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@facebook.com email address? It’s a scam

21st December 2010

Scammers are offering Facebook users the chance to have early access to a facebook.com email address. In fact, clicking on the link actually gives scammers permission to access the victim’s Facebook profile.

Bank card replacement scam

20th December 2010

Police are warning bank card users to be on their guard following reports of a number of scam phone calls.

MCO Capital Limited

17th December 2010

The City of London Police has now received more than 4,000 statements from people affected by a major loans repayment fraud against MCO Capital.

Boiler room share fraud warning

9th December 2010

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is contacting thousands of people to warn them they could become victims of share fraud, after it recovered its biggest ever ‘master list’ used by boiler room fraudsters.

Victims of land banking fraud should report to Action Fraud

3rd December 2010

City of London Police – the lead force for fraud - has arrested three men in connection with a suspected million pound fraud where plots of land were offered for investment. Anyone who has lost money to the firms involved should report it to Action Fraud.

Fake PayPal emails target Christmas shoppers

2nd December 2010

Consumers looking to do their Christmas shopping online are being warned about bogus emails pretending to be from PayPal, designed to get hold of personal information that can be used to commit fraud.

Beware of bogus charity collectors

1st December 2010

Police are warning people to watch-out for illegitimate charity collectors and to be wary about giving out personal information

Identity theft scam warnings

30th November 2010

People are being warned to be on the look-out for scams designed to trick them into divulging their personal details, following an increase in the number of complaints to Consumer Direct and Trading Standards.

In one scam, the fraudster poses as a representative of the caller’s local council. The caller asks the victims personal questions such as who their power provider is and what benefits they receive, before going on to ask for their bank account information. They can go on to use this personal information to commit fraud.

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