Small businesses should be on the lookout for a new type of scam which involves overseas “investors” tricking victims into laundering money, warns the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team.
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Action Fraud is warning people of a new trend that has hit the UK where fraudsters contact victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and trick them into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards.
Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have purchased tickets from a seller on Facebook and never received them.
In a recent report run by Action Fraud and the City of London Police, it has been found that Banking Malware accounts for 41 percent of recorded malware infections* in the UK.
Collaboration between the National Terrorist Financial Intelligence Unit (NTFIU) and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) leads to eight men being jailed for a total of 34 years for defrauding elderly people out of approximately £1 million.
Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from an online hacking group.
Action Fraud has received a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.
A new trend is targeting members of the public who are seeking to sell their wine investment. Fraudsters agree to purchase the victims wine, but instead transfer the stock into their own account without paying the victim. The fraudulently obtained wine is then believed to be sold on to other, unsuspecting victims.