Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.
Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, has launched a 24/7 live cyber-attack helpline.
Online auction fraud accounted for 65% of reports, with victims reported losing over £16 million in total, 45% more than the year before
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is warning the public about rogue websites advertising fake premium rate numbers for their cruelty line.
There has been an increase in cold calls to the public from bogus bailiffs requesting payments for a “phantom” debt.
Action Fraud have noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.
Reports show that fraudsters are offering to sell victims a timeshare on a holiday property for an advance fee.
Action Fraud has received intelligence which suggests that fraudsters are setting up fake job adverts online in order to lure in unsuspecting jobseekers.
- Total of 2,065 people have reported being a victim of Binary Options fraud to Action Fraud since 2012.
- Victims have reported to have lost almost £60 million.
- The average person loses £22,811.
Our reports show that Binary Options fraud appears to be a growing problem. In just the first half of 2017, 697 people reported to have lost over £18 million.
Equifax, the credit rating agency, suffered a cyber breach in May 2017 and today they have confirmed that a file containing 15.2m UK records dating from between 2011 and 2016 was attacked in this incident.