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Test & Protect Scams

According to the latest data from Experian, UK fraud rates have jumped 33% during the since the implementation of lockdown measures in the UK as a result of COVID-19. Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, has reported that over 16,000 UK consumers have been affected by online shopping and auction fraud, with nearly one …

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consumeradvice.scot Join Partnership to #ShutOutScammers

consumeradvice.scot is working in collaboration with partners at Trading Standards Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, to raise awareness of doorstep scams and the impacts that they have on Scottish consumers. The #ShutOutScammers campaign launches today (Monday 15th June 2020) and highlights the impacts that doorstep scams have on consumers in …

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Cyber Security 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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HMRC Scams: Shutting out the Fraudsters

Scammers and the scams they employ evolve with changing attitudes, technology and their knowledge of the processes applied to bring them to justice. Many legitimate businesses are mimicked by these fraudsters, who even clone login pages for legitimate websites in order to gather customer usernames and passwords. HMRC scams continue to be one of the …

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A Counterfeit Toy Story: Choking Hazards, Age Restrictions and Safety

In our article covering counterfeit goods back in June (Available HERE), we looked at the impact of fake goods on the UK economy and the detrimental effect that such products can have upon consumers. Recent research from the Anti-Counterfeiting Forum estimates that the proliferation of counterfeit goods has resulted in a cost of £30bn (or the equivalent …

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Harm and the Farm: Illicit dealings in Puppy Farming

When the term ‘puppy farm’ was first put to me, my mind’s eye conjured up images of dogs bounding happily and freely through fields. I thought of a friendly farmer and his family spending time with their dogs, long walks in the countryside and fresh air. Unfortunately, the reality is often a lot less pleasant. …

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Romance Scams: Top Tips to Avoid a Broken Heart and Empty Bank Account

Imagine meeting the love of your life online. Imagine telling that person all about you and imagining a happy future together. Imagine trusting that person enough to share very personal information, including financial details and even giving that person large sums of money they told you they desperately need. Now imagine finding out that it …

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Fake Online Reviews: Is That Deal Truly What You Bargained For?

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with information about what we should be buying. We open Facebook and are presented with adverts for items that we were looking at elsewhere the day before. We are told by a barrage of reviews that a specific face cream will make us look younger, that a pair of running …

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Airbnb: Top tips for guests – whether savvy travelers or new navigators

The majority of us with access to a computer and internet connection are aware of what Airbnb is. Visiting a different town or city can be daunting as it is, without a question mark hanging above the place we are going to be staying. At consumeradvice.scot, we wanted to make it as straightforward as possible …

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