Someone in the village has fallen for a scam having received an email from someone else in the village.

By replying to the email, the recipient is unknowingly directed to a third party who then asks you to buy gift cards from Google, Amazon, Apple etc. They then ask for the number and the code and take the money. They may come back and try again. 

Here's a link from Which on what to do if you have been scammed:

https://conversation.which.co.uk/scams/amazon-hacked-email-gift-car...

And some golden rules from Google

https://support.google.com/faqs/answer/2952493?hl=en

If it looks odd then it probably is odd. If someone is asking for money don't divulge credit card or bank card details. Is the language on the email the sort of words they would use? Check with the person and ask yourself would they ask me to do this?

Geoff

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