UK sees surge in catphishing, claims report

A new study shows the United Kingdom is experiencing an unprecedented surge in romance scams this summer. Victims from the United Kingdom lost a record €104 million to romance scams over the last 12 months, up from €68 million in 2020. Romance scams – also known as ‘catphishing’ – are when criminals create fake online profiles to trick online love seekers out…
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Action Fraud warns of scam Ukraine emails

The UK's national fraud reporting centre has issued a warning to those wanting to help victims of the Ukraine war. Action Fraud has sent out an alert as cybercriminals are targeting those who want to help victims of the Russian invasion. They have received 196 reports of bogus emails claiming to be fundraising for victims…

Computer takeover scams cost users over £16 million a year

Consumer watchdog Which? is warning of the dangers of fraudsters using computer takeover scams to steal money and personal details from unsuspecting victims, as data shows reported losses reached more than £16 million in the last year.   The consumer organisation has heard from people who have lost thousands of pounds to this convincing scam where…

5 tips for guarding against financial fraud during COVID-19

Price comparison engine GoCompare is urging people to stay safe online as official statistics show a dramatic increase in phishing and online shopping scams as cybercriminals look to capitalise on fears during COVID-19 pandemic. According to Action Fraud’s figures for March 2020, coronavirus-related fraud reports have increased by 400%, with victims’ losses totally nearly £1million.…