2004 2:21:32 PM     Post subject:  

If you're interested in getting into real estate, I have a bridge you might be interested in.
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