Entries by John Heslop

HMRC Alert

HMRC Alert What you need to know 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 deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as […]

Courier Fraud Alert – 04/06/2019

Courier Fraud Alert   Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank OfficialsAlert What you need to know Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official The suspect will say either: There has been fraudulent activity at the victims’ bank and the staff at the bank are involved, […]

And the industry sector most vulnerable to cyber attacks goes to… (drum-roll, please!)… Finance

After a short hiatus, finance has returned as the most attacked industry sector in the EMEA, mainly thanks to web application attacks, says research According to the NTT Security‘s 2019 Global Threat Intelligence Report, the finance industry in EMEA accounted for 30% of all attacks – compared to 17% globally, reinforcing its vulnerability to cybercrime. As such, […]

Tens of thousands of fraud victims are being failed by police as officers routinely drop probes because the crime ‘doesn’t bang, bleed or shout’

Fraud victims are being betrayed by police who fail to investigate tens of thousands of swindlers. Officers routinely drop probes into bank scams, which cost the UK £190billion a year, because the crime does not ‘bang, bleed or shout’, a damning report has warned. Incredibly, one force dropped 96 per cent of cases it received from […]

Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs)

Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) launched Today (5th March 2019) saw the launch of the Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs). Economic Crime has a significant impact on the UK economy; with an estimated 3.24 million fraud offences taking place year ending March 2018 (Office of National Statistics 2018).  These new awards serve to reward and […]

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert Action Fraud have received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online. Prior to a viewing the suspect requests that the individuals pay a deposit and sometimes a month’s rent upfront, claiming that this money will be put into the […]

Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert The NFIB have become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification. When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but […]

EUROPOL – INTERNET ORGANISED CRIME THREAT ASSESSMENT 2018

Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol:- It is my pleasure to introduce the 2018 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), not only as it is the fifth anniversary edition of the report, but also my first as the Executive Director of Europol. The IOCTA has been and continues to be a flagship strategic product […]

Are you at risk of being scammed on your phone? Millions don’t have antivirus software – and feel pressured by limited-time offers

As many as 61 per cent of smartphone users could be leaving themselves vulnerable to scammers online, according to a new survey. With more people now shopping online with their phones than ever before, only two in five surveyed by IT security company ESET were certain they had antivirus software on their mobile phones., Additionally, […]

HM Revenue And Customs Alert – 07/01/2019

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 that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is […]