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The Previous Post May Have Contained link to Trojan Virus Spam Site March 14, 2018

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Dear Readers,

The previous post from this blog has been taken down because we suspect it was sent by a Trojan and that the link contained went to a malware site.

Best wishes,

Charles Paxton

 

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Rugby World Cup 2015 – Avoid Bogus Ticket Websites/Sellers April 13, 2015

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Rugby World Cup 2015 – Avoid Bogus Ticket Websites/Sellers

 

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Apologies if you have previously received this information; however as stated below, this alert will be re-sent regularly leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Action Fraud, together with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the City of London Police, are working in partnership with Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers to disrupt those entities seeking to sell Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets without permission from the official provider.

We would like rugby fans and the general public to be aware that they should only purchase tickets from official sources and avoid being scammed.

Purchase tickets from an official source and avoid losing your money.

  • England Rugby 2015 Limited (“ER2015”) is the organising committee of Rugby World Cup 2015, due to take place in England and Cardiff from 18 September 2015 until 31 October 2015. Rugby World Cup Limited (“RWCL”) is the Tournament owner of Rugby World Cup 2015.
  • RWCL/ER2015 wants to ensure that the public is not misled, by unauthorised ticket sellers, into believing they have purchased genuine Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets.

Where can you buy official match tickets? 

Where can you buy Official ticket-inclusive hospitality packages?

  • These can only be purchased through the official hospitality programme, operated by Rugby Travel & Hospitality Ltd (“RTH”) at www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality.

Where can you buy Official ticket-inclusive Supporter Tours (i.e. travel packages)?

How do you ensure that you are buying Rugby World Cup 2015 match tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages from an official channel?

  • To check whether a company or a certain website is an official Rugby World Cup 2015 channel, use the ‘Official Checker’ tool which is located at www.rugbyworldcup/buyofficial.

Can you buy official Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages elsewhere, other than as outlined above?

  • There is no guarantee that Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets (and/or ticket inclusive packages) purchased from any source other than RWCL, ER2015, RTH  (or those listed above) are genuine tickets (and/or ticket-inclusive packages).
  • Fans who purchase tickets and/or ticket-inclusive packages from unauthorised sellers run the risk of paying over the odds for a non-existent ticket, ending up disappointed by not getting to see the match they paid to see, and risk having their personal and credit card details stolen for use in other crimes.

Points to note about unauthorised activity:

  • It has been shown from the 2012 Olympics and other major events in the UK that ticket touts are often linked with other forms of criminality.
  • The unauthorised sale, or offer for sale, of Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets (and/or ticket-inclusive packages) may constitute an infringement of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 or Fraud.
  • All official Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets are subject to ER2015’s ticket terms and conditions, located at: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/ticketing/t-c
  • Tickets are STRICTLY NON-TRANSFERABLE and MUST NOT BE SOLD OR OFFERED, EXPOSED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, OR TRANSFERRED OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED. ER2015 reserves the right to cancel without refund any tickets which ER2015 reasonably believes have been or are intended to be resold, offered, exposed or made available for sale, or transferred or otherwise disposed in breach of the ticketing terms and conditions.
  • Any person attempting to use Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets which have been resold in breach of the ticket terms and conditions risks being refused entry to or ejected from the relevant match venue.

How do I report unauthorised use of Rugby World Cup assets?

  • To report the sale of unauthorised general public tickets, please contact ER2015 at legal@england2015.com.
  • To report the sale of counterfeit Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets or the unauthorised sale of ticket-inclusive supporter tour/hospitality packages, please contact rwcrightsprotection@img.com

TICKETS PURCHASED OR OBTAINED FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE SHALL BE VOID AND MAY BE SEIZED OR CANCELLED WITHOUT REFUND OR COMPENSATION.

Action Fraud will be replicating this alert on a regular basis, leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup to prevent members of the community being affected by this type/similar fraud. Please bear with us until September 2015.

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Top safety tips to help avoid job scams February 2, 2015

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Get Safe Online, Safer Jobs and Action Fraud are warning people to take precautions whilst looking for jobs online, to avoid falling victim to scammers.

There are a number of different ways in which job-seekers could be defrauded. These range from direct financial scams to misleading job descriptions.

Safer-Jobs, the recruitment industry’s counter fraud forum, provide free advice to ensure that people have a safer job search. They suggest several steps which any other job-seeker should take when dealing with a potential employer:

1. Never part with money – employers should pay you, not the other way round. If asked to pay for security checks, visas, training, or anything else, you should research the job, the company, and never use any associated company suggested to you without conducting independent thorough research.

2. Never take it on face value– have you received an ‘out of the blue’, ‘too good to be true’ job offer? Be sceptical and ask questions. Why and how have you been contacted, what is the job, did you apply? Be wary of any non-business, generic email address (such as hotmail and yahoo), poorly written job adverts or job descriptions, and emails or contact at unusual times of the day (unless pre-arranged).

3. Never do everything online – whilst technology is a great enabler to help people find work, at some point your job discussion should lead to an interview or a meeting. Hiring agents who keep the relationship solely on email must be treated extremely cautiously.

4. Never fail to do research – find out about the company that the job is with and do your research! Check landline telephone numbers and call the end employer to check the job exists. Use social media and sources such as Companies House and LinkedIn to dig deeper into the organisations and people you are interacting with.

5. Never phone them for an interview – premium rate phone scams are common. This is where an individual calls a pay-for number thinking it’s an interview, when actually they are paying for every minute they stay on hold. If an employer wants you to work for them, they will call you.

6. Never accept money for nothing – with money mule scams on the increase, beware of any employer promising ‘get rich quick’ or ‘earn thousands working from home’. When cheques begin arriving it is easy to be fooled into being used as a money mule.

7. Never provide personal details– be suspicious of any requests for personal data ahead of an interview or registration meeting (if an agency). Until you have the job, keep bank details safe and only provide identity details once you have met face to face.

For more information visit:
www.actionfraud.police.uk/node/288
www.getsafeonline.org
www.safer-jobs.com

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Avoid falling victim of being an online auction seller or administrator January 28, 2015

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Fraudsters are targeting people to list items on their behalf on popular online auction sites. The scam involves a job offer to sell desirable items at below market value and receive money from any potential buyers. The ‘work from home’ job will usually require retaining 10% of the money received as a “salary” and fraudsters will ask that the remaining funds are sent to them via bank transfer or money transfer.

In these cases the proposed items being sold do not exist and are therefore not dispatched to the proposed buyers. This will usually result in the buyer making a complaint concerning the individual who has listed the items. This can result in your bank account being closed by the bank for suspected fraud or money laundering and being held accountable for reimbursing the potential buyers.

Protect yourself:

  • Do not list items on online auction sites on behalf of others you do not know or trust.
  • Be vigilant of ‘work from home’ jobs which involve passing funds through your bank account.
  • Meet face to face with any potential employer
  • Question job offers which seem “too good to be true”.

If you believe you have become the victim of a fraud or cyber crime, or have received a suspicious email, find out how to report it here:

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Action Fraud Joins Cumbria Community Messaging January 23, 2015

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We are the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and financially motivated cyber crime and are run by the City of London Police, working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Our specialist team uses information from all of the fraud and cyber crime cases reported to us to create alerts about new types of crime or those which are increasing in severity.

Further to the message you received on the 19th December from the Neighbourhood Alerts team, we are delighted to now be working together with this network because it means that we can share our prevention alerts with you from now on. Don’t worry – we will send only a reasonable amount of these alerts to you, and only when we think that they may be relevant, in the hope that you will be able to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of this type of crime.

Issues that we commonly see, and that we will be informing you about specifically over the coming weeks and months include the following:

• People who call to tell you that there is a problem with your bank card and that they need to collect it from you to fix the problem;
• Fraud committed by people selling event / entertainment tickets, weight-loss / teeth whitening drugs, or vehicles online;
• Fraud committed by people who cold-call thousands of people in the UK in order to sell them an investment in shares or precious metals, or who want them to invest their pension;
• People pretending to be someone they are not in order to persuade your business to send money to a new bank account to pay for an invoice;
• The activities of cyber-criminals who want to infect your computer or smartphone in order to steal your banking details or “lock” important files to prevent you from using or viewing them;
• Fraudsters who persuade people to pay a fee in advance of receiving a loan, which never appears.

All of these can be avoided by following the simple prevention advice we will include in every alert we send you, which you will also be able to find on the Action Fraud website

We hope that you find our alerts interesting and that they can help you to keep the criminals at arm’s length.

You will also continue to receive messages as normal from the agencies who already communicate with you.

Thanks for your attention,

The Action Fraud team

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, please report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Neighbourhood And Home Watch Week – Get Safe Online 18/06/2014 June 18, 2014

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Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week – Get Safe Online
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Get Safe Online is a not-for-profit organisation that provides advice and support on protecting yourself online. They have an easy-to-navigate and really useful website at www.getsafeonline.org.

Get Safe Online Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GetSafeOnline
Get Safe Online Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/GetSafeOnline

Neighbourhood And Home Watch Week – Cyber Streetwise June 17, 2014

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The Home Office is running a campaign called Cyber Streetwise, aimed at helping people to stay safe online. It provides lots of useful tips and advice on how to protect yourself. Visit their website www.cyberstreetwise.com.

Cyber Streetwise Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cyberstreetwise
Cyber Streetwise Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/cyberstreetwise

Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week – Stay Safe from Scams June 16, 2014

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Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week – Stay Safe from Scams
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Stay safe from scams. Scammers often pretend to be from legitimate, well known, national or global companies like banks or utilities providers. If in doubt hang up and phone the company yourself, using a phone number from their web site, Yellow Pages or a letterheaded correspondence from them. A common scam involves someone calling you up and claiming that there is something wrong with your computer and they can fix it for you. This is a hoax. Never give control of your computer to a third party over the telephone.

The Metropolitan Police produce a useful online booklet called ‘The Little Book of Big Scams’. It can be downloaded at: www.met.police.uk/docs/little_book_scam.pdf and an audio version is also available (visit www.met.police.uk and type ‘little book big scams’ into the search box). Two websites with useful information about hoaxes are: www.snopes.com and: www.hoax-slayer.com

The charity ‘Think Jessica’ has and anti-scam website: www.thinkjessica.com with a useful poster. FAQ’s and information about what to look out for, as well as further materials that you can order.

Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week – Action Fraud June 15, 2014

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Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime. It is run by the City of London Police (which is the national policing lead for economic crime) working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. It was set up in 2013 to act as a central body for the reporting and investigation of fraud. Fraud and internet crime are not constrained by geography, and this provides a coordinated approach across all police forces.
Visit www.actionfraud.police.uk for lots more information about different types of fraud and how you can protect yourself. You can also report fraud on their website, or call 0300 123 2040 to report it.

Action Fraud Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actionfraud
Action Fraud Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/actionfrauduk

Neighbourhood And Home Watch Week 14/06/2014 Focuses On Fraud and Cybercrime June 14, 2014

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The 14th to the 22nd of June 2014 is National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week. This year the focus is on fraud and cybercrime. Recent figures from the Crime Survey for England & Wales showed crime falling in the year ending September 2013. However, reports of fraud had risen by 34%.
Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch have traditionally been about getting to know your neighbours face to face and keeping your eyes open for anything suspicious in your neighbourhood. While fraudsters may not have an obvious presence on the streets like burglars or bogus callers, neighbours can still help to protect each other from becoming victims of fraud.
This week therefore we will be sending out a number of messages with practical information about how you can help protect yourselves and support your neighbours. There is also a lot of useful information on the National Neighbourhood and Home Watch web site at: www.ourwatch.org.uk

So to kick off here are a few simple key messages.

  • Make your passwords stronger – use numbers, symbols, upper and lower case letters.
  • Never give out any personal information unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you.
  • If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Banks and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your bank details.
  • Your bank would never contact you to ask you for your PIN, password or other security information in full.
  • Anti-virus protects your computer – make sure it’s up-to-date.
  • Make sure your computer has a firewall installed.
  • Software updates keep your computer safe – install them as soon as you get a reminder.
  • Emails can contain viruses – only open them if you know who they’re from.
  • Computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer.
  • Shred receipts with your card details on and correspondence with your name and address on.

The next messages will provide information on a range of resources you can tap into which will help you avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

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