Lonely people can become victims of online dating fraud, as BBC has shown on TV all this week. For anyone who is concerned about this type of fraud, here is a really useful video from the Metropolitan Police on our ‘Alerts’ page.
The Consumer Association (Which?) and Cleveland Police are warning of a new scam involving the International Postcode Lottery Association. For further details, please see our ‘Alerts’ page.
Please visit our ‘Alerts’ page for details of the latest scams relating to Brexit.
The current confusion about what is happening with the Brexit process is providing an ideal opportunity for fraudsters to try to steal individuals’ money. Make sure that you do not become a victim by reading about the latest scams:
Bogus Brexit investments
HMRC Brexit scam
European Health Insurance card (Ehic) scam
Financial services scams
In May, a new code will be launched, which will reimburse people who become victims of bank transfer scams, through no fault of their own. The code is voluntary, but several banks have already signed up.
This year, four of the largest mobile phone providers (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three) will launch a new system, which blocks scammers who attempt to send text messages, which appear to come from your bank. The Consumer Association Which? reports that ’for years, fraudsters have been spoofing bank phone numbers and scaring people with threatening text messages to call them back’. The new system will stop the spoofing of phone numbers and will help to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent text messages.
In the meantime, you can report scam and spam texts directly to your mobile phone provider by forwarding it to 7726, which is free of charge. To find out more, please see our ‘Alerts’ page
Thousands of people have notified the TV Licensing Authority about a new phishing scam. Follow their advice. Be on the alert. Don’t get caught. https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288
Be aware! Consumer Association Which? is warning that more than 1,400 people have been targeted by the latest TV Licensing refund scam emails. The e-mails take various forms, but mainly involve the use of a convincing facsimie of the TV Licensing Authority logos etc. The e-mail offers a refund for over payment or a billing error. For further details on how to spot these e-mails and what to do if you have been scammed, go to https://bit.ly/2q2Jnaz
North Yorkshire Police, are today launching their Freeze on Fraud campaign to raise awareness of online fraud and help reduce the risk of people falling victim to this ever increasing type of crime. Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing a series of short videos about fraud, featuring top tips from DI Hodgeon, Head of Fraud at NYP, and also some real life victim stories. For further details, please visit our ‘Alerts’ page.
The Consumer Association (Which?) reports that ‘in less than two weeks, we’ve recorded over £5.5m lost to bank transfer scams. Over 650 people have shared their story – with one person reported to have lost a whopping £395,000. The £5.5m is just the tip on the iceberg.
This is the harsh reality of bank transfer scams and something the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) will not be able to ignore. Banks must better protect customers who are tricked into transferring money to a fraudster’. If you would like to support Which? in trying to protect people from becoming victims, please consider signing the ‘Safeguard us from Scams’ campaign.