Entries by John Heslop

Fake Government Grants Fraud Alert – 13/12/2017

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee. To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf […]

Shopping Online Safely – 24/11/2017

How To Shop Online Safely Check the web address Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site. Is it a secure connection? Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and […]

Employment Fraud Alert – 13/11/2017

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation. Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus […]

NERCCU Cyber Protect – Cyber Gremlins Information Videos

  Cyber criminals are after your money, your data and your intellectual property. Find out more at https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/cyberes… This series of videos is an introduction into cyber security in the workplace. It offers advice and guidance to protect yourself and make your business more secure online. Episode 01 – https://youtu.be/6oet0A6s5LY Episode 02 – https://youtu.be/SN83eJ9cNBU Episode 03 – https://youtu.be/xn9cU0522GI […]

Modelling Jobs Advanced Fee Fraud Alert – 21/10/2017

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models. Once victims show interest in the job, the fraudsters contact potential victims […]

Latest industry data shows fall in financial fraud

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 […]

Pet – Fraud Alert – 04/07/2017

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less […]

CIFAS External-Fraudscape report 2017

By Sandra Peaston  Assistant Director, Insight, Cifas With almost one in every two crimes a fraud or cybercrime* there has never been a more urgent time for organisations to be alert to both the external and internal fraud threat. In this report, for the first time ever, we have brought together frauds recorded by Cifas […]

‘Petya’ ransomware attack strikes companies across Europe

A major cyber-attack has struck large multinational companies across Europe, with Ukraine’s government, banks, state power utility and Kiev’s airport and metro system particularly badly affected. The attack on Tuesday caused serious disruption at firms including the advertising giant WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft. The […]

Vehicle Online Shopping Fraud – 12/06/2017

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with […]