Scam Alert

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Online Scams

Christmas shoppers have been urged to be vigilant about purchasing counterfeit goods this season, with experts warning they could be funding human trafficking, drug smuggling and terrorism.

According to data from KPMG, over the past two years, 39 cases involving more than £116 million of counterfeit and pirated goods have been prosecuted in the UK. more

A post made on a Facebook page called 'Asda Stores' is encouraging users to like, share and comment "thanks" with the chance of winning the vouchers, which would surely help out many families when it comes to the big festive shop. more

Telephone Scams

Alerts have been issued by police and HM Revenue and Customs this week amid reports of phone scam calls claiming to be from HMRC and asking them to settle bills using Goggle or iTunes vouchers. more

There has been a five-fold increase in visits to a website from people seeking information about pension scams, following the launch of a joint campaign by regulators.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s ScamSmart website, which allows people to check pension opportunities they have been offered and find out more about avoiding scams, is being visited every 27 seconds typically. more

Email scams

Ecclesiastical Insurance is warning parents to be extra vigilant over the coming months as cyber criminals target parents paying school fees.

In December 2017 cyber criminals targeted parents with a series of fake emails claiming to be from schools. Criminals used phishing attacks to gain access to the school’s emails and contact lists to create fake emails targeting parents needing to pay school fees. more

4th December 2018

TSB is to help fund fraud detectives because it says there are not enough officers to investigate criminals.

The bank will give £200,000 to the Met which will be used by police in three south-east London boroughs: Lewisham, Bexley and Greenwich. more