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Holiday scams: Online holiday bargains could be bogus

7th July 2010

Almost one in three people who book holidays online do not confirm that the travel provider is legitimate, according to Get Safe Online.


Web users who book holidays online are being warned to follow precautions when booking their getaway. Research also shows that many holiday-makers are unaware of some of the most common holiday scams. The results show that 67% of people say they’ve never heard of holiday rental scams, 68% responded in the same way to the idea of bogus holiday sites, with 81% unfamiliar with ‘gap-year’ fraud.


MoneySavingExpert gives identity fraud protection advice

2nd July 2010

MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis is giving advice about identity fraud on his website, including information about fraud cover available on different credit cards.

The MoneySavingExpert website explains what identity fraud is and answers some of the most commonly asked questions about identity fraud, identity fraud insurance and what protection is included with some major credit cards.

MoneySavingExpert’s identity fraud prevention tips:

More than 40% of parents commit car insurance fraud

29th June 2010

Research has revealed that 41% of parents are claiming to be the main driver on a car insurance policy which is actually for one of their children.

This practice is fraud, known as motor insurance ‘fronting’.

It occurs when a higher risk driver, such as a younger driver, is added as a named driver to a car insurance policy, when they are in fact the main driver or owner of the vehicle. 

Consequences of fronting

One online fraud victim every seven seconds

28th June 2010

Web users are being warned to protect themselves against online fraud after a new report revealed that someone falls victim to cyber-fraud every seven seconds in the UK.

Life assistance company CPP estimates that Brits were targeted by 3.7billion phishing emails in the last year alone. A quarter went on to fall victim to e-fraudsters, with the average victim losing more than £285 each.

Fake banking emails

Beware of tabnapping

25th June 2010

Computer experts are warning internet users about tabnapping – a new type of phishing that fraudsters are using to get people’s personal information.

All major browsers that use tabbed-browsing on Windows and MAC OS X are vulnerable to the attack.

How does tabnapping work?

Money muling rises

24th June 2010

New figures have revealed that the fraudulent use of bank accounts has risen. Money muling can occur when criminal gangs, often disguised as ‘online merchants’ or those offering a genuine-sounding job or business opportunity, target individuals to launder the proceeds of their crimes.

There have been almost 16,000 instances of the fraudulent use of bank accounts during the first five months of 2010, according to CIFAS, the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service.

What is money muling?

Fake Olympic ticket websites

23rd June 2010

Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games are not yet on sale. Beware of fake Olympic ticket websites.


Fraudsters are attempting to con sports enthusiasts out of money by offering tickets for the 2012 Olympics. These tickets do not exist and any company or website claiming that you can buy or reserve tickets now is fake. Tickets will go on sale in 2011 and will only be available via official London 2012 channels.


Official Olympic ticketing information


NHS fraud - what does it mean?

21st June 2010

The NHS is running a Fraud Awareness Month throughout June to help people identify NHS fraud and subsequently report it.

There are many types of NHS fraud and it may be committed by patients, health professionals, NHS managers and staff or contractors and suppliers to the NHS.

Types of NHS fraud

Committed by patients:
Patient fraud could include patients who claim for free or reduced cost treatment and services when they are not entitled to it, or using aliases to get prescription drugs.