Attack of the clone firms: over £78 million stolen in ‘clone’ firm investment scams

New warning from Action Fraud, the City of London Police and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Number of ‘clone firm’ investment scams reported increased by 29% as UK went into first lockdown Victims scammed out of more than £45,000 each, on average 77% of investors do not know or are unsure what a ‘clone investment… Continue reading Attack of the clone firms: over £78 million stolen in ‘clone’ firm investment scams

Beware HMRC Tax Refund rebate Scam doing its rounds

  The above images show a local resident received the message on her mobile.  The screenshots have masked the links for obvious reasons, but one was passed to Bexley Watch and showed the link navigates to a ‘Deceptive site and blocked’ (red image).  The other is a mobile 07943499453 she was called from and again… Continue reading Beware HMRC Tax Refund rebate Scam doing its rounds

DVLA releases latest scam images to help keep motorists safe online

Images of the latest online scams targeting motorists have been revealed by DVLA to help drivers spot and report them quickly. The scams ask drivers to verify their driving licence details, offer vehicle tax refunds, highlight a failed vehicle tax payment and ask for bank details. For more detailed advice visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dvla-releases-latest-scam-images-to-help-keep-motorists-safe-online To report suspected… Continue reading DVLA releases latest scam images to help keep motorists safe online

How to decide if a collector or charity is (a) genuine, or (b) misleading/bogus

The first leaflet: MV Clothing Ltd is active, but does not state they are fundraising for a charity with the charity number. Possible scam as do not have sight of the reverse of leaflet to state that fact. This has been reported this to Trading Standards on their freephone number on 0808 223 1133 as a… Continue reading How to decide if a collector or charity is (a) genuine, or (b) misleading/bogus

Black Friday / Cyber Monday – Online Shopping Fraud

As it’s Black Friday weekend coming up, Action Fraud have launched their Safer online shopping campaign. Online Shopping Fraud has surged by 30% over the pandemic period and now accounts for 20% of all reported fraud! Last Christmas, over 17,400 people reported falling victim to online shopping fraud with losses totalling £13.5m. As we near… Continue reading Black Friday / Cyber Monday – Online Shopping Fraud

Bitcoin Scam Text

  I received this Bitcoin Scam Text today 24 November 2020. It is obviously a screenshot to avoid clicking on the link. It shows the urgency to respond to click on it so that the hacker can obtain by phishing your personal details to obtain your finance. It takes you to a fake Bitcoin related… Continue reading Bitcoin Scam Text

Warning over M&S giveaway scam that steals your bank details

DON’T BE FOOLED:Currently, there are also scam emails circulating, purporting to come from Mark’s and Spencer’s, claiming that their boss Steve Rowe, had launched a prize draw to give customers a £35 gift card to celebrate M & S’s 135th Birthday.  You are told to click on a link then enter your details including your bank… Continue reading Warning over M&S giveaway scam that steals your bank details