SCAM ALERT: CONSUMERS WARNED OF ONLINE SCAMS AHEAD OF BLACK FRIDAY

With Black Friday and Christmas approaching, criminals are again stepping up their efforts to take advantage of consumers searching for bargains. Social media platforms, online market places and auction websites are increasingly used by criminals to carry out these purchase scams, where a customer pays in advantage for goods or services that are never received. … Continued

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BLOG: Bargain or a scam? Take Five

Black Friday is widely seen as a great opportunity to score deals on expensive electrical goods and designer items, or to finally purchase that expensive footwear you’ve had your eye on for a while at a discounted price. However, it is also many criminals’ favourite time of the year to trick people into purchasing things … Continued

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CONSUMERS WARNED OF ONLINE SCAMS AHEAD OF BLACK FRIDAY

With more customers likely to shop online on Black Friday due to social distancing restrictions, UK Finance urges the public to be on the lookout for online scams. Latest intelligence suggests a recent rise in purchase scams on Christmas gifts and home improvement products, as more people stay at home and shop online. Consumers should … Continued

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CRIMINALS EXPLOIT COVID-19 AS FRAUD MOVES INCREASINGLY ONLINE

Unauthorised fraud fell by eight per cent to £374.3 million in first half of 2020, as the banking industry prevented £853 million of losses. Criminals are exploiting and adapting to Covid-19 with a rise in online data harvesting and a fall in cheque and contactless card fraud. £207.8 million was lost to Authorised Push Payment (APP) … Continued

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UK FINANCE WARNS CONSUMERS TO BEWARE OF CORONAVIRUS HOLIDAY SCAMS

Consumers are being urged to be on the lookout for holiday scams including fake caravan and motorhome listings, refund offers and travel deals, as criminals take advantage of uncertainty around coronavirus travel restrictions and cancellations to target their victims and commit fraud. With many people looking to book their summer breaks when lockdown ends, the … Continued

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SCAM ALERT: EASYJET CYBER ATTACK

Criminals will often use the publicity around events such as the Easyjet cyber attack as a chance to pose as a genuine organisation, which could include the impersonating of banks and police officers. Often the criminal will pretend to be from the impacted company, or claim they are dealing with an issue as a result. … Continued

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SCAM ALERT: CRIMINALS USING COVID-19 SMISHING TEXTS TO TARGET CONSUMERS

UK Finance is warning consumers to be on the lookout for “smishing” text message scams from criminals exploiting the coronavirus outbreak. Smishing is when criminals use text messages impersonating other organisations to trick people into giving away their personal and financial information or money. These scam texts often claim to be from government departments, banks … Continued

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