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Protect yourself from gift card fraudsters

Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre is warning the public to #StayTunedToFraud as fraudsters are contacting victims, claiming to be from well-known organisations including Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Fraudsters are then tricking victims into making payments using iTunes gift cards. Fraudsters are using online store gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The fraudsters don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and will instead use tactics to persuade victims to purchase gift cards in large amounts and read out the serial code on the back over the phone.

How to protect yourself from gift card fraudsters:

  • Gift cards, including App Store and iTunes gift cards can only be used to purchase goods and services from the retailer named on the card....

Online Buyers warned as Christmas shopping fraud rises

Caversham Computers has received the following report from Action Fraud, which warns of a rise of fraud relating on online shopping in the run up to Christmas.
  • Action Fraud Christmas shopping reports rise by over a quarter in 2016
  • 15,423 people reported being a victim of shopping fraud
  • Online auction fraud accounted for 65% of reports
  • Victims reported losing over £16 million in total, 45% more than the year before
  • Men aged 20-29 most commonly fall victim
This Christmas the City of London Police, who run Action Fraud, and supported by police forces across the country, are launching a campaign to help prevent people from becoming victims of shopping and auction fraud, as well as other types of fraud which people fall victim to during the seasonal period. From today and throughout the Christmas period, the City of London Police...