‘In the News’ Archive

200 cybercrime gangs in London alone

An interesting piece in the Evening Standard reports the Metropolitan Police as saying that there are more than 200 organised gangs in London conducting some kind of online or ‘cyber’ fraud. Police warn that these sophisticated operators often use social engineering – a combination of manipulative tricks and psychological techniques – over lengthy periods to […]

Dating scams back in the news

Online dating has opened up a world of possibilities for meeting new people, but it comes with its own new dangers; in particular that you have to be very careful about the identity and intentions of the people that you meet. It could be a systematic scam taking hundreds of thousands, as with this story […]

Cost of UK online fraud ‘£670m’

UK losses from online fraud have hit £670m a year, according to this piece in the Guardian today. Fewer than one-third of victims have reported their losses, according to the survey on which the piece is based, but more than half of those surveyed said that they had suffered from some form of cybercrime in […]

Crime is down – if you exclude online crime!

Official crime stats apparently exclude a range of online offences – and if they were included, the crime rate would actually be going up! That’s according to a piece in the FT, which says that crime rates would be 40% higher if these were included. That just gives you an idea of the scale of […]

Advice on avoiding fraud online

“Put the person’s name into the internet” is one of the useful pieces of advice that you’ll find in this handy piece on avoiding online fraud on ThisIsMoney. It’s well worth a read – and if you’re dealing with someone who’s in the UK, save yourself a bit of time by searching for them directly […]

Phishing threats

Protecting ourselves from fraud is the subject of this interesting piece in the Huffington Post. Online banking fraud is up, and phishing is a big part of dragging people in. Always be very wary of any email asking you for your financial details – the fraudsters can be very sophisticated in putting together official-looking emails […]

The rising tide of fraud

According to a story on the BBC website, there are not enough qualified police officers to deal with the huge rise in fraud in the UK. Police records of fraud were up 17% annually, and it’s estimated by academics that there are almost 30 million frauds every year (including the many that go unreported). Stoking […]

The cost of dating fraud

If you’re scammed on a dating site, expect to part with around £10k! According to a piece in today’s Telegraph, the AVERAGE amount scammed in more than 600 dating fraud cases in just three months this year was £9,589! By contrast, the cost of a Background Report on 192.com is just £14.99 (plus VAT). Whatever […]

Online dating fraudsters

A quite worrying story here from the Standard illustrating the extent of the problem with online fraudsters: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/crackdown-on-online-dating-fraudsters-who-rip-off-victims-9766872.html If you’ve got any doubts about someone that you’ve met online, do take care to protect yourself. You can always try to find out more about them with a comprehensive Background Report from 192.com – it could save […]

Our intergalactic reputation!

It’s been reported this week that certain crop circle theorists have found what they believe to be a reference to 192.com in a crop circle that appeared last year in California. The number 192 was repeated a number of times in the pattern, and the hypothesis presented on a crop circle website was that this […]