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From time to time, we produce information for clients on a number of topical and important issues, some of which can be found below:

Fraudulent fundraising sites growing increasingly common online - June 15, 2017
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Police crime watchdog Action Fraud has issued a warning urging people to be on the lookout for ‘fraudulent fundraising’ websites, after complaints were received that cyber criminals are using topical tragedies to manipulate people into making bogus charitable donations. The news follows the devastating terror attack that hit a music concert in Manchester towards the … Continue reading Fraudulent fundraising sites growing increasingly common online


Fraudsters targeting Facebook to steal sensitive information - May 11, 2017
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New research has found that almost a third of UK adults could be at risk of identity theft due to the level of information they make public about themselves on social media websites such as Facebook. According to the study, which was carried out by YouGov in collaboration with Equifax, the majority of modern-day fraudsters … Continue reading Fraudsters targeting Facebook to steal sensitive information


Clients urged to be on the lookout for new ‘friendly’ phishing email - April 20, 2017
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Police crime watchdog Action Fraud says it has received hundreds of reports from email users who have received a new type of ‘friendly’ phishing email. According to reports, fraudsters are now trying to gain the confidence of potential victims by sending unsolicited emails claiming that they themselves have also been contacted by cyber-criminals. Scammers sending … Continue reading Clients urged to be on the lookout for new ‘friendly’ phishing email


New ‘phishing scam’ offers bogus pay rise in bid to swipe sensitive information - March 10, 2017
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Fraudsters specialising in so-called ‘phishing scams’ have started targeting university staff with suspicious emails offering workers a bogus salary increase. Police crime watchdog Action Fraud says that it has received more than 100 complaints from people working at universities all across the UK who claim to have been targeted by this new scam. According to … Continue reading New ‘phishing scam’ offers bogus pay rise in bid to swipe sensitive information


Fraudsters targeting the NHS with tax rebate scam - February 22, 2017
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Reports suggest that people working for the NHS are being targeted with elaborate ‘tax rebate scams’. Police crime watchdog Action Fraud has said that scammers are setting up bogus ‘tax rebate firms’ which “claim they offer services [that] can get a tax rebate on the victim’s behalf”. According to reports, scammers are setting up advertising … Continue reading Fraudsters targeting the NHS with tax rebate scam


HMRC is cracking down on cybercrime, but taxpayers should still keep eyes peeled for threats - January 23, 2017
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Recent reports suggest that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been remarkably successful in reducing the number of ‘phishing emails’ sent to taxpayers by fraudsters posing as the tax authority. However, Moore Thompson are reminding our clients to keep their eyes peeled for these common scams – many of which are likely to slip through … Continue reading HMRC is cracking down on cybercrime, but taxpayers should still keep eyes peeled for threats


“Sophisticated” bank transfer scams on the rise - December 20, 2016
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Moore Thompson are warning clients to be on the lookout for bank transfer scams, after a far-reaching study carried out by consumer magazine Which? revealed that people in the UK have collectively lost £5.5million as a result of such “sophisticated scams”. According to the magazine’s research, an increasing number of Britons are falling victim to … Continue reading “Sophisticated” bank transfer scams on the rise


Cybercrime has now reached record-breaking levels: Don’t be another victim - November 3, 2016
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Police crime watchdog Action Fraud has reported that cybercrime cost the UK economy a record-breaking £10.9billion in the 2015/16 financial year. The news comes shortly after the National Audit Office (NAO) warned British businesses that cybercrime is likely to rise among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in coming years, as firms move towards online tax … Continue reading Cybercrime has now reached record-breaking levels: Don’t be another victim


HMRC releases new guidance on how to tell spam and genuine contact apart - October 13, 2016
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has updated its guidance on how to spot the differences between genuine HMRC digital contact and emails and text messages sent by opportunist scammers. The news comes shortly after UK crime watchdog Action Fraud reported an increase in so-called ‘phishing scams’ – emails sent out by hackers in an attempt … Continue reading HMRC releases new guidance on how to tell spam and genuine contact apart


Bogus British Gas emails on the rise - September 14, 2016
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Moore Thompson are urging clients to keep an eye out for fake British Gas utility bill emails – which have been on the rise since August, according to reports. Such emails, which adopt all-too-convincing British Gas branding, will sometimes claim that you owe your energy provider a suspiciously high sum. Worse still, many are rife … Continue reading Bogus British Gas emails on the rise


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