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Scam telephone calls

There have been a series of suspected scam telephone calls here in Cambridgeshire. It wil come as missed calls. Some researches showed that they were clearly from outside of the UK and on the balance of probabilities they were going to be either a divert to a premium rate number or another form of scam in which you would lose some money.
 
The missed call numbers are as follows:
+381 60 0009116
+224 637817031
+224 633550920
+224637817636
+224639954558
+26775110729
+5926850838
+26775074938.

Research on the numbers identify the following countries of origin; Serbia, Guinea, Guyana, Botswana. However, please remember that with number spoofing, no number listed on a caller identifier can be trusted. No number, number withheld, international number and even local STD codes should be treated with caution. If you don’t recognise the voice of the caller be wary. If you don’t recognise the caller, let it go into answer machine or use a feature on your phone that requests the caller to text me if you have it. Very rarely does the caller back.

Scam call using 01945 telephone code

This is a circular from the Cyber Crime Department. There has been a potential scam telephone call that appeared to use the 01945 (Wisbech) code.
 
An elderly gentlemen receives a telephone call. The caller appeared to be using the telephone number 01945 585993. The caller was an Asian female with a strong accent. The nature of the call appeared to be centred on some kind of IT fault (no further details) A family member present at the time took control of the conversation and when they told the caller that they were having difficulty understanding them, the Asian caller then left the conversation and was replaced by a male voice who quickly ended the call. (No further detail about the Asian accent).
 
On balance, this appears to be a scam call in which the local code of 01945 was being used.

I personally called the 01945 number and the line indicates it is disconnected. Remember, scammers can make it appear they are calling from any number they wish, but actually underneath the 01945 number I suspect the number is very different and may have originated from the internet.

For further information about scam telephone calls and actions you can take, please visit the resources area in the website for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership; https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/community-protection/against-scams-partnership/
You may also consider taking some online training provided by National Trading Standards as part of their initiative called Friends Against Scams.
I would also advise subscribing for a regular newsletter provided by Action Fraud; www.actionfraud.police.uk

Dangerous hashtags#

Clicking on one of these dangerous hashtags could land you in prison for 14 years

Santander have reported that an alarming amount of people under the age of 25 are being tricked into clicking on fraudulent hashtags and becoming money mules – a crime which can see lead to a prison sentence of up to 14 years. Money mules are individuals who allow criminals to use their bank accounts to transfer money associated with illegal activity, and are more often than not offered cash in return for doing so. Santander says that the amount of money mules has increased by 29 per cent in the last year alone, with 49 per cent of them being under the age of 25 – 70 per cent of people are said to be unaware about what a money mule actually is, which a factor which illustrates just how valuable unsuspecting social media users can be to criminals.

These are the hashtags NOT to click on:
#Moneyflipsuk
#Mflipssss
#Deetsandflips
#Deetsandflipping
#legitmoneyflips
#flipsanddeets
#PayPalFlip
#RealMoneyTransfers
#UkFlips
#EasyMoney

For more information please visit the media article below:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/ten-hashtags-clicking-can-land-19349453

Sockpuppets

Today, I recieved an email from the police cyber securities team. I had no idea what a sockpuppet was in online term until then. So, I thought I would just pass it on to you all unless you all knew already. Below is a description taken from Wikipedia which explains what is a sockpuppet is.

A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term, a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock, originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an Internet community who spoke to, or about, themselves while pretending to be another person.

The term now includes other misleading uses of online identities, such as those created to praise, defend or support a person or organization, to manipulate public opinion, or to circumvent a suspension or ban from a website. A significant difference between the use of a pseudonym and the creation of a sockpuppet is that the sockpuppet poses as an independent third-party unaffiliated with the main account operator. Sockpuppets are unwelcome in many online communities and forums.

SSL

What is SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for ‘Secure Socket’ Layer Certificate. It is also known ‘Digital Certificate’. SSL Certificate creates a secure link between a website and a visitor’s browser. This is to ensure that all data passed between the two remains private and secure. SSL encryption prevents hackers from stealing private information such as card numbers, names, addresses and any confidential informations you fill on the webpage.