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Have yourself a scam-free little Christmas now...

Byline: DENIS KILCOMMONS Wry look at life from our man in Honley ... email him at

I'VE issued enough warnings about internet, email and messaging scams over the years but this is the first time I'm having to warn anybody about myself. Or at least someone purporting to be me.

Long-time friend Carron received a message that was apparently from me saying I had been taken into Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with Covid-19 and needed PS500.

If I had Covid, the last thing I would be thinking of would be money.

I would be in the hands of the NHS which remains the finest free health service in the world.

Carron immediately responded asking if Sarah was all right.

Yes, came the reply, Sarah was fine. Which confirmed what Carron thought in the first place that this was an attempted scam. There is no Sarah among family and friends.

The stranded traveller was a similar fake plea for help a few years ago when I had three emails claiming people I knew were stuck abroad and needed cash sending.

This seems similar, is equally bizarre and attempts to take advantage of Covid fears. Carron spotted it straight away but it's worth the warning.

Of course, if anyone wants to send me PS500, it would be churlish to refuse. Just don't send it to a scammer or give them any personal or bank details.


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Author:DENIS KILCOMMONS Wry look at life from our man in Honley ... email him at
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2020
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