Increase in Coronavirus Scam Alerts – March 2020

Coronavirus-related fraud reports increase by 400% in March Recently the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reported a new trend in fraud related to Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Updated figures show there have been 105 reports to Action Fraud since 1 February…

Comments Off on Increase in Coronavirus Scam Alerts – March 2020

Coronavirus Scam Alert – March 2020

Cybercriminals exploit the spread of coronavirus Well, it was bound to happen. Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800k. It's expected that…

Comments Off on Coronavirus Scam Alert – March 2020

Thomas Cook Refund Scam Alert – September 2019

Thomas Cook Refund Scam Alert Reports are being received of residents receiving bogus calls and messages offering “refunds” by people claiming to be acting on behalf of “Thomas Cook”. We would urge people to be vigilant of all unsolicited calls,…

Comments Off on Thomas Cook Refund Scam Alert – September 2019

HMRC Scam Alert – July 2019

HMRC Scam Alert A Sutton resident has reported a scam phone call ostensibly from HMRC. The resident was told by the caller that there was an unpaid tax bill and that failure to pay would result in imprisonment. The resident…

Comments Off on HMRC Scam Alert – July 2019

HSBC Telephone Scam Alert – June 2019

HSBC Telephone Scam Alert A member of our community has received a phone call ostensibly from his bank, HSBC, claiming to be making checks for GDPR. The caller gave details that included the persons full name, address, date of birth…

Comments Off on HSBC Telephone Scam Alert – June 2019

HMRC Scam Alert – June 2019

HMRC Scam Alert Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to…

Comments Off on HMRC Scam Alert – June 2019

Online Vehicle Sales Alert – June 2019

Online Vehicle Sales Alert - The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various online selling platforms, this includes vehicles and machinery used by the agricultural industry. The victims, after communicating via email…

Comments Off on Online Vehicle Sales Alert – June 2019

Fake TalkTalk Refund Email Scam Alert – May 2019

Watch out for these FAKE TalkTalk emails about a refund Action Fraud has received over 100 reports this week about fake emails purporting to be from TalkTalk. The emails state that the recipient’s TalkTalk account is in credit and that…

Comments Off on Fake TalkTalk Refund Email Scam Alert – May 2019

Virgin Media Email Scam Alert – March 2019

Fraudsters send fake Virgin Media emails threatening “automatic disconnection” Action Fraud has received over 100 reports about fake emails that purport to be from Virgin Media. The emails threaten the recipient with “automatic disconnection” due to “invalid billing information”. The…

Comments Off on Virgin Media Email Scam Alert – March 2019

TV Licensing Email Scam Alert – March 2019

An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed…

Comments Off on TV Licensing Email Scam Alert – March 2019

Blue Badge Scam Alert – February 2019

Applying For A Blue Badge? Trading Standards have been alerted to a website that is offering to assist with Blue Badge applications for a charge of £49 to residents. The website concerned has been appearing in google searches. This website…

Comments Off on Blue Badge Scam Alert – February 2019

TV Licensing Email Scam Alert – January 2019

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. Always question unsolicited requests for…

Comments Off on TV Licensing Email Scam Alert – January 2019

HMRC Scam Alert – January 2019

HM Revenue and Customs Alert What you need to know Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC. The fraudsters state…

Comments Off on HMRC Scam Alert – January 2019

Bogus Police Office Scam Alert – January 2019

Scam Alert: Help Us Prevent People Falling Victim To Bogus Police Officer Fraud We continue to receive reports in Nottinghamshire where people have been targeted by someone pretending to be a police officer. They normally tell the victim that they’re…

Comments Off on Bogus Police Office Scam Alert – January 2019

Extortion Scam Alert – October 2018

Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used their password to install spying malware on their computer. The criminals claim they've recorded videos of the…

Comments Off on Extortion Scam Alert – October 2018

TV Licensing Refund Scam Alert – September 2018

Watch out for these fake TV Licensing Refund emails We’ve seen a sharp increase in reports about fake TV Licensing emails claiming to offer refunds. The emails state that the refund cannot be processed due to "invalid account details". The…

Comments Off on TV Licensing Refund Scam Alert – September 2018

Netflix Email Scam Alert – September 2018

Watch out for these fake Netflix emails We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update”…

Comments Off on Netflix Email Scam Alert – September 2018

Council Tax Scam Alert – September 2018

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once…

Comments Off on Council Tax Scam Alert – September 2018

Fake Investigation Scam Alert – November 2017

Consumers should be alert to a growing scam in which criminals pose as police officers and ask their victims to take part in a fake undercover operation. Fraudsters are contacting members of the public, usually by phone, purporting to be…

Comments Off on Fake Investigation Scam Alert – November 2017

“WannaCry” Ransomware Alert – May 2017

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses…

Comments Off on “WannaCry” Ransomware Alert – May 2017