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Free iPhone scam on Facebook

7th October 2010

A new scam is tempting users to click on links on Facebook profiles to claim a free iPhone.

If users click on the link, they allow scammers access to the personal information on their profile. It also posts a message to the victim’s profile, which could be:

“Anyone want my old phone? Claimed my free iPhone today, so happy lol.. If anyone else wants one go here: [link]”


“Just testing Facebook for iPhone out :P Received my free iPhone today, so happy lol.. If anyone else wants one go here: [link]”.

Council tax refund scam

6th October 2010

Residents are being urged not to fall victim to telephone scammers who say they can get them a refund on their council tax.
The fraudsters ask for victims’ bank details in order to process the refund immediately. Councils are warning that they will not call householders to discuss council tax refunds unless the householder has specifically requested this. Anyone who has credit in their council tax account will automatically be sent a statement giving details of any credit on the account.

Beware of roadside fraud

4th October 2010

Police are warning motorists to be wary after a pair of fraudsters conned a victim out of money at the roadside.

Scam LinkedIn emails

1st October 2010

Sophos is warning LinkedIn users to watch out for bogus emails that appear to be from the social networking website encouraging them to click on reminders for outstanding requests and messages.

Lottery scam victim loses thousands

30th September 2010

Police are warning the public to watch out for a lottery scam after an elderly woman was scammed out of more than £2,000

In this instance, the victim received a letter in the post saying she had been selected at random to win a large cash prize in a foreign lottery. In order to receive her prize, she was asked to send cheques for substantial sums of money to overseas accounts in Australia and Canada.

Police are urging people not to believe letters like these, and to look out for elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours.

New fraud factsheets

29th September 2010

New factsheets helping people protect themselves from different types of fraud have been published by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA).

The factsheets cover common frauds, 12 tips to avoid being a victim, online fraud, identity fraud, payment card fraud and cheque fraud. There’s also a factsheet helping bank staff protect vulnerable customers from fraud.

British Awards Council scam

29th September 2010

Residents should watch out for a scam letter from an organisation called ‘The British Awards Council’, encouraging them to call a premium rate phone number in return for a prize.

These letters should be ignored. Scams like these tempt people into calling the premium rate phone number with the promise of a prize such as a car, holiday, digital television or a large amount of cash. Callers often end up with a high phone bill but no prize.