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Warning: There’s a new scam harassing UK mobile owners, here’s what you need to avoid it

The latest scam warning comes courtesy of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, NFIB. The organisation has warned phone owners to be alert to incoming calls from mobile numbers very similar to their own. Commonly, the first seven digits of the number will match your own mobile number.

Given that UK numbers only consist of 11 digits, that’s a pretty striking similarity.

These calls usually impersonate well-known government organisations, like HMRC or the DVLA, as well as law enforcement agencies. Callers will be pushed to “press 1” to speak with an advisor, or police office. To convince those a little unsure about the cold call, the NFIB says the pre-recorded message will usually tell recipients they need to talk to an advisor about an unpaid fine, police warrant, or something equally intimidating.

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In May 2021 alone, Action Fraud received reports of some 2,110 scam calls where the caller ID matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own number. Of these, 1,426 (68 percent) referred to HMRC, or National Insurance.

And it’s not only phone calls to keep a close eye on. A number of victims claimed they received a similar scam using messaging platforms, like WhatsApp. Like the phone calls, the text message would refer to money owed to HMRC, a police warrant, or issues with your National Insurance payments.

Fortunately, Action Fraud – the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime – has come tips to keep you safe.

  • First off, always keep in mind that UK Government and law enforcement agencies will never notify you about unpaid fines or outstanding police warrants by calling or texting you. Do not respond to any calls or texts you receive about these.
  • Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your personal information, it could prevent you from falling victim to fraud. Remember, it’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. Legitimate organisations will let you call them back on their official phone number, which can be found on Google or in-store.
  • If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge. Meanwhile, suspicious telephone/mobile calls can be reported to Action Fraud via their website: actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing. This will help to save others from falling foul of the same scam

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Virgin Media warns customers to ‘take action’ or their mobile phone will stop working

Speaking about the move, Virgin said: “We regularly review our offerings to make sure we’re meeting our customers’ needs and usage.

“After careful review, we’ve decided to close our Pay As You Go services and focus on providing even greater Pay Monthly plans.

“You have at least 3 months to switch to Pay Monthly or request your PAC, after we have notified you”.

If you’d rather not wait to hear from Virgin about when your PAYG sim will stop working you can call 789 to discuss it.

Virgin Media, who has just merged with O2, added their “friends at O2 offer a great Pay As You Go service”.

Virgin went on to say: “Don’t forget to use up your credit up before our Pay As You Go service ends or request a refund for any leftover credit”.

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There’s another text message scam plaguing UK mobile numbers, here’s what you need to do

People across the UK should be on the lookout for a new text scam. A number of people have received messages telling them that they have missed a call and now have a voicemail waiting for them. The text also includes a link, supposedly to play the recorded message. 

However, the link sends users to a website designed to steal sensitive personal information, like credit or debit card numbers, emails or passwords. Hackers can then use this data to break into online accounts, or to attempt another scam – by pretending to be your bank. Scam artists can use some of the details you’ve provided to them, like a credit card number, to trick you into thinking it’s a legitimate call from your bank and providing them with the last missing parts of the information – like the CVV number on the back of the card, or the answer to a security question to access your online accounts.

The spate of messages claiming that “you have received a new voicemail” are part of an ongoing flood of text scams plaguing the UK. The pandemic has forced millions of us to work from home and change our habits. It has pushed more people to rely on web services, such as online banking apps, online supermarket shops, and more. That has created a greater opportunity for scam artists.

And they’ve seized that opportunity with both hands. 

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Mobile networks EE, Three and Vodafone all warned customers about the flood of fraud texts. Text messages designed to look like a missed delivery notification complete with a link to reschedule the parcel were sent to thousands across the UK. With a quick skim-read, it can be easy to fall for these scams. We’ve all ordered something online and then promptly forgotten about it.

And if there are delays with stock or slow shipping, it can be easy to forget when an order is due. Not only that, but if you need to leave the house to collect kids from school or grab some shopping, you’ll want to know exactly when that doorbell is going to ring. These text messages prey on our forgetfulness to trick us into following the link.

Other versions of these scams don’t mention tracking with the link, but instead, push users to click the URL to settle unpaid postage on the package.

Between June 2020 and January 2021 alone, Action Fraud – the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime – received 2,867 crime reports mentioning delivery firm DPD. Similar scams involving Royal Mail, Hermes, and other courier brands have also circulated in the same timeframe.

This concerning trend is known as smishing – a portmanteau of scam messaging.

The Money Advice Service warns that “smishing can be difficult to spot, particularly if it’s someone who would normally contact you by text. But, like email scams, there are some tell-tale signs. For example, there might be spelling mistakes or the text just addresses you as Sir or Madam. Real messages from these companies will usually address you by your full name.

“You can also look at the phone number it’s been sent from. First, it won’t be the same as the one on your bank card. Second, it might be sent from an overseas number. Fraudsters won’t just pretend to be your bank. Sometimes they’ll claim to be from an online account such as PayPal, or a service you subscribe to, such as Netflix. Fake text message scams have also been reported targeting customers of government organisations such as HMRC and the DVLA.”

The Money Advice Service, which is the largest single funder of debt advice nationwide, warns anyone who is suspicious of these messages to avoid clicking on any links found in the text. If in doubt, go directly to the website and login as normal – navigating to the Hermes website separately and inputting the order number from the text will soon rumble it as a fake. And since you didn’t follow the link from the text message, you can be sure you’re on the genuine website and your bank details are safe, for example.

If it’s already too late and you’ve fallen for one of these growing number of text messages, you need to act fast. First up, report the scam to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040. If you’ve entered your payment details into a website or online form that you believe was set-up by hackers, you should contact your bank to flag the mistake. This ensures they will be on high alert for any potential fraud.

It also means they can provide you with a new card if they believe the details are already compromised.

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Square Enix Reveals New Bravely Default Game, But It’s Only Launching On Mobile

The good news? A brand new Bravely Default game has just been announced. The not so good news? It won’t be coming to Switch.

Square Enix has today unveiled Bravely Default Brilliant Lights, a new entry in the series currently in development for Android and iOS devices. A trailer has been released to give us our first tease of things to come – it’s in Japanese, but you can give it a watch up above.

According to Siliconera, Brilliant Lights will feature turn-based combat and a gacha system, the former of which is shown off throughout the trailer. Characters from past games in the series will make an appearance, and original Bravely Default writer Keiichi Ajiro has been confirmed to be involved with the project.

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Incidentally, accompanying Brilliant Lights’ reveal is the news that the Bravely series has now shipped more than three million units worldwide, factoring in both physical and digital sales.

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Consumer Council: Many Norwegians pay too much for mobile subscription

One in two Norwegians says it has been at least two years since they switched mobile subscriptions. The Consumer Council believes that customers are too loyal.

The chance that you pay too much for too little is high, according to the Norwegian Consumer Council.

Only one in four respondents state that they have changed subscriptions in the last year. Half say they have not changed subscriptions in the last two years or have never done so, according to a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Consumer Council.

“We think many would be surprised if they check the offers that exist. Here, there are large variations in both the price and size of the data packages,” Inger Lise Blyverket at the Consumer Council noted.

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PUBG Mobile patch 1.5: Huge PUBG update is here to download

Battle Royale fans have been waiting all week for PUBG Mobile patch 1.5 to arrive and bring with it a wave of new content.

But having changed the release date several times, this week’s new PUBG update can now be downloaded.

It should be noted that while this new patch is available in several regions, some of the major ones will see it arrive a little later.

This is usually done so that the development team can tackle any major issues before PUBG Mobile hits its most popular areas.

Tencent has already revealed a lot about PUBG Mobile version 1.5, including the new content and features.

And as a bonus, gamers can also unlock 2,888 BP, 100 AG, and Victorian Maiden Backpack by installing the latest version.

The Erangel map is getting a major rework, with six areas being transformed with futuristic buildings and tech.

The local transportation hub has also been upgraded, with fast-functioning Hyperlines connecting the various cities of the island.

Players can use these HyperLines to move between fixed locations at certain times and take advantage of these characteristics to employ more tactics.​

Other confirmed Erangel map changes include the following:

Transit Center (previously Pochinki)

Pochinki is the core of Erangel’s transport network, and has now become the transit center for the island. A new high-tech station and supporting transportation system will be located here. Travel on the city bus and use it as a form of mobile cover for an all new transportation experience.

Port of Georgopol (previously Georgopol)

The advantages of Georgopol as a logistics port will be further leveraged with the introduction of a brand-new central command center and fully-automated warehouse, giving rise to an efficient and advanced logistics port.

Tech Center (previously the School)

This former school area now places greater emphasis on academic research and cutting-edge exploration. The latest scientific research results and cutting-edge technologies will be on display here. In terms of gameplay, there are many paths and structures here, and various unpredictable opportunities for confrontations.

Security Center (previously the Military Base)

The Military Base is responsible for monitoring the security of the entire island and providing armed support. Island-wide monitoring and rapid response facilities are deployed here.

Logistics Agency (previously Yasnaya Polyana)

The Logistics Agency is located in Yasnaya Polyana and is an important distribution center for supplies coming into Erangel. The supplies transported from the port will be classified, checked, and distributed from here to throughout Erangel.​

Energy Center (previously Mylta Power)

This organization provides energy to all of Erangel and combines conventional energy generation with cutting-edge technology to produce a stable supply for the island’s civil and military buildings.

Other unique items have been added to the game, including a hover bike that can cover terrain better than any other vehicle.

The amphibious Anti-gravity Motorcycle has seats for 2 and can be used to conveniently travel across the whole map.

Other highlights from today’s PUBG Patch Notes include:

New Firearm MG3: New MG3 Light Machine Gun: Using 7.62mm rounds, this weapon features a unique firing mode, and its rate of fire can be flexibly adjusted to 660 or 990 rounds per minute, allowing for both stable continuous shooting and rapid spraying.

When used with a bipod, its recoil is significantly reduced while firing prone. This firearm only spawns in Air Drops.

Adjustments to the M249: Now that the MG3 has been added to airdrops, the M249 will be removed from airdrops and will spawn on the ground throughout the map in Classic Mode instead.

Rate of Fire Compensation System: Added a unified system for firearms with different frame rates to solve the problem of inconsistent rates of fire when the frame rates are different.

3rd Person Camera Perspective Settings: Added an option to adjust the TPP field of view. The TPP field of view can be adjusted in the settings. But this option will not apply to some devices with a screen that already has a large field of view.

New Glass Windows: Added glass to some buildings in Erangel and Miramar.

Glass can be broken by melee attacks, gunfire, or climbing through windows, and will make a noise when they are broken, but will not be restored after they are broken.

Default Control Logic Improvements: Auto pick-up will be disabled when a character is using meds.

If a melee weapon is picked up when a character already has a main weapon, the melee weapon will be stowed by default.

If the ammo of a firearm has been used up (including spare ammo), and there is another weapon that still has ammo, the character will automatically switch to using this weapon.

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Improved the cover near the Mansion spawn point so that it is almost as tall as the top of the fruit stand. Improved the size of the mini-map to make it easier to observe the battle situation.

Author: Gary Jones
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