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Breakthrough Breast Cancer fraudulent clothing collection

19th August 2010

The charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer is warning people that fraudulent leaflets are being distributed, requesting donations of clothes and household goods to raise money for the charity.

A number of residents have reported that they have received leaflets from Clothman Ltd that claim a donation of £100 will be made to Breakthrough Breast Cancer for every tonne of clothes collected. The leaflets feature a pink ribbon symbol and Breakthrough’s registered charity number.

Watch out for scams that use Microsoft’s name

19th August 2010

From bogus ‘Microsoft Tech Support’ phone calls to fraudsters asking for credit card information to ‘validate your copy of Windows’, there are a number of Microsoft scams you need to look out for.

Fraudsters often use the names of well-known companies to commit their crime, as it makes their communication with you seem more legitimate. This is why it’s important to think twice before giving out any personal information.

Don’t fall for BT scams

18th August 2010

BT is warning customers that fraudsters are once again sending out phishing emails asking them to update their billing information. There are also reports of fraudsters threatening to disconnect customers after calling them about alleged unpaid bills.

Facebook ‘dislike’ button scam

17th August 2010

Facebook users are being warned about a scam offering them a chance to install a ‘dislike’ button.

Sophos is highlighting the scam to Facebook users and says it is the latest of a string of viral online survey scams. Some variations of the wording designed to tempt users to click on the link to download the ‘dislike’ button include:

“I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!”
“Get the official DISLIKE button NOW!”

Unilever Foundation is a scam

16th August 2010

Unilever is warning that fraudsters are behind a bogus charity going by the name of ‘Unilever Foundation’, which claims to be raising money for good causes.

Unilever Foundation has no links to Unilever and is using the company’s logo and brands illegally. The fraudsters are using a website and emails to take money from victims.

Don’t respond to Unilever Foundation emails

Be safe when job hunting online

13th August 2010

A recruitment website is urging job seekers to keep safe from fraudsters while looking for employment online.

Fraudsters can advertise bogus jobs on genuine recruitment websites, or set up fake recruitment websites, sometimes made to look like a genuine recruitment website or brand. has put together some advice to help keep job seekers safe online:

Warning over tax rebate phone fraud

12th August 2010

Taxpayers are being urged to be vigilant following reports that thieves are making phone calls pretending to be the taxman.

The fraudsters tell victims that they are due a tax rebate, and ask for their bank card details over the phone. They go on to attempt to take money from the victim’s bank account.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) says that victims risk have their bank accounts emptied and their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.

Tax phishing emails

FRAUD ALERT - Loan repayment fraud in your area

11th August 2010

Action Fraud is urging people to be aware of a new type of fraud targeting people who may have taken out loans. 

The fraudsters – often from a company with a similar name to an existing loan company – are sending out letters claiming the recipient has missed a repayment deadline and now owe the original debt plus more money.

This is a serious crime targeting areas where a number of people are already in debt.  Victims have sent the requested money to the fraudsters and then found they still owe the original company.