A host of new scams have been unleashed across the country
A host of new scams have been unleashed across the country with victims who have already lost thousands of pounds being targeted once again.
National fraud and cyber crime reporting agency, Action Fraud, has released details of four new scams which people up and down the country are falling prey to.
Incredibly, one of the new schemes by fraudsters is targeting those who have already been a victim to such ploys.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has warned criminals are engaging in what is known as Recovery Room fraud, where the scammers pose as a legitimate body or agency to try and recoup money lost to the initial scam.
Fraudsters are constantly developing new ways to make their calls more convincing
After analysing intelligence from several reports, the NFIB anticipate people who have lost cash through wine investment schemes will be the next group targeted.
The crooks cold-call the victims and claim they can recover the lost funds either for an upfront or advance fee.
In the case of wine investment, the con artists’ pretend to be representing a legal professional such as an insolvency practitioner or a representative of another investment firm.
Last year it is estimated victims of investment fraud lost on average an eyewatering £32,000
Last year it is estimated victims of investment fraud lost on average an eyewatering £32,000.
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The NFIB’s Investment Fraud Team has identified increasingly sophisticated and advanced psychological tactics used to persuade people to part with their cash and invest in their product.
Action Fraud uncovered schemes relating to parking fine letters, where would-be victims are sent a notification claiming to be from the police or poking authorities.
It claims they have been spotted parked illegally and have to pay a fine, while other scams include people being sent penalty notices for cars or vans hired in their name.
In most of these cases the victims’ identity has been stolen.
Another popular con is phishing emails or text supposedly from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about a tax rebate.
NFIB has warned criminals are engaging in what is known as Recovery Room fraud
When recipients download the attacks files or click a link, their device is infected with Dridex, a type of banking malware or Locky ransom.
This ‘locks’ the user’s device and demands a ransom from a hacked website.
And new anti-virus activation ploys are being used, exploiting those unfamiliar with the set-up of security.
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) March 6, 2017
Usually when buying new laptops or computers people will protect it with antivirus software, but some people have reported being unable to activate their new subscription.
This can often lead them to following links to fake antivirus websites, where after entering contact information victims are called by the fraudsters to ‘install’ the software.
This trick has also been used on people simply renewing their security software.
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Stephen Proffitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud said: “Fraudsters are constantly developing new ways to make their calls more convincing so members of the public need to remain vigilant.
“If you receive a cold call purporting to be from your bank, always end the call as soon as possible and call your bank back using the number on the back of your bank card or statement and ask to be put through to the fraud team.
“Tell them exactly what has just occurred. If you believe your bank details may have been compromised, you should report this to your bank immediately.”