I had an e-mail an hour ago, purporting to come from Curry's - PC
World, The Five Swans, 14 St. Mary's Place, Newcastle upon Tyne,
thanking me for my order, payment status: unclaimed. There were
instructions on how to cancel the order before it gets fulfilled, by
logging into my Paypal account etc.
I haven't ordered anything from Curry's - PC World for ages, let alone
in the last couple of hours. There is no Curry's PC World in St Mary's
Place, the Five Swans is a pub, and the message came from Currys
firstname.lastname@example.org whoever or wherever that is.
I assume this is a scam - it was certainly quite convincing, well laid
out with an order number, order ID, and an authorisation code. I have
no intention of responding. There was a similar scam doing the rounds
a year or so ago - is this the same one or something new?
Without knowing the details of last years scam, there's no reason to
think this is any different. According to Google the scam reported
on, on Oct 4th 2019 was itself a revival. CurrysPC World are an ideal
retailer for this sort of thing, as they sell sufficiently high value
The email will look authentic because at some point in their miserable
lives one of these low-lifes will actually have bought something from
Currys; although doubtless using a stolen credit card to pay for it.
There's very little possibility of anything turning up IMO for two reasons
a) The scammers would need to pay for it first, as Currys don't provide
goods on credit
b) It's doubtful the scammers would have the OP's postal address to get
something delivered. (That would be identity theft of an entirely different
order) They just buy up bulk email addresses on the cheap, and can make
enough money from those. At least so they hope. Indeed, using a pub
address smacks of rank amateurs to me. It's almost the sort of thing
you used to see get advertised in the classified section of "Viz".
They are getting much better-looking.
IIRC the car tax one looked quite good, and for one owner in 12 it will
even turn up in the right month.
I'd love to think an upside of them would be to encourage people to
fact-check politicians and social media better. But I fear that is a
Can you still pay for 6 months tax? That would make it one in six for
It's a while since I last paid it myself (Lou did it the last time
couple of times and before that it was a company van).
Oops managed to delete your later post.
Re the Krogers, I said that *they* spied on Los Alamos.
Turns out it was the wife rather than the husband
In 1941, Cohen married Lona, a Communist Party activist. She later
became a spy and courier for Manhattan Project physicist Theodore Hall.
They were part of a ring of atomic spies who were later revealed to have
been far more damaging to US interests than the Rosenberg ring.
in message >
Indeed. But Hall was never caught i.e. never confessed to anything during
routine FBI interviews, and he was an American anyway, So even if he had
been caught, this would have had no bearing on the UK being excluded
from joint atomic research. Conversely had the code breakers got lucky
in 1945 and that's all it would have needed, and partially decrypted
something seemingly pointing to Fuchs a former German now UK
citizen, and Bill Skardon got working on him, convincing him he
may as well confess as they already knew all about his activities
then the Rosenbergs would have been fried seven years earlier and the
UK would have definitely been excluded from atomic research
As I pointed out before, US Congressman said they would never have
passed the Act in that form had they known of UK joint participation.
But obviously the secrecy goes much deeper than that. Clearly the
drafters of the Bill didn't know and quite possibly even Truman himself
didn't know of the contribution of UK scientists to Manhatten*. As
neither did Attlee. He had no "need to know" being the operational
principal, along with the fact he was socialist in any case.
This is what makes Churchill's silence on the matter at the time
all the more damning. As he was one of the few people in possession
of *all* the relevant facts
* Obviously a few years later after the Fuchs, Nunn May, revelations
the situation was rather different.
I may have been mistaken in Citing Brownowski. While he certainly
worked on calculating optimal bombing strategies in the European
theatre, it seems Lisa Jardine's programme about her father made
no mention of Los Alamos.