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Scam at first sight: Criminals using dating websites to offer bogus investments | #relationshipscams | #dating | romancescams | #scams

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

More than £15 million has been lost to criminals offering bogus investment opportunities on dating platforms this year, according to Action Fraud. he average loss per victim is £15,936, with […]

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Warning as bogus KCOM workers target Hull homes in new ‘spoofing’ scam

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Several people have been preyed on by bogus callers claiming to work for a major communications company.

The fraudsters have been targeting homes in the region posing as staff from KCOM in order to con unsuspecting individuals into handing over banking information.

The calls have been showing as local numbers in the practice known as “spoofing” but the IT provider made clear that they never ask individuals for card details.

A spokesperson for KCOM urged customers to be vigilant and said: “We’ve been made aware of a spate of scam calls recently from people posing as KCOM, calling from what appear to be local Hull phone numbers.

“This is known as ‘spoofing’ where the scammer can make it look as if they are calling from a 01482 number when in reality they are probably calling from abroad.

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“We have already blocked several numbers that have been reported to us by our customers. Fortunately, those customers we’ve spoken to have realised something is not quite right and ended the call – and have avoided losing money as a result.

“If you’re ever suspicious about a call, we recommend you hang up immediately and call us to check. Never give out any personal information or bank details and never allow anyone to take remote control of your computer.

“We never ask for customers’ credit or debit card details over the phone and will always transfer customers who wish to make a payment over to our secure, automated payment line.

“As well as calling KCOM on 01482 602555 anyone who believes they have been targeted by a scam caller should report it to Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, by calling 0300 123 2040 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.”

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Look out for bogus BBB emails

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Better Business Bureaus across the country, including BBB serving the Northwest, have been receiving several calls and messages about emails businesses have been receiving. Scammers are using the BBB name and a logo indicating they have violated various federal laws such as “Fair Labor Standards Act” or “Safety and Health…

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Email hacking fraud hits home renovators: ‘I paid £10,800 to a bogus builder’

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First came “solicitor fraud”, where conmen intercepted emails between property buyers and conveyancers and diverted huge sums to the wrong accounts. Now this form of life-destroying crime has widened out to embrace other, big-ticket transactions, including home renovations and building work. The mechanism is the same: fraudsters impersonate one or…

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Ransomware, bogus emails from your ‘boss’ mark growing skill of cyber-criminals

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Ransomware, bogus emails from your ‘boss’ mark growing skill of cyber-criminals

Cyber-criminals are hacking into corporate computer systems and using the public profiles of top executives to fine-tune email scams that are duping Canadians out of hundreds of millions of dollars each year, a CBC News investigation has discovered. “It came on the scene in a massive way, from virtually nothing to $19 million in 2014” in losses reported, said Daniel Williams of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, a federal government agency. He also says that research by the CAFC and police suggests that less than three per cent of these email scams ever gets reported, meaning the incidents and the losses are probably much higher. “Most probably in the range of $500 million to $1 billion,” Williams says. “It’s big, big money. It’s very organized, very sophisticated crime groups with a lot of resources putting a lot of effort … really on an industrial scale.” Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ransomware-cyber-scams-bogus-emails-1.3314221

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