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Scam alert: Alton Towers and Center Parcs fake Facebook giveaways

Scam alert: Alton Towers and Center Parcs fake Facebook giveaways

Which? has found social media ads for fake Facebook competitions collecting thousands of interactions from users. The fake ‘Alton Towers Breaks’ and ‘Center Parcs Resorts’ pages claim to offer the chance to win getaways worth more than £2,000. 

Scams rocket by 33% during pandemic

Scams rocket by 33% during pandemic

Fraud has reached record levels during the pandemic, Which? analysis of Action Fraud data shows. We reveal the fastest-growing threats and how to stay safe.

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Three in five people have received a scam delivery text in the past year

Three in five people have received a scam delivery text in the past year

The scam most often reported to Which? in the past three months has been fake text messages – also known as ‘smishing’ or SMS phishing – from Royal Mail.

Fraud at your front door: How doorstep scammers exploited the pandemic

Fraud at your front door: How doorstep scammers exploited the pandemic

Not all scams take place online. Which? investigates how criminals have been impersonating tradespeople and charity fundraisers, in order to target vulnerable older people.

Two in five victims of online scam adverts don’t report to host platforms

Two in five victims of online scam adverts don’t report to host platforms

The reactive approach taken by the world’s biggest online platforms to tackle fraudulent adverts allows harmful scams to slip through the net, Which? research suggests.

How your personality could increase your fraud risk – and what to look out for

How your personality could increase your fraud risk – and what to look out for

Who you are and how you think can have a big effect on the kind of scams that are a greater risk to you. To help you understand how scammers...

Look out for these HMRC scam tactics in 2021

Look out for these HMRC scam tactics in 2021

Just days before the self-assessment deadline, scammers are honing in on unwitting taxpayers by posing as HMRC.

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The strangest scams of 2020

The strangest scams of 2020

From mysterious porcelain dolls to CBD oil 'endorsed' by David Attenborough, Which? reveals the most curious cons we've seen this year.

Nearly one in ten scammed by adverts on social media or search engines

Nearly one in ten scammed by adverts on social media or search engines

Scam adverts on the biggest online platforms have tricked almost one in ten people into paying out for sham purchases. Which? surveyed 2,000 people who use social media and search...

PayPal to charge £12 inactivity fee: how to avoid the charge and spot a scam email

PayPal to charge £12 inactivity fee: how to avoid the charge and spot a scam email

PayPal will be contacting affected customers on how to avoid the fee but watch out for opportunistic scammers who often impersonate the online payments system.

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