Watch out for the WhatsApp Scam

Wednesday 24th April 2019

WhatsApp is notoriously difficult to hack, but somehow scammers have found a new way to gain access to the texting apps end-to-end encryption.
The Telecommunications Authority has issued an advisory on Twitter for WhatsApp users and warned that they should not reply to code verification messages unless it is triggered by the subscriber. Many WhatsApp […]

EuroMillions Winners targeted by scammers

Thursday 11th April 2019

Scammers posing as EuroMillions winners Fred and Lesley Higgins have been offering victims a share of their jackpot. The couple were horrified to learn that they were being used as pawns by fraudsters after they won £58 million. The scammers have been sending emails to people across the UK claiming they have been […]

Fraudsters Steal £140,000 life savings

Tuesday 9th April 2019

A victim help centre in North Wales, say record number of over 70’s are being targeted by scammers, and one victim has had £140,000 life savings stolen.
The North Wales Victim Help Centre, which offers advice to people who have been victims of online and telephone scams, say that there were 34,500 cases […]

Two men arrested over courier fraud

Friday 22nd February 2019

Two men have been arrested over a series of nine frauds across Reading and Wokingham.
The incidents all took place between 18 January and 4 February and resulted in jewellery and large sums of money being stolen from elderly and vulnerable victims.
The frauds were committed by the men claiming to be a Detective […]

Heart Broken and Broke

Friday 15th February 2019

Police in Ireland have issued a warning after a woman handed over €48,000 to a fraudster. According to police, the woman was showered with gifts over a 13 month period, before he asked her to invest in his business.
The fraudster invested a considerable amount of time and effort in his victim. Over […]

Fraudsters Target The Most Vulnerable

Thursday 17th January 2019

Research carried out by Action Fraud and the National Intelligence Bureau has revealed that those suffering from mental health issues, an impairment and social issues or with a disability, are more likely to be susceptible to certain types of fraud. And most worryingly, the two organisations believe that fraud amongst vulnerable people […]

Economy Energy Stops trading, leaving customers in the lurch

Tuesday 8th January 2019

An energy company based in the West Midlands has been banned from taking on any new customers. Citizens Advice and the Energy Ombudsman contacted the energy regulator Ofgem after receiving numerous complaints from the company’s 240,000 customers, and an investigation began into the company.
Ofgem launched their investigation and have described the company […]

Scammers Target Netflix Accounts

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Netflix are warning customers to be vigilant after millions of users are targeted by scammers. The problem has become so bad the US government has issued an official warning about the highly convincing emails asking them to update their payment details, and a version of this scam is seeing users in the […]

Beware of Online Marketplace’s This Christmas

Wednesday 19th December 2018

Citizens’ Advice is warning buyers to beware, as thousands of people are reporting being ripped-off whilst using online marketplaces. Citizens’ Advice received  more than 13,000 complaints about problems with online marketplaces. According to the report, 76% of adults in the UK use online marketplaces. An online marketplace is a website, or app, […]

Warning Over Mexican Timeshare Scam

Tuesday 4th December 2018

The Better Business Bureau, the USA’s version of Action Fraud, has been warning consumers that a group claiming to be a Nashville based realty company are scamming victims out of tens of thousands of dollars, in exchange for bogus timeshare resale services.
The Better Business Bureau has received serious customer complaints that allege […]