N T S S C A M A L E R T 26th January 2021

Doorstep scams

Three men who posed as delivery drivers and burst into terrified mother’s home have been jailed

20th January 2021Three men have been jailed after posing as delivery drivers and forcing their way into the home of a terrified mother in south London during a botched robbery. more

Distraction burglary warning as pensioners scammed out of cash in water board scam

21st January 2021Two callous criminals conned five pensioners out of cash after targeting homes in Walsall and Birmingham.
The conmen, who pretended to be water officials, have tricked their way into homes by telling victims there was an issue with their supply between 9th and 20th January. more

Telephone scams

TV licence scam: Warning over Covid refund payment text

15th January 2021

Criminals are sending out fake texts to BBC TV licence holders offering a Covid refund payment in an attempt to steal personal and financial information.
The National Trading Standards Scams Team says the text offers a link to an “extremely convincing” fake website where people are asked to input their bank details to claim a refund. more

Lincolnshire Police issue a warning after criminals impersonate cops in attempt to scam Boston man

21st January 2021

Criminals posing as police officers tried to cheat a Boston man out of money twice in a single day.
The ‘officer’ claimed that the victim’s grandson had been arrested on suspicion of using a cloned bank card that belonged to his wife and that he must call 101. more

Online scams

Criminals target savers with fake Covid-19 ‘vaccine bonds’, claiming they are backed by Pfizer

13th January 2021

Criminals are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic by targeting savers with online adverts claiming their money will be invested in Covid-19 “vaccine bonds”.

The adverts emailed to potential victims falsely claim that US bank Citigroup will invest their money in drug company Pfizer. more

Big spike in work-from-home phishing email

20th January 2021

Phishing email attacks related to working from home are rising amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, according to KnowBe4 research.

KnowBe4’s quarter four 2020 top-clicked phishing report reveals the top ten general email subjects. It also includes the top ten in-the-wild email subject lines. more

Watch out, you may have swiped right on a criminal

20th January 2021

As more users have turned to online dating apps during the pandemic, criminals have taken notice and are now using the apps to trick users into becoming involved in fake investments. more

Bitcoin investment scam is circulating

20th January 2021

Cumbria Trading Standards are making residents aware of a bitcoin investment scam email that is circulating.
Action Fraud have received more 400 reports in just two days of the scam. more

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