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. Lawyers acting for around 50 people defrauded by scammers after a major data breach at TalkTalk in 2014 are discussing their next move, which victims hope could herald the start of legal action against the broadband firm. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. A ban on cold-calling by pension companies will include texts and emails, the government has announced, as it cracks down on scammers who target savers’ retirement funds. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Pension cold-calling ban to include texts and emails in effort to tackle fraud image
. A ban on cold-calling by pension companies will include texts and emails, the government has announced, as it cracks down on scammers who target savers’ retirement funds. ...
TalkTalk scam victims move closer to class-action lawsuit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
. Lawyers acting for around 50 people defrauded by scammers after a major data breach at TalkTalk in 2014 are discussing their next move, which victims hope could herald the start of legal action against the broadband firm. ...
WARNING: Pension scammers targeting over-50s - what cons to look out for... image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Retirement Advantage pensions technical director Andrew Tully said pension freedom reforms allowing the over-55s to cash in their pots have opened the floodgates for con men: “The industry and regulators are failing to halt huge sums disappearing into scammers’ pockets. ...
Could you spot a bogus Airbnb listing among the genuine ones? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 06:00:45 AM
....Renters and people seeking short-term holiday lets are being warned to think twice before signing up for “too good to be true” tenancies, after a sophisticated online scam was uncovered aimed at stealing thousands of pounds from would-be tenants, writes Alex Hern. Martin, a local government worker, was targeted by the scammers after he requested a viewing of a flat in Bounds Green, north London. ...
Citizens Advice warning over 'phantom goods' scams image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 11:06:24 PM
....The average loss was £1,100, it said as it urged people to take their time over online purchases. "With so many people shopping online to compare deals, scammers are using numerous tactics to target people with phantom goods," said Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice. ...
Every time I contact TalkTalk I get a fake email from scammers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 06:00:19 AM
.... The latest one informs me that I need to reset my customer account details. It seems to me that either I am very unlucky or TalkTalk staff are still passing details straight to the scammers. ...
Election 2017: Hung parliament WORST possible outcome for pensions, say experts image
...."It would seem sensible to delay the cut until 2018, or at the very least allow anyone facing a tax charge to get a refund of their contributions. “A clampdown on pension scammers was also pushed back as a result of the election. ...
SFO to investigate pension liberation scams image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 03:23:01 PM
....Since April 2015, it has become easier to withdraw money from pension funds, under the then government's so-called "pension freedoms". The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) provides a list of known pension scammers. ...
Pension warning: Savers lose RECORD amounts to scams as fraudsters rinse pots image
....”. Since the introduction of so-called pension freedoms in April 2015, which allows over-55s to access savings, more people have been targeted by scammers. ...
Guardian Soulmates users hit with spam after data exposure image
....". Data made available by the exposure could have been used in a variety of ways by scammers, said Prof Alan Woodward, a cyber-security expert at the University of Surrey. ...
Facebook publishes fake news ads in UK papers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 04:00:25 AM
....Facebook's ten steps for spotting fake news. When word-of-mouth plays into the hands of scammers: Analysis by Zoe Kleinman, BBC Technology Reporter. ...
UK tourists hit by booking scams up by nearly a fifth image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 7th of May 2017 11:47:58 AM
....About 260 people said they needed medical treatment as a result, or were at risk of bankruptcy, according to Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. Sports events and religious festivals are a common target for scammers due to the limited supply of tickets resulting in higher prices. ...
Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 10:47:03 AM
....In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against "two US-based internet companies" that were not named at the time. They had allegedly been tricked into wiring more than $100m to the alleged scammer's bank accounts. ...
Uber broke Apple’s iOS privacy rules and Tim Cook wasn't happy about it image
....Apple prevents developers from identifying specific iPhones for privacy reasons, arguing that a phone that is completely wiped and resold should have no links to its previous owner; to that end, in 2012, the company stopped allowing apps on its App Store to access information like the “Unique Device Identifier” (UDID) and similar identifying information. But in an effort to prevent a particular type of fraud in China, where scammers load up stolen credit cards to make fake rides before wiping the phone and repeating the process, Uber broke Apple’s rules, according to a New York Times profile of Kalanick. ...
REVEALED: Most common financial scams to avoid image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Businesses who fall victim to these types of scams lose, on average, £30,000 to this type of fraud. NatWest chief executive of personal and business banking, Les Matheson, said: "We know scammers can be convincing and they work round the clock to persuade their victims to part with money. ...
Airbnb account hijackers burgle homes image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 08:02:11 PM
. Airbnb is improving the security of its app and website after a BBC investigation found people’s homes had been burgled by scammers using stolen accounts. ...
Spear-phishing scammer demanded sex show image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 02:34:32 AM
.... . The scammer also activated an extra layer of security, called two-step authentication, meaning that they received all alerts about her accounts and could reset them. ...
Has TalkTalk’s security been breached yet again? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 06:59:27 AM
....Fraudsters are believed to be targeting TalkTalk customers again, this time on an “industrial scale”, amid claims that a gang based in India is using details stolen in recent weeks. Despite repeated reassurances by the telecoms provider that it now has a tight grip on security, some customers claim they are receiving calls from what they believe to be scammers, armed with details about router numbers and passwords, which they say could only have come from within the company. ...
Budget 2017: Blow for pensioners as tax-free dividend allowance SLASHED image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 01:44:00 PM
.... . Stuart Paton Evans, retirement propositions director at Scottish Widows, said: “This continues the tax clampdown on overseas pensions that was introduced in the Autumn Statement in 2016 and could also help reduce the opportunity for pensions scammers who have looked to utilise QROPS to scam pensioners of their savings. ...
Budget 2017: What it means for YOU? Self-employed, savers, pensioners, and motorists image
.... . He said: “This continues the tax clampdown on overseas pensions that was introduced in the Autumn Statement in 2016 and could also help reduce the opportunity for pensions scammers who have looked to utilise QROPS to scam pensioners of their savings. ...
Inside the TalkTalk 'Indian scam call centre' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 11:47:00 AM
....A separate team would use that virus to gain access to victims' online banking, they add. While it has not been possible to independently verify their claims, the sources have given highly detailed accounts of the scammers' tactics, which correlate very closely with previous reports of fraud targeting TalkTalk customers. ...
Bank staff trained to spot cash scams as they take place image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 01:01:55 PM
. All bank staff are to be trained to spot signs that a customer may be withdrawing cash to give to a scammer. ...
Love on the line? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 12:03:50 AM
....So what are these companies doing to keep their members safe?. A few of the smaller apps are using technology such as Jumio, a digital identification service, to filter out scammers. ...
TalkTalk scam victims say it’s time for answers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of February 2017 06:59:33 AM
.... Usually these frauds hit all bank customers equally, but not in this case – at least according to our postbag. It raises questions about whether the scammers have managed to find a way to exploit Santander’s online banking system using stolen TalkTalk details. ...
Government criticises 'inefficient' debt and pensions advice bodies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 05:30:19 PM
....Tom Selby, a senior analyst at investment company AJ Bell, said that moving to a single body should reduce the costs paid by the industry and, ultimately, by the consumers who buy products and services. ”It’s absolutely critical that savers are warned of the dangers posed by scammers intent on stealing their savings,” he said. ...
Bank scam victims left high and dry by regulator, says Which? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 09:38:56 AM
....The Guardian has highlighted a case of a couple losing £25,000 from fraudster who posed as their builder and set up a copycat email address. The consumer body described how the scam worked in two ways, either by fraudulent access to a consumer account or where the customer is deceived into authorising payment to the scammer’s account. ...
Here are the simple ways to FIGHT the high-tech scams in Britain image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 05:47:00 PM
.... . Wilson said that fraudsters operate by gathering pieces of information one bit at a time: “By understanding how scammers operate and being vigilant, we can protect ourselves. ...
New online payment safeguards 'brilliant news' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 09:45:28 AM
...."This is a welcome first step, but is not a cure and won't be enough to protect people from bank transfer scams," said Alex Neill, managing director of Which? Home and Legal Services. "With scams on the rise and scammers becoming ever more sophisticated, the financial regulators need to go further to ensure banks adequately tackle bank transfer fraud and safeguard us from scams. ...
Bank transfer scams saw one victim lose £400,000 image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Across the UK, consumers now make over 70 million bank transfers a month. But Which? said victims conned into transferring money by bank transfer to a scammer currently have no legal right to get their money back from their bank, unlike with payment methods such as credit and debit cards. ...
Pension cold callers could face £500,000 fines as part of planned ban image
....As predicted when the reforms were introduced, these sums have attracted the attention of fraudsters offering highly risky or spurious investment opportunities. The Pensions Advisory Service said that the changes "have seen scammers trade off the back of the public having a recollection that the government has introduced new legislation". ...
Pension cold calling to be banned after rise in scams image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of November 2016 12:01:53 AM
. A ban on cold calling to sell pension products will be introduced in next week’s autumn statement, after changes brought in by former chancellor George Osborne led to a surge in scammers tricking people out of their retirement savings. ...
Five minute guide to putting paid to the pension scammers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 6th of November 2016 12:01:00 AM
....These calls are annoying, but a different type of cold caller presents a far greater danger. Last year’s pension reforms have finally given the over 55s control over their pots, but they have also liberated scammers to wreak havoc. ...
Online scams and 'portal juggling': National Trading Standards lists threats image
. Consumers are facing emerging threats from increasingly sophisticated online scammers, which include counterfeit goods advertised on social media and misleading listings by estate agents on online portals. ...
Boss of firm that used cold-calling to sell call-blocking devices is jailed image
.... You therefore exploited those you promised to protect from exploitation. “You were just another scammer using carefully crafted lies. ...
The crooked 'landlords' who are finding new ways to cheat desperate renters image
....“We are very sorry to hear that someone has been a victim of a scam when looking for a property. While millions of people use Gumtree every day safely and securely, some people are intent on criminal behaviour, and scammers will try to take advantage of people who don’t follow our safety advice,” says a spokesman. ...
'I wanted to believe'  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of October 2016 10:37:13 AM
.... . At that point I stopped - I told him I knew he was a scammer, and stopped communicating. ...
Government throws out right to sell annuities in exchange for cash image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 08:22:00 PM
. Ministers feared people could lose their savings at the hands of pension scammers and unscrupulous fund managers. ...
Treasury carries out major U-turn on pension annuities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 06:56:21 PM
....Investment firm AJ Bell said the plans “were always riddled with problems”, adding that the market would have been stacked in favour of buyers and posed unacceptable risks to savers, who could have seen the value of their pot “ravaged” by charges. It said some pensioners would have inevitably been targeted by “scammers”. ...
Royal Mail 'failing to tackle' fraud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of October 2016 12:49:45 PM
. Royal Mail has been accused of failing to crack down on scammers contacting vulnerable people via the postal service. ...
Half of TalkTalk customers face price rises as firm goes 'all-in' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of October 2016 03:50:13 PM
....The announcement comes after the firm revealed that while its broadband base shrank between April and June 2016, revenue growth remained level year-on-year, and it expects a modest growth in 2017. Around 100,000 customers left the company after it was the subject of a string of data breaches that led to them being called up by scammers, which in several cases lead to the loss of thousands of pounds. ...
Five minute guide to the ever-rising threat of fraud: Beware of card sharps image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 25th of September 2016 11:58:00 AM
....You need to be constantly on your guard amid this all-out cyber attack, in which billions of pounds is stolen from customers’ accounts. Your card transactions, online payments and pension savings are vulnerable to scammers. ...
Protect bank transfer scam victims, demands Which? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:01:19 PM
....None. Victims conned into transferring money by bank transfer to a scammer currently have no legal right to get their money back from their bank, unlike with many other payment methods. ...
Five-minute guide to… Using your new £500 allowance image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 4th of September 2016 12:01:00 AM
....However, he warns that fraudsters could take advantage of savers by pretending to be financial advisers. This is already a major concern, with more than one in three over 55s having been targeted by a pension scammer. ...
Someone is trying to scam me, but where is TalkTalk to help? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of August 2016 11:02:50 AM
.... He had rung a couple of weeks ago, telling me to unplug or turn off this, that and the other, but I was busy and couldn’t be fagged, so I rang off. Anyway, who was this fellow, ringing and bossing me about? Was he a scammer? We’re forever being warned against cold calls from trick banks and rogues wanting money. ...
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Planning to send money overseas? Here’s how to do it image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of August 2016 06:00:06 AM
....If you need to pay in cash or transfer money quickly, Western Union and MoneyGram both have branches on the high street – but their services are not cheap and only suitable for small amounts. And while the companies themselves are legitimate, they are often used by scammers, so be wary of strangers asking for payment this way. ...
New phone service aims to protect elderly from nuisance calls and scams image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 06:01:25 AM
. Are you plagued with nuisance calls, possibly from fraudsters? Do you worry that an elderly parent or relative might be conned into parting with their cash by scam callers? A new phone company is promising to bring back old-style operators, who will screen out scammers and unexpected sales calls. ...
How a phone call from ‘the bank’ cost an unsuspecting couple their life savings image
....The fraudsters called them, posing as investigators from TSB, telling them that they were carrying out a probe into staff at their local TSB branch, and that they needed their help to catch them. Over several weeks the scammers managed to convince the couple to make a series of payments into accounts in their names and those of other family members – but in fact were into current accounts at Barclays bank branches dotted around the country. ...
How to avoid falling victim to fraudsters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 30th of July 2016 06:00:26 AM
.... If you think it could really be the bank, ask for the person’s name and say you will call them back. Note, the scammers may also claim to be the local police investigating staff at your local bank branch. ...
Banks need to tackle web fraud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 30th of July 2016 06:00:26 AM
.... My own 90-year old father fields calls almost every day from fraudsters. He’s a retired accountant, reads the financial press, and enjoys tantalising the scammers into thinking he’s about to give them all his money. ...

iTunes users targeted with £20 purchase refund scam - how to protect yourself
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....If you think you may have fallen victim to the scam, contact your Apple and Action Fraud immediately. Depending on what information you believe you have shared with the scammers, you should change your passwords and contact your bank. ...

A bank ATM scam is sweeping the nation – here’s how to avoid it
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 24th of July 2016 02:35:56 PM
....He turns to help her pick up her things – at which point her accomplice, using an adjacent machine, snatches the victim’s card, having already spied his PIN number as he typed it in. With his card and PIN number, the scammers would now be able to withdraw up to the full daily limit on the man’s account. ...
Beware the cyber criminals: How to keep yourself safe from scammers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 24th of July 2016 11:36:00 AM
....”. If you have been targeted by scammers call The Pensions Advisory Service on 0300 123 1047 or the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06. ...

Pokemon Go players aren't ignoring reality. We're changing it
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 06:53:54 PM
....More generally, this carnival's relation to the waking world is complex and ambiguous.  In the middle of rural Kansas there is a farm whose occupants have been repeatedly harassed and threatened by complete strangers simply because its position near the geographic centre of the USA means it is regularly linked to IP addresses used by hackers and scammers. ...
Are grey goods the real deal? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of July 2016 06:00:08 AM
.... “From a brand perspective, as long as you’re genuinely importing as a consumer you are not doing anything illegal,” he says. Related: It’s seller beware as eBay’s buyer guarantee is exploited by scammers. ...
Finger slip could be costly as contactless and cashless payments become more popular image
.... . Others have fallen victim to an evil new fraud where scammers intercept emails between house buyers and their conveyancing solicitors then con them into forwarding their property deposit to the trickster’s bank accounts. ...
Travellers fall victim to fake Airbnb site image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of June 2016 05:59:02 AM
.... She checked the website address and even checked the bank account to which she had been told to transfer the £787 fee to a Barclays account – listed as being in Airbnb’s name. “I’ve now realised that the Airbnb chat service doesn’t exist and the scammers must have created it on their own micro-website. ...
MONEY GUIDE: How to AVOID costly pension traps image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of June 2016 11:12:00 AM
....Pension fraud. Pension scammers have adopted even more aggressive tactics since pension freedoms came into force in April last year, allowing the over-55s to cash in their pension pots. ...
Older people at 'heightened risk' of investment scam calls image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of May 2016 11:01:23 PM
. A sharp rise in the volume of unsolicited calls from investment scammers is putting growing numbers of older people at risk of being conned, Britain’s main financial watchdog has warned. ...
Beware of scams: Beat fraudsters by staying alert image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of May 2016 09:57:00 AM
....Chancellor George Osborne’s pension freedom reforms have liberated fraudsters to launch raids on your lifetime savings. Pension fraud is so widespread that more than 10million people have received unsolicited calls, texts and emails from scammers in the last year, according to a new report from Citizens Advice. ...
Targeted by fraudsters despite TalkTalk’s denials image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of May 2016 06:00:14 AM
.... NH, by email. Last year Guardian Money revealed how scammers were using customer details hacked from TalkTalk or a subsidiary to con customers out of varying sums – often several thousand pounds. ...
Targeted by fraudsters despite TalkTalk’s denials image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of May 2016 06:00:14 AM
.... NH, by email. Last year Guardian Money revealed how scammers were using customer details hacked from TalkTalk or a subsidiary to con customers out of varying sums – often several thousand pounds. ...
Apple scammers have their heads in the iCloud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of April 2016 06:00:29 AM
. Apple iPhone and iPad users have been warned not to fall for fake emails and texts that aim to trick them into handing over their iCloud login so scammers can access all their personal information stored in the cloud. ...
The Uber scammers who take users for a (very expensive) ride image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of April 2016 09:31:42 AM
....” A spokesman confirms there is no customer services phone number, “but you can request a call-back”. So who exactly are these scammers who are taking some Uber customers for a ride? The suggestion is that they are typically young, tech-savvy individuals keen to show off to their friends by booking a nice car and taking a ride around town at someone else’s expense – which might explain the nature of some of the journeys. ...
Over-50s risk pension scams as they shun expert advice image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of April 2016 07:31:51 PM
.... Three in four (76%) said they are confident they can identify a pension scam, but just 12% were actually able to do so when a scam was presented to them. The research reveals how scammers’ tactics are moving towards free pension reviews and advice as a first step towards tricking people out of their pension pots. ...
Financial fraud: who should be held responsible? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of March 2016 02:37:57 PM
.... As security systems have improved in other areas of banking, fraudsters have opted to target consumers directly. There has been a surge in the use of malicious software and phishing emails to compromise customers’ security, while scammers have pretended to be bank staff and police officers to persuade consumers to send money to their bank accounts – aided, some might claim, by the previously lax account opening requirements at banks. ...
Met chief suggests banks should not refund online fraud victims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of March 2016 05:40:02 AM
....The home secretary, Theresa May, warned an international policing conference on Wednesday that faceless crime was being conducted over the internet on an “industrial scale”. Related: Facebook scammers: expert advice on how to stay safe. ...
Deception scams drive rise in financial fraud image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 21st of March 2016 07:21:00 PM
.... . Other information obtained through a breach may be used in impersonation scams, while the publicity around the incident itself can be used to add authenticity to the scammers’ approach. ...
Social media users warned over rise in online ticket fraud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of March 2016 12:01:53 AM
....More than a fifth of the crimes were instigated via Facebook, with Twitter accounting for a further 6%. The figures come in the wake of warnings that some fans are putting themselves at risk by sharing images of event tickets on social media sites that can then be used by scammers to create fakes. ...
Banking scams push up UK financial fraud 'by more than 25%' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of March 2016 01:30:55 PM
....3m, Financial Fraud Action UK said. In recent years, Guardian Money has highlighted the increasingly sophisticated tactics being adopted by scammers to steal consumers’ cash. ...
Do lenders make clear the risks of microfinance loans? | Elisabeth Rhyne image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of March 2016 07:00:05 AM
.... A woman in Peru bought theft insurance at a street kiosk only to find, after a robbery, that she did not know and could not find out how to claim against the policy. In Benin, customers lost their savings when they could not distinguish between legitimate microfinance organisations and fly-by-night scammers. ...
Is a £20 phone the trick to beating pension scammers and those dreaded PPI calls for good? image
.... But the simplest way to protect yourself could be by taking drastic lengths to block all cold calls. Most scams start with an unsolicited phone call or text message fired off by scammers to thousands in a bid to net a victim. ...

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