Archive for month: November, 2013

Think very hard before getting a payday loan this Christmas!

29 Nov
November 29, 2013

We’re on the doorstep of December and with Christmas carols blaring out of every shop on the high street, it’s pretty easy to get so caught up in the relentless Christmas frenzy that you end up thinking about taking out a payday loan in order to fund the dinners, parties, outfits, outings and of course, the lavish gifts that we think will make the picture-perfect Christmas.  Read more →

Fake Skype voicemail emails being sent out to users

29 Nov
November 29, 2013

Phishing emails are a dime a dozen, plaguing inboxes all over the world every day. They purport to be coming from various reputable sources, including banks, postal services and government officials. The latest of these scams has used Skype as its façade.  Read more →

Beware of scammers looking to sell you investments in oil, gold and land

28 Nov
November 28, 2013

UK investors lose about £200m a year to high-pressure investment boiler rooms with some 10,000 victims getting ripped off for an average £20,000, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned. The FCA has seen a sudden surge in scam groups selling ‘investments’ in oil, gold and even land, pressuring clients to make fast decisions in case they ‘miss out’.  Read more →

Tech support scams hindering legitimate remote help companies

26 Nov
November 26, 2013

Fraudsters hiding behind remote desktop support programs to scam their victims have made it difficult for legitimate IT companies to convince users that they not trying to steal their money.  Read more →

3 holiday scams to steer clear of

25 Nov
November 25, 2013

It’s the festive season. That means people are in major shopping mode. It also means many of them are waving their credit cards, spending as much as they can possibly afford on gifts and presents. Cue scammers and fraudsters getting as many opportunities as their hearts desire to get their hands on some of that cash.  Read more →

Beware of CryptoLocker ransomware

20 Nov
November 20, 2013

CryptoLocker ransomware is currently making the rounds. An increased amount of emails purporting to be from various banks and other financial institutions are going out to millions of potential victims, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA). Small and medium businesses are being targeted in particular, it has been announced.  Read more →

Winter cold is here… and so are cold weather scams

19 Nov
November 19, 2013

With winter’s cold weather creeping up on countries all over the globe, scam artists are coming out with one of their most prevalent schemes. Posing as billing representatives from various utility companies, fraudsters call their victims, threatening to cut off their heating service because of bills they have allegedly failed to pay.  Read more →

Mobile phones becoming a favourite target for scammers

18 Nov
November 18, 2013

Mobile phone devices have opened doors to all kinds of opportunities for scam artists and fraudsters to get their hands on your data and personal information. While it cannot be denied that the devices offer great flexibility and functionality, the risk that comes with them is also substantial. Recent reports show that Android malware has risen by a massive 614% since 2012.   Read more →

Zeus malware emails targeting financial institutions

15 Nov
November 15, 2013

Spam emails are a common day to day nuisance many of us contend with. However, now there seems to be a scheme targeting financial institutions all over the UK. Spam emails containing malicious software are being dispensed. Malware attachments containing a variant of the Zeus computer virus target  Microsoft Windows machines and subsequently steal  personal data and banking information from them.  Read more →

Scratch-and-win card scam rakes in $1.7 million in New Zealand

14 Nov
November 14, 2013

So far, as many as 55 victims have been effected by the scam. Running since April, the scheme involves a scratch-and-win-style ticket from a travel firm in Malaysia and plays on people’s dreams that they too could one day be lucky enough to win the lottery.   Read more →