Beat the fraudsters: spotting and stopping scams

April 3, 2009

The Office of Fair Trading believes scams cost UK consumers at least 3.5 billion pounds in 2008 and three million UK consumers a year fall victim to scams sent via post, email, text message and over the phone. Chances are you have been targeted at some point, be it via bogus lotteries, ‘free’ holidays, premium-rate calls and fraudulent individuals posing as bona fide salespersons.

Gone whaling: Web fraudsters land a bigger catch

April 22, 2008

fraud.jpgFirst there was “phishing” – where criminals try to steal people’s personal details using dodgy emails that look like they’re from the bank.