A convicted fraudster has revealed to the City of London Police’s Proactive Intelligence Team how criminal gangs are recruiting unsuspecting members of the public as Money Mules as way to launder the proceeds of crime.
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New figures from the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Get Safe Online show that incidents of online ticket fraud rose by 55% in 2015, costing the UK public £5.2 million.
Fraudsters are obtaining genuine banking customer security information and getting access to accounts by performing “man-in-the-middle” vishing scams.
Eight people have been arrested by Essex Police after hundreds reported being scammed after buying tickets to sporting events.
New data released by Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which are both run by the City of London Police, shows that increasingly fraudsters are using phishing as a means to defraud people across the UK. Last year (January 2015 – December 2015), the fraud and cybercrime reporting centre received on average 8,000 reports per month, with 96,699 people reporting that they had received a phishing scam.
Action Fraud has received several reports in the last 24 hours from businesses who have been sent online extortion demands from scammers threatening a cyber attack.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team have identified an increasing trend whereby people experiencing mental health issues are actively being recruited by fraudsters from within local communities to unknowingly become money mules.
Action Fraud has been receiving reports of an advanced fee fraud whereby suspects phone a member of the public and claim to be calling on behalf of the UK (or British) Government Grant Department.