Mike worked for Barclays Bank for 28 years of which 18 years were spent overseas in six different countries.
He ran Barclays Mortgage business in UK in the 1990’s and then became Director of Direct channels setting up Barclays on-line banking service and centralising the back office for the UK Bank.
In 2001 Mike became a founder shareholder and Director of the Move Factory a centralised conveyancing business trading as MyHomeMove which is now the largest transactional business in the country.
From 2000 Jayne ran her own beauty therapy business until 2009 when she began working in a hotel as head house keeper.
Jayne joined Thornby Associates in October 2011 and is the main contact for NADC enquiries.
Jayne is also a Director of Thornby Developments. Jayne’s main hobby is playing golf, she was the Lady Captain for 2014/15 at Cold Ashby Golf Club.
So, you’re spending a bit more time at home due to the lockdown, well done, you are doing the right thing, saving the world from your sofa! Meanwhile, other people realise this and think they might have a slightly captive audience for less than scrupulous scam tactics. Don’t be surprised if your phone rings a bit a more with unsolicited attempts to gain your business. You’ll notice a bit more email traffic on a similar vein.
Because we value our members’ security and have your best interests at heart, we thought it was a good time to highlight some of scams, tricks and generally dodgy behaviour you might come up against.
Please also remember if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Also, give yourself 24-hours before you make any decision and do lots of research before you part with your hard-earned cash. Hey, you’ve got loads of time.
You need to be thinking that any email you receive could be suspicious. It is difficult, the writer has had experience of emails purporting to be from delivery companies with a link to the tracking number. It looked so legitimate that I nearly clicked on the link before realising that I hadn’t actually ordered anything recently. Another really common one is they type of email that looks like it came from someone you know’s email address. When you click on the link it gathers all your contacts and sends the same email to all of them from your email address.
Be very paranoid, it might save you a lot of money.
Tech Support Scams
Often cold callers, commonly from India, who have noted an issue with your PC. These but can be from anyone and are very common and widespread these days. Scammers use various social engineering techniques to trick potential victims into giving their sensitive information. Even worst, they try to convince potential victims to pay for unnecessary technical support services. These tech “experts” pretend to know everything about your computer, how it got hacked and many other details that help them gain your trust and convince victims to fall prey for their scams. Quite often they’ll direct you to your own Windows system information and persuade you that what you are seeing is evidence of tampering (when it’s not) and try to get some fixing and maintenance money from you. Often, they’ll want to charge a lot but drop their price dramatically and that’s a good sign that they are con artists. You can tell them to piss off at this point as this is complete nonsense.
With the term Search Engine Optimization (SEO) being widely used, many self-titled “SEO Experts” have popped up, making unrealistic promises and offering guaranteed rankings. Nowadays, you can’t go more than a few hours without receiving some spam email about Search Engine Optimization, or a cold call from an “SEO guru” who can make all your Internet Marketing dreams come true. The best defense against SEO scams is becoming more educate about the subject.
So just be mindful of what you are clicking on. Carefully research any claims made. Fine tune your bullshit detector and take your time, there’s really no rush.
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