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N T S S C A M A L E R T 15th November 2021

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As a property investor, you are more than likely to require building work at some point – whether you are flipping property, investing for the long-term or operating as a buy-to-let investor.

But there are unfortunately rogue operators out there who are more than willing to scam people out of their money. more

Telephone scams

Police warn against fraud and hoax calls being made in Pembrokeshire

3rd November 2021

Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating a number of reports in the Pembrokeshire area of a man purporting to be a police officer from the London area.

The man is contacting local residents to discuss details of an incident in which their card has been used fraudulently. more

Lottery criminals pretend to work for Simmons & Simmons

9th November 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued an alert after criminals used the name of a City law firm as part of a telephone scam where members of the public are informed they’ve won the lottery. more

Online scams

Black Friday 2021 scams and how to spot if you’re being conned this November

5th November 2021

Black Friday is almost here, however, many deals are already on the market from technology to clothing and as the years go on, the dangers grow.

This means that with all the good deals now being advertised and a sudden influx in purchases as we approach Black Friday on November 26, there comes a risk of being scammed – and some of the tricks can look very genuine. more

World Cup phishing scams spotted a year ahead of the event

5th November 2021

The FIFA World Cup is still more than a year away, but that’s not stopping cybercriminals from trying to use the hype surrounding the event to scam people. more

New law to be introduced to help protect pension savers from criminals

8th November 2021

New rules to help protect pension savers from criminals became law on 8th November. Under the regulations, pension trustees and scheme managers will be given the power to stop suspicious transfers before cash gets into the hands of criminals. more

Gmail is awash with bait attack phishing emails

10th November 2021

Cybercriminals have begun researching potential victims in order to collect information that will help improve the odds of their phishing attacks being successful.

According to a new report from the IT security company Barracuda Networks, these bait attacks are one technique employed by cybercriminals to test out email addresses they’ve acquired and see who is willing to respond. more

Friends Against Scams
On the 11th November, WhatsApp launched the STOP. THINK. CALL. campaign, in partnership with Friends Against Scams (FAS). The campaign aims to help educate the British public on how to protect themselves and their WhatsApp account from message-based scams.

WhatsApp has enlisted Joel Dommett as a SCAMbassador for FAS, once a victim of a scam himself, to help share some simple advice that can keep people safe. Together they are calling on the British public to STOP. THINK. CALL. before they respond to a suspicious or unusual message.

“As someone who has fallen victim to a scam myself, I know, personally, how stupid and embarrassed it makes you feel. It’s important that we do as much as we can to raise awareness of all the different ways that scammers out there prey on vulnerable people. Simply remembering to ‘Stop. Think. Call.’ when you get an unusual message may save you a lot of money and inconvenience in the long run.”, Joel Dommett commented.

For more information about the campaign, please visit this page.

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