Archive for month: April, 2014

How to avoid the grandparents scam

30 Apr
April 30, 2014

When someone calls and tells you a family member is injured and in need of help, your first gut reaction is to help. But with the ever-increasing number of scammers, authorities are urging people to be wise to the ruses, especially when it comes to those that target emotions towards family members above all else. How do you do this? Read more →

Fixed OpenSSL has another bug? Hacker claims likely a scam

28 Apr
April 28, 2014

OpenSSL has been the focus of much attention in recent weeks since the discovery of the most serious security flaw in recent years – the “Heartbleed” bug. The flaw in the software made data on websites coded by it vulnerable to theft by hackers. More worrying was the fact that the attack would leave no trace, thus leaving people unable to determine whether or not their data had been accessed.  Read more →

Qantas travel prize is bogus!

25 Apr
April 25, 2014

Qantas had famously hit a rough patch when it started losing out in competition with budget airlines as well as foreign carriers such as Virgin who had the advantage of increased foreign holding. Therefore, it might not seem like too much of a stretch of the imagination that the Australian airline would be trying to entice potential passengers with the ruse of a travel prize. However, Qantas has issued warnings today that calls from people claiming the receiver has won a free holiday are scams.

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‘Microsoft’ scammer sentenced in landmark case

23 Apr
April 23, 2014

A man who ran a Microsoft computer scam tricking people into paying for free anti-virus software has received a suspended four-month jail sentence, a decision which was hailed as a ‘landmark’ by Trading Standards. Read more →

Scam artist jailed for £4m boiler room scam

16 Apr
April 16, 2014

John Curtin, a salesman who scammed elderly investors out of more than £4m has finally been jailed for three years.

The 38 year old fraudster was the last of the five conspirators to be jailed. Brian James O’Brien, Lynne Jane D’Albertson, James Py and Damien Rodney Smith were sentenced in 2012.  Read more →

Bosses need to protect their firms: Bribery Act on the agenda

07 Apr
April 7, 2014

In a video called ‘Consequences Begin at Home,’ released by the City of London Police, businesses are being shown the ins and outs of the Bribery Act to help them understand and fully appreciate its implications. Read more →

Scammers take schemes to extremes: Death threat hoax emails

03 Apr
April 3, 2014

The best of scams trigger visceral emotional responses to get people to hand over their hard earned cash… and this one is no different. This month, a number of police stations across the UK have received reports regarding emails from ‘Muhammed Yunus Jinnah’, which claimed that he had been hired to assassinate the recipient.

As a result, a ripple of panic is making the rounds through various communities. Read more →