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FRAUD - NORTON/MCAFEE USERS
Action Fraud have issued an alert regarding fake Norton emails (and MacAfee), after receiving 110 reports in a week. The emails state that the recipient’s anti-virus software has expired or is set to renew and are urged to contact the ‘support’ team to cancel. The email contains a scam telephone number or links to a website designed to steal personal and financial information. 
If you are unsure of the email DO NOT call or click the link but use the company's direct number from the software that you are using.


FRAUD - VINTED USERS
The most common scams carried out through Vinted appear to be where the payment is requested by the scammer to be made outside of Vinted, for example, through PayPal, Cash App or by bank transfer. When the payment is received, the items are never sent. Recently, it was reported that a buyer purchasing an item through Vinted was informed by the seller that they only take payments through PayPal as their accounts are linked to Russian banks. Once payment was made the item was never sent to the victim.
Please be mindful when using these apps that unfortunately scammers are using them too. Before buying please check the sellers history and reviews.

INVOICE FRAUD
Invoice scams which target small and medium-sized businesses now make up 55 per cent of all money lost to fraud.
Invoice scams are when fraudsters divert genuine invoices or payment instructions sent by email, often from a familiar supplier or contact, and send a replica email with the with bank details changed to an account controlled by them.
When looking for new suppliers ensure you do your research, know your suppliers, call your supplier and check any new or updated bank details.

 


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