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treewind BS: UK Scam - I presume (34) RE: BS: UK Scam - I presume 14 Aug 13

Obviously if an email purports to come from your bank and there's a link to a foreign domain it's a good clue that it's not genuine.
However it's not helpful to anyone to characterise scams as originating only or mostly from any particular country. A scam is a scam, whether it's being done by your next door neighbour or someone 12000 miles away.

As for that Sky news story, it tells me a lot about Sky News's politics but nothing else meaningful.

I'm surprised at the driving license application assistance site - admittedly my only experience of the real DVLC site is for renewing my vehicle license, but it strikes me as one of the best designed and easiest to use sites around and the last place I'd need help.

I've had many emails of the genre "Help! I've been mugged in [foreign country]" typically from hotmail and yahoo email users who have had their accounts hacked. They look more credible than some because the scammers send to everyone in the account holder's address book, hence these emails invariably seem to come from someone you know.

How do their accounts get hacked?
Here's one clue: "More than 90 percent of all passwords appear on a list of the top 1,000 choices. When that list is extended to include the 10,000 most common passwords, the list represents 99.8 percent of all user passwords." source:

There's lots of other ways too, such as trojans installing keylogging software, installed by a variety of methods.

Nothing is totally secure, but a little common sense in your internet use helps a lot.

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