When I warn loyal readers of this blog about specific scams they tend to be on Facebook or sometimes WhatsApp, but this time I’m going to tell you about a particularly pernicious scam that’s pulling people in on YouTube. Scammers have been impersonating popular YouTubers by creating fake accounts which mimic genuine accounts, and sending […]

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I’m sure you’d agree, they came across as a lovely couple. In fact, my immediate thought was that it couldn’t happen to nicer people. I’m talking about Frances and Patrick Connolly from Northern Ireland, who won £115 million in the new year Euromillions jackpot. Now I would definitely tick the ‘no publicity box’, but apparently […]

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I’ve always advised that one of the checks you can do to determine whether a website is genuine – and not put up by scammers whose sole intention is to steal your private information or your actual hard-earned cash – is to look for the green padlock symbol next to the web address in the […]

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Who wouldn’t want the chance to win £85 worth of Asda vouchers in the run-up to Christmas? After all, £85 would make a reasonable dent in anyone’s Christmas shopping bill and, as Asda’s current slogan has it ‘Save money. Live better’ (or, in the words of a rival supermarket chain, ‘Every little helps’). A decent […]

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Friday 23 November may be Black Friday 2018, but the date is also significant – in fact, far more significant – for being the end of the week in which Friends Against Scams is celebrating its second anniversary. Friends Against Scams was originally launched by the National Trading Standards Scams Team and it’s basically about […]

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