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Facebook ‘dislike’ button scam

17th August 2010

Facebook users are being warned about a scam offering them a chance to install a ‘dislike’ button.

Sophos is highlighting the scam to Facebook users and says it is the latest of a string of viral online survey scams. Some variations of the wording designed to tempt users to click on the link to download the ‘dislike’ button include:

“I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!”
“Get the official DISLIKE button NOW!”

Unilever Foundation is a scam

16th August 2010

Unilever is warning that fraudsters are behind a bogus charity going by the name of ‘Unilever Foundation’, which claims to be raising money for good causes.

Unilever Foundation has no links to Unilever and is using the company’s logo and brands illegally. The fraudsters are using a website and emails to take money from victims.

Don’t respond to Unilever Foundation emails

Be safe when job hunting online

13th August 2010

A recruitment website is urging job seekers to keep safe from fraudsters while looking for employment online.

Fraudsters can advertise bogus jobs on genuine recruitment websites, or set up fake recruitment websites, sometimes made to look like a genuine recruitment website or brand.

Totaljobs.com has put together some advice to help keep job seekers safe online:

Warning over tax rebate phone fraud

12th August 2010

Taxpayers are being urged to be vigilant following reports that thieves are making phone calls pretending to be the taxman.

The fraudsters tell victims that they are due a tax rebate, and ask for their bank card details over the phone. They go on to attempt to take money from the victim’s bank account.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) says that victims risk have their bank accounts emptied and their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.

Tax phishing emails

FRAUD ALERT - Loan repayment fraud in your area

11th August 2010

Action Fraud is urging people to be aware of a new type of fraud targeting people who may have taken out loans. 

The fraudsters – often from a company with a similar name to an existing loan company – are sending out letters claiming the recipient has missed a repayment deadline and now owe the original debt plus more money.

This is a serious crime targeting areas where a number of people are already in debt.  Victims have sent the requested money to the fraudsters and then found they still owe the original company.

‘Anaconda coughs up an entire hippo’ scam hits Facebook

11th August 2010

A rogue application that is spreading virally across Facebook can access affected users’ profiles, their list of friends and can re-post the bogus message as a status update and wall post.

Sophos is warning Facebook users about the scam, which automatically posts status updates on affected users’ profiles with the message: “OMG, this is the biggest and scariest snake I have ever seen, check out this video [LINK REMOVED]”.

Fraudsters use hospice’s name

10th August 2010

People are being warned about bogus callers who are saying they are calling on behalf of a hospice and asking for donations over the phone.

These calls are fraudulent. The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Surrey is reassuring the public that they would never ask directly for donations over the phone or for personal credit card details to be given over an unsolicited phone call.

Don’t give out personal details online

Romance scam victim tells her story to prevent further crimes

10th August 2010

A romance scam victim has waived her anonymity to raise awareness of this latest fraud wave in conjunction with Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre.

Ms Brenda Parke, a 60 year old retiree, was scammed out of £60,000 during February and March this year after joining an online dating site and befriending a man calling himself Bradford Cole. Over the following weeks they developed a close relationship via e-mails and phone calls.

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