Archive for month: December, 2013

Man jailed for student-targeting phishing scam

18 Dec
December 18, 2013

A man has been jailed for nearly four years for his part in a phishing scam that targeted UK students to steal over £1.5m.

Olajide Onikoyi, 29, from Manchester, targeted students by sending them emails inviting them to update details on their student loan account through a link to a fake website. When they clicked through the link, he was able to gain unauthorised access to their bank accounts and extract large amounts of money. Read more →

Poinsettia extortion scam in Italy sees mafia arrested

17 Dec
December 17, 2013

Christmas is bearing closer and most are well into the Christmas spirit, but in Italy the festive cheer has been taken advantage of by the mafia, according to recent reports. In what was a Christmas extortion scam, four alleged mafia gangsters were going from shop to shop in Naples forcing owners to buy traditional poinsettia plants, red leaved Christmas Stars, for approximately 100 times the wholesale price. Read more →

Company fined for setting up fake ‘voting’ lines for ITV shows

16 Dec
December 16, 2013

“I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!” and “Britain’s Got Talent” are two of the UK’s most followed television programmes, each receiving a massive influx of calls from followers voting on the shows, many times for their favourite contestants. However, it has now been revealed that scammers have taken advantage of their popularity by setting up bogus ‘voting’ lines for the ITV shows, ten 090 numbers in total, that were identical to the legitimate lines except for a single digit.  Read more →

How to make smart donations

13 Dec
December 13, 2013

The month of December brings with it the festive season and calls forth the best in people. It is a time of year where the mantra of giving extends beyond friends and family to people in need. Here are a few simple tips that will see your donation money doing the very best it can. Read more →

Young father scammed into buying Xbox photo on eBay gets given real one for free

12 Dec
December 12, 2013

Peter Clatworthy, 19, who was scammed into buying a photo of an Xbox One on eBay for £450 was given the real thing for free by an electronics store.

Mr Clatworthy wanted to surprise his young son with the console but received a poorly-printed picture of one instead. Despite being fully refunded on eBay, he lamented that Christmas would not going to be the same without an Xbox One.  Read more →

Dubai’s Burj 2020 peak fraudsters’ interests

11 Dec
December 11, 2013

Burj 2020, in Dubai, is due to become the tallest commercial tower on the globe. Plans are currently still underway but in their final stages. Architects and other experts will be appointed to the roles in 2014, while ground breaking is set for 2015.  Read more →

“Air Ambulance Service” leaflets are a scam

10 Dec
December 10, 2013

Scam leaflets are being sent out throughout the UK asking people for donations to a purported charity called “Air Ambulance Service”. Now, the real charity, The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS), is issuing warnings urging people not to fall for the scam.  Read more →

Beware of Royal Mail fake package emails

09 Dec
December 9, 2013

With the festive season upon us, online shopping becomes rampant and parcels start coming through the door at lightning speed. In the midst of all the preparations and excitement you receive an email from the Royal Mail informing you that one of your packages has been detained due to the lack of a proper invoice, bill of sale, or other documentation,. It could also be a possible trademark violation, or if the package requires a formal entry.  Read more →

Two million social media passwords published by hackers

06 Dec
December 6, 2013

Hackers have released a massive batch of two million social media and email account passwords online, according to security firm Trustwave. The accounts targeted were those on Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, LinkedIn, YouTube and a number of others.  Read more →

Fakebook friend? Make sure your next friend request comes from someone you really know.

05 Dec
December 5, 2013

Facebook has always been something of a breeding ground for online scams, but the latest twist involves scammers grabbing photos from other profiles and creating fake identities, allowing them to add people and access information they would only want their friends to see.  Read more →