WARNING: National Insurance scam leads to surge in calls to Action Fraud

UPDATE (22/03/2021): Action Fraud continues to warn the public about a National Insurance scam, after it received over 34,000 more calls last month when compared to February 2020. Victims have reported receiving an automated telephone call telling them their “National Insurance number has been compromised” and in order to fix this and get a new… Continue reading WARNING: National Insurance scam leads to surge in calls to Action Fraud

Scam alert: Dyson V10 ‘loyalty program’ email

An email purporting to be from Dyson is promising ‘prizes’ as part of a fake loyalty program. Dyson has confirmed it has nothing to do with the communication. A member of the public became suspicious when they received an email supposedly from ‘Dyson V10’ congratulating on them on their selection to ‘participate in our loyalty… Continue reading Scam alert: Dyson V10 ‘loyalty program’ email

Royal Mail scam text: ‘I lost £8,000 and my bank won’t refund me

People have reported being conned by a caller pretending to be from their bank after receiving a text purporting to be from Royal Mail that asked for their bank details. Claire had £7,762 stolen from her after being taken in by a fraudulent text pretending to be from Royal Mail.  The text urges shoppers to follow a link to… Continue reading Royal Mail scam text: ‘I lost £8,000 and my bank won’t refund me

HMCTS telephone numbers used by tax scammers

An increasing number of concerned individuals are contacting offices across HMCTS following emails or phone calls by scammers. Scammers mimic legitimate phone numbers (spoofing) and may allege that you owe HMRC money and that a warrant for your arrest has been issued. Scammers may also tell you to look up contact details for HMCTS courts and offices… Continue reading HMCTS telephone numbers used by tax scammers

ARE YOU SCAM-SAVVY?

Criminals are turning to more sophisticated ways to take your money, whether through online offers, emails or telephone calls. Can you outsmart them? Put your ability to spot a scam to the test with our quick quiz. Let’s go! (to take the Quiz) WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS LIKE THIS Beware if you receive a phone call… Continue reading ARE YOU SCAM-SAVVY?

Sextortian scams surge during pandemic

In January this year, Avast threat researchers blocked over 500,000 attack attempts from cybercriminals claiming to have recorded videos of unsuspecting victims during private moments online. These attacks, known as sextortion scams, attempt to blackmail victims by threatening to make these apparent recordings public unless a payment is made to the scammer. Avast threat labs… Continue reading Sextortian scams surge during pandemic

Staying safe from email scams

Fraudsters are constantly coming up with new ways of trying to defraud people in relation to all manner of products and services, including loans, dating, holidays, business opportunities, clairvoyants, pharmaceuticals, lottery prizes, fake COVID vaccines, even recovery of money lost to fraud and a whole lot more. Here we look into some of the different… Continue reading Staying safe from email scams