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Latest fraud news and alerts

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Increase in the number of younger fraudsters say KPMG

According to KPMG’s latest Fraud Barometer, the number of fraud cases involving people in their late 20 – 30’s has rocketed 285% in the first half of the year,  to just over £62m [28 July 2014]

Pension scams – a lifetime’s savings lost in a moment

Victims of pension scams have warned of the devastating impact of losing thousands of pounds in retirement savings as part of a hard-hitting campaign to help tackle the problem [24 July 2014]

Two fraudsters jailed for Apple phishing scam

Two people have been jailed for a total of 14 years for their part in a phishing scam to steal more than £15,000, which was then used to bring foreign national offenders into the UK to commit crime [18 July 2014]

Alert: watch out for 'confirm your email address' LinkedIn phishing scam

Fraudsters are purporting to be from the businesses social network LinkedIn claiming your account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access; you are required to click a link to confirm your email address [17 July 2014]

Alert: New type of malware called “Cryptowall”

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received the first reports from victims of a new type of malware, known as “Cryptowall”. This is similar to older malware which can encrypt all files on infected machines [14 July 2014]

Law enforcement and industry take action against ‘Shylock’ malware

An international operation involving law enforcement agencies and private sector companies is driving down the threat from a type of malicious software used by criminals to steal from bank accounts [10 July 2014]

Fraudsters hacking into phone lines and making premium rate calls costing organisations millions

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning small to medium-sized businesses, schools, charities and medical/dental practices of PBX fraud - where fraudsters hack into phone lines and make premium rate calls costing thousands [7 July 2014]

Fraudster named “Fizzy” jailed for £30 million lottery scam

A calculating fraudster, known as ‘Fizzy’ because of his champagne-fuelled lifestyle, has been found guilty and jailed for eight years for scamming the elderly and vulnerable with a lottery fraud [4 July 2014]