Last year I used Tinder to investigate romance scammers tugging at the purse strings of besotted would-be partners. After publishing the findings, a Hong Kong woman introduced herself and offered to help victims reclaim lost monies.
It’s possible for competitors to maliciously edit your public Google and Facebook business information listings. These attempts by rivals to mislead your customers could be happening right under your nose and you might not even notice.
Fraudsters are impersonating the police and telephoning self-employed people to sell advertising in a fake crime prevention magazine. They claim to be partnered with Trading Standards.
A data protection failing can threaten everything from a person’s bank account to their life, or, at the very least, cause damage and stress.
Don’t be misled by this classic magazine advertising scam in which small businesses seeking exposure are hoodwinked by ruthless rogues claiming to be running a real charity. This particular operation is called “Kids for Life”. It was heavily criticised on an edition of BBC Radio 4’s “You and Yours”.
Get wise to this socially-engineered credit card fraud operation relying on the greed and opportunism of the recipient. Email, social media and instant messaging are the communication channels used in this scam.