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Police: Beware of fraudsters who claim they recover money you’ve lost via Western Union

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Victims who been defrauded and paid scammers by Western Union are being warned to watch out for fraud recovery fraud after a multimillion-dollar settlement in the US.

What is fraud recovery fraud?

Fraud recovery fraud is when someone who has been a victim of fraud in the past is contacted again by fraudsters. They pretend to be a government, police or law agency that can help recover the money that was lost, but ask for a fee to get it back. 

What does this multimillion-dollar settlement in the US mean?

In the USA the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed charges against Western Union who admitted to not doing enough to protect victims who were using its services. 

As a result, £437 million ($586 dollars) is being held by the US Government to reimburse victims of fraud that involved a wire transfer via Western Union. 

Although Action Fraud have not currently received any reports, we believe that fraudsters will use this court settlement to...

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Police: It's the thought that counts

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Police: Timeshare fraud spike: losses of more than £90,000 in holiday season

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We received 30 reports of timeshare fraud between May and August this year with a total loss of £94,089.

Reports show that fraudsters are offering to sell victims a timeshare on a holiday property for an advance fee. However, once victims have paid the advance fee, they find they are unable to contact the ‘salesperson’ and struggle to have their money returned. Often it is discovered that the holiday property doesn’t even exist.

Fraudsters impersonating police

Further reports show that fraudsters are also taking advantage by cold calling the victims of previous fraudulent or mis-sold timeshare schemes. The fraudsters claim to be from the Spanish authorities or legal firms that either do not exist or are clones of genuine firms.

The fraudsters are advising previous victims that they are owed compensation and simply need to pay a fee to obtain this money; or the fee is requested under the pretence that this is an administrative fee for the courts, after which the amount ‘owed’ to...

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Police: Investment fraud victims report losing more than £59m to 'Binary Options'

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  • Total of 2,065 people have reported being a victim of Binary Options fraud to Action Fraud since 2012.
  • Victims have reported to have lost almost £60 million.
  • The average person loses £22,811.

Our reports show that Binary Options fraud appears to be a growing problem. In just the first half of 2017, 697 people reported to have lost over £18 million. 

Operation Broadway, a London-wide intelligence-led drive to uncover and disrupt suspected ‘boiler room’ investment frauds operating out of of the capital, was launched in 2014 by the City of London Police, City of London Corporation Trading Standards, Metropolitan Police, National Trading Standards ‘Scambusters’ Team, HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Those who fall victim to Binary Options fraud lose an average loss of £22,000.

Protect yourself from investment fraud cold calls

Protect yourself against Binary Options fraud

  • If you’re considering any type of investment, always remember: if it seems too good to be true,...

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Police: National Cyber Security Centre: Equifax to contact 700,000 customers following breach

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Equifax, the credit rating agency, suffered a cyber breach in May 2017 and today they have confirmed that a file containing 15.2m UK records dating from between 2011 and 2016 was attacked in this incident.

The majority of these compromised records may contain the name and date of birth of certain UK consumers, but Equifax have stated that they will contact by post the 693,665 customers who had sensitive data exposed.

Since being made aware of the incident, a wide range of relevant UK government departments and agencies have worked together to protect British citizens who may have been affected by this data breach. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), under the supervision of government ministers, has worked with the regulatory authorities, law enforcement and government partners to understand the impact to the UK and develop measures to support those affected and provide appropriate advice.  

The UK’s independent financial and information regulators have played an...

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Police: Latest industry data shows fall in financial fraud

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  • Total losses on card, remote banking and cheque fraud were 8 per cent lower in H1 2017 than in H1 2016

  • Industry successfully stopped more than two-thirds of attempted financial fraud preventing over £750 million of fraud

  • Banking industry and government to launch Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign to help customers spot the most common financial scams as criminals increasingly target them as the weakest lin

Financial fraud losses of £366.4 million in the first half of 2017 were 8 per cent lower year-on-year, figures from UK Finance show. The data, which covers payment cards, remote banking and cheques, also shows that the industry prevented over £750 million of fraud during the same period, or 67 per cent of attempted fraud. This compares with £400.4 million of losses and £678.7 million of prevented fraud in the first half of 2016.
Fraudsters are increasingly trying to use customers’ compromised personal and financial information to carry out fraud. Details are primarily stolen through online attacks, such as data...

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Police: Counterfeit campaign warns of dangers of identity theft

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City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has launched a new campaign with the warning that ‘there’s more at stake when it’s a fake’.

The campaign highlights the many consequences of buying counterfeit goods online, including identity crime. When buying items, people will part with personal details such as their address and financial information which allows fraudsters to set up new websites selling counterfeit goods in their name.

Action Fraud has received over 15,000 reports linked to identity crime in the last year (April 2016 – March 2017) which shows the extent of the growing problem. In addition 400 victims have been contacted by PIPCU in the last two years to inform them that their identity is believed to have been stolen and open websites in their name after they had previously purchased counterfeit items online.

Find out more about the More At Stake campaign.

How to prevent identity theft with safe shopping

Trust your instincts. If an offer looks too good to be true,...

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Police: Warning: Fraudsters send out letters claiming to be from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau

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Action Fraud is warning people to be wary following reports of a letter claiming to be from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

The letter is being sent to victims of fraud offering them the opportunity to have their money returned. To receive the money, it asks them to send their personal details to a South African bank. However, it uses the NFIB branding and the name of the City of London Police’s Commissioner to appear credible. The fraudsters are sending these letters so that they are able to gather bank details and defraud people who have already fallen victim to fraud.

Protect yourself from fraud recovery fraud:

  • Be ready for fraud recovery scams if you’ve been a victim in the past. Challenge any letters from people you don’t know or companies you’ve never contacted. Clarify any letters directly with the relevant organisation.

  • If you’re asked to pay, or give your bank account details, end all contact.

  • Ask how they found out that you had been a...

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Police: Action Fraud warns horse racing community as investment fraud increases

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Action Fraud is warning horse racing enthusiasts following reports of investment fraud cases in the equestrian community.

Action Fraud has received 20 complaints of investment fraud relating to horse racing since June with a total loss of £11,350. The suspects claim to use software for placing horse racing bets on the victim’s behalf. However, once payment has been made to the fraudsters, often methods to contact them are closed down and the victim does not hear from the fraudsters again.

Action Fraud has also noticed the re-emergence of other investment frauds where an individual is encouraged to invest in ownership of a race horse. People are contacted about these non-existent opportunities primarily by post; however, after the fraudsters have received payments, the individual finds they are no longer able to get in contact with the company.

Protect yourself from investment fraud:

  • Investment into a racing horse as part of a syndicate may in some instances fall within a collective investment...

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Police: Equifax data breach: how to protect yourself

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Equifax has confirmed a data breach in which both UK and US accounts have been compromised.

Action Fraud is aware of reports of a large scale data leak of Equifax customer data, which was first reported to us on Friday 8 September. Since then we have been working with Equifax, as well as law enforcement partners in the USA and UK, in order to gain a precise understanding of the extent of the data leak and whether any UK citizens may have been affected. We will post a more detailed update when we have more information to give.

Until then, anyone concerned that their data may be affected can contact Equifax by visiting the Equifax website for further information.

Here’s what you can do to make yourself safer:

  • If any of your financial details were compromised, notify your bank or card company as soon as possible. Review your financial statements regularly for any unusual activity.
  • Be suspicious of any unsolicited calls, emails or texts, even if it appears to be from a company you know of. Don’t open the attachments or...

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Beware of fraudsters who claim they recover money you’ve lost via Western Union
It's the thought that counts
Timeshare fraud spike: losses of more than £90,000 in holiday season
Investment fraud victims report losing more than £59m to 'Binary Options'
National Cyber Security Centre: Equifax to contact 700,000 customers following breach

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