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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SCAM ALERT: VIRGIN MEDIA

Criminals will often use the publicity around events such as the Virgin Media situation as a chance to pose as a genuine organisation, as well as 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. Fraudulent emails, phone … Continued

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SCAM ALERT: FLYBE CESSATION OF TRADING

Criminals will often use the publicity around events such as the cessation of trading of Flybe as a chance to pose as a genuine organisation, including banks, police officers, retailers and travel companies. Often the criminal will pretend to be from the impacted company or claim they are dealing with an issue resulting from the … Continued

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SCAM ALERT: CORONAVIRUS

Criminals will likely use the publicity around Coronavirus as a chance to pose as a genuine organisation, including banks, police officers, government, the World Health Organisation or other health service providers. Often the criminal will pretend to offer help and guidance, or claim they are dealing with an issue as a result. Fraudulent emails, phone … Continued

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OVER HALF OF THOSE LOOKING FOR LOVE ONLINE VULNERABLE TO ROMANCE SCAMS

The latest survey commissioned by UK Finance shows: Over a quarter (27 per cent) of people who use online dating services admitted they were ‘catfished’ in the last 12 months, a scam where someone using online dating services adopts a fake persona or picture. One in five (21 per cent) of people using online dating services say … Continued

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SCAM ALERT: TRAVELEX CYBER INCIDENT

Criminals may try to exploit the Travelex situation as a cover story to scam you out of your money. Criminals will try to trick people into revealing personal or financial information, which they then use for fraudulent purposes. Customers should be vigilant and follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign. Always … Continued

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