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BBC Crimewatch look at romance fraud

18th June 2010

Crimewatch follow detectives from the Serious Organised Crime Agency to show how they tracked down the Ghanaian fraudster behind an internet and postal romance scam which conned hundreds of people out of thousands of pounds.

Romance frauds often target people online and can communicate for months to build up trust before asking for money.  If you have handed over money to someone you haven’t met for something such as flights or medical bills you may have been a victim.

People in debt conned out of cash in fake loan scam

18th June 2010

National charity Citizens Advice is warning people to beware of companies offering fake loans for a fee. The companies often prey on people who are already in debt and desperate for a way out.


Global day of action to beat scammers

1st June 2010

Millions of Britons are being targeted by organised criminal gangs using the latest mass marketing techniques to defraud them of an estimated £3.5 billion a year. That's the warning today as organisations across the world join together in a global day of action and awareness to fight back against the criminals behind the scams.

You can read more about mass marketing fraud on our website.

Scam ticket warning

28th May 2010

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning people about scam tickets being sold for major events, such as the World Cup and music festivals.


One in twelve British ticket buyers falls victim to scam ticket websites, where tickets either do not arrive or are fake. The average loss per person is £80.


World Cup and music festival scams


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.