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Supermarket scam warning: Fraudsters are impersonating ASDA, Morrisons and Tesco

Supermarket scam warning: Fraudsters are impersonating ASDA, Morrisons and Tesco

SAVERS have been warned to look out for scam emails imitating the major supermarkets, which offer recipients sums of up to £100 to complete a fake survey. Fraudsters are impersonating some of the most well known companies in the UK which include ASDA, Morrisons and Tesco.Supermarket scam warning: Fraudsters are impersonating ASDA, Morrisons and Tesco

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National Insurance scam warning: Older Britons hit as ‘national security threat’ emerges

National Insurance scam warning: Older Britons hit as 'national security threat' emerges

NATIONAL INSURANCE numbers are a common target for scammers and unfortunately, a new scam has emerged which relates to this personal information. The HM Courts & Tribunals Service has warned criminals are impersonating the public body in an attempt to steal money.National Insurance scam warning: Older Britons hit as 'national security threat' emerges

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A terrifying Android scam is back, and here’s what you must do to avoid it

A terrifying Android scam is back, and here's what you must do to avoid it

One of the worst threats facing Android users is making an unwelcome resurgence, security experts have warned. The nasty threat, dubbed Joker, is designed to sign-up Android users to premium – and hugely expensive – subscription plans behind their backs. That’s the latest warning from the team at Zimperium, who work alongside Google to help stop infected apps from being downloaded onto smartphones.

The security researchers say they have witnessed a “large uptick” in apps that come packed with the nasty Joker malware. Most of the applications laced with this threat take the form of legitimate apps, offering users fun photo filters, games, wallpapers, and ways to translate text.

Once installed, these apps, which can be found in the Google Play Store, introduce the gruesome Joker malware. This has the ability to install hidden spyware and premium dialers onto devices, which can then sign-up unsuspecting users to expensive monthly subscription plans they never wanted – nor can afford. Victims have found themselves in excess of £240 a year for these fraudulent subscriptions.

“Joker trojans are malicious Android applications that have been known since 2017 for notoriously performing bill fraud and subscribing users to premium services,” explained Zimperium. “The outcome of a successful mobile infection is financial gain for the cybercriminal, oftentimes under the nose of the victim until long after the money is gone, with little to no recourse for recovery.”

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Joker is nothing new, however, it now appears to back a vengeance despite the best efforts of Google and the App Defense Alliance – a program that includes Zimperium.

Zimperium says that it has witnessed over 1,000 new samples of Joker since its last report on the problem back in 2020. And the company is warning that cyber thieves have routinely found new and unique ways to get this malware into both official and unofficial app stores.

That means it’s likely some of these malware-packed apps are finding their way onto the Google Play Store. The latter is usually considered a safe way for Android tablet and smartphone owners to browse and install new apps. Google has strong protections in place – unlike some of the other app repositories available online – however, malware still manages to infiltrate the store.

“While they are never long for life in these repositories, the persistence highlights how mobile malware, just like traditional endpoint malware, does not disappear but continues to be modified and advanced in a constant cat and mouse game,” Zimperium added.

It’s vital that all Android users do some research before downloading any apps onto their device as once Joker has infected the phone it can rack up huge bills without the owner ever knowing.

Just last month, researchers at Quick Heal Security Labs found 8 apps that were riddled with Joker with the firm telling Android users to delete them immediately. They also offered some simple advice on how to stay clear of any other malware threats. This includes…

• Download applications only from trusted sources like Google Play Store• Learn how to identify fake applications in Google Play Store• Do not click on alien links received through messages or any other social media platforms• Turn off installation from the unknown source option• Read the pop-up messages you get from the Android system before accepting/allowing any new permissions

You have been warned!

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

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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Gogglebox star’s Dave and Shirley forced to issue apology to fans amid urgent scam warning

Gogglebox star's Dave and Shirley forced to issue apology to fans amid urgent scam warning

Dave and Shirley first made their Gogglebox debut in 2015 and have become a firm favourite among viewers.

The couple, who reside in Caerphilly, in the South Wales valley, have been married for 45 years.

Both aged in their 60s, the couple were fans of the show before a casting agent snapped them up for the series.

Their beloved pet dog Bluebell often features on their social media feeds, and they share two adult children together.

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Post Office text scam is back! New message is so convincing it’s hard not to be tricked

Post Office text scam is back! New message is so convincing it's hard not to be tricked

Post Office scams aren’t anything new but this latest message arriving on phones is one of the most elaborate yet. iPhone and Android users are being targeted by the new threat via a simple text message which says, “Post Office: Your parcel has been redirected to your local branch due to an unpaid shipping fee.” This is followed by a clickable link that uses the post office address to make it appear like the real deal.

Of course, we’ve all seen these messages arrive in our inbox before but where this one is so clever is that the website embedded in the link takes you to something that looks so real it’s easy to be duped.

To see just how simple it is to be fooled, Express.co.uk visited the website and, using a fake name and address, we went through each step of the scam to see exactly what data the thieves are trying to gain from unsuspecting Post Office customers.

Right from the start, the whole scam looks totally genuine with the official Post Office logo appearing, slick animations popping up and even the font looking just like the real thing.

The first Window you’ll see features a very simple message asking for your postcode to check for the missed delivery.

Once you’ve handed over that information you’ll then be asked for your name and the full delivery address.

At this point, Express.co.uk added a completely fictional name and address and, guess what? The system revealed that a parcel had been found and was waiting to be delivered.

And here’s where things get serious as the next piece of the form starts asking some very personal questions including date of birth and mobile number.

Once that data is added, users are then asked to select a date for redelivery which, again, all looks incredibly genuine.

Finally, you’ll see a page asking for a charge of £2.39 to be paid to receive the parcel and a form wanting full banking details to be added including a card number, CVV security code, account number and sort code.

Anyone falling for this trick will have then, unwittingly, handed over everything a cyber criminal needs to make fraudulent purchases. It’s scary stuff.

The Post Office says that anyone receiving a suspicious email, text message, telephone call or discover a Royal Mail branded website which they think is fraudulent, should report it to [email protected]

If you have been the victim of a payment scam, you can get a crime reference number by reporting it to your local Police station.

And if you have clicked on a link, provided any personal data like your bank account details on a website or over the phone or you’re concerned that you’ve been compromised, you should also report the scam to Action FraudOpens in a new window, the national fraud reporting centre.

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