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A 73-year-old grandfather was scammed out of £7,000 by a telephone scam.

Mr Smith authorised the bank transfer in good faith and he now has no idea if he will get his money back.

While unauthorised scam victims are usually refunded by their banks, most victims of APP fraud don’t get their money back as legislation means they are liable for any losses incurred if they authorise a payment themselves. More

The elaborate hi-tech sting involved using apps to clone the phone numbers so as to make calls and texts appear genuine, so duping unsuspecting targets.

The criminals were somehow even able to recount in detail recent transactions where the victim had used her card to her over the phone, which helped persuade her the call was genuine. More

Rogue Trader Scams

28th September 2018

West Midlands Police has appealed for help to find a man suspected of being part of a heartless gang that scammed pensioners out of their savings.

The force secured prison sentences against brothers Errol and Timmy Flynn, Karl Bean and Steven Craven for conning almost £60,000 out of elderly residents with a rogue trader scam that saw them pose as roofers.

The men had pulled up tiles themselves and merely painted part of the roof to make it appear they’d carried out work - with some of the paint dripping down onto guttering and window frames. More

8th October 2018

Residents are being warned to watch out for despicable rogue traders who are removing roof tiles themselves before offering to fix them for inflated prices.

Colchester’s Neighbourhood Watch scheme has issued advice after it was reported the ruthless roofing firms were operating in the Prettygate area using the underhand tactics.

The scam involves people linked to the traders intentionally loosening or removing roof tiles in the middle of the night before returning in the morning or a few days later to offer their services to fix the issue. More

Internet Scams

UK company emails being hijacked for phishing

21st September 2018

There has been a significant rise in stolen corporate email accounts that are being used in phishing attempts. This is according to a new report by security experts Barracuda.

The security firm is claiming email accounts from employees all over the UK are being stolen. Hackers would then log into these accounts remotely and, posing as the email's legitimate owner, try to 'phish' out any valuable information. More

Banks are urged to ‘step up’ as criminals steal £500m from UK customers. A total of £145 million of that was lost through authorised push payment (APP) scams, with the rest lost due to unauthorised payments, trade body UK Finance said. The most prevalent type of APP scams – accounting for almost two-thirds of reported cases in the first six months of the year – were purchase scams, where victims pay in advance for a product or service, such as a car or a holiday rental, which is not received or does not exist.

This type of fraud often takes place online, through auction websites or social media. More

A total of 1,073 people in the capital fell victim to criminals pretending to be from "tech support” attached to big firms such as Microsoft or Apple . The problem is so serious that Microsoft has seconded an employee to work with City of London police’s fraud intelligence unit to help combat the criminals.

The victims, mostly elderly, are targeted with either a phone call, an email or a pop-up message on their computer stating something is wrong with the machine or the internet connection. The message will claim to be from a group such as "Microsoft Tech Support”, or will ask for credit card information to "validate your copy of Windows”. More

A new phishing campaign is using an old trick in an effort to steal login credentials, payment details and other sensitive information from victims by claiming to offer them a tax refund which can only be claimed online. The message claims to be the UK government's tax office, HMRC, and tells potential victims that they're due a tax refund of £542.94 "directly" onto their credit card. More