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  • 25 May 2024 1:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Police have warned people in Staffordshire to "stay vigilant" after receiving a "number of reports" from fraudsters pretending to be solicitors.

    The county's police force has issued advice surrounding the scam, which sees residents called by people claiming to be from a local solicitor.

    The financial fraudsters then tell those on the phone that they can get back their money for a price.

    https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/2024/05/20/warning-as-fraudsters-pretend-to-be-solicitors-in-latest-phone-scam/

  • 25 May 2024 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Barclays has launched a monthly 'Scams Bulletin' to inform consumers of emerging trends in criminal fraud tactics.

    The Bulletin monitors claims made across all Barclays personal and business current accounts, providing a single view of data and emerging trends to educate consumers on how to spot and stop scams at source, and protect their funds.

    https://www.finextra.com/newsarticle/44172/barclays-issues-monthly-scams-bulletin


  • 23 May 2024 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Britons lost more than £1bn to fraudsters last year, new figures show, as purchase scams surge to a record high and social media firms face tough questions over the high levels of fraud originating on their platforms.

    Criminals stole a total of £1.17bn through unauthorised and authorised fraud in 2023, according to data reported by members of trade body UK Finance, which include banks, card issuers and other payment firms.

    Total losses were down four per cent from the previous year, while banks prevented a further £1.25bn of unauthorised fraud through their security systems.

    https://www.cityam.com/brits-lost-more-than-1bn-to-fraudsters-last-year-as-purchase-scams-hit-record-high/


  • 14 May 2024 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    People are most likely to be scammed in the afternoon, a survey indicates. A survey of more than 3,000 people across the UK who have fallen victim to fraud in the past two years found 43% were scammed in the afternoon – making this the most likely time of day when people said they fell victim to fraud.

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/exact-time-day-most-iikely-060329302.html

  • 14 May 2024 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Virgin Media O2 has today revealed the top four scams seen on the network and is warning people to watch out for fake ‘ECO4’ energy efficiency scheme texts. It comes after detecting a significant increase in the number of these messages targeting customers.

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/virgin-media-o2-warns-millions-090053137.html

  • 12 May 2024 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Home Bargains has issued an urgent warning to all shoppers who own a Facebook profile. The budget retailer took to social media last night (May 7) to urge customers to "be aware".

    It comes as fraudsters have been using Home Bargains' name in an attempt to scam people online. The worrying trend involves fake Home Bargain accounts messaging people on Facebook, claiming they have won a competition.

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/home-bargains-issues-urgent-aware-071728540.html


  • 09 May 2024 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WhatsApp group chat members are being warned they could be targeted by criminals, as Action Fraud reveals it has received 636 reports from victims of the messaging app this year.

    The fraud often begins when a member of the group receives a WhatsApp audio call from the fraudster, pretending or claiming to be another member of the group. This is done to gain the individual’s trust, and often the scammer will use a false profile picture and/or display name, so at first glance it would appear to be a genuine member of the group.

    https://www.deeside.com/action-fraud-issue-warning-as-whatsapp-group-chats-are-targeted-by-fraudsters/


  • 09 May 2024 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The internet connects loved ones, provides useful information, enables online transactions and generally makes life more convenient – but it has also been a boon for criminals.

    Using the web, fraudsters can imitate legitimate companies, place ads for non-existent goods and services, or even pose as a friend or relative in distress, all in a bid to extract cash from their victims.

    According to data from UK Finance, 77% of authorised push payment (APP) fraud – when criminals manipulate victims into sending money under false pretences – originated online in the first half of 2023.

    https://www.forbes.com/uk/advisor/personal-finance/social-media-scams/


  • 03 May 2024 5:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) of people who had a call with MoneyHelper on its Pension Guidance helpline felt more confident in spotting and managing potential financial scams, the Money and Pensions Service (Maps) has revealed.

    Its study of those using its services found that the majority said they had to the tools with potential financial crimes and scams.

    https://www.pensionsage.com/pa/Majority-feel-more-confident-dealing-with-scams-after-call-with-Pension-Guidance-helpline.php


  • 25 Apr 2024 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I have been really busy recently, writing articles about famous people.

    I've done interviews with the likes of Zoe Ball, Jeremy Clarkson and Chris Tarrant.

    There has been a common theme to these stories, and it is all about how each celebrity made vast sums of money from an online investment opportunity in crypto currencies.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-68843985


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