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Have you thought about a career in investigations? Maybe you are internet savvy and good at finding information. Are you the kind of person that friends turn to if they think they may have been scammed?

Do you want an insight into what professionals do when they are investigating businesses and individuals? Do you want to improve what you do?

If so, why not join the investigation professionals presenting and attending our next seminar ‘Due Diligence 2’ at 10am on Wednesday 25th November. It is 1 hour long and costs £10.00 plus booking costs.

The challenge is the photo below. How quickly can you identify this interesting location, the company, who worked at the shop, and other information such as what is the make model and year of manufacture of the car? When was it last in use?

Phone Live:
- Bank fraud teams being impersonated telling people there have been suspect transactions on their accounts. Lloyds being one name used
- Football clubs being impersonated to tell people they have won season tickets and need their address to send the tickets
- Your internet has been compromised so you need to install software

Phone automated:
- HMRC scams such as arrest warrants being issued press 1
- Internet being closed down press 1

SMS Text:
- Netflix, Amazon and others being impersonated to say a payment has been declined or an order is to be delivered click the link
- Your phone provider being impersonated and asking you to click a link and update bank details

- The fraudsters seem to be having success with email headers starting with the words 'We have a surprise for...' then adding words such as Tesco customers, Vodaphone customers' and then asking you to click a link. The link is predominately shown in bold red.
- Bogus payment notifications or invoices from unknown sources to try and get you to open a pdf

Let's be careful out there and warn others.
A prolific gang are operating in the UK impersonating mobile phone providers initially and then your bank.

They identity your mobile phone provider first so that you believe the message you get is real. They then send you a message saying your payment has failed so click the link. This spoofs your provider's details.

When you click the link you are asked to update your bank details.

They then take money from your bank account but...get ready for this...they then call you spoofing your bank's phone number and tell you that they are your bank's fraud team.

You can imagine the FUD (Fear, uncertainty and doubt) impact on the victim at this stage. They then use social engineering to fool you into providing more information.

Callers I am aware of have been males with English accents.

At least one of the banks has been on the ball with this but I've not seen any warning online as yet.

I have helped two victims to quickly get all payments stopped and their security back in place and be better protected going forward.

These people are not throwing out random spam they are researching and targeting their victims. Let's be careful out there.

Please share with friends and family, and stay safe
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.

Do you know the difference between the bright web, the dark web and the deep web?

Do you know how to find out if your organisation's data or your own data is for sale on the internet?

- Do you understand how data is bought and sold?
- Do you know the ways it is used for fraud and profit?
- Do you know how the money is laundered?

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

Know your criminals, how to spot them and their activities and how to protect yourself.

Join our webinar and you can be sure you have the best foundation to cover the above and it will only cost £10 plus booking fees.

To express your interest please use the link below

Intelect had great feedback and follow ups from the first of 5 webinars lifting the lid on fraud, cyber security and business from those who invested 90 minutes of their time and ten of their Great British and Manx Pounds

Cyber and Fraud have been a growth area and thrived during the pandemic but if you are a business leader or owner real success depends on other factors too.

The next Intelect webinar features experts and advice on business adjustments and thinking in the Covid 19 world across planning, people, projects (IT) and promotion.

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

The first webinar on due diligence internet investigations and cyber crime is available as a recording for a small fee. Contact me for details.
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.