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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:

Watch out for fraudsters posing as the Financial Ombudsmen Service - March 23, 2018
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Moore Thompson are advising our clients to proceed with caution if ever they receive a telephone call purporting to be from the Financial Ombudsmen Service (FOS) – even if the call appears to be in relation to previous correspondence. In recent weeks, Police crime watchdog Action Fraud has issued a press release warning that fraudsters … Continue reading Watch out for fraudsters posing as the Financial Ombudsmen Service


HMRC successful in ‘halting’ 90 per cent of scam text messages - February 26, 2018
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) recently issued a press release in relation to its successes combating scam text messages sent out by fraudsters posing as HMRC officials. The tax authority confirmed that its ongoing efforts to curb this kind of cyber crime – which can cost unsuspecting victims hundreds of pounds, not to mention the … Continue reading HMRC successful in ‘halting’ 90 per cent of scam text messages


HMRC issues official warning over increasingly common scam - January 19, 2018
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is trying to raise awareness of an increasingly common cold-calling scam, which appears to be targeting vulnerable and elderly people all across the UK. In the run-up to Christmas, the tax authority issued a press release warning members of the public to hang up on opportunistic cold-callers who impersonate HMRC … Continue reading HMRC issues official warning over increasingly common scam


Businesses experiencing “live cyber attacks” urged to contact new 24-hour helpline - December 15, 2017
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Police crime watchdog Action Fraud has launched a new 24-hour cyber attack helpline to assist businesses as and when they experience hacks and data breaches. The new service, which encourages businesses to seek on-the-spot advice as soon as they spot the signs of a “live cyber attack,” has been launched following the publication of worrying … Continue reading Businesses experiencing “live cyber attacks” urged to contact new 24-hour helpline


Moore Thompson warns clients to watch out for sophisticated HMRC scam emails - November 17, 2017
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A new kind of sophisticated scam email purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has recently been brought to our attention. Moore Thompson are warning clients to approach any correspondence which appears to be from HMRC with caution, after one of our contacts received a very convincingly-branded spam email. The bogus email, entitled … Continue reading Moore Thompson warns clients to watch out for sophisticated HMRC scam emails


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


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