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Thousands of Barclays customer files stolen and sold to scammers – report

Details of 27,000 people who consulted bank’s advisers were allegedly copied from database to be sold on to rogue traders An investigation is under way after confidential files relating to  customers of Barclays Bank were allegedly stolen and sold on to rogue  City traders. The Mail on Sunday said highly sensitive information including  customers’ earnings, savings,...
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HMRC issues scam tax rebate warning

Taxpayers are being warned not to respond to emails promising them a refund, which are really a phishing scam designed to get hold of their bank account details. HM Revenue & Customs said it would never send customers emails to arrange refunds, and urged anyone receiving one to report it. In 2013, customers reported more than...
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Landlords in the spotlight – how tenants can avoid getting stung

Landlords can run checks on potential tenants, but tenants can’t do likewise. However, with a little conscientious research would-be renters can avoid some major pitfalls It’s not just high rents that tenants have to worry about – there are also an increasing number of fraudsters intent on relieving them of their hard-earned cash. Full story >>...
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How did I manage to fall for a Goa gem scam?

Sarah Bowles is articulate and bright. Here she talks about how she lost her life savings in India to fraudsters When Sarah Bowles woke up in a Berlin youth hostel on a chilly morning just before Christmas, she felt both sick and relieved. Sick because she knew that her £6,500 life savings were lost and she...
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Fraud decrease serves as vindication and warning says CIFAS

The analysis of fraud trends during 2013 by CIFAS – the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service reveals a surprising mix of apparently good and equally alarming news about fraud. Overall, fraud levels decreased in 2013 by 11 percent from the levels recorded in 2012 – the first year on year drop since 2010 – but fraud remains...
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The identity thief’s 10 most desirable items

Theft used to be more straightforward: you could identify your valuables, and keep them locked up. And in the worst case scenario, if someone broke in and stole them, you’d know about it instantly. Identify theft is a whole new ball game. We don’t know what’s valuable to a fraudster; we don’t know how to protect...
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The Psychology of Lies: Behavioural Science Perspectives on Conducting Successful Interviews

There are plenty of myths about the “science” of lie detection despite what books on nonverbal behaviour may say. There is no scientific evidence that crossed arms or legs indicate a defensive person, or that deceivers touch their noses, Evert their eyes, or cover their mouths. Spotting a lie is an inexact science. Can investigators improve...
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Good Phone Usage: Investigative Interview Techniques and Tips for Investigators

Although some situations call for an in-person interview, there are many instances in which an investigator must interview witnesses by phone. In those situations, establishing rapport up front dramatically increases the probability of a successful interview. The Process Once a witness is identified, it is necessary to do an extensive pre- screening to determine whether she/he...
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How to spot an investment scam

Look out for the following signs to avoid becoming a victim of cold call investment scammers. A little bit of common sense and perhaps some research will protect you from most scammers. These are the tell-tale signs to look out for: Full Story >> The Guardian
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10 ways to beat CryptoLocker

Protecting your files from CyptoLocker and other malware starts with a few sensible precautions So what are our top tips? Back up your files. If you use an external hard drive, don’t leave it connected to your PC unless you are backing up. Alternatively, pay for an online back-up service – but bear in mind you...
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