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1 in 3 think all websites pose a security threat

6th September 2010

A global survey has found that more than a third of computer users think that ‘when it comes to security, all websites are equally dangerous, all over the internet’.

The result came in response to the question: Where do you suspect is the greatest danger of malware infection on the internet? The remaining responses were:

Shocking hidden message in Coca Cola logo – Facebook scam

3rd September 2010

One of the latest scams spreading virally through social networking website Facebook tries to make users believe that there is a hidden message in the Coca Cola logo.

Messages to watch out for include:

‘The SHOCKING hidden message on Coca-Cola logo!
I cant BELIEVE this
Revealed’

‘SHOCKING SATANIC Message In The Coca Cola Logo’

Anyone who clicks on a link like this that one of their friends seems to have posted will go on to spread the links to their friends as well.

Knife crime security scam

2nd September 2010

Residents are being warned about a new telephone scam where they are urged to buy a home security system to protect themselves from knife crime.

The telephone scammer asks residents if they have heard anything about the recent spate of stabbings in the area and urges them to protect themselves by investing in new security measures.

Scammers claim to be from the council

Lottery scam warning

1st September 2010

Police are warning residents to be cautious if they receive a telephone call informing them they have won a lottery or prize draw.

There have been recent cases of this scam happening in South Yorkshire. As fraudsters move and change the geographical areas they operate in, all UK residents should also be vigilant about this type of fraud. Any UK resident who has lost money to a fraud like this should report it to Action Fraud.

How does the lottery scam work?

‘Wise up’ to fraudsters

27th August 2010

Police officers have teamed up with a pair of suspicious-looking characters to raise awareness about fraud.

Jim and Bert are the faces of a new campaign to educate people about the tricks fraudsters use to steal money from unsuspecting victims. The ‘Wise Up!’ campaign is using a mix of street theatre and comedy to bring the message of fraud to life.

Bogus FSA and Ombudsman emails and letters in circulation

26th August 2010

Moneymadeclear is warning that there are a number of bogus communications in circulation, claiming to be from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) or the Financial Ombudsman Service (Ombudsman), asking people for personal information or money.

The bogus emails and letters sometimes use the name of a current or former employee.

Moneymadeclear says that these letters and emails are likely to be linked to organised fraud and are strongly advising people not to respond to them in any way.

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