Scams

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‘Everything is fake’: how global crime gangs are using UK shell companies in multi-million pound crypto scams
Investigation reveals more than 150 fake firms, many with ties to China, are targeting people online, breaking their hearts – and emptying their bank accounts.

Shanti Das and Niamh McIntyre

29, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Fake text messages on the rise, but experts warn Australians most losses are from more sophisticated scams
Fake cryptocurrency or forex broker websites the most common scam in what has ballooned into a billion-dollar industry

Cait Kelly

25, Jan, 2023 @12:34 AM

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My mother was scammed out of £30,000 but Lloyds showed little empathy
The bank didn’t take account that English is not her first language and initially refused to investigate

Zoe Wood

24, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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I believed the SMS was from my bank – and fell victim to a $22,000 scam
When I play it back in my mind, I can clearly see points where I should have twigged – but I was blind to the signals

Anonymous

24, Jan, 2023 @4:00 AM

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And the award for the most terrible customer service goes to …
From overcharging parking firms to underwhelming car dealers, we’ve seen it all. We name and shame the worst offenders

Anna Tims

19, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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I lost £150,000 to a fraudulent account the bank knew about
Bank of America was alerted three days before my first payment to an account I believed was a fixed-rate ‘bond’ with Prudential

Anna Tims

14, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Facebook message persuaded me to hand fraudsters my personal details
I pulled out before giving any bank or card numbers, but how can I protect myself now?

Miles Brignall

06, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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SMS scams rise despite success blocking sham phone calls
Industry code credited with helping reduce scam calls by almost 550m since 2020 but text messages said to be more difficult to stop

Josh Taylor

29, Nov, 2022 @6:15 AM

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Scam attack on Ukrainian mother exposes flaw in UK bank safeguards
Woman who was conned out of £32,000 after she came to Britain was initially refused compensation because she used a debit card to transfer money from her account

Anna Tims

28, Nov, 2022 @9:00 AM

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100 people arrested in UK’s biggest fraud investigation
Scotland Yard shuts down iSpoof website, which helped scammers steal using fake bank phone calls

Jess Clark

24, Nov, 2022 @12:01 AM

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My son found a room to rent on the web, but now fears it’s a scam
He paid by bank transfer but now the contact is not responding to texts, calls or emails

Miles Brignall

22, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Labour calls for national fraud strategy as annual losses hit £1.3bn
Exclusive: party seeks amendment to financial services and markets bill and says ministers are failing on ‘new types of fraud’

Rowena Mason Whitehall editor

07, Nov, 2022 @5:35 PM

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