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Beware of social networking profile takeovers

2nd August 2010

People are being told they should be just as cautious when using social networking websites as they are when using their email accounts.

While many people are now getting savvy about restricting who can see their profiles by making them ‘private’ and only making friends with people they know, it is easy for fraudsters to take over a person’s profile and attempt to scam money out of those people a user is friends with.

Bogus messages on Facebook and Twitter

Council tax call scam

30th July 2010

Residents are being warned about phone calls that some households have received relating to council tax.


Some homeowners have been contacted from a call centre that appears to be based in India, stating that they can arrange for the refund of overpayments of council tax and they can also arrange for the homeowner's council tax band to be corrected.


Warning – Scam targets potential tenants on Gumtree

30th July 2010

A number of would-be tenants have lost money after replying to a new wave of bogus adverts for rental accommodation on the website, Gumtree.

The victims, often from overseas, reply to adverts on the website for rental properties in the UK. After emailing the ‘landlord’, tenants are asked to send money to them. Once the money has been sent, the victims try to make contact with the ‘landlord’ and collect the keys, but the ‘landlord’ is uncontactable.

Warning – MSN Money scam

28th July 2010

People are being warned that fraudsters are pretending to be from MSN Money, offering an insurance service to help with property rentals. This is a scam – do not send any money or personal information.


Fraudsters have created at least one fake email address and a fake website that looks similar to the real MSN Money website. They are using the brand name ‘MSN Money’ as a way to trick people into sending them money. Money MSN insurance or RDP service does not exist.


How the MSN Money scam works

Shield your PIN or risk criminals filming it

27th July 2010

Cash point users are being told to shield their PIN after seized criminal footage has revealed how fraudsters try to get hold of the four-digit number.

Cash point fraud happens when criminals attach a skimming device to the card entry slot. This device copies the information on the card’s magnetic stripe, while a miniature pinhole camera, which overlooks the cash point’s keypad, films the customer’s PIN as they enter it.

More bogus insurance claims than ever

27th July 2010

There were more than 2,300 fraudulent insurance claims every week last year in Britain.

Some of the most common dishonest insurance claims include bogus motor insurance claims, inflated home insurance claims and liability claims for fake personal injuries.

The 8,500 dishonest liability claims insurers came across last year include:

Warning – Fraudulent phone call in South Wales

26th July 2010

South Wales Police is urging residents to take care after an elderly lady in Pontypridd was phoned by someone claiming to be from TV Licensing.

The suspicious female caller asked for the woman’s bank details to pay for the TV licence. As she is entitled to a free licence, the woman did not give her bank details.

Police urge vigilance against fraudsters

More than £1bn fraud losses in six months

20th July 2010

New figures have found that fraud losses in the UK increased to over £1bn during the first six months of the year, which is almost the same as the whole of 2008.

These new reports come from BDO’s Fraudtrack analysis, which is based on all reported fraud cases of over £50,000.

The average value of a single fraud fitting into Fraudtrack’s criteria has increased to almost £6m, an increase from £5m the previous year.

The latest Fraudtrack analysis found that some sectors and regions were most at risk: