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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - SFO catches up with fraudster after seven years
    A former stockbroker was convicted in 2012 of conning investors out of millions, but the proceeds of crime could not be recovered because he was bankrupt. However, the confiscation of his assets was resurrected seven years on. What lessons can you learn?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Pensions and investments warning list
    Pensions and investments warning list..It’s your money. When it comes to personal pensions and investments, there’s a lot of choice for directors and business owners. Unfortunately, whilst it is heavily regulated, the pensions and investment market is a target for fraudsters. In fact, some of their websites are so sophisticated that they’re difficult to distinguish from the real thing. If you’re considering a new personal pension or an investment, or thinking of transferring an existing policy or product...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - The “Please contact Action Fraud” scam
    The “Please contact Action Fraud” scam..Don’t fall for it. Action Fraud is the UK’s national centre for fraud and financially motivated Internet crime. In November 2019 it reported that its name is being used in a scam. Fraudsters are contacting individuals via official looking letters which state that Action Fraud has identified that they’ve been the victim of a scam or cyberattack. The letter then asks the individual to make contact with Action Fraud via e-mail to help with its enquiries. If contact...
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - “Hands up”, it’s a company hijacking!
    Government statistics for 2018 show that 43% of UK businesses identified some sort of cyber breach or attack in the previous twelve months. How can you spot the scams and protect your company?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Companies House complaints scam
    Companies House complaints scam..During the rounds. Companies House (CH) is warning businesses about a new scam e-mail. It purports to be from CH and states that a complaint has been received about the recipient. The sender is: noreply@cpgov.uk. If you receive an e-mail from this sender, or any others with a similar e-mail address, forward them to phishing@companieshouse.gov.uk immediately and do not open any attachments. .A scam e-mail which purports to be from Companies House is doing the rounds. It comes...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - New “2016 Tax Report” scam
    New “2016 Tax Report” scam..Phishing for fraud. HMRC has issued a warning about a new scam targeting small businesses. An e-mail will be received with the subject heading “Your 2016 Tax Report” that contains an attachment. HMRC never sends out such e-mails; it is a phishing attempt. Click on the link and you’ll be encouraged to disclose valuable information such as personal data, private financial information and account passwords. If you receive this type of e-mail, forward it to HMRC at phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Domain name invoice scam
    Domain name invoice scam..All in a name. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has issued a warning about a new domain name scam. Apparently, an organisation calling itself the “Trade Marks Intellectual Property Office” is contacting businesses by phone and insisting that they register certain domain names for ten years to protect their intellectual property rights. Follow up. Many of the businesses that have been contacted also received a follow-up invoice demanding payment within 14 days (see The next...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Fake company investigations inquiry notice
    Fake company investigations inquiry notice..New scam. Companies are being warned about convincing e-mails headed “Company investigations inquiry notice” purporting to be from the Insolvency Service - they may be sent to an individual director or to a general company e-mail address and will request specific information on an urgent basis. The Insolvency Service says it does not make initial contact in this way - those unfortunate enough to be on the end of an inquiry would be contacted at their nominated...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - One-man company pension scams
    one-man company pension scams..Consultation. In December 2016 the government started a consultation on finding ways to reduce pension scams, because despite previous publicity campaigns, the number of attempted scams is staggering - as many as eight scam calls are made every second of the day. Company schemes. A popular scam involves the use of small self-administered schemes (SSASs). Scammers claim that SSASs can invest in a wider and more exciting range of investments than those allowed by other types of scheme....
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Fake UKPC parking tickets
    Fake UKPC parking tickets..Scammers. A new scam e-mail purporting to be from UK Parking Control Ltd (UKPC) is doing the rounds. It contains an official looking penalty charge notice (PCN) that says you have parked on a client’s private land and must now pay £90. You’re then asked to click on the payment options to settle this amount. UKPC has confirmed that, whilst the PCN looks genuine, it never makes contact via e-mail. Where it issues a PCN, it sends a hard copy notice to the registered keeper of a vehicle...
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