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'Do not click on this link' Lloyds Bank customers urged to watch out for convincing scam

The scammers are using a sophisticated text message tactic in an effort to try get hold of personal and financial details. Aware that many people being familiar with getting text messages from their bank, the fraudsters are purporting to be from different banks, sending a similar type of message to the legitimate ones.

Beside the photograph, the Twitter user penned: “Scam alert. If u get this message and if you are a #LloydsBank customer do not click on the link #LloydsBank #scam.”

Another person shared a similar message which they had received.

Thankfully, they were instantly aware that it wasn’t a genuine message, due to not being a Lloyds Bank customer.

“Just so you know @LloydsBank Received text today – looks pretty convincing but I’m not a customer of yours so know it’s a scam. Reported to 7726,”(sic) they wrote.

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This particular message sent from the fraudsters read: “Lloyds Bank: A payment was attempted from a NEW DEVICE on 07/06 at 13:46:18.

“If this was NOT you please visit: [website link].”

The bank responded to the tweet, expressing thanks for reporting the message.

“Please don’t reply or click on the link,” the tweet continued.

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“Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

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“If you have provided personal details to someone over the phone and you now believe this to be a scam, contact your bank, building society and credit card company immediately and report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

“You can also contact CIFAS to apply for protective registration.

“This means extra checks will be carried out when a financial service, such as a loan, is applied for using your address and personal details, to verify its you and not a fraudster.”

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

Santander scam warning: Britons attacked via text, phone & email – ‘never click the link!'

Santander is used by millions of savers, but unfortunately, this gives a wide range of people for cybercriminals to target. While people may have come across scams in the past, it appears fraudsters are stepping up their efforts during the pandemic to prey on uncertainties. A particularly challenging issue at present has arisen with Britons receiving a barrage of text messages which claim to be from Santander. 
People have been asked to press a key in order to retrieve a message from their bank, but are told to hold the line.

This could be a way for scammers to connect individuals to a premium rate phone line and drain their money this way, rather than through a phishing effort.

As a result, individuals are always encouraged to be on the lookout, and with scammers deploying a wide range of techniques, protecting oneself is key.

Britons are always urged to delete any unexpected text messages they receive, particularly those with links.

They should always check where a message comes from, for example the domain name of an email, which may be false.

When thinking about phone calls, these should also be disconnected promptly. 

A person can also contact their bank by independently looking up contact details to confirm correspondence is legitimate. 

A number of people shared their close brushes with scams which claim to be from Santander.

One said: “I got a scam one from ‘Santander’. No point in telling them the phone number it came from, as they rotate these.

“I feel the phone provider should be responsible as they must be seeing these texts being sent in bulk across their network.”

Another wrote: “I get loads daily from ‘Santander’ and ‘HSBC’ and I don’t even have an account with them so know it’s a scam. Common sense should prevail. Most people just delete this.”

And a third stated: “So many scam calls texts and emails at the moment. 

“Email purportedly from Santander warning me to improve my online security to avoid scammers! I don’t have these accounts so easy to spot, but very convincing. Never click the link.”

The founder of Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, recently tweeted about the issue of scams, following being targeted himself by a text claiming to be from HSBC.

The financial journalist was quick to point out he did not have an HSBC account, but called for further action to be taken on the matter.

He said: “If only we’d proper regulation and place funded to deal with UK’s biggest crime, which hits financial and mental health.

“Rather than it effectively being an unpunished free for all.”

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Royal Mail scam warning issued as 'genuine looking' email circulates – do not click link

Customers of courier services such as Royal Mail, Hermes and DHL have been targeted by scams in recent months. Fake messages can be sent via text, email or even on social media.
It read: “There has been a rise in ‘Royal Mail’ delivery scams recently.

“Victims are receiving texts or emails claiming to be from Royal Mail stating a package requires a small payment for it to be delivered, or similar kinds of messages.”

It shared a post from Action Fraud which stated there have been more than 1,700 Royal Mail scam emails received in one week.

This gave details of the contents of a fake email which has been circulating.

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The post stated: “Action Fraud received over 1,700 reports in one week about fake emails purporting to be from Royal Mail.

“The emails notify the recipients about missed parcel deliveries and provide links to reschedule them.

“The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking phishing websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.”

Action Fraud stated banks and other official organisations will not ask for personal information over email or text.

Anyone who receives a suspicious looking message should report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service.

Some Britons have taken to social media to share scam messages they have received and warn others.

Posting on Twitter, one wrote: “Scam alert! Royal Mail does not send texts!”

She shared a picture of a message she had received asking for payment.

It said “Royal Mail: Your package has a £2.99 unpaid shipping fee. To pay this NOW please visit” and a link was attached.

Another shared a similar post of a text claiming to be from Royal Mail.

The fake message read: “Royal Mail: Your Package has been held and will not be delivered due to a £1.99 unpaid shipping fee.”

A third wrote: “I was so close to falling for a scam today where I clicked on a link from ‘Royal Mail’ @RoyalMail. I only got suspicious when it asked for my card details and then sort code.”

He shared a screenshot of the message which said: “Royal Mail: Your package has a £2 shipping fee, to pay this now visit [link].

“Package will be returned to the sender if unpaid.”

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Nasty Google Chrome scam targets Android users – DON'T click on this update

“The cybercriminal behind this campaign is trying hard to stay under the radar of mobile security solutions,” said Pradeo’s Roxane Suau.

“First, they use the victims’ phone numbers to expedite phishing SMS, to make sure they are not blocked by messaging apps’ spam filter.

“Secondly, the malware uses obfuscation techniques and calls external code to hide its malicious behaviors, hence eluding most threat detection systems.

“Thirdly, as soon as the app is identified and referenced by most antivirus, the cybercriminal simply repackages it with a new signature to go back under the radar.”

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Don’t click! Microsoft Outlook users warned about dangerous new scam

Microsoft has issued a warning about a new email scam that Microsoft Outlook users need to be aware of. Outlined in a blog post published online, the latest Microsoft Outlook email threat is a scam surrounding gift cards. Bad actors are specifically targeting organisations with what is known as a business email compromise (BEC) attack.
As the Redmond-based tech giant explained, the scam emails are being sent to people working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The message is sent allegedly from a target’s boss to their assistant and is coming from an account that – at first glance – may look like it’s being sent from an organisation’s official domain name.

Some 120 fake domains were created to spread the scam, however, the giveaway is these domain names contain typos in them. The scam message claims that a target and everyone on their team is being asked to purchase gift cards to help keep spirits high amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scam messages spotted featured vague messages such as “I need you to do a task for me” or “let me know if you’re available”.

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If the target replied they would be asked to purchase gift cards for their ‘boss’ and then send back the relevant codes to them.

The bad actors did their research as well to ensure the scam looks legit, looking through company websites, LinkedIn and social media accounts to ensure names mentioned were correct.

While it may seem that the scam won’t net cybercriminals a huge amount of money, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Microsoft said in 2020 alone BEC scams managed to swindle $ 1.8billion from victims.

With this latest scam, a wide variety of sectors were targeted including professional services, agriculture and manufacturing. But the most targeted industry was ‘consumer goods’ which accounted for over a third (38 percent) of the scam messages sent out.

Thankfully, if you’re worried about your business falling victim to this scam there is a way to stay safe. Microsoft said Defender for Office 365 can protect against attacks, being able to identify potential BEC threats.

In the blog post the Windows 10 makers said: “In this campaign, we found that attackers targeted organisations in the consumer goods, process manufacturing and agriculture, real estate, discrete manufacturing, and professional services sectors using typo-squatted domains to make the emails appear as if they were originating from valid senders.

“BEC emails are intentionally designed to look like ordinary emails, appearing to come from someone the targeted recipient already knows, but these campaigns are more complex than they appear. They require behind-the-scenes operations, preparation, and staging.”

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Royal Mail users urged to 'be aware' of scam text circulating now – 'do not click link'

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It states suspicious looking messages should be approached with caution.

Customers should not click on links sent in text messages as these are often fraudulent.

“Scam mail can take the form of fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures, investment scams and pyramid schemes,” it states on its website.

“Sometimes these can be sent to you if a scammer has got hold of your contact details fraudulently.

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Lloyds Bank warning as Britons attacked by another text message scam – ‘don’t click!’

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Lloyds Bank customers have unfortunately been targeted by scams in the past, but sadly cybercriminals are continuing to change their messages to attack Britons. The latest scam once again centres around text message, as more and more people become used to using their phones to manage their finances. The text reads: “LLOYDS-SECURITY: You have successfully scheduled a payment of £69.99 to payee MR ADAMS 28/04. If this was NOT you, visit: https://payee-confirmationcentre.com.”

Neither will they ask Britons for a PIN code, card expiry date, or Personal Security Number. 

Individuals who are asked to move their money or transfer funds by someone claiming to be from Lloyds Bank can be assured this correspondence is a scam. 

People who come into contact with a scam text message are strongly encouraged never to click the link and delete the message upon receipt.

This is the best way to protect oneself and keep a guard up against dangerous cybercriminals looking to take advantage. 

A number of individuals shared similar warnings, explaining their close encounters with the scam text claiming to be from Lloyds Bank, via social media. 

One person said: “You may want to warn your customers of this scam. An old person or someone in a panic could fall for this.”

A second penned: “Received this text from someone pretending to be from Lloyds Bank. Heads up not to click on the link as it is clearly a scam.”

While a third person remarked: “To the scammer, nice try in their pathetic attempt to scam me through text message.

“One advantage of online banking is that you can check to see whether it is true.”

The National Cyber Security Centre, which provides help and support to help keep Britons safe, has issued guidance to those who receive a scam text.

The Government organisation has said any suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number ‘7726’.

The short code is free of charge and allows a person’s mobile phone provider to investigate the text’s origin, as well as taking action on the matter.

For those who have already responded, action must be taken fast, but the NCSC has also provided next steps.

Those who think they may have been tricked into providing their bank account details will need to contact their bank and let them know immediately.

If an individual has lost money, they should also tell their bank, but report it as a crime to Action Fraud – for England, Wales and Northern Ireland – or Police Scotland.

The NCSC website reads: “By doing this, you’ll be helping the battle against criminal activity, and in the process prevent others becoming victims of cybercrime.”

Asda introduces new fees for bags and Click & Collect – some shoppers are not happy

Asda has followed in the footsteps of Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons as it removes free plastic bags previously available for fruit and vegetables. It has also updated its online Click & Collect service, but some customers are not happy.
“The reusable bags are 30p each and are made from 100 percent recycled plastic water bottles.

“The initiative will remove 101 million pieces of single use plastic each year.”

Free plastic bags have already been scrapped in supermarket chains including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

While the retailer will help cut back on single use plastic, some shoppers are not happy about the change.

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Venting their frustrations on Twitter, one suggested: “Charging 30p for a bag is not a huge change, it’s just another rip off, Asda really going downhill lately.”

Another claimed: “It is all about making more money.”

A third questioned why paper bags are not used instead, and wrote: “What’s wrong with paper bags?”

However, others shared their praise for the scheme. One commented: “Great idea!”

A second stated: “The solution is to bring your own bag.”

This follows more new charges introduced by the supermarket giant.

Asda has recently updated how much shoppers pay to use its Click & Collect service.

When using the contact free scheme, shoppers can choose Express Collection, where they can collect within four hours and it comes with a fee of £3.50.

Same Day Collection offers orders to be collected four hours from when the order is placed and Next Day Collection is also available.

There was previously no charge to use the service for baskets costing more than £25, with a £4 charge for orders less than that.

However, fees have now been introduced for all Same Day and Next Day collections.

Shoppers with Same Day orders over £25 will pay a fee of £1.50, with Next Day orders incurring a 50p charge.

Once again, Asda customers used social media to share their concerns at the change.

One post on Twitter read: “@asda not happy at the new 50p click and collect fee. We frequently have missing or substituted items and usually have a long and disorganised wait to pick up our shopping.”

Another added: “@asda how come I am now being charged 50p for click and collect? Still being advertised as free on the app!”

One social media user questioned: “@asda @Tesco when did you sneakily start charging for click and collect? @asda is 50p.”

Supermarkets have constantly updated shopping rules during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Changes have often been made in line with Government coronavirus advice.