Scams

Online security

When was the last time you changed your password for Amazon, eBay or even your own bank? And when did you last back up your files or update antivirus software? Feeling sheepish? Then read our 17 tips to ward off the scammers.

  • a fraudster at his computer

    Almost 600,000 cases of fraud were referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau over the past year, a 9.4% increase, according to figures published today.

  • Somebody uses online banking with their credit card

    Losses from fraudulent use of payment cards, cheques, and online and mobile banking rose 6% to £325.3 million in the first half of 2015, according to figures released today.

  • rugby world cup sign

    With the start of the Rugby World Cup less than a fortnight away, fans are being urged to watch out for scams and rip-offs targeting them.

  • Mortarboards and money

    Ruthless scammers are targeting students in a ploy to get them to hand over their mobile phones.

  • Berkshire revealed as Britain's financial fraud hotspot

    Berkshire has been identified as the UK's hotspot for financial fraud with one in every 117 residents falling victim to criminals.

  • HMRC warns fraudsters are targeting tax credit renewals

    Individuals renewing tax credits ahead of the 31 July deadline have been urged to watch out for scammers targeting them.

  • New warning over pension scams

    Retirees have been warned once again about pension scams after a financial adviser found that one in five over-50s may have been targeted by fraudsters looking to trick them out of their savings...

  • ID theft

    More than 132,000 cases of identity-related fraud were recorded in the UK last year – the equivalent of 350 people falling victim every day – according to new figures from Experian CreditExpert....

  • Mouse trip

    Twenty years ago, a tech-savvy music fan logged on to the internet and became the first person ever to make an online purchase - a CD of Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales album - for the sum of £7.74...

  • Mousetrap

    Thinking of cashing in your retirement nest egg? Watch out for conmen offering tax-free deals and super-quick access to your money.