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

Sextortion scam

Cyber criminals are sending victims their own passwords in an attempt to trick them into believing they have been filmed on their computer watching porn and demanding payment.

Why buying fake goods online puts you at risk of fraud

An emerging trend where fraudsters attempt to embed malicious software onto consumer's browsing devices to gather personal and banking detail

HMRC issue warning over tax refund scammers

HMRC are warning that fraudsters are sending scam emails and text messages that promise tax rebates to trick people into disclosing their account and personal details.

New pilot programme to combat scams targeting older Londoners with Age UK

To combat the rise of fraud and online crime affecting older people, Age UK has launched a brand new fraud prevention and victim support pilot programme in partnership with Action Fraud.

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. 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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