Expert advice on scams to avoid including HMRC, Royal Mail, Microsoft, WhatsApp Gold, contactless payments, expired Apple ID, fake Olympics tickets and more…

If you get a phone call from “Microsoft” or an email offering millions if you just hand over your bank details, you should be suspicious. We’ve rounded up some of the most frequently used scams in the UK at the moment, with advice on how to avoid them and keep your hard-earned cash – and privacy.

Scams are a huge issue in the UK, especially with the introduction of more technically advanced scams on our devices that can even hold our files to ransom (see below for more information). So how can we protect ourselves, and more importantly, how can we protect our private information offline and online? We’ve rounded up some of the most frequently used scams in the UK at the moment, with advice on how to avoid them and keep your hard-earned cash. Also see: How to avoid the latest Netflix scam.

WhatsApp Gold

The latest WhatsApp scam being circulated among users is an exclusive invitation to upgrade to a premium version of the app, known as WhatsApp Gold. There is no such app.

“The invitation reads: “Hey Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too.”

Fake tickets to the Rio Olympics 2016

Kaspersky has warned that scammers are selling fake tickets to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro online. It first started seeing spam emails selling these fakes in early 2015, but they are becoming more common as we get closer to the games.

“It’s no surprise that cybercriminals are using the Olympic Games as a ploy to extort money and personal information from unsuspecting recipients. What’s more, beyond phishing emails, cybercriminals are creating fake sites, disguised as legitimate ones… We recommend that fans everywhere be very cautious when purchasing tickets or souvenirs. Users need to make sure that they are only trusting authorised resellers, despite how appealing the low prices may be from alternate resources,” warns David Mole, Head of Retail, UK at Kaspersky Lab.

 


Painter, L. (2016) Don’t get caught out by these new (and old) scams in the UK. Here’s how to avoid becoming a victim. Available at: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/feature/internet/how-avoid-being-scammed-uk-online-olympics-gold-3620081/ (Accessed: 26 May 2016).