Latest scams

This section provides information on latest or emerging scams. The links will take you to websites from partners such as government and law enforcement agencies to charities and financial institutions, who are all interested in promoting consumer protection.

Latest scams including news

Focus on Money Mules

Behaviours that put you at risk of becoming a money mule

  • Responding to job adverts or social media posts that promise large amounts of money for very little work.
  • Failing to research a potential employer, particularly one based overseas, before handing over your personal or financial details to them.
  • Allowing an employer, or someone you don't know and trust, to use your bank account to transfer money.

How to protect yourself

  • No legitimate company will ever ask you to use your own bank account to transfer their money. Don't accept any job offers that ask you to do this.
  • Be especially wary of job offers from people or companies overseas as it will be harder for you to find out if they really are legitimate.
  • Never give your financial details to someone you don't know and trust.

News

Advice for Uber customers and drivers

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued advice to customers and drivers after a breach was reported to them.

It's the thought that counts: Buyers urged to think as Christmas shopping fraud reports rise

Online auction fraud accounted for 65% of reports, with victims reported losing over £16 million in total, 45% more than the year before

Fake RSPCA websites advertising premium rate numbers

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is warning the public about rogue websites advertising fake premium rate numbers for their cruelty line.

Fake modelling jobs advertised online and through social media

Action Fraud have noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.

Cifas, the UK's leading fraud prevention service, has released new figures showing that identity fraud has continued to rise at record levels in the first six months of 2017.

To look at previous scams over the past year, visit Action Frauds website and check out their news archive.

How do you use social media?

This film captures a stunt which took place in a London coffee shop in March 2016. With the promise of a free coffee and a croissant, people were asked to 'like' the café's Facebook page. In just 3 minutes a team searched across public websites to find as much personal information and data as possible. Watch the video below to see what happened or go to the full story.

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Visit www.identityfraud.org.uk to take our online test to see how at risk you are of identify fraud and for top tips on how to keep one step ahead of the fraudsters.

'Don't make it easy for fraudsters. Update your privacy settings'.


Stop and think


What convicted criminals had to say on how easy it is to get personal in the public domain

What convicted criminals had to say on how easy it is to get personal in the public domain

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