Beware of Outlook “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions” Phishing Scam

The email message below with the subject: “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions,” which claims that due to our recent security updates for the year, all Outlook users are to verify and validate their accounts, is a phishing scam. The email message is being sent by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack their victims’ email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised not to follow the instructions in it.

Source: Beware of Outlook “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions” Phishing Scam

Financial Fraud Costing Uk 2 Million A Day2 | Get Safe Online

In 2016, the UK lost £2 million each day as a result of financial fraud, according to official figures released by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) today. The figures show the overall scale of financial fraud was £768.8 million, an increase on the £755 million lost in 2015.

Source: Financial Fraud Costing Uk 2 Million A Day2 | Get Safe Online

Fraudsters use hold music in bid to convince unsuspecting banking customers | Action Fraud

The City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified that fraudsters are now using background hold music in a bid to make their calls more convincing.Organised crime groups are attempting to defraud members of the public by impersonating the customer’s bank and according to a convicted fraudster the methods used by them are evolving. The NFIB has been made aware that fraudsters are now using background music, similar to that used by the bank, when the customer is put on hold. The fraudsters use this music as an attempt to convince the customer that the call is genuinely from the bank.

Source: Fraudsters use hold music in bid to convince unsuspecting banking customers | Action Fraud

Beware of Apple “Unusual Activity From Your Account, We Need Verification” Phishing Scams

Apple users who have received email messages, which claim that their accounts have been temporary locked by Apple’s antifraud system which detects and prevents fraud, are asked to delete them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams, being sent by cyber-criminals to trick and frighten Apple users into visiting phishing websites that steal usernames and passwords.

Source: Beware of Apple “Unusual Activity From Your Account, We Need Verification” Phishing Scams

Charity Scam Posts On Social Media – Safe In Warwickshire

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) have identified an emerging fraud where social media platforms are being used to attract members of the public to donate money to animal welfare char…

Source: Charity Scam Posts On Social Media – Safe In Warwickshire

Dangerous diet pills not the answer to New Year’s resolutions

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are warning people to be aware of the dangers of buying diet pills online.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are warning anyone looking to lose weight in the New Year to be aware of the dangers of buying diet pills online.

During 2015 MHRA enforcement officers seized more than 240,000 doses of pills claiming to be for weight loss/slimming. A number of the products seized were marketed as ‘all herbal’ or natural when, in fact, they were found to contain the synthetic medicine sibutramine. Sibutramine was withdrawn across Europe and the US in 2010 due to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes associated with its use. Since 2005, MHRA officials have found hundreds of examples of medicines claiming to contain herbal ingredients but after analysis were found to be adulterated with pharmaceutical ingredients.

When considering whether to buy a product that describes itself as herbal or natural, consumers are advised to look for products that display the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) logo and a THR/PL number. These products have been assessed by the MHRA and consumers can be confident that the quality is assured and that the information for consumers about the product and how to use it safely is correct.

MHRA senior policy advisor, Lynda Scammell said: The Internet has access to a vast number of websites offering a wide range of products marketed as “slimming” or “diet” pills. Many make attractive claims and offer “quick-fix” solutions but be aware that “natural” does not mean “safe.

There is no miracle cure. The reality is that many of these pills are not authorised medicines and therefore their contents are unknown. Chances are they simply will not work and may contain dangerous unknown ingredients. The consequences can be devastating. Our advice is not to purchase slimming pills online without having consulted a doctor or pharmacist first. If you have concerns about your weight, consult your GP or another healthcare professional. Be safe and put your health first. It’s just not worth the risk.

Background:
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring they work and are acceptably safe. All our work is underpinned by robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits justify any risks. MHRA is a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency which also includes the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health.

Owl and the CopyCat – YouTube

Ordering new passports, booking driving tests and renewing car tax discs are just some of the ways that people are unwittingly being left out-of-pocket by shrewd fraudsters who operate ‘copycat’ websites.

By imitating official government services online, copycat websites are designed to trick you into parting with your cash unnecessarily by charging users for services that are provided cheaper or free-of-charge through official government channels.

HMRC cuts scam emails by 300 million through new cyber security… – HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

 

This is a significant decrease in the half a billion phishing emails sent to customers alleging to be from an ‘@HMRC.gov.uk’ email address in both 2014 and 2015, and shows the progress the department is making in tackling these types of cyber threats.

Source: HMRC cuts scam emails by 300 million through new cyber security… – HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)