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All the scams people across Gedling borough should know about this week

As fraudsters ramp up their efforts to trick local people into handing over their cash or personal details, we offer this weekly guide to the latest new scams doing the rounds...

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People across Gedling borough are being urged to be careful as more new scams emerge.

Action Fraud, Which? and Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards constantly issue scam warnings to make people aware of the latest attempts by fraudsters to get them to part with their cash or personal details.

Here are the most recent scam warnings it has issued to people across the borough.

Bosch drill set offer for completing scam Screwfix survey

Action Fraud has received 616 reports in a two-week period of scam emails purporting to be from Screwfix offering a free Bosch drill set.

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The emails include links to dodgy sites which ask you to fill in a survey and give away your personal and financial information.

You can report scam emails by forwarding them to report@phishing.gov.uk.

Dodgy websites can be reported to the National Cyber Security Centre.

Fake Facebook email claiming business account has been blocked

Examples of scammers hijacking Facebook profiles to send phishing emails to business accounts on Facebook have been discovered.

After taking over someone’s Facebook account, the fraudster changes the display name on the account to ’24 Hours Left To Request Review. See Why’ and changes their profile picture to an orange icon with an exclamation mark. 

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They then publish posts from the hacked Facebook page, tagging business accounts. This then triggers the business to receive an email from Facebook saying their account has been blocked. 

These dodgy emails include a link to ‘dispute the decision to block your account’. If you click through, you will be asked for your page name, first and last name, phone number, date of birth and the email address or phone number linked to your Facebook account and your password.

McAfee scam emails

Emails have been flying around claiming to be from computer security software company McAfee and telling you that your antivirus subscription needs to be renewed.

The emails lead to malicious websites which attempt to steal your personal and financial information.

Action Fraud say it has received 4,531 reports of these scam emails since April 2024.

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You can report scam emails by forwarding them to report@phishing.gov.uk and phishing websites can be reported to the National Cyber Security Centre.

You can also report fraudulent scams impersonating McAfee to scam@mcafee.com.

Fake political ads

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) has found over 8,000 adverts featuring false information about politicians on Facebook.

The ads also include AI-manipulated videos and images, with one stating that Labour leader Keir Starmer had been involved in a banking scandal.

Many led to websites which mimic newspaper articles to push dodgy investment platforms.

These websites will most likely try to obtain your personal details. 

Scam ads on Facebook can be reported by selecting the three dots in the top right corner and pressing ‘report.’

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