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Online car-buying scam

23rd November 2010

Car-checking company HPI is warning those thinking of buying a used car to look out for a scam.

This particular scam begins with an advert on a website or motor magazine, where an English seller is trying to sell a top-of-the-range car at a knock-down price. The seller usually says he is abroad in a country like Spain or Portugal, and needs to sell the car quickly. They tell victims they are unable to see the car as it’s already with a shipping company.

Three in five shoppers at risk of fraud

18th November 2010

Poor personal security habits, such as sharing PINs and card details, are putting 57% of people at risk of fraud according to Visa Europe.

As the Christmas shopping period approaches, Visa Europe is warning people to be vigilant to avoid becoming a victim.

The research found that the top five most common practice that put people at risk of fraud when shopping online and on the high street include:

Buy tickets safely

17th November 2010

A website is aiming to help people avoid ticket scams and ticket touts by listing information about companies and websites selling tickets.  

TicketSafe has a ‘Red List’ of websites they suggest you think twice about before buying tickets, and a ‘Green List’ of websites they can recommend. Users are also able to enter in the url of the website they’re think of buying tickets from to see if it’s legitimate or not. Finally, users can add their feedback and experiences of companies they have used to buy tickets from.

Fakes Fund Crime

16th November 2010

The charity Crimestoppers is reminding everyone that buying fake products helps fund serious organised crime and puts people at risk of identity theft.

Many people do not realise that by buying fakes, consumers are helping to fund criminals who are sometimes involved in other crimes including drugs, people trafficking, prostitution, guns and money laundering.

Get Safe Online Week

12th November 2010

During Get Safe Online Week, web users are being warned about various online threats, including organised criminal gangs tricking them into downloading malicious software.

Free airline tickets?

11th November 2010

Facebook users are being warned not to fall for offers of free plane tickets on the social networking website.

Scammers are posting messages on Facebook advertising free JetBlue Airways or free Delta airline tickets. If you do click on the link offering these tickets, you are taken to a page that says you need to ‘connect’ in order to receive them. You are then asked to give permission to the third-party application to grant access to your profile.

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.