Fraud Alert Noticeboard

Click the links below to find out the most up-to-date information about scams and cons which criminals are using to gain your trust and part you with your personal information and money.

Thank you for viewing our Fraud Alert Noticeboard. As we obtain information and guidance about emerging scams and threats to your personal information and finances we will post it here. If you would like further advice please vist our Fraud information pages which explain how to protect yourself from personal and business fraud. 

FRAUD NOTICEBOARD

09/08/17 - Health Lottery UK scam

Lottery picture

 

PSNI Economic Crime Unit is warning the public in Northern Ireland to be aware of scam mail.  This example relates to a false Health Lottery scam. 

 

Click here to see an example of the scam letter

 

For further information and explanation of highlighted points in the letter to look out for click here

24/07/17 Suppliers & Storage Facilities – Distribution Fraud (Business)

STORAGE FACILITIES – DISTRIBUTION FRAUD

STORAGE FACILITIES – DISTRIBUTION FRAUD

 

ALERT CONTENT

 

University & Hospital Impersonation Fraud/Short Firm Fraud

 

 

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noted a continuing issue regarding Universities and Hospitals being impersonated to enable fraudsters to obtain goods on a credit basis.

Method

 

A number of wholesale businesses are initially contacted by email by the fraudster purporting to be from a University or Hospital requesting goods in mass quantity. The fraudster will ask for the items to be provided on a 30 day credit basis. If this is approved, the order is made and the items are subsequently delivered to various locations (often nowhere near the institutions impersonated), such as unsuspecting storage facilities, before being moved on. The fraudsters have been known to contact the storage facilities and change the date of the booking on numerous occasions whilst they try and negotiate the delivery date with the suppliers.

 

It is likely that the storage facilities provider will subsequently fall victim to the short-firm fraud element as the fraudsters do not settle the rental fees.

 

Things to look out for:

a.       Storage facilities which have been rented out where the client has stated that something is to be delivered, especially where the delivery date keeps changing.

b.      Where the client enquires as to whether the storage facility will re-address and forward the package/s on. Some delivery addresses have stated that they have been provided with courier labels (for companies such as DHL / DLD), and asked to forward the packages overseas to countries such as Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.

c.       Any reference to Universities or Hospitals on items being stored or delivered.

 

PROTECTION / PREVENTION ADVICE

 

Requested actions for Officer:

·         For suppliers - Prior to dispatching goods, thoroughly check out the location where goods are to be delivered.  If it is a storage facility, make contact directly, inform them of this fraud type, what to look out for, enquire whether they have been victims and encourage them to report, where relevant, to Action Fraud.

·         Inform the storage facilities of the following website to check the telephone number given in respect of suspicious storage requests: http://www.telecom-tariffs.co.uk/codelook.htm . This website can indicate whether the origin of the telephone call is in the UK or if it could potentially be a virtual number originating from overseas i.e. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

·         In your Know Your Customer (KYC) process, consider checking that the phone number and web domain match that of the genuine company.

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25/04/17 - Two Factor Authentication

Don't make it easy for hackers, protect your online accounts by setting up Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

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25/04/17 - Avoid Ticketting scams

Ticket scams - Link to Action Fraud advice and video on how to avoid beciming a victim:

How can you spot a fraudster's website?

Click here to find out more

25/04/17 - ATM Skimming

Pin hole cameras on ATMs

Criminals sometimes fit concealed cameras to ATMs to capture your PIN. These are 2 examples of many styles – Always shield your PIN carefully.

Be aware of these types of Pin hole cameras:

06/04/17 - Law Abiding Citizen Alert

Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, with a Banking Trojan hidden in an attachment.

For more information.

04/04/17 - PBX/DIAL-Through Fraud Threat to Buisnesses/Schools

The purpose of this alert is to provide knowledge and prevention advice to help schools, businesses and organisations protect themselves from PBX and dial through fraud.

The NFIB has seen a significant rise in the number of reports made in relation to this type of fraud. Around 6% of the total of these reports relate to a school or college, although this is only based on what is reported and the figure could be much higher.

The losses involved can be high, especially when they are made during times that a school/business may be closed, for example the school holidays and/or weekends. During this period it is likely that the fraudulent calls will go un-noticed until the telephone bill arrives.

 For more Information

14/12/16 - Phishing Scam - Something to look out for

As is sometimes the case with #phishing emails, the spelling error is intentional.

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14/12/16 - Amazon Gift Card Scam

Fraudsters are using Amazon gift cards to rob customers. Never send Amazon sellers gift cards codes as "payment".

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Money Muling Scam

Beware of criminals using you as a mule to launder their money. Acting as a Money mule is a crime!

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14/12/16 - Action Fraud - Investment Fraud

The fraudsters target victims across the UK with a variety of investments that look legitimate (they're not!).

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14/12/16 - Action Fraud - Remote Access Scam

Tech support scammers are taking over PC's and directing victims to our website to convince people they are legitimate.

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14/12/16 - TalkTalk's shameful security after hack from teenager

TalkTalk would love the world to think that it suffered a highly sophisticated and sustained attack.

But if you watch my video you'll find the true story is somewhat different.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Ransomware piggybacking on free software downloads

The Karma ransomware has been spread disguised as free software downloads in its mission of encrypting the data of unsuspecting users.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Trojan on Google Play - Android Scam

The Android.MulDrop.924 trojan likes to disguise itself as games and other apps on Google Play Store and other app marketplaces.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Social Engineering - The Human Factor

Graham Cluley was a guest on the inaugural episode of Jenny Radcliffe's brand new podcast "The Human Factor."  It deals with the threat of social engineering.  Check it out!  Worth listening to.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Apple ID Scam

Apple ID smishing evolves to lure more victims.

Click here to find out more

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14/12/16 - iOS 10.2 will make your local iPhone backup much harder to crack

In late September, when Apple released iOS 10, it also took a dramatic step back in at least one aspect of iPhone and iPad security.

Now it's trying to make things 1000 times better.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Locky ransomware scam

One of the golden rules of computer security for the last twenty-or-so years has been to be extremely cautious of unsolicited emails. Yet, the same old tricks are still being used to successfully spread ransomware.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Google Chrome Scam for Android

Chrome vulnerability for Android allows hackers to quietly download banking Trojan Malware apps.

Click here to find more

14/12/16 - Online Banking Fraud

MT @TakeFive According to @FFAUK, online banking fraud totalled £133.5m in 2015 - a 64% rise compared to 2014. 

14/12/16 - Shopping Online Safely

Take care when making purchases online over the festive period. Do you really know how to shop online safely?

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14/12/16 - Fake iTunes email

Watch out for this fake Apple iTunes email that claims “your account is on hold".

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Social Engineering Phishing Scam

Couple lost £98k from a house sale when their solicitor transferred it to fraudsters who intercepted e-mail threads.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Action Fraud - CEO Fraud

Help beat CEO Fraud (check out the advice on Action Fraud): by keeping an eye out for emails written in a different style #TakeFive.

Click here to find out more

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14/12/16 - Microsoft Tech Support Scam

If your PC locks up and you see this message, do not call the number! "Tech support" fraudsters are on the other end.

Click here to find out more

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14/12/16 - 10 Questions Trustees should ask to prevent charity fraud

Good governance and fraud risk management go hand-in-hand to prevent fraud Charity Fraud.

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14/12/16 - Business Fraud - financial fraud is increasing

Research says financial fraud is increasing - not everyone’s listening: 1/3 business leaders think it’s unlikely to happen to them #TakeFive.

14/12/16 - Android banking trojan intercepts SMS messages and bypasses 2SV

A type of Android banking trojan capable of intercepting SMS messages is currently targeting at least 50 major banking organizations worldwide.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - How to fight macro malware in Officer 2016 and 2013

If you can control the macros you can control the threat.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Scare tactics - Tech support scam claims your hard drive will be deleted

Scammers are trying to frighten their victims into phoning them up, claiming that their hard drive is only minutes away from being wiped.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Researchers exploit unencrypted radio to hack wireless mice and keyboards

Researchers have demonstrated that an attacker can hack unencrypted radio communication to seize control of many leading wireless keyboards and mice.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Malware Scam - Blue Screen of Death

Blue screen of death with a support number? Beware the malware scam – Tech support scam tricks users into installing malware with fake blue screen of death.

In the old days tech support scammers called you up on the phone, trying to dupe you into believing your Windows PC had malware on it.. Now they trick you into calling them.

Click here to find out more

 

14/12/16 - Adobe Flash - Update now!

There's another critical security exploit in Adobe Flash, and it is being actively exploited in targeted attacks.

Update Flash now or... you know... kick it to the kerb.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Google hid ProtonMail's encrypted email service from search results

Conspiracy or cockup?

Did Google deliberately downrank encrypted email service ProtonMail in its search results?

The jury is out...

Click here to find out more

 

14/12/16 - Business Crime

Hacking a small business to get into a larger business is now standard operating procedure for cybercriminals.

Click here to find out more

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14/12/16 - Online Crime

Online crime costs UK adults around £210 each a year.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Action Fraud - Password Advice

Don't use the same password for everything. #ThinkRandom when it comes to creating strong passwords.

Click here to find out more

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14/12/16 - Action Fraud - Always use anti-virus software

Failing to protect your devices is one of the 7 Deadly Cyber Sins #7DC.

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14/12/16 - How to better protect your IoT devices

The Mirai Internet of Things botnet is making its unpleasant presence felt. Yasin Soliman reports on how you should defend your IoT.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - For rent: An IoT botnet to take down much of the internet

Want to hire 100,000 IoT devices to launch a massive denial-of-service attack? That will cost just $7,500.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Boobytrapped JPEG could infect your iPhone

iOS 10.1 and MacOS Sierra 10.12.1 are out, and they include a number of serious security patches - including one designed to protect you from malicious code hiding inside a boobytrapped JPEG image file.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Microsoft Tech Support Scam

69% of Microsoft customers in the UK have been hit by a tech support scam.

Click here to find out more

14/12/16 - Facebook Privacy Hoax

This Facebook privacy hoax is catching users out.

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14/12/16 - Hackers and Stolen Data

If your personal data gets stolen, how long do you have before the criminals come calling?

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14/12/16 - Pension Scam

Cold calls and text messages are common pension scam tactics. Don't be next, protect yourself.

Click here to find out more

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14/12/16 - Contactless Card Payments Fact

There has never been a verified real-world case of fraudsters scanning cards for information or money! (From UK Cards Association)

14/12/16 - Action Fraud - Smart Phone Malware Alert

If your battery suddenly starts draining really fast, consider that it might be a #malware problem.

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14/12/16 - Action Fraud - Binary Options Fraud

Fake profiles on social media lure people into “investing” in Binary Options. Don’t be tempted by easy money.

Click here to find out more

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13/12/16 - "Greater Manchester Police" Phishing Alert

The NFIB have identified that Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to email addresses connected to businesses in the United Kingdom. Please see the information below this worrying example of this type of Phishing attack.  This is the second example in a week of fraudsters assuming the identity of a UK Police Force in an attempt to have victims click on a link within the e-mail, which will allow banking malware onto their computer or smart phone.  Please take head of the warning and advice.

The information contained within this alert is based on a high number of reports recently received by Action Fraud. The purpose of this alert is to increase awareness of this campaign currently in circulation. The campaign’s key target appears to be businesses in the United Kingdom. Its primary function appears to be distributing Banking Trojan malware, through a malicious link embedded within the email.

The alert is aimed at businesses, members of the public as well as government and public organisations.

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to email addresses connected to businesses in the United Kingdom, with the message subject heading ‘Notice of Intended Prosecution’ and ‘NIP – Notice Number’ followed by a combination of letters and numbers. The emails purport to come from the Greater Manchester Police.

It is believed that the URL hidden behind the line ‘Check The Photographic Evidence’ delivers the GOZI/ISFP Banking Trojan which is involved in stealing online banking login details from victims.

PROTECTION / PREVENTION ADVICE

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent you from becoming infected.

Please consider the following actions:

  • Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication.
  • Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It’s important that the device you back up to is not left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
  • If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should immediately contact your bank.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

REMEMBER

The PSNI will not send a similar type e-mail.  If anyone is being dealt with for a Road Traffic offence they will either receive paperwork at the scene, or through the post.  If anyone receives any suspicious communication purporting to come from the PSNI they should check it by phoning 101 and ask to speak to someone about it.

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05/12/16 - Phishing Alert - Metropolitan Police Scam

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses with the message subject heading ‘Crime Prevention Advice’. The email sender is potentially spoofing a Metropolitan Police email address, showing the sender as ‘crime@content.met.police.uk’.

The email contains the text:

“TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC;

See attached document to read more about crime prevention advice.

Regards,

Metropolitan Police Service.”

The email includes an attachment titled ‘11212527.zip’.

This attachment contains malicious content which downloads the iSPY key logger to the victim’s device. This key logger records keystrokes, steals passwords stored in web browsers and Skype conversation records, takes pictures via webcam and stores the license keys of software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

05/12/16 - Action Fraud - Email Phishing Alert

Action Fraud have received a high number of reports concerning a phishing campaign targeting personal and business email addresses with the subject heading ‘Crime Prevention Advice’, with the intention of distributing malware. Please see the attached alert for more information, and an example of the content of the phishing email.

The information contained within this alert is based on information received from various sources. The purpose of this alert is to increase awareness of this campaign currently in circulation. The campaign’s primary function appears to be distributing new and powerful malware, through a malicious email attachment.

The alert is aimed at members of the public, local police forces, businesses and governmental agencies.

05/12/16 - Virus Protection Advice

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent you from becoming infected.

Please consider the following actions:

  • Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication. Information on how to locate email headers can be found at https://mxtoolbox.com/Public/Content/EmailHeaders/
  • Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It’s important that the device you back up to is not left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
  • Don't pay extortion demands as this only feeds into criminals' hands, and there is no guarantee that access to your files will be restored if you do pay.
  • If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should immediately contact your bank.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
  • Advice on when it should be reported to PSNI as a ‘Call For Service’ can be found at: https://www.psni.police.uk/crime/fraud/Reporting-Fraud/
05/12/16 - Phishing alert

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses pretending to come from ‘donotreply’ followed by the victims’ own email extension (for example donotreply@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk).

The subject line currently is shown as a series of random numbers and letters; ‘RNP0024D5D73B3A’ and ‘KMBT_C220’ have both been seen. The emails include an attachment – a .zip file, usually with the current date followed by random digits in the file name.

These attachments typically contain a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP (web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details.

Similarly, a very high proportion also contain Locky ransomware, that once downloaded will encrypt files and demand money (typically about £350) to recover the files.

05/12/16 - 'Donotreply' Phishing Campaign Alert

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses pretending to come from ‘donotreply’ followed by the victims’ own email extension. These emails frequently contain attachments with password stealing components and/or ransomware.

The information contained within this alert is based on information from various sources. The purpose of this alert is to increase awareness of the mass phishing campaign currently in circulation. The campaign’s primary function appears to be distributing well-known malware, through an email attachment believed to be malicious.

The alert is aimed at members of the public, local police forces, businesses and governmental agencies.

18/11/16 - Action Fraud - Investment fraud

Who's most likely to lose out to phone calls like this? It could be your dad, grandfather, uncle or brother. #BeatTheBoilerRooms

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Click here to watch Action Fraud's advice

18/11/16 - Action Fraud - Email spoofing scam

14,883 #phishing emails were reported to us in August 2016. That's a 135% increase from last year. Don't get caught out.

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18/11/16 - Finding your lost or stolen laptop

What you should do *before* your computer or laptop is lost or stolen, and what you should do after!

Click here to find out more

18/11/16 - Simplifying your passwords

Passwords are an essential. But do you forget more passwords than you remember? Click the link below to find out how to simplify and secure your passwords.

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18/11/16 - Do you know what ransomware is?

Know the crime: What is Ransomware? In 2016, it remains one of the top malware/cybercrime threats

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18/11/16 - Protect your accounts

Protect your online accounts from hackers by setting up Two Factor Authentication.

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18/11/16 - Malware in Spotify

Music streaming service Spotify has been found serving #malware to listeners who use the free version

Click here to find out more

18/11/16 - Social media competition scam

Beware of dodgy social media competitions. Clicking links can send your personal info to third parties.

Click here to find out more

18/11/16 - Malware in Android apps

At least 400 apps in the Google Play store contain malware that would compromise a user's phone when installed.

Click here to find out more

17/11/16 - Action Fraud - Binary options fraud

We have received over 1.5k reports about binary options fraud. Do you really know how this fraud works? 

Check out #DYRK on Twitter.

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17/11/16 - Disabling malicious macros

Macros can be malicious, as David Bisson reports. Make sure you have disabled them by default in Microsoft Office.

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17/11/16 - CEO Fraud

Fraudsters that trick employees into sending invoice payments costs UK companies about £9billion a year.

Click here to find out more

17/11/16 - Action Fraud - Text message scam

We have reports of fraudsters using SMS to trick people into calling their banks via redirected phone numbers.

Click here to find out more

17/11/16 - Action Fraud - Apps containing malware

Research shows that more than half of apps downloaded from unofficial sites and third party app stores contained malware.

See report from CERT-UK on ‘Mobile Malware in the UK’.

Click here to find out more

17/11/16 - Action Fraud - Sharing information on social networks

Limit the amount of information you share on social networks as it could be used against you.

Click here to find out more

17/11/16 - Action Fraud - Remote Access Scam

Remote computer access scam – 60 year old conned out of £30k from fraudsters claiming to be from BT technical support: Never grant remote access!

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06/10/16 - Action Fraud - 500 Million Yahoo! accounts stolen

500 million Yahoo accounts stolen – how to protect yourself | Action Fraud – We have broken down how to protect yourself after the hack.

Click here to find out more

06/10/16 - Action Fraud - Malicious email attachments

Mass phishing campaign contains malicious attachments | Action Fraud – Alert: Emails with subject headings that change daily contain Locky Ransomware and Dridex banking Trojans.

Click here to find out more

06/10/16 - Five Facebook posts you should NOT be sharing

Five Facebook posts you SHOULD NOT be sharing – Ever wondered why scammers send out posts on Facebook like “Share to win” or “Comment to see what happens”?

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06/10/16 - Financial Fraud Action UK - Text Message scams

Text Message Scams : Financial Fraud Action UK – If you get a text message with a link, be cautious.

Click here to find out more

06/10/16 - Financial Fraud Action UK - Take Five to Stop Fraud

FFAUK new campaign – Take Five - To Stop Fraud – You need to #Take5 to fight fraud. It’s easy to spot tell-tale signs when you take a moment.

Click here to find out more

06/10/16 - Fake Natwest Twitter account Scam

Criminals target NatWest customers in Twitter scam again just one week after cyber hoax – Another fake NatWest Twitter account has emerged, trying to steal customer details.

Click here to read more

 

06/10/16 - Microsoft Publisher Scam

Malicious hackers are abusing Microsoft Publisher files to try to infect businesses with a backdoor and steal corporate data.

Click here to find out more

Credit - Graham Cluley

13/09/16 - 3D Security password scam

Phishing for your 3-D security password - Don't let fraudsters get hold of your 3-D security password – this #phishing email is designed to steal it.

13/09/16 - TV Licence scam

TV licence phishing e-mail – Large number of reports in today of new fake #TVlicense refund email that steals your bank details.

13/09/16 - Contactless Payment

Action Fraud alert –  never hand your contactless card – You should never hand your contactless card to staff in restaurants, shops and bars, experts say.

Click here to view the article and find out more.

13/09/16 - Installing software updates

Install software updates – Take a few minutes to do some #quickupdates – it could make the difference that protects you from viruses and hacks.

Click here to view the infographic from Action Fraud

13/09/16 - Data to go

You're more at risk of identity fraud than you think. Sharing personal details like your date of birth, address and phone number can make you vulnerable. Don't make it easy for identity fraudsters. Start by setting your privacy settings.

Click here to view the advice video from Cifas

13/09/16 - Text Message Scams

Be aware of text message scams: be cautious of clicking on links in texts or calling the number in the message.

For advice and information please click here.

08/09/16 - ATM Card Trapping Alert

Police are warning the public to be careful when using ATMs following the discovery of a 4 Card Trapping devices that have been recovered in the Belfast area from ATMs over the past few days.

Please click here to view our advice on how to protect yourself from this type of fraud.

01/09/16 - Bristish Gas Ransomware Alert

Fraudsters are spamming fake British Gas utility bill emails that link to a virus that takes over victim’s computers.

Action Fraud has received hundreds of reports of these emails cleverly designed to look like a seemingly harmless utility bill. The emails contain links that take people to a website where they are told to download a file in order to view their bill. After downloading the file, the virus locks you out of your computer and then directs you to an online payment page.

British Gas say that their emails will always be personalized and will often quote your British Gas account number (where the email relates specifically to your account) and will only provide links back to the britishgas.co.uk website.

For advice on how to protect yourself and prevent this type of scam please click here. 

25/07/16 - Security when downloading apps

PokemonGoUK is here at last – but look out for the privacy permissions any app asks for when you're setting up.

Click here to view the infographic and find out how to protect your information and privacy

25/07/16 - Mandate Fraud

Do you really know how mandate fraud works?

Click here to view the infographic and find out more

25/07/16 - Free Trial Scams

 Women aged between 50 and 64 are most at risk of free trial scams also knows as subscription traps.

Please click here to view the infographic.

25/07/16 - Citizens Advice Scams Awareness Month
25/07/16 - Pokémon Go access

Pokémon Go users may not be aware of the app having full access to their Google account.

Please click here to read the article explaining how your security could be compromised by the app

25/07/16 - Take a stand against scams

PSNI support the National Trading Standards SCAMAWARE initiative.

Click here to view the top 10 tips on how to take a stand against scams.

You can follow @NTSscamsteam on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest information and advice.

25/07/16 - Financial Fraud Action - Protect your PC

Protecting yourself against malware (Malicious Software) is vital to ensuring your digital security.

Please click here to follow the link to find out about common malware and how to protect yourself.

25/07/16 - Take a stand against internet scams

PSNI support the National Trading Standards SCAMAWARE initiative.

Click here to view their infographic on how to protect yourself from internet scams.

You can follow the National Trading Standards Scams Team on twitter @NTSscamsteam to keep up to date with the latest information and advice. 

25/07/16 - Paying for goods and services via your phone bill

Today's mobile telephones can do much more than make calls and send texts

 

Did you know? You can pay for digital goods and service from app stores, and websites via your phone bill through operator billing (also referred to as, charge-to-mobile or direct-to-bill), Payforit and premium SMS messages.

Please click here to follow the link to information on how to protect yourself against scams and use these services safely.

25/07/16 - Apple 'phishing' scam

PSNI Economic Crime Unit are advising the public to be aware of fake invoices claiming to be from Apple. 

Click here to view an example.

If you doubt the authenticity of any email, the correspondance is unsolicited or does not relate to any services you subscribe to, please do not click any links contained within. Delete the email immediately without opening it. 

25/07/16 - Take a stand against Telephone scams

PSNI support the National Trading Standards SCAMAWARE initiative. 

Please click here to view the Top 5 tips to protect yourself against telephone scams.

Also beware of premium rate calls/texts even by opening the text you will be charged and may receive further texts unless you select 'Stop'.

25/07/16 - Identity fraud and social media

Criminals are using social media to target victims of identity fraud leading to an increase of 57% in this crime. 

Please click here to follow the link to a video to find out more. 

25/07/16 - Do you really know how identity fraud works?

Please click here to view the infographic and find out how to protect yourself from identity fraud.

04/07/16 - Phishing email targeting businesses

Last Friday Action Fraud had received 40+ reports of this phishing email targeting businesses. The attachment contains ransomware. PSNI Economic Crime Unit advise businesses and individuals to be aware of unsolicited emails containing attachments and urge caution in opening any such attachment.

You can view the email here

09/05/16 - Avoid Mobile Phone Scams

‘PSNI Economic Crime Unit are aware that many people in Northern Ireland are vulnerable to falling victim to mobile scams and we would support the advice given by Action Fraud’.

Click here to view the advice.

25/04/16 - TALK TALK Scam

Our Economic Crime Unit have been made aware of further TalkTalk customers in Northern Ireland that have been targeted by scammers. 

Please read the information here.

18/04/16 - Wine Investment Fraud

A new investment fraud trend is targeting members of the public who are seeking to sell their wine investment. Fraudsters agree to purchase the victims wine, but instead transfer the stock into their own account without paying the victim. The fraudulently obtained wine is then believed to be sold on to other, unsuspecting victims.

Please view the Fraud Alert document here

14/04/16 - FIFA Euromillions Scam

Detective Constable Crooks of the PSNI Economic Crime Unit is warning the public to be aware that FIFA Euromillions International Postcode lottery scam is once again doing the rounds and we are aware that people in Northern Ireland are being targeted with this type of scam letter. To view the header of the letter please click here.

We would advise that you should not be tempted to reply to any form of correspondence that you think might be a scam and report it to Action Fraud

 

25/03/16 - Fraudsters Harvesting Signatures

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team is warning people to beware of fraudsters that turn up on your doorstep and ask for your signature.

To find out more, click here to read the information document.

25/03/16 - Fraudsters Targeting People With Mental Health Conditions

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team has 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.

To find out more, click here to read the information document.

25/03/16 - Public Wi-Fi Fraud

Public Wi-Fi access is a ubiquitous part of networked life in the modern internet. Wi-Fi hotspots provide fast and convenient internet access for the general public at locations such as coffee shops, libraries and community centres, transportation hubs, and private commercial/social spaces. However public Wi-Fi also provides cyber criminals with a number of convenient attack routes which have been well documented by security researchers.

To find out more, click here to read the information document.

25/03/16 - The Good Citizen Award Scam

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.

They go on to state that the individual has won a Good Citizen Award – of typically £8,000 – and that the grant can be released for a fee (of around £210).

To find out more, click here to read the information document.

25/03/16 - Bogus Electrical Websites

Fraudsters are setting up high-specification websites advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The website will state that you can pay via card; however when the purchaser goes to pay, this option is not available and the payment must be made via bank transfer.

To find out more, click here to read the information document.

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