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Don’t pay for Skype upgrade – It’s a scam

14th September 2010

Internet users are being warned to watch out for a scam that charges money for what appears to be an upgrade of Skype.

Fraudsters are advertising a paid-for Skype service and taking the money from victims. Users are being warned that there is no upgrade that they have to pay for – this is a scam. Skype is free to download and the internet-based voice-calling system allows people to make phone calls to other Skype users for free.

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Beware of roofing scammers

13th September 2010

Police are warning residents to be aware of bogus callers insisting on an upfront payment for roof repairs that never materialise.

Men claiming to be from a roofing company have been telling homeowners that their roofs need repairing and ask for an upfront payment for materials. Once they have received payment, they leave and do not return. One resident lost several thousand pounds to the fraudsters, who have been targeting vulnerable and older people in particular.

Evict Rogue Landlords

13th September 2010

The charity Shelter has revealed that a million Britons may have fallen victim to scams involving a private tenancy or landlord in the last three years.

In a YouGov survey, 2% said they had fallen victim to such a scam and 4% knew someone else who this had happened to. The survey coincides with Shelter’s new campaign called ‘Evict Rogue Landlords’ to raise awareness of rogue landlords and con artists.

Fraudsters are behind some of the rent scams that Shelter is highlighting, including:

MCO Capital Limited

10th September 2010

If you’ve received a letter from MCO Capital Limited asking you to repay a loan you haven’t taken out, you need to take action. [Updated: 19 November 2010]

If you have received one of these letters, do not pay any money but DO NOT IGNORE IT. It may affect your credit rating and you may find bailiffs on your doorstep if you do not take action. 

Dubai-based fraudsters target businesses

10th September 2010

Police are advising businesses to be vigilant when receiving orders for products via their online ordering systems.

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FRAUD ALERT - Identity theft in your area

9th September 2010

Action Fraud is urging people not to ignore letters for items or services they haven’t taken out.

There has recently been an increase of reports from people receiving letters for a loan that needs to be repaid – the loan is in fact taken out by a fraudster who has stolen the victim’s identity. 

Identity theft is a serious crime.  If people ignore letters about goods or services they haven’t requested they could end up in debt, with bailiffs on their doorstep and a poor credit rating. 

iPhone scams on Apple’s new social network

9th September 2010

Scammers and spammers have attacked Ping – the new musical social network created by Apple – with fraudulent messages.

Ping was launched this week and is said to be a cross between Facebook and Twitter, allowing the 160million iTunes users to build networks of friends and musicians, as well as read comments left by other fans.

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Students warned over scam emails

8th September 2010

Students are being urged to watch out for scam emails that are in circulation, falsely claiming to be from Student Finance England, the online service for the Student Loans Company.

This latest scam email has the subject title ‘Urgent Verify Payment Details’ and asks for personal information including an account number/roll number and sort code. It also asks people to click on a link that looks like it goes to a secure, Directgov page, but actually goes to an alternative, fraudulent website.