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Cambridgeshire Email Hoax / Telephone DOS Attack Dec. 5th, 2003 03:03 pm
My colleague has recently received the following email. Naturally enough he's slightly worried that he appears to have been charged 400 quid for something he didn't order, so he phoned the number therein.

That number is for Cambs Police. The mail is a hoax, designed to jam the police switchboard.
Cambs readers may wish to share this data and reduce hassle for the police:

From: UKCards
Reply To: UKCards
Sent: Friday, December 5, 2003 14:18 PM
To: name removed
Subject: Transaction Receipt (UKCards)


Please note: All charges to your statement
will appear in the name "UKCARDS LIMITED".

Order Information
Amount: £399.95
Currency: GBP
Description: iPod Music Player 40GB

Customer Service
Telephone: 01480 456111
Email: N/A

Delivery Address
47 Silver Street, London, NW1 5TR

If you have any questions on the delivery
of this order or product details please contact
the merchant directly using the above details.

From: dennyd
Date: December 5th, 2003 - 07:21 am (Link)
I got one of those this morning. I googled the phone number though, so no switchboard jamming foolishness for me. I really wish people would use google more often when they receive such odd emails - especially technical staff - they're almost invariably hoaxes and it would save a lot of hassle.
From: wechsler
Date: December 5th, 2003 - 07:27 am (Link)
Hrm - wouldn't have thought to google for the phone number, to tell the truth.
(no subject) - (Anonymous)
From: wechsler
Date: December 5th, 2003 - 07:44 am (Link)
Actually I tend to assume that those are all advertising scams, on the basis that anyone knowing me well enough* to fancy me would know how much I *loathe* that sort of system.

*but not well enough not to, obviously
(no subject) - (Anonymous)
From: wechsler
Date: December 5th, 2003 - 09:01 am (Link)
Nah, it's an unrelated addy, or I'd have wiped it.