The number of hackers trying to break into our accounts is rocketing: Here’s how to protect your cash from a bank hacking crime wave

Banks are trying to hold their customers responsible for online fraud as they fight a desperate war against internet hackers.

The High Street names are writing tough new rules that mean current account holders will be made to take the blame if they fall prey to online crooks.

Online banking and the number of customers using apps to run their financial affairs is booming.

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What could eBay hackers do with your data (…and why your personal info is more valuable to fraudsters than your credit card details)

Millions of eBay users have had their details stolen by hackers, following the biggest criminal raid ever carried out online.

The personal details of 15million users in the UK have been compromised following the data hack, which was several months ago but revealed just this week.

eBay has warned all users to urgently change their passwords to protect their details.

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BT bills neighbours for midnight Bosnia calls after scammers connect to line


BT staff insisted seven homes in the same road were liable for hundreds of pounds of phone calls after ‘teeing’ scam.

What the residents of Pelham Road did not know is that they had been victims of something known as “teeing”, or “teeing-in”. This sees fraudsters physically taking over a victim’s phone line, by connecting a handset and using it to make calls – often to foreign premium-rate numbers.

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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 Services are leading activities throughout the month of May as part of Scams Awareness Month.

Whether you’re an individual consumer looking to protect yourself and family from scams or an organization representing consumers, your efforts during Scams Awareness Month are vital because they will help spread the message that scams can be tackled if people learn how to spot the signs.

We’ve created a quiz to test your scam spotting skills. Take the quiz, spot the clues and share the results with your friends and family using social media.

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 give people the information, skills and confidence to spot and stop scams.

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Beware the latest nuisance call rip-off… scammers pretending to be from the service that bans nuisance calls!

Households are being warned to watch out for a growing, sinister scam – fake calls purporting to be from the official service to protect against nuisance calls..

Scammers target households that are weary of endless nuisance phone calls to offer them a paid-for service that they claim will block cold callers.

However this service is already free of charge from the Telephone Preference Scheme (TPS).
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The top five scams to avoid revealed as fraudsters strike 600 times a day

The UK’s fraud prevention service is warning that crimes involving fraud continue to be a major problem despite tougher action.

Police crackdowns have led to an 11 per cent fall in fraud in 2013 compared with the year before, according to the fraud prevention service Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System. But there are still 600 frauds committed every day, half involving stolen identity.

As one scam is tackled, heartless criminals quickly come up with nasty new ways to part you from your cash.
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‘Microsoft support scam’ ringleader gets suspended jail sentence and fine

In the first such UK conviction, a Luton man has been ordered to pay compensation to victims of a scam that phoned victims to claim their PCs were infected with a virus.

A man who ran a “Microsoft support scam” which fooled people into paying for unneeded antivirus software that was free has been given a suspended jail sentence, and ordered to pay thousands of pounds in compensation and fines.

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 state benefits

•order goods in your name

•take over your existing accounts

•take out mobile phone contracts

•obtain genuine documents such as passports and driving licences in your name.

The first you know of it may be when you receive bills or invoices for things you haven’t ordered, or when you receive letters from debt collectors for debts that aren’t yours.

A copy of the document is provided for your attention, if you receive this please do not respond and delete email immediately.

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’, CIFAS warned.

It doesn’t take much to get hold of enough information to steal your identity.

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