6 scams that are going around and what to watch out for
Victims lost more than £ 63million to investment scams posted on social media, police said.
Figures released by City of London Police showed the value of the number of reported investment frauds where victims referred to an online platform.
Some have been drawn to direct messages, while others have seen the scams advertised.
Superintendent Sanjay Andersen, of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau of the City of London Police, said: “Reports of investment fraud have increased dramatically since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which is not surprising when you consider that the vast majority of us have had to lead almost every aspect of our life on a computer or a cell phone.
“Being more online means criminals have a greater opportunity to approach unsuspecting victims with their scams.
“We encourage anyone considering making an investment to do their research first. Visit the FCA website and double-check and double-check every detail before handing over your money or personal information.”
We’ve rounded up the latest scams around and what you should be aware of
Fake iTunes Email
Cumbria Trading Standards took to social media to warn residents after seeing an increase in fraudulent emails linked to iTunes.
The warning came after more than 300 scam reports were leaked to Action Fraud.
A spokesperson for Cumbria Trading Standards reported on social media: “‘Cancel’ links lead to phishing websites that steal login details as well as personal and financial information.”
Anyone who has received the email can report it to [email protected]
Chartered Trading Standards Institute Mail Scam
Mail-in scam using the fraudulent Chartered Trading Standards Institute mark targets the public.
CTSI has been made aware of an institute-mimicking mail-in scam, which informs the victim that she has been exposed to a company that CTSI has allegedly investigated.
The letter, which is covered by the CTSI trademark, informs the recipient that insurance fraudsters have been caught and the recipient needs to complete a “creditors debt form” as part of a bogus compensation scheme. Completing the form puts the respondent’s finances at risk.
The scam is currently under investigation.
These letters are entirely fraudulent. If you receive this insurance scam letter, please report it to the Financial Conduct Authority and for general help and advice contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline. The public should be aware that this scam can not only be sent by mail, but also by email.
Customers of HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds and Halifax banks
Barclays, Halifax, HSBC and Lloyds banking customers have been warned of new scams targeting their contact details.
Potential victims will receive fraudulent text messages from scammers.
The text message reads: “A payment has been attempted from a new device and needs to be approved. If it was NOT you, please visit ______ to secure your account. ”
Another message will tell customers that they have “successfully added a new beneficiary”, prompting customers to share their details by saying, “If it was not you, please visit ____ to secure your account.”
The warning comes from Katherine Hart, a senior executive at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).
She said: “I have witnessed so many reports of this scam; indeed, I received several versions on my phone.
“The public is very vulnerable to this type of fraud, especially when more people rely on online payments.
“Fraudsters are changing the form and methods of their scams in response to changing consumer behavior.
“The surge in online shopping and payments means the public needs to be more vigilant when making payments online and receiving messages claiming to be from their bank.”
Cumbria Trading Standards received the following information: “I received a voicemail message from 020 3276 9589. The voicemail message said they were HMRC and threatened me that if I didn’t press 1 on my phone a warrant would be issued and I would be arrested soon! Naturally, I deleted the message and did not press any number on the keyboard. My concern is for others, it was a little scary for me too!
The Neighborhood Watch member did not respond to the scam and others are urged to do the same.
Residents have been urged to discuss these scams with their family, friends, and elderly and more vulnerable neighbors to help them stay safe.
NHS vaccine scam
By business standards, people are reporting receiving a text message claiming to be from the NHS.
It reads: “We have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine. For more information and to apply, follow here. ”
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) said text messages were sent, including links to bogus NHS websites that asked recipients for bank details, supposedly for verification purposes.
Such messages were first reported at the end of December on the western islands of Scotland, but the CTSI says they are “by no means limited to the region”.
Katherine Hart, senior officer at CTSI, said: “The vaccine brings great hope for an end to the pandemic and lockdowns, but some only wish to create more misery by defrauding others.
“The NHS will never ask you for bank details, passwords or PINs and these should serve as instant red flags.”
Royal Mail is warning the public of a disturbing parcel scam that is circling the UK.
The scam comes in the form of text messages and emails asking customers to make additional payments to ensure their package is delivered.
The message reads: “Your package has a delivery charge of £ 2.99, to pay for this visit now … Action will be taken if you do not pay these charges.”
The link will then take you to a replica of the Royal Mail website where scammers try to convince customers to pass on their details.
A number of variations of the Royal Mail scam are doing the rounds and the latest can be found at their website.
Eight men have been arrested following raids across England over a number of fraudulent text messages deceiving cash-strapped victims during the lockdown.
The suspects were allegedly involved in sending fraudulent text messages, mostly masquerading as Royal Mail asking customers to pay a fee to collect a package for delivery.
Raids were carried out in London, Coventry, Birmingham and Colchester, a specialist unit from the City of London and the Metropolitan Police said.