Entries by John Heslop

Scams Awareness Month

Scams are cruel crimes that damage consumer confidence and at worst blight the lives of victims and their families. Scams Awareness Month is an important part of the fight-back. It aims to give consumers the skills and confidence to identify scams, share experiences and take action by reporting suspicious activity. Citizens Advice and Trading Standards […]

Don’t fall foul of costly scams

Every year more than 3 million people in the UK fall victim to scams losing hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of their hard-earned pounds. Isn’t it time we started fighting back? Well, you’re in luck – May is Scams Awareness Month, or SAM2014, a campaign set up by Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Trading Standards to […]

Fraud Warning – New Lottery Fraud

A new lottery fraud is being promoted by email – the perpetrators are attempting to take advantage of this years World Cup in Brazil to give the fraud a look of authenticity.  They are attempting to obtain personal details from the unsuspecting to use their stolen identities for the following: •open bank accounts •obtain credit cards, loans and […]

Fraudsters’ five most wanted items

Over 221,000 people fell victim to fraud last year, according to new figures from the CIFAS National Fraud Database. While this marks an 11 per cent reduction on the remarkable levels witnessed the previous year, a closer look at the figures ‘completely dispels the idea that the tide has turned in the fight against fraud’, […]

The dangerous new scam you need to know about: Conmen target bank customers calling from a phone number that mimics that of their bank

Conmen are targeting bank customers with a terrifying telephone scam only previously seen in the U.S. This latest deception is known as ‘number spoofing’ because crooks call customers using a phone number which mimics that of their bank.They do this using a device which can copy any number — even if the one they are […]