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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:

Online shoppers warned to be wary of identity theft - October 17, 2017
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Moore Thompson are warning clients to tread carefully when it comes to shopping online, after police crime watchdog Action Fraud launched a new campaign hoping to raise awareness of identity theft. According to reports, an increasing number of online shoppers are failing to recognise the potentially worrying consequences of purchasing goods or services from ‘unknown’ … Continue reading Online shoppers warned to be wary of identity theft


90 per cent of people hit by at least one potentially dangerous scam email every month - September 25, 2017
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Research carried out by consumer magazine Which? has revealed that as many as 90 per cent of people in the UK receive at least one potentially dangerous scam email in the average month, while more than half are being bombarded with five cyber threats or more. According to the report, scam emails – such as … Continue reading 90 per cent of people hit by at least one potentially dangerous scam email every month


Fundraising Regulator issues scam email warning - September 21, 2017
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The Fundraising Regulator has alerted charities after a scam email was issued to thousands of organisations in its name. The phishing email – communication made to look as though it has come from an official source – was asking for payment for the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS). In an important alert on its website, the … Continue reading Fundraising Regulator issues scam email warning


The common hallmarks of a spam email - August 9, 2017
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Fears surrounding the increasing risk of cyber-attacks in the UK have dominated the media ever since the NHS was hit by a ransomware attack earlier this year. The worrying truth is that cybercrime really is growing increasingly common – and it is now more important than ever before to make sure that you and your … Continue reading The common hallmarks of a spam email


Rise in number of scams targeting homeowners, solicitors and charities - July 24, 2017
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Dangerous scams are growing increasingly common across the UK – many of which can often result in significant financial losses. In recent weeks, news has emerged of increases in the number of scams targeting the likes of homeowners, solicitors and charities. According to reports, HM Land Registry has been issuing important reminders to solicitors and … Continue reading Rise in number of scams targeting homeowners, solicitors and charities


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


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