"City of London Police Media Monitoring " 4th Jun 2018

National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
Sky, BT and Virgin TV customers warned about cold-calling scam which steals bank details
Some customers have been targeted with fake offers for discounts on packages, experts have warned. The convincing but bogus cold-callers are attempting to steal customers' bank account details, they say. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau says it has received an increased number of complaints through Action Fraud about such calls. Victims are told their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of their TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade. They're asked to confirm their bank details, or even provide scans of ID documents like passports, in order to claim these discounts.
How Amazon is unwittingly hosting fraudsters posing as private sellers - and then refusing to compensate conned victims
Amazon is hosting fraudsters posing as private sellers on its Marketplace platform and is then refusing to compensate victims conned into paying for non-existent goods - despite what appears to be a major security breach by the shopping giant. The website is unwittingly allowing fake merchants – some of whom are able to hack into genuine vendors' accounts – to advertise bogus goods on official emails sent to customers suggesting they 'might be interested in these items'. After clicking on the 'learn more' button beside an item, which are frequently described as 'used' and offered for less than half the usual retail price, Amazon customers are then asked to privately email the third-party seller for more information.
Police warn of TV discount scam
Staffordshire Police are warning of a scam involving false TV discounts that have been taking place in other parts of the country. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, claiming to be from a television provider and offering a discount on their monthly subscription, and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noticed an increase in reports recently
Warning over fake TV discount scam which could cost victims hundreds of pounds
Police have issued a warning over a fake TV discount scam which could be swindling people out of hundreds of pounds. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau announced an increase in reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on television service provider subscriptions.
Rental fraud probe: Man "makes sex noises down phone"
She told how they 'seemed legitimate' and asked her for a holding deposit of £250 after she found a 'perfect' property in Newbold. The woman - who described herself as a 'trusting person' - said: "We were told the house would be ready in four weeks. "After sending the money over, his Facebook page was deleted. "When you ring him he just counts down the phone, says 'I love you' or makes sex noises. "The bank can't reverse the payment. "He has conned six other people out of £2,000. "He's not giving the money back and he can't provide access for the houses.
"Endless problem": 1000 victims of scams in Dorset
Almost 1,000 people in Dorset are being monitored by trading standards as victims of scams in what has been described as “an endless problem”. Already this month, through its Fraud Alert service, Dorset Police has issued a warning to people about a bogus Facebook alert and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued advice on a TV subscription scam. Trading standards service manager Ivan Hancock said that it was “a miserable situation” which has left people unable to trust anything.
Conveyancing fraud rises but consumer protection steps up
In recent years homebuyers and conveyancers have increasingly been targeted by criminals with scams which have left homebuyers at risk and out of pocket. Given the sums involved in conveyancing transactions, consumers can be hit particularly hard by this type of activity. Transfer scams are where the borrower transfers the deposit of the house they are buying to their solicitor or conveyancer – but the money is intercepted and stolen by a fraudster. The number of authorised transfer scams targeting the home buying process in March 2016 was more than triple those in March 2015, according to statistics from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, and this number is continuing to rise.
Disabled dad allegedly scammed out of 18k - and he doesn't want it to happen to you
A disabled dad claims an alleged vending machine scam cost him £18,500. ‘Readymade Business 4 U’ allegedly asked investors to plunge cash into a franchise supplying vending machines in exchange for lucrative returns. But alleged victim Ian Hutton has reported the company to a watchdog over claims he lost his savings. Mr Hutton raided his pension pot of £18,594 for eight vending machines. But after transferring the cash he claims the company soon went silent - and the machines allegedly never arrived.
Pay TV customers targeted by new cold-calling scam from these numbers
Subscribers to pay TV are being warned to be cautious of an emerging cold-calling scam. Fraudsters are calling customers of companies including Sky and BT offering discounts on packages in order to steal bank accounts details. Calls have been reported from the numbers 08447111444, 02035190197 and 08001514141. The calls have been made by females with Asian-sounding accents, ChronicleLive reports. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau says it’s received an increased number of complaints through Action Fraud of these calls.
A person allegedly claimed their dead parent's pension fraudulently
A person claiming their dead parent's pension was one of 500 cases of suspected fraud referred to Rhondda Cynon Taf council in the last financial year. A total of 565 referrals were made to the authority's corporate fraud team in 2017-2018, of which 244 were made online.
Driving instructor left without drive after builder he paid leaves job unfinished
“All I really want is either the driveway promised in his signed contract or my money back. It's terrible that hardworking people save months for something then get ripped off by conmen.” The incident has been reported to Action Fraud and the police. A spokesman for the City of London Police confirmed: “This report has been received by Action Fraud and is currently being assessed by our National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NIFB).”
Insurance Fraud Enforcement
"Crash for cash" cases forcing insurance fraud cost rise
Fake whiplash and ‘crash for cash’ cases accounted for more than 66 per cent of all detected insurance fraud cases in the UK last year, according to new data. Conducted by insurance company Aviva, the research also found that there was a 5.4 per cent rise in detected fraud in 2017, which was worth £90 million – up by £5 million over 2016 and equivalent to £246,000 every day. Aviva said that motor insurance fraud remains an area of “particular concern” as it amounts to two-thirds of all fraud detected, totalling £59 million. The insurer actually rejects one in eight whiplash claims that it receives, due to the suspicion they are fraudulent or suspect. Crash for cash ploys involve drivers deliberately crashing or causing motor accidents to then make false whiplash claims.
Insurance fraud is a victimless crime... Unless you’re the victim (and we’re all victims)
Imagine you’re driving along a dual carriageway, at speed, with just one car ahead of you – the rest of the road is clear. Suddenly the car ahead brakes hard, for no apparent reason, leaving you unable to avoid slamming into the back of them. The car behind is equally caught off-guard and can’t avoid crashing into the back of your car. This is insurance fraud. This is crash for cash.In addition to putting the safety of innocent motorists and their passengers at risk, the Insurance Fraud Bureau estimates that these scams cost around £340 million a year, which we all pay for in our motor insurance.
Man jailed for "cash for crash" scam that killed Leeds great-grandmother fails bid to cut sentence - Leeds Live
A fraudster who was jailed for his part in a crash-for-cash scam in which a Leeds great-grandmother was killed today lost an appeal against his four-year prison sentence. Shahrear Islam-Miah, 27, of no fixed address, was one of a group of Yorkshire men who plotted to cause car crashes in order to make fraudulent insurance claims. But their "callous greed" caused tragedy when 88-year-old Betty Laird was killed in a staged accident in Old Lane, Beeston, in September 2014. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and jailed for four years at Leeds Crown Court in February last year.
The fall of a fraud ring saves insurers millions
Convicted human trafficker Mohammed Sangak, who received a two-year prison sentence after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud insurance companies, fell with the help of what defendant law firm Keoghs described as an “in-depth” operation involving its fraud rings and advocacy teams. “Formed in 2011 following the identification of 25 linked claims involving staged accidents and the company Essex Claims Limited, Operation Mets was huge in both scope and complexity,” said Keoghs in retrospect. “Over its lifetime it involved 76 road traffic collisions and 322 intimated damages claims, 318 of which were defeated.” According to the specialist supplier of defendant legal services to the insurance sector, foiling the crash-for-cash group saved insurers more than £3.5 million.
Warning that crooks are trying to cause crashes on this Derbyshire road
A motorist reported to Glossop Online on Monday morning that they suspected such a scam when they saw a Vauxhall car with two people onboard 'repeatedly stopping on blind bends'. Where one vehicle hits another from behind, it’s usually the driver of the car behind that’s deemed to be at fault. So in "crash for cash" scams the aim is to deliberately stage or induce an accident for which the other (following) driver can be blamed.
Ghost brokers sentenced after using launderette as a cover up
Raza Mir and Muhammed Asif were arrested at their Tottenham launderette in February 2017 for broking fake policies in their community. Two fraudsters involved in an elaborate ghost broking operation have received custodial sentences for conspiracy to ...
Hull fraudster forged hundreds of car insurance policies and faked no claims discount letters
A fraudster made fake car insurance policies for hundreds of people and offered quotes to thousands. Nigel Fox, 49, of Diadem Grove, Holderness Road, admitted acting as a "ghost broker" and using false personal details to create numerous fake motor insurance policies. He also forged no claims discount letters (NCDs), which he submitted to insurance companies to significantly lower the price of the premium. Fox, who had been faking documents since 2009, had previously been employed as an insurance broker for a company in Hull, and he knew about insurance practices and the industry.
Kingston Police - Fraud Alert: Phishing, Smishing & Number Porting
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed an increase in reports made by TSB customers around fraudulent bank activity. There has been a sharp rise in the number of fake texts and emails sent out to customers claiming to be from the bank, and an increase in reports made relating to "port-out" fraud.
North Yorkshire Police: My money, my info, I don't think so
Many of us shop online because we find it quick and easy. Sadly, so do fraudsters. Stay alert and never click on misspelt website addresses - these are a tell-tale sign of a scam.
An increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud.
There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts. The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud.
One million drivers may have fake car insurance as ghost brokers take hold
Smart Driver Club, an insurer, has reported a 14% rise in the number of such invalid policies, in the past three months. Penny Searles, its chief executive, said: “As premium levels have soared, ghost broking has become a real challenge and risk for unsuspecting motorists.” The company says that it is discovering 30 invalid policies for every 1,000 issued. If the same rate was replicated across the country’s 30 million cars it would mean almost a million are on the roads without legitimate cover. Typically, the victim only discovers they have been driving without cover when they have an accident and try to make a claim, or the genuine holder of the original credit card that has been cloned reports the fraud.
TSB customer watched helplessly as hackers stole £9k wedding from his online account as he waited on hold to bank's fraud department for more than four hours
A TSB customer watched helplessly as hackers stole £9,000 of his wedding savings while he was on hold to the bank for more than four hours. Ben Alford, from Weymouth, called TSB after noticing a £9,000 loan from another company that he had not applied for had been approved, and a £1,000 overdraft had been set up on his account. He immediately logged into online banking and phoned the bank, but while on hold for four-and-a-half hours he saw £5,000 and then £4,000 taken out of his account in two transactions. Mr Alford told the BBC: 'Had they answered their fraud line promptly, none of this money would have been taken because it could have been stopped. I literally watched the money go out of our account.'
Why you shouldn't respond to these seemingly normal text messages or e-mails
A warning has been issued about fake texts and phishing e-mails after a sharp rise in the number of reports from people receiving them. According to Action Fraud, the messages claim to be from TSB and are attempting to trick unsuspecting victims out of their money.
The mother left struggling to feed her children after losing £1600: Scores of TSB customers robbed of their life savings
Victims of a fraud epidemic at the crisis-hit bank TSB are being denied refunds, Money Mail can reveal. We have been inundated with letters and emails from TSB customers who have lost their life savings to con artists in the wake of the bank’s IT meltdown last month. They have been duped out of sums as large as £60,000, yet denied assistance from TSB’s overloaded fraud helpline and branches. One mother has been left for almost a week without access to cash and says she is now struggling to feed her children; a disabled 64-year-old was told to beg his relatives for emergency cash; and a cancer patient had her £29,000 critical illness payout snatched.
The "ghost brokers" that take the cash out of your pockets with fake car insurance - and how two criminals made a fortune
Raza Mir, 44, and Muhammed Asif, 38, defrauded several motor insurers and supplied fake cover to hundreds of people, including an Albanian organised crime group selling cocaine. City of London police - part of the UK's anti fraud arm - said the men were caught after using Mir's laundrette business to obtain insurance for a vehicle in a false name to cover their crimes. The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) later found more than 100 fraudulent policies had been incepted by Mir and Asif - with thousands of insurance quotes linked directly to both men.
World Cup 2018 is "ripe target" for cybercrime as expert warns over ticket scams and hacked livestreams
The World Cup could prove a breeding ground for hackers seeking to dupe unwitting fans out of their hard-earned cash, a cyber-security expert has told The Sun. Brits in attendance, and those watching from home, should be on the lookout for everything from fake ticketing scams to shady livestreams that can pinch your payment details.