Entries by John Heslop

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 […]

Wedding Services Fraud – 05/06/2017

With the upcoming “Wedding Season”, and for those individuals who are considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved.  According to ‘bridesmagazine.co.uk’, in 2017 the average wedding cost spend is approximately £30,111.  This will be paid out to multiple vendors, including; photographers, caterers, reception […]

Smishing Fraud Alert – 26/05/2017

Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which […]