The City of London Police is warning about the growing problem of criminals using the reputation of prominent people to give investments credibility. Sir Richard Branson has spoken out after growing increasingly frustrated by fraudsters claiming that he, or his companies, are involved or invested in them.
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There have been confirmed reports that the NHS and other organisations globally have been hit by ransomware.
Victims of Hajj fraud experienced a total loss of £35,278 with seven reports of Hajj fraud made to Action Fraud in 2016.
Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, has released a new report called ‘Fraudscape’ which details the fraud trends they have discovered from over 325,000 fraud cases recorded by them in 2016. The data has been reported to them by over 387 organisations, including major UK brands.
The average amount lost per person to holiday fraud last year was approximately £1,200.
Fraudsters are stealing large sums of money from victim’s bank accounts by taking control of their mobile phones and intercepting calls/texts messages sent by banks.
Fraudsters need just three pieces of personal information to steal your identity, most of which can be found on your Facebook profile.
Wonga has confirmed a data breach where up to 250,000 accounts have been compromised.