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Taxpayers warned of email scams
January 24, 2012 - By Northumberland Gazette

The deadline for taxpayer’s self-assessment is January 31 and due to the relative closeness of the date, HM Revenue and Customs is warning people of fraudsters using phishing scams to gain their details.

Fraudsters are using emails telling the recipient that they are owed a tax rebate, which takes them to a replica of the HMRC's website, whereby they are asked to input their bank details.

HMRC has stated that they only write to people by post, if they are due a tax rebate, and they are also working to shut down the websites which are sending out the fake emails.
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Olympics lottery email scam
November 29, 2011 - By Action Fraud

An email scam containing the UK National Lottery and the International Olympic Committee's logos has been flagged by Middlesbrough Trading Standards.

The email informs the recipient that they have won £1million in a foreign lottery and that the money is being held by the 'UK Treasury Department'.

The recipients are asked to call a mobile number or to pass on their bank details. Action Fraud warns that genuine lotteries do not operate in this manner and you should be wary of any emails like this.
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London 2012 Olympics fraudsters on their marks
November 22, 2011 - By Kevin Peachy, BBC News

There have so far only been a few scams noted, which have been related to the London 2012 Olympics but experts warn it is unlikely to stay like this, the closer the games come.

Visitors and businesses alike are being warned to be on the lookout for fakes, not only involving the Olympics, but also for other London tourist attractions.

Visitors are urged to be vigilant and to report any fakes or counterfeits to the authorities.
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Lottery scam forces Gillingham care home closure
August 16, 2011 - By BBC News

A private care home, Jeannette Lodge, has been forced to close after its owner lost a vast amount of money to a lottery scam.

Mr Richard Raj thought he had won 3million Euros in a foreign lottery but was told he had to pay £70,000 in taxes before the money could be released, which it never was.

The care home had 12 residents living in it.
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Would YOU fall for this war hero on a dating website? Elana did and it cost her £10,000 – she’s far from alone…
February 28, 2011 - By Charlotte Gill and India Sturgis, The Daily Mail

A 47-year-old woman has told how she was tricked by a scammer into handing over money to whom she believed was a U.S. soldier.

Elana Brown sent the 'soldier' over £10,000 in 2 months after falling for him through an internet dating site. He unfortunately turned out to be a scammer.

But Elana is not alone. The National Fraud Authority has estimated that in the last 6 months, £2.5million has been lost to similar 'romance' scams.
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OFT and Age UK join forces to urge scams victims to speak up
February 10, 2011 - By the Office of Fair Trading

Over 55’s are most likely to be targeted by mass-marketed scams, with this age accounting for half of those who have said they received this type of scam.

Age UK and the OFT have come together to raise awareness of the warning signs of scams, to avoid more victims.

They offer the advice of being sceptical about offers, particularly if they seem too good to be true, and to seek the advice of family, friends or Consumer Direct before sending any money.
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Crimewatch: The Ghana dating scammers
By BBC Crimewatch

BBC Crimewatch has shown how Police in the UK and Ghana have worked together to find various 'romance' scammers.

The UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has a dedicated team, used to deal with this type of crime, with the aim of catching the scammers in Ghana and identifying the victims in the UK.

Scammers target those who are lonely and vulnerable in the hope of conning them out of vast amounts of money.
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Action Fraud
By Action Fraud

Action Fraud is the 'UK's natinonal fraud reporting centre', which is run by the government agency the National Fraud Authority.

They encourage you to report any type of fraud to them either via their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Support and prevention information is also provided.
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Romance Scam
By Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry, giving an explanation as to what a romance scam means.
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