Archive for month: March, 2014

Cancer scare emails: Scam hits new lows

17 Mar
March 17, 2014


Email scams and schemes work by targeting emotional responses from recipients, compelling them to open unsolicited emails, follow links or download files which contain malware, spyware or some other harmful software into the target’s computer or device with the aim to steal important data. That is why, the people behind these operations stoop to the lowest of lows in their attempt to get that click. Sometimes they claim someone close to the recipient has passed or in quite an extreme case that there is an assassin after them.

The latest of these stories involves a scam that suggests victims have cancer.

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), an email is currently doing the rounds with the header “important blood analysis result.” The email tells people that Nice has been sent a sample of their blood for further research and that a test result is attached. When people download the attachment, the victim will find that it contains malware.

The email causes great distress and attempts to make its ruse more real by providing numbers related to low white blood cell and platelet count.

Authorities have urged people not to open the email unless they have actually requested tests. Investigations are currently underway.

Former Oxfam chief scammed charity out of £65k during ‘breakdown’

13 Mar
March 13, 2014

A former anti-fraud chief for Oxfam admitted that he had scammed the charity out of nearly £65,000 in order to fund his addiction to prescription drugs.

Edward McKenzie-Green, 34, who became addicted to prescription drugs, pleaded guilty when faced with charges that he made payments from the charity to fictitious firms using false invoices between February and December 2011. Read more →

Norwegian man jailed for 11 years over $1m Justin Bieber concert scam

11 Mar
March 11, 2014

A Norwegian man who admitted tricking an investor out of $1 million in a fake deal to promote Justin Bieber in Scandinavia has been sentenced to 11 years in jail, and ordered to repay the sum he defrauded, US prosecutors said.  Read more →

Teens brought in for Birmingham phone bank card scam

10 Mar
March 10, 2014

Phone bank card scams have been making the rounds for years, with scammers preying on victims by calling them up on their phones, posing as police officers or other law officials. The fraudsters will claim that the person’s card is somehow involved in a crime and that it need to be picked up in order to be processed by the authorities. The fake police would then ask the person to divulge their pin as a “courier” is despatched to collect their bank card supposedly required as evidence. Read more →

The millionaire fraudster that ripped off Rebecca Adlington’s parents gets legal aid

06 Mar
March 6, 2014

A millionaire who ripped off Rebecca Adlington’s parents in an Olympic ticket scam has been given legal aid despite failing to repay a penny to his victims.

Londoner Terence Shepherd was of the ringleaders of a £5 million fraud in which more than 10,000 people were sold tickets that never arrived. Victims included swimmer Adlington’s parents, who missed the first of her two Beijing gold medal-winning performances when the £1,100 tickets they paid for failed to turn up. Read more →

£7 million get stolen from holidaymakers every year by fraudsters.

05 Mar
March 5, 2014

Stretching palm trees, peaceful beaches and the warm sun on your skin is what you think about when the word holiday is spoken. To the people at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), what pops to mind is the £7 million stolen each and every year from UK holidaymakers by scammers and fraudsters.  Read more →

The new Netflix scam that could steal all your data

04 Mar
March 4, 2014


One of the most dangerous new scams out there is one targeting Netflix customers. The scam, which was discovered by Malwarebytes’ Jerome Segura, uses a fake website to steal Netflix users’ login credentials.   Read more →

Citigroup’s Mexican fraud takes a bite out of profits

03 Mar
March 3, 2014

Having discovered fraud in its Mexican subsidiary, US bank Citigroup has been forced to drive down its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings by $235 million to $13.7 billion, equivalent to £8.2 billion. Read more →