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I am sharing this because some think it is an urban myth.

This is the fraudster who while inside prison created a copycat court's service website (locating it at the Old Bailey and using the name of the DCI who had arrested him as the website owner), then sent a convincing email to secure his release from prison. Then he was released!

I kid you not. Please remember this when you are looking at a fraud and someone says 'they wouldn't do that' 'no-one would fall for that'

They would and they do.

He handed himself in after 3 days so might have had something specific in mind rather than a full blown escape.

Let's be careful out there.
The scammers are sending Covid 19 grant emails supposedly from HMRC Government Gateway saying you have been approved for the second grant just click here for your £6,750.00

Giveaways include the sending email address and they address you by your email user name rather than name.

Not too convincing but I am sure people are clicking already.

The other scam I've seen today is the recruitment for mystery shoppers on social media. 35 known victims so far who are mainly job seekers. They get the victim to purchase a mobile phone as a first test and deliver it to a drop off point. They are then left to pay the mobile contract for the phone the fraudsters now have.

Let's be careful out there..
Cybercrime - do you know enough or do you want to know more?

Colin Tansley Mike Roberts and I will be taking part in the Intelect webinar on 23rd September 10.00 am UK time.

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Know the levels of operational security cyber criminals use, how they recruit and how they train each other.

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Book your place for Wednesday 20th August at 10.00 am. I have.

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The scammers are at it again - A quick warning in case you've missed it.

The Netflix emails offering the chance to win a year's free subscription are not from Netflix.

Just to throw in a few others:

1. Your PayPal account has not been blocked

2. HMRC have not issued a warrant for your arrest

3. Microsoft and BT are not phoning you because they have not spotted a virus on your laptop

4. You have not been caught pleasuring yourself via your webcam.

Now there may actually be one or two people where 1-4 above may apply to but it really isn't you!

Let's be careful and stay safe online and when out and about!typing your update here...

There seem to be swathes of (many supposedly US based) people with low numbers of connections and good job titles connecting with folks on LinkedIn.

They soon tell you how they have got through the Covid 19 crisis through forex, alternative investments or bitcoin and they can help you.

Let's work this out. They are making a fortune but they need your £500.00. Why do they need your money if they've got so much of their own?

A big clue is that the genuine companies are checkable, licensed and do not promise huge returns in a week, but the possibility of a good return over a period of time. They also don't tell you it has to be done today or else.

If you are tempted ask for their licences and certificates and send them to me. I will check them out for free as part of some research I am doing.

If you've been stung let me know.

Let's be careful out there.