Safe Online Christmas Shopping

This Christmas more of us than ever before will be shopping online for our presents.  Attached is a useful guide (PDF) to provide helpful tips on how to avoid being a victim of online fraud whilst online shopping.  We hope this is useful – for more useful tips on staying safe online simply visit getsafeonline.org.

Self Assessment customers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

Self Assessment customers should be alert to criminals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) (PDF). As the department issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual Self Assessment tax return push, HMRC is warning customers completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by scammers. The… Continue reading Self Assessment customers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

Warning after phone scammers pose as police

A local resident received the scam call and this is how it worked:-   “Is that Mrs. James?”   “Yes” “This is the police at Hammersmith station. Do you have a relation named Jonathon James?” “No”  We don’t have a Jonathon in our family. “Are you sure?” “Yes” “We are holding him in custody because he has… Continue reading Warning after phone scammers pose as police

“Instant bank fraud” warning spread on WhatsApp is a hoax

Please be aware there is a viral message doing its rounds that is a false scam and a hoax as follows:- “Straight from the City of London Police fraud team – Extremely sophisticated scam going about this morning. Definitely Danske bank customers but possibly all banks. You get a message saying a payment hasn’t been… Continue reading “Instant bank fraud” warning spread on WhatsApp is a hoax

Fake PayPal emails alert – (online shopping fraud)

Please find the attached alert from Action Fraud regarding a prevalent “PayPal” phishing email scam. Contents summarised as follows;  “There have been 21,349 Action Fraud reports featuring fake PayPal phishing emails recorded between January to September 2020, with a total reported loss of £7,891,077. Online marketplace sellers have received a fake email that appears to be… Continue reading Fake PayPal emails alert – (online shopping fraud)

Phoney COVID marshals targeting doorsteps

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has received reports of incidences involving people pretending to be COVID marshals and medical professionals to gain access to people’s homes. This particular version of the scam is an updated form of one witnessed during the pandemic in the summer involving fake healthcare professionals offering bogus COVID-19 tests to… Continue reading Phoney COVID marshals targeting doorsteps

Fake Amazon phishing email scam

This message was sent by a local Bexley resident to alert others. It is a screenshot so the link, the phishing scam, is hidden. Please be aware of such phishing scams or report to report@phishing.gov.uk or report it to Action Fraud.  You may also report to Amazon at stop-spoofing@amazon.co.uk. *Do not click on links or attachments in unexpected or suspicious texts… Continue reading Fake Amazon phishing email scam

All organisations are at risk from fraud – being a charity is no defence

Watchdog warns charities and the public to protect themselves against fraudsters amid pandemic 1. Be fraud aware: – All organisations are at risk from fraud – being a charity is no defence. Be vigilant – in order to fight fraud, you need to find fraud. Be sure your trustees, staff and volunteers know how to… Continue reading All organisations are at risk from fraud – being a charity is no defence