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More companies fall victim to fraud

27th May 2010

The number of companies falling victim to fraud has increased from 10% to 21% in the last two years in Western Europe.

Fraud targeting companies can come from both external fraudsters and staff employed by the company committing fraud.

Ernst & Young’s 11th Global Fraud Survey explains how businesses have coped with increasing fraud and corruption risks during the financial crisis.

Anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures needed

Card fraud fears abroad

27th May 2010

A third of Britons are more worried about being victims of card fraud while they are abroad than when they are in the UK.

The survey by YouGov found that 37% of people said they were more concerned about financial crime when abroad.

Taking risks abroad

Online threats revealed by McAfee

24th May 2010

Security company McAfee has revealed that the most common security threats online come from USB worms and password-stealing Trojans.

USB worms are spread via USB drives and can infect a computer as soon as the USB is inserted into the machine. It can also send copies of itself to other computers on a network.

As well as infections originating from portable storage devices, the other most widespread security issues come from password-stealing Trojans.

Silver Surfers’ Day

21st May 2010

The biggest ever Silver Surfers’ Day will help more older people get online and reap the benefits of the internet.

The day will see 1,500 hands-on events across the UK exclusively for older people. The events are suitable for total novices, providing older people with a gentle introduction to using a computer and a taste of what getting online has to offer.

Learning computer skills

Boiler room share warning - list of targets seized

19th May 2010

More than 38,000 people from across the UK are being warned that they could be the target of share fraud after a master list used by boiler room fraudsters was recovered.

Share fraudsters, commonly known as boiler rooms, usually contact people by telephone and use high pressure sales tactics to con investors into buying non-tradable, overpriced or even non-existent shares. These fraudsters are unauthorised, often overseas-based companies with fake UK addresses and phone lines that are routed abroad.


Beware of car fraud

17th May 2010

Car Crime Awareness Week (17-23 May 2010) aims to warn people how to avoid becoming a victim of this organised crime.  

The awareness week organisers are issuing some important advice to help people protect themselves.

Volcanic ash scam

11th May 2010

An email claiming to be from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is offering compensation to people who were delayed because of volcanic ash. The CAA are not offering compensation and this email is a scam. 


We would urge you not to respond to it. The fraudsters may ask for your personal details or an initial fee to allow you to get the compensation.  If you have lost money or would like advice, please contact us by calling 0300 123 2040.