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The aliases of a man fed up with calls for PPI claims

Richard Barr: Hoisted by his own petard in the fight against scammers

18 August 2015

Day and night we are assaulted by people, begging us to make a claim for mis-sold PPI insurance, asking us to allow them to clear all our debts, and pay us compensation for accidents we have never had.

Equally, we are emailed with spurious invoices from innocuous-sounding companies, or payment notifications from unknown organisations, luring us to click on the link and allow nasty viruses to invade our computers.

My brother-in-law had a minor scrape in his car. Almost immediately he was bombarded by people wanting to negotiate compensation for his ‘injury’. When he told them he had not been hurt, they refused to take no for an answer.

Only 20 years ago these threats and scams were virtually non-existent. I remember a minor excitement in the office one day, when a garage proprietor brought in an email he had received from a deposed African government officer offering to share his huge fortune, so long as he allowed it to remain in the client’...

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