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Lord Sugar slams 'scum' Bitcoin crooks

£189,000 cannabis haul uncovered

WHEN police arrested Christopher Tame at a flat in Westcliff, they not only found cannabis with a street value of £189,000 in the loft  but  they also found £21,000. Full story bit.ly/2JIb1SL

 

 

Crackdown on capital moped crooks

THE Met Police have launched a ‘Be Safe’ campaign to crack down on rising moped thefts across the city. In Barking and Dagenham there were 159 thefts of motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and three wheelers in 2013. Go to  goo.gl/JZEWyy

 

 

Beware of Telephone fraudsters

FRAUDSTERS are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service. Go to www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

 

Appeal to find killer of Karim Samms

DETECTIVES have launched an anniversary appeal to find out who killed Karim Samms just over a year ago. The teenager was found with gunshot wounds on Roebourne Way, Canning Town. More at goo.gl/JZEWyy

 News in brief

Couple ran a sham marriage scam

A PAIR from Hounslow who arranged sham marriages to break UK immigration rules are part of a gang jailed for a total of 23 years. The scam came to light after a registry office reported suspicions of sham marriages. Full story bit.ly/2HkRCZy

 

 

Reward to find Carl O'Brien's killer

A REWARD of £20,000 is being offered by the Met Police for information on a  murder that took place on December 3, 2016. Cab driver Carl O’Brien was attacked on a stairwell at flats in Vanguard Way, Wallington. Read more at goo.gl/PQb7V8

 

 

Rogue landlords to be hit in the pocket

ROGUE landlords who leave tenants living in appalling conditions will have to bring their homes up to scratch or pay tenants back up to a year’s rent under new measures passed by Hackney Council.  Full story goo.gl/TeJzyN

 

 

Belgian duo jailed for drug dealing

A BELGIAN national along with a key member of a drug-dealing gang that used a helicopter to transport £7 million worth of cocaine from Europe to the UK have been sentenced to a combined total of 25 years in jail. Go to bit.ly/2HFzwBZ

LORD Alan Sugar has issued a stern warning to the "scum" using his name to sell bitcoin currency. In an angry response on social media he has ordered them to "steer clear".

  The Apprentice host, 71, took to Twitter to warn his followers about a fake Bitcointrader advert pretending he is endorsing an investment.

  He wrote on Twitter: "WARNING: Please ignore an advert from Bitcointrader suggesting I endorse their offerings.

  "They are SCUM it is a total scam. Please pass this on to all your friends particularly the elderly who are falling for this terrible scam."

  Clicking on the advert usually takes you to the fraudster's website where the pictures are used again - along with fake quotes recommending that you invest in the scheme.

  You might also be asked to input your contact details, which scammers will then use to try and persuade you to invest.

  The scam ads are placed on social media networks like Facebook and other websites and use the celebs' images to promote the fraudulent investments.

  Action fraud figures show 1,639 scams were reported in 2017, with the majority related to online shopping.These are only official figures, so there could be countless more victims who have been duped.

Victims on average lost £342 but in 24 cases Brits reported being scammed out of more than £10,000.

  MoneySavingExpert's Martin Lewis has been fighting an ongoing battle with crooks using his images online to dupe Brits into parting with their hard-earned savings.

   He has spoken out about his anger and frustration that his image was being used to scam people.

 

How to protect yourself

ONLINE scams are a danger to both your personal details and your cash. Here are some tips you need to be aware of, according to Action Fraud.

Spot the signs - Always check spellings and grammar of an email or website. If  it's poorly designed and contains lots of errors, the website probably isn't legit. Genuine businesses won't use web-based email addresses such as Gmail or Yahoo.

Make sure the sites are verified - Facebook, Twitter and other social media can also be used to direct you to a spoof website. Official accounts are "verified" and come with checkmark icon next to their name - so make sure you check

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