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Study reveals most likely scam victims

10th November 2010

Women aged 25-34 are the most likely to fall victim to online scams, according to research from Knowthenet.

To help people protect themselves online, security experts conducted an experiment which measured the ability of more than 2,000 people to spot and respond appropriately to seven online scam scenarios. The scams included scenarios such as identifying fake social networking pages, and testing how internet users respond to competition scams or the sale of counterfeit goods online.

Safe Christmas shopping checklist

9th November 2010

As Christmas shoppers are looking set to spend more online this year, the banking industry is urging people to follow their guidelines to make sure they shop safely.

More than 32million of us have shopped online in the last year. The ‘Be Card Smart’ campaign aims to raise awareness about a simple checklist that shoppers should follow.

Be Card Smart security tips:

Mac computer owners need anti-virus protection

8th November 2010

Owners of Apple Mac computers are being warned that they need anti-virus protection to help them fight online threats.

Some Mac users believe that anti-virus protection is not necessary, but according to Sophos, there are a number of threats to Mac computers.

Online threats to Macs

Beware of Hajj fraud

5th November 2010

The Muslim community is being warned to watch out for fraudsters who steal hundreds of thousands of pounds from pilgrims travelling to Mecca.

The scammers pose as legitimate travel operators who offer discounts of up to 50% off the usual price to make pilgrimages to Mecca. Shortly before departure, the tour operator closes and leaves victims both without the tour and with no refund.

Hajj fraud victims lose thousands

Beware of ‘rogue pavers’

4th November 2010

Residents are being warned about ‘rogue pavers’ following a series of complaints to Trading Standards.

People who have used some driveway repair companies have been left with faults, unfinished work and unreasonable charges.

Trading Standards is warning people to watch out for tradesmen who:

Who blocked you on Facebook?

3rd November 2010

Scammers are taking advantage of Facebook users who want to know who has blocked them or removed them from their list of friends.

If you click to add the third-party application called ‘Who doesn’t like me’, scammers can gain access to information on your Facebook profile. Users are then asked to complete surveys, which earn scammers money. Applications such as these often spread the rogue messages tempting more people to click on the link via victims’ profiles.

iPhone 4 auction scam warning

2nd November 2010

Police are urging members of the public to be vigilant when using online auction sites to buy goods online.

The warning follows the theft of thousands of pounds worth of iPhone 4 handsets from Vodafone, that were later sold on eBay. The iPhones have been recovered from across the country.

Police are warning that anyone found to be in possession of a stolen iPhone could be liable for arrest and prosecution for possession of stolen goods.

Apple iPhone 4 on eBay

Take That ticket scam warning

1st November 2010

Take That fans are being warned about fake websites selling counterfeit tickets for Take That’s ‘Progress Live’ tour.

It’s been reported that fraudsters could make millions out of selling bogus tickets to desperate fans.

Fake websites take payment for the non-existent tickets. The websites then close down and disappear, leaving fans without any tickets whatsoever.

Spot fake websites