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iPod Email Hoax Causes Trouble for Cambridgeshire Police

by Brett M. Christensen

Back in 2003, this hoax email caused major problems for the Cambridgeshire Police Force in the UK.

The email “confirms” that the recipient’s credit card has been charged 399 pounds for the purchase of an iPod music player. The “Custom Service Telephone” number provided is, in fact, the number of the Cambridgeshire Police Force. As to be expected, the police were inundated with calls from people wishing to complain that they never ordered an iPod.
This hoax appears to be a deliberate attempt to disrupt the services of the Police force. A police spokesperson advised recipients to delete the hoax email without further action.

Example:

Subject: Transaction Receipt (UKCards)
From: “UKCards”

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

Order Information
Amount: £399.95
Currency: GBP
Merchant Name: HUNTINGDON MAIL ORDER
Description: iPod Music Player 40GB

Customer Service
Telephone: [REMOVED]
Email: N/A
Delivery Address
[REMOVED]

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

 

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

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Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer