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New UK passport design unveiled in fight against fraud

25th August 2010

UK passports have been redesigned to help fight identity theft and fraud.

The Home Office says enhanced security features include hiding the security chip from view, and a personal details section that features holograms.

The personal details move from the back to the second page, and a photograph of the owner now appears twice. The passports will be issued from October.

Dyno-Rod bogus caller scam warning

24th August 2010

Police and Dyno-Rod have issued a warning following suspected bogus caller incidents in the last few weeks.

The scam came to light after a number of householders contacted Dyno-Rod to say that they had received a visit from someone claiming to be a Dyno-Rod engineer, who quoted very high costs for simple jobs.

How to recognise genuine Dyno-Rod engineers

Phishing email – Garden Court Chambers

24th August 2010

Members of the public are being emailed by fraudsters pretending to be from Garden Court Chambers, asking for personal or bank details.

The latest versions of these fraudulent emails include rubber ink stamps and seals which look official. The fraudsters may even use email addresses using names of Garden Court barristers.

Don’t respond to bogus emails

Car crash scam hotspots revealed

24th August 2010

The top twenty hotspots for ‘Crash for cash’, where fraudsters try to make other vehicles crash into their car deliberately so they can make insurance claims, has been published.

‘Crash for cash’ is when fraudsters drive to busy road junctions and then perform unexpected, unnecessary and dangerous emergency stops designed to cause innocent members of the public to crash into them. Claims are made to the innocent motorist’s insurer, often including several accounts of fictitious injuries from members of the criminal gang.

Bank customers targeted by fraudsters

23rd August 2010

Fraudsters are using the name of an Isle of Man bank to commit advance fee fraud or to commit identity theft, according to the Financial Supervision Commission.

The fraudsters are pretending to be from Fairbairn Private Bank in the bogus emails. The emails use an email address that is different from the layout of emails the legitimate bank uses, and includes a link to a bogus Fairbairn Private Bank website.

Don’t fall victim to a Fairbairn Private Bank scam

Fraudsters scam gap year parents

23rd August 2010

The parents of those away on gap years are being warned to watch out for a scam where hackers log-in to their child’s emails and send desperate emails asking for money.

The parents are led to believe that their son or daughter is being detained in jail for a crime they didn’t commit. They are told that if money is wired over to them, they will be released.

Be wary of strange emails

Credit card fraudsters target small businesses

20th August 2010

More small businesses are calling a helpline about payment processing fraud, because they are not using sufficient security to spot fraudsters.

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) says that business owners have little or no experience in the contractual processes that can be involved in taking card payments online.

Increasing security measures can prevent fraud

V Festival ticket scams – beware

20th August 2010

Police are warning festival goers to watch out for those selling unofficial tickets for the V Festival this weekend.

Some customers have reported ticket scams after buying tickets from unofficial websites. They have spent hundreds of pounds on tickets, to find that the tickets never arrived and the website they booked through no longer exists.

Don’t buy unverified tickets