Yesterday I received an email from my friend Simon, see the picture below, then I clicked on the link it took me to the “Mirror” newspaper to an incredible story about Jim Davidson’s return from bankruptcy to be a multi-millionaire thanks to a clever bitcoin trading platform. Not only is Jim profiting but Ben Shepherd and Kate Garraway have also got in on the act. I read this and it’s so well done that I had to go and check independently and it’s a SCAM.
But please look at the pictures and see how convincing it is. Firstly, my friend’s email was spoofed, this suggests his account was breached at some point and they have his contacts. The fake Mirror article is a great copy but the “too good to be true” lack of reality slightly gives it away, but people are being taken in and their money is gone. ActionFraud research said that the average crypto currency victim during the Summer months of 2018 lost a staggering “£10,900”.
IF A FRIEND SENDS AN UNUSUAL EMAIL TO YOU, CLICK ON THEIR NAME TO CHECK ITS REALLY FROM THEN. NEVER INVEST WITH ANYONE BEFORE TAKING PROFESSIONAL ADVICE
Tips and Advice
- Is it real? – It may look like the Mirror, but you can see from the web address that it isn’t
- Get rich quick – if it’s too good to be true, it isn’t true!
- Homework – thoroughly research any finance company that you are considering. Seek independent advice with help from a financial advisor.
- Cold calls – avoid anyone that calls offering you an investment over the phone.
- Social media– avoid responding to investment ads on social media. Likewise, don’t share any personal or financial details on social media.
- Investment websites – don’t be fooled by websites that appear legitimate. Contact the Financial Conduct Authority FCA for all companies that are registered to help with investments, use the FCA’s registry and their warning list as a starting point.
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you are worried about your financial details
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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