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I think that I have been scammed. I provided access to my router and laptop to someone claiming to be from Virgin Media and they have taken money from my bank account. Can you help?

There has been an increase in the number of reports from Scottish consumers who have been contacted by scammers claiming to be calling from Virgin Media and other internet service providers. These scammers often request access to be granted to the devices that their targets own, including laptops, mobile phones, and tablets. Access is usually …

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I have been receiving messages from someone claiming to have photos of me from my webcam. They are requesting I pay a sum of money to them to stop them sharing the images publicly. I am so worried about this. What can I do?

It is good that you have reached out about this and remember that you are not alone when dealing with scammers. Blackmail scams are an attempt to force payment from someone by threatening to share information that they do not wish certain people, groups, or the public to know. Blackmailers usually contact their targets and …

I have been receiving messages from someone claiming to have photos of me from my webcam. They are requesting I pay a sum of money to them to stop them sharing the images publicly. I am so worried about this. What can I do? Read More »

consumeradvice.scot Support #ShutOutScammers Campaign

Scams have an impact on Scottish consumers every day, often costing thousands of pounds. Anyone can be targeted by a scammer, with attempts to defraud us of our personal information or money becoming increasingly convincing. Certain demographics are more vulnerable to scams than others. The more vulnerable members of our society are preferred targets of …

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FluBot Delivery Scams: Android Users Targetted by Scammers

Consumers have reported receiving text messages regarding deliveries, some of which contain links to download an app. Scammers are using this ploy to install malware on the mobile devices of the consumers being targeted. This malware allows the scammer to access the target’s devices and access information such as bank details. Malware can also spread …

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Lloyds Banking Scam Text Messages – What You Need To Know

A new scam has come to light targeting customers of Lloyds Bank. If the scammers are successful, your bank account could be completely emptied. The scam is conducted through fake text messages. These are made to resemble official communications that inform the customer of a new device being paired to their account along with a …

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Covid-19 Vaccination Scams – Email, SMS, and Telephone: Varied Approaches

consumeradvice.scot have received a number of contacts relating to scammers falsely offering Scottish consumers the Covid-19 vaccination. Scammers have been reaching out to consumers using different methods, including email, SMS, and telephone. 79% of the consumers who contacted consumeradvice.scot since December of last year in relation to Covid-19 vaccination scams received these requests via email from …

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Cyber Scotland Week – Protecting Your Information and Avoiding the Scammers

Cybercrime indiscriminately affects organisations and individuals in some form or another. The ripple effect caused by this type of scam impacts private individuals and large organisations alike. As scammers adapt and react to counter-criminal measures, it’s worth knowing what we, as consumers, can do to stop them in their tracks. The BCS (formerly British Computer …

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Covid-19 Scams – Fake Tests and Fraudulent Vaccinations

Throughout the pandemic, consumeradvice.scot have seen scammers targeting consumers, with scams including the sale of fake PPE and the targeting of the Test and Protect programme. Criminals are now targeting the crucial roll-out of the vaccination programme. consumeradvice.scot have received reports of Covid-19 vaccination scam emails and texts sent to consumers containing links to websites …

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Avoid A Money-Mishap this Boxing Day

Research carried out by The Centre for Retail Research (CRR) and Vouchercodes.co.uk suggests that in 2019, the average UK household spent over £450 in the December and Boxing Day sales. With stores already slashing their prices in advance of Boxing Day 2020, it is easy to find yourself caught up in the excitement of bagging …

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Shutting the Door on Scammers -Direct Mail and Postal Scams

The various methods used by scammers to gather consumer information is startling. With technology evolving daily and the channels we use to communicate with one another expanding, so do the tactics employed by unscrupulous individuals to collect our data in attempts to defraud us of our hard-earned money and precious time. Despite the development of …

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