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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

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!”