New data released by Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which are both run by the City of London Police, shows that increasingly fraudsters are using phishing as a means to defraud people across the UK. Last year (January 2015 – December 2015), the fraud and cybercrime reporting centre received on average 8,000 reports per month, with 96,699 people reporting that they had received a phishing scam.
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Action Fraud has received several reports in the last 24 hours from businesses who have been sent online extortion demands from scammers threatening a cyber attack.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team have identified an increasing trend whereby people experiencing mental health issues are actively being recruited by fraudsters from within local communities to unknowingly become money mules.
Action Fraud has been receiving reports of an advanced fee fraud whereby suspects phone a member of the public and claim to be calling on behalf of the UK (or British) Government Grant Department.
A gang of fraudsters who were part of a multi-million-pound eBay scam dubbed the “Lucy network” have been jailed for a total of 18 years.
The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man in Dorset as part of an ongoing investigation into the online sale of counterfeit airbags to the public.
Online dating fraud in the UK cost victims a heart-breaking £27 million last year, according to the latest stats from the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Get Safe Online.
Today Action Fraud will be supporting Safer Internet Day- an annual event set-up by the UK Safer Internet Centre to encourage young people to use the internet safely and responsibly.