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Sports car fans targeted in new Facebook fraud

SPORTS car fans are the latest to be targeted by online hackers, as a Facebook “like-farming” scam sucks them in with a supposed giveaway of Audi R8 sports cars.
Over 200,000 petrolheads have already fallen victim, with Bitdefender, the security firm which detected the scheme, saying thousands more are joining by the hour.
The scam attempts to get users to like and share videos of an Audi R8 racing against a Nissan GT-R, coupled with a fake competition promising to give away two Audi R8s to the winners.
In order to win the “contest,” users must like the post and also name their desired colour and share the message on their timelines.
However, the sites hosting the videos are also running the JS:Trojan.JS.Likejack.A code that can be used for “clickjacking” on hidden commercials.
So far, the scam has seen almost 180,000 likes and over 210,000 shares. Bitdefender has reported the malicious web page to Facebook, and warns users to be wary of any competitions not hosted on companies’ official pages.
Bitdefender says that it has detected affected Facebook users from the UK, Germany, Denmark, the US, Australia, South Africa and Malaysia.
“Like-farming may not seem the worse things scammers can do on Facebook. However, it has repercussions for users and companies’ reputations and can even lead to identity theft,” states Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at Bitdefender.

Watch out for number spoofing criminals

CONSUMERS are being warned to watch out for a new scam that spoofs telephone numbers of banks and other trusted organisations.
Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) has issued the warning about the new scam today, which has become increasingly common in recent weeks.
The scam works by fraudsters fooling your phone into displaying any number the fraudster chooses.
Fraudsters clone the telephone number of the organisation they want to impersonate and make it appear on the caller ID display of the individual's phone.
The criminals then gain your trust by drawing your attention to the number, claiming this is proof of their identity, before trying to defraud you.

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Councillor warns elderly about special offer scams

NEARLY 3,000 vulnerable people are still being targeted by postal scam hoaxers who have compiled a "suckers list".
One resident from the Chelmsford areawas sent more than 300 scam letters over two months, according to Essex Trading Standards officials.
But despite Trading Standards' repeated warnings about prize draw and special offer scams sent in the post, it estimates that 80 per cent of recipients will continue to respond to hoax mail, as they are sucked in by the promise of prizes.
Roger Walters, Essex County Council cabinet member for Trading Standards, said: "We cannot emphasise enough that these mail shots for lotteries, 'today-only' offers, vouchers, a promise of a holiday or whatever else are scams. Unfortunately, we know that victims of these scams get sucked in.
"They do it because they are lonely. It becomes a habit, obsession or addiction. It keeps them busy. Victims try to hide their post."
Trading Standards officers have been working their way through the list – visiting everyone who appears on it – ever since it was passed to them by a neighbouring authority in August.
"Of the people on the list that officers have visited so far, the majority have denied that these mailings are scams," added Cllr Walters.
If concerned that you may have responded to a scam or you are worried about a friend or relative, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.

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Holidaymakers waarned about bogus travel sites

THE Civil Aviation Authority has warned consumers to beware of scam holiday websites displaying a false Atol Protected logo.
The CAA is urging holiday bookers to check, then double check bookings are Atol protected.
The authority said: “A steady stream of duped holidaymakers have been in touch with the CAA and dozens more have contacted trading standards teams and police forces across the country.”
The CAA reported that the phoney travel sites look UK-based "but are typically operated from abroad".
CAA consumer protection group director Richard Jackson said: “We are aware of a number of bogus websites advertising unusually cheap deals, operated from abroad and falsely claiming to have Atol protection.
“It is important customers look beyond the price and check and double check the travel company has Atol protection. Once you have confirmed this and paid, make sure you get an Atol Certificate.”

Families lose £57,000 to fraudsters

PEOPLE in Tunbridge Wells have been conned out of thousands of pounds by a man pretending to be from the fraud department of high street bank Santander.
A couple from Brook Road were tricked into transferring £30,000 of their savings into an account which was then ransacked
And another couple from the town were persuaded to move £27,000 into a bank account which was then raided.
In both instances the man called himself Stephen Montgommery. On both occasions he used a technique called 'spoofing' to earn his victims' trust.
This is the use of software which can be set up to make the name of a bank or a customer service number appear on the display of a victim's mobile phone.

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Village is labelled the most vulnerable in Buckinghamshire

A village has been marked as one of the most vulnerable areas in the county for rogue traders.Victims in Chalfont St Peter have been duped of nearly £50,000 this year, with 18 scam cases reported to Trading Standards.
There have been half the number of cases reported in Amersham however more than £400,000 has been involved in the incidents there.
About £574,000 has been involved in reported incidents in South Bucks this year. In Chalfont St Peter, Neighbourhood Watch schemes such as the one in Monument Lane have been set up to ward off the criminals.
Reported cases of scams so far this year:
Amersham: nine cases = £404,100; Ballinger: two = £14,320;
Beaconsfield: four = £10,000; Burnham: four = £14,180;
Chalfont St. Giles: five = £9,740; Chalfont St. Peter: 18 = £47,495; Chesham: 14 = £10,860; Chesham Bois: six = £2,491; Denham: two = £3000; Denham Green: one = £0;
Farnham Common: two = £1200;m Gerrards Cross: three = £5,480; Iver: three = £0; Iver Heath: four = £11,300; Little Chalfont: six = £650; New Denham: one = £9,000; South Heath: one = £88; Stoke Poges: one = £0; Winchmore Hill: one = £100

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