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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.

Pin numbers - millions at risk

6th May 2010

One in ten consumers are writing down their debit or credit card Pin or giving it to someone else, putting them at risk of losing money if their card is lost or stolen.

The research from Which? found that up to four million debit card owners and three million credit card owners either write down their Pin number or tell a friend or family member the code. A third keep their Pin number in their handbag or wallet and about another third keep a note of the code at home.

No refund for careless Pin behaviour