(LONDON) SCAM ALERT: BBC Action Fraud Report: On social media, there’s a new type of influencer, but instead of promoting clothing lines and lifestyle products, they promote fraud #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: They flash stacks of cash, hide their faces, and some even lure new recruits by selling guides on committing fraud: You’d think these scammers and their illegal products would be hard to find, and once upon a time, they were, hidden in the shadows of the dark web. But not any more.

#AceDailyNews says that the influencers promoting criminal scams on TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube all told us they did not allow fraud on their platforms. They said that they took fraud very seriously and were constantly clamping down on criminal content.The question is whether they can take it down faster than it’s being posted: Panorama: Hunting the Social Media Fraudsters is on BBC One at 19:35 BST on Monday or later on iPlayer

Delivery text scams and how to deal with them

By Kafui Okpattah
BBC Panorama

Stock photo of a man in a demin jacket lookig at his phone

As part of an investigation for BBC Panorama, I discovered just how easy it was to make deals with fraudsters and purchase fraud guides online. I also unmasked one anonymous influencer who has been selling them in a bid to use criminal cash to refund scam victims

On social, perpetrators of online retail fraud refer to it as “clicking”, making it seem more innocuous.

But committing fraud – which is defined by the police-run service Action Fraud as using trickery to gain a dishonest advantage, often financial, over another person – can lead to up to 10 years in prison.

The guides being traded are known as methods. 

They can target banks, retailers and even the government’s Universal Credit system, leaving organisations and members of the public out of pocket.

And they all rely heavily on something known as fullz, slang for full information.

These are the personal details of an unconnected person: typically an individual’s name, phone number, address and bank details.

With the fullz in hand, fraudsters can follow the steps in the guides to make online purchases or even take out a loan in someone else’s name.

They have often come from phishing scams: Think of those dodgy emails or text messages that pretend to be from legitimate sources and con people into revealing their personal information.Sometimes these fraudsters conduct or commission phishing activities themselves, or sometimes they get hold of the information via others.

Exploiting a person’s “fullz” – by, for example, making purchases using their details – can wreck their credit score. A bad credit score can have life-changing implications: it affects your chances of applying for a loan, or getting a mortgage, or even opening a new bank account. I contacted one fraudster who was advertising his services on social media and, through a messaging app, he offered to build me a fake website and send 4,000 phishing texts on my behalf to get people’s personal details.

His fee was £115.Terms used by scammersmethods – tips on how to commit fraud fullz – short for full details. Relates to personal banking information (e.g. I can get you their fullz)clicking – fraudulently purchasing products from online retailersOn a separate Instagram profile, I noticed a scammer had posted some “fullz” – as a sort of free sample, encouraging people to pay to receive many more stolen details.

I decided to call some of the phone numbers that were listed.It was difficult listening to a stranger react as I told them their names, addresses, card details and phone numbers were posted online for anyone to see and exploit.I later met up with one of the victims, Wilson from Oxford, who said seeing all his details online was scary because it made him realise how unprotected he was. So why aren’t more people behind these schemes being caught?

Cybercrime specialist Jake Moore says investigators are facing an uphill battle to find the culprits.“Anonymous accounts are leaving not just a small amount of breadcrumbs to investigate them – there are no breadcrumbs,” he says. “There’s no digital footprint left behind them. So to investigate this is nearly impossible.”

But being an influencer inevitably means sharing some elements of your life online – and over time, one influencer has left behind a few too many clues.He calls himself Tankz, and in videos of him rapping online, he boasts: “I’m a London scammer. I see it, I want it, I click it.”He sells fraud guides – or methods.I posed as someone interested in learning about fraud and messaged Tankz about his methods via Instagram. We bought his top guide for £100. It arrived as a link, sent via social media, to 43 files on a cloud storage system: The files were filled with detailed techniques on how to exploit online retailers: They also directed would-be criminals to websites where they can buy “fullz”. We wanted to find out who this masked fraud influencer was.

Panorama analysed footage Tankz posted on social media, and realised he gave too much away while trying to remain anonymous: We noted a reference to north London’s Wembley as his local area, a mention of studying economics and finance at university, and a glimpse of his car number plate. One clip also featured a distinctive black-and-grey carpet, and we were able to find a match on a website advertising student accommodation in the Wembley area.We went to the block, spotted the car, and waited: Then we saw a man approach the car wearing the exact same tracksuit Tankz had been wearing earlier that day in a social media video.YouTube/

We had unmasked the masked fraudster but who was he? His social media posts are anonymous, but we discovered that his songs were also listed on Apple Music. On one of his tracks, the copyright isn’t listed to Tankz, but to what seems is his real name: Luke Joseph.It didn’t stop there. We discovered an email sent from Tankz’s official address which also made a reference to the same name: There was even an eBay account under the name of Tankz, where Luke Joseph is the contact address.Finally, we discovered that there was someone of the same name living in the same student accommodation block in Wembley. It seems that Tankz may be a London student called Luke Joseph.We contacted Luke Joseph, and Tankz, but we didn’t get a response: His TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat accounts were removed by the respective social media platforms after Panorama notified them about the content: Since then, he has created a new TikTok account where he continues to post about his life: So what are the wider authorities doing to crack down on online fraud and those who promote it?

Earlier this year, the government revealed plans to reduce illegal and harmful digital content. It wants the communications regulator Ofcom to police social media and hold big tech giants to account: Fraud-related content was not originally set to be included in this Online Safety Bill, but at the last minute the government changed its mind. The word “fraud” is still absent, but it could be covered by what the bill refers to as “illegal content”.Some have voiced concerns that it won’t specifically address the problem.

Arun Chauhan, a solicitor specialising in fraud, says he thinks the bill “is not fit for purpose in the fight against fraud”.But a government spokesperson told Panorama the new law would “increase people’s protection” from scams, and said they “continue to pursue fraudsters” and “close down the vulnerabilities they exploit”.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published; Aug.16: 2021:

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Panorama: Hunting the Social Media Fraudsters is on BBC One at 19:35 BST on Monday or later on iPlayerHow do these private details end up in circulation in the first place?

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(USA) FTC ALERT REPORT: Scammers are using ‘Romance’ to steal YOUR money with fake profiles and ID’s and getting you to trust them #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.13: It’s never too late to find love, and lots of dating sites and apps are there to help. But scammers are out to steal your heart, too…and then steal your money. This Older Americans Month, let’s talk about romance scams. These can happen when someone makes a fake profile on dating sites, apps and social media. They then message you to get a relationship going, build your trust, and connect.

SCAM ALERT: No money, honey, Then, they hit you up for money. “Baby, I want to come see you but I’m short on funds. Can you send me $500 for a ticket?” Or, “I love you, honey. But we may not be able to talk anymore because my phone is about to get cut off. I need $300 to pay the bill…” Get the idea?

May 11, 2021by

Lisa Lake 

Consumer Education Specialist, FTC 

In the name of love, you send money. They come back with other lies to get still more money. Then the messages stop. You can’t reach them. They’ve taken off with a piece of your heart and big chunk of your wallet.

People reported $304 million in losses to romance scams in 2020. Here’s how you can avoid these heartless imposters:

  • If someone you’ve never met in person asks you for money, that’s a scam. No matter the story. Never send money or gifts to anyone you haven’t met in person — even if they send you money first.
  • Only scammers tell you to buy gift cardswire money, or send cryptocurrency. Once you send that money, you won’t get it back.
  • Do a reverse image search of the person’s profile picture. See if it’s associated with another name or with details that don’t match up. Those are signs of a scam.

Talk to someone you trust about your new love interest, and pay attention if they’re concerned. Learn more by watching this video and at ftc.gov/romancescams. And if a scammer tries to charm you out of your funds, report it to the FTC.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.13: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) ALERT: HSI & Interpol Join forces to warn the public against purchasing alleged #COVID19 vaccines and treatments online #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.27: With criminal groups producing, distributing and selling fake vaccines, the risks to the public are clear: these can include buying a product which not only does not protect against #COVID19, but poses a serious health hazard if ingested or injected. Such products are not tested, regulated or safety-checked:

Online vaccine scams: Homeland Security Investigations, INTERPOL issue public warning: Tempted to skip the line and buy your “COVID-19 Vaccine” online? Off-Channel Vaccines are: not tested; not regulated; not safety-checked.Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet.Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet.Criminals will put anything in vials to get your money. Don’t buy COVID-19 vaccines or so-called cures online. At best, they do nothing against COVID-19. At worst, they are harmful and dangerous to your health.

‘Be vigilant, be skeptical, be safe’

Tempted to skip the line and buy your "COVID-19 Vaccine" online? Off-Channel Vaccines are: not tested; not regulated; not safety-checked.
Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet.
Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet.
Criminals will put anything in vials to get your money. Don't buy COVID-19 vaccines or so-called cures online. At best, they do nothing against COVID-19. At worst, they are harmful and dangerous to your health.

Legitimate vaccines are not for sale. They are strictly administered and distributed by national healthcare regulators.“Counterfeit vaccines threaten the health of consumers who are duped by nefarious actors seeking to exploit the pandemic situation for financial gain. HSI and its law enforcement partners will vigorously investigate and seek prosecution for criminals taking advantage of the public’s quest for COVID-19 vaccinations and those who endanger the lives of the very people the vaccines are intended to protect,” said HSI Assistant Director, and Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, Steve Francis.

Anyone buying these products online also runs the risk of potentially giving their money to organized criminals.

Crime wave

“From the very beginning of the pandemic, criminals have preyed on people’s fears in order to make fast cash. Fake vaccines are the latest in these scams, which is why INTERPOL and HSI are warning the public to be extra vigilant,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock. “Anyone ordering a vaccine online rather than obtaining it from their national provider, will be buying a fake product.”

“The networks behind these crimes have global ambitions. No country or region can fight this type of crime alone. INTERPOL is assisting law enforcement around the world to both identify criminal networks and to dismantle them,” added Secretary General Stock.

Following a global alert issued by INTERPOL in late 2020 the world police body recently announced the first internationally linked arrests and seizures in connection with fake vaccines after criminal networks were disrupted in China and South Africa.

INTERPOL has also been receiving additional information on fake vaccine distribution and scam attempts targeting health bodies, including nursing homes.

“HSI will continue to work with INTERPOL to coordinate investigations targeting every level of the transnational criminal organizations trafficking in counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines,” added Francis.

Online scams

An emerging trend has seen cybercriminals set up illicit websites claiming to be legitimate national and/or world organizations offering pre-orders for vaccines against the COVID-19 virus. These websites offer payments in bitcoins and other payment processing methods.

Using trademark logos of major pharmaceutical companies producing approved COVID-19 vaccines, the fake websites are suspected of being used to conduct phishing attacks and/or dupe victims into giving charitable donations.

In addition to opening up their computer to cyberattacks when attempting to purchase alleged COVID-19 vaccines online, people also run the risk of having their identity stolen.

In December 2020, HSI seized two websites purporting to be those of biotechnology companies developing treatments for the COVID-19 virus. Instead they appeared to have been used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the sites, in order to use the information for criminal purposes, including fraud, phishing attacks, and/or deployment of malware.

Ransomware attacks have also been conducted against hospitals, laboratories, local governments and other targets, remotely blocking computer systems and demanding a payment to release them.

Given the need for a global response against these types of cyber-enabled fraud and financial crime, INTERPOL created the Global Financial Crime Task Force (IGFCTF) in 2020 with member countries in order to enhance international cooperation and innovation with public and private sector partners.

To report suspected illicit criminal activity or fraudulent schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, email Covid19Fraud@dhs.gov.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.27: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: Scams grew across the world with many more ‘ Spam Calls ‘ during the global pandemic with a rise of 18% according to Truecaller #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.08: Despite several efforts from carriers, telecom regulators, mobile operating system developers, smartphone makers, and a global pandemic, spam calls continued to pester and scam people around the globe this year — and they only got worse:

Users worldwide received 31.3 billion spam calls between January and October this year, up from 26 billion during the same period last year, and 17.7 billion the year prior, according to Stockholm-headquartered firm Truecaller: The firm, best known for its caller ID app, estimated that an average American received 28.4 spam calls a month this year, up from 18.2 last year:

As a result, And with 49.9 spam calls per user a month, up from an already alarming 45.6 figure last year, Brazil remained the worst impacted nation to spam calls, the firm said in its yearly report on the subject: The coronavirus pandemic, however, lowered the volume of spam calls users had to field in several markets, including India, which topped Truecaller’s chart for the worst nation affected three years ago:

The nation, the biggest market of Truecaller, dropped to the 9th position on the chart this year with 16.8 monthly spam calls per user, down from 25.6 last year:

#AceHealthDesk report ………………………..Published: Dec.08: 2020:

#ans2020, #scams, #spam