Millions of Britons are being targeted by organised criminal gangs using the latest mass marketing techniques to defraud them of an estimated £3.5 billion a year. That's the warning today as organisations across the world join together in a global day of action and awareness to fight back against the criminals behind the scams.
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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning people about scam tickets being sold for major events, such as the World Cup and music festivals.
One in twelve British ticket buyers falls victim to scam ticket websites, where tickets either do not arrive or are fake. The average loss per person is £80.
World Cup and music festival scams
The Times newspaper has reported that iTunes customers are at risk of having their accounts hijacked by fraudsters.
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The number of companies falling victim to fraud has increased from 10% to 21% in the last two years in Western Europe.
Fraud targeting companies can come from both external fraudsters and staff employed by the company committing fraud.
Ernst & Young’s 11th Global Fraud Survey explains how businesses have coped with increasing fraud and corruption risks during the financial crisis.
Anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures needed
A third of Britons are more worried about being victims of card fraud while they are abroad than when they are in the UK.
The survey by YouGov found that 37% of people said they were more concerned about financial crime when abroad.
Taking risks abroad
Security company McAfee has revealed that the most common security threats online come from USB worms and password-stealing Trojans.
USB worms are spread via USB drives and can infect a computer as soon as the USB is inserted into the machine. It can also send copies of itself to other computers on a network.
As well as infections originating from portable storage devices, the other most widespread security issues come from password-stealing Trojans.
The biggest ever Silver Surfers’ Day will help more older people get online and reap the benefits of the internet.
The day will see 1,500 hands-on events across the UK exclusively for older people. The events are suitable for total novices, providing older people with a gentle introduction to using a computer and a taste of what getting online has to offer.
Learning computer skills
More than 38,000 people from across the UK are being warned that they could be the target of share fraud after a master list used by boiler room fraudsters was recovered.
Share fraudsters, commonly known as boiler rooms, usually contact people by telephone and use high pressure sales tactics to con investors into buying non-tradable, overpriced or even non-existent shares. These fraudsters are unauthorised, often overseas-based companies with fake UK addresses and phone lines that are routed abroad.