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Ways to Protect Your Business from Fraud

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Assessing risks that could threaten your business is a vital part of running your company, however many people overlook online fraud as a threat.  However, cybercriminals look for vulnerable victims everywhere - in both small and large sized businesses.  Below, we look at 5 actionable ways that your business can remain strong against online fraud.  How Do I Protect My Business From Online Fraud?  1. Conduct a Security Audit  One of the main ways that businesses struggle with online fraud is not knowing where to start, which is why a Security Audit is so helpful. This enables security experts to determine where the weak points...

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Tips For Staying Safe Online at Christmas

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  As Christmas approaches, many of us will be making transactions online to buy Christmas gifts for our loved ones, or organising social events and entertainment. However, with so much going on, it is sometimes easy to forget checking online websites are authentic, and preventing scammers. Christmas is one of the busiest times for cyber criminals, who exploit the fact that people are busy and distracted, and take advantage of online activity.  Below, we have listed some top tips on staying safe online throughout this festive period.  Top Tips for Staying Safe Online  Protect Your Device  Before you start using your device for internet activities, make...

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What Is Retirement Fraud, and How Can I Prevent It? 

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Fraud is a rising problem in the UK, and pension scams can sometimes be hard to spot. Scammers can be personable and financially knowledgeable, and even have credible websites - making them harder to spot. How Do Pension Scams Work?  Scammers will contact people via phone, email or text, or may advertise online in small ads. They design attractive offers to entice users, usually with high interest rates or unachievable returns on investment. This money that is stolen may then be:  Invested in high-risk investments overseas  Invested in conventional products but with complex structures  Simply stolen and the scammer disappears  How Do I...

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What is Identity Theft and How Can I Protect Myself?

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With the rise of online shopping and bank accounts, the number of Identity Theft cases are increasing. Here’s all you need to know, and how to protect yourself. What is Identity Theft?  This is when an individual pretends to be you to access money, credit and other benefits. To acquire this information, they will steal and use your personal information, which may include bank account number.  Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can use it to make purchases, impersonate you to commit a crime and clear out your bank account - which can all do long term damage.  How can I Protect...

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Holiday Fraud and How to Avoid It

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Fraud can result in weeks and months of legwork to put right, as well as high inconvenience associated with putting things right. Holiday fraud can also have the emotional trauma related with it, as not only have you lost your money, but the disappointment of missing out on a break that you’ve been looking forward to. Every year, thousands of people fall victim to holiday fraud - whether it be related to accommodation, flights or entire holidays. They can fall victim to fake online advertisements, emails and phone calls - and what’s more, these advertisements may sometimes appear on legitimate websites....

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What is POCA?

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POCA stands for the Proceeds of Crime Act which was first implemented in 2000. This is a law in relation to the recovery of criminal assets, that can be obtained without all parties in the case being present, including the Defence. Who Imposes POCA? These orders can be imposed by the investigating authorities on your assets, which will freeze them. Any money earned as a result of, or in connection with, an offence can be recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The crown court must consider making a confiscation order if: The defendant is convicted of an offense...

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What is First, Second and Third Party Fraud?

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Fraud is a wide subject, and there are actually 3 different varieties of fraud: First, second and third party. So what is the difference between all 3 of them? Different Types of Fraud: First Party Fraud This is where an individual or group of people misrepresent their identity or give false information. This may be done when they are applying for a product or service, and is done with the aim of getting more favourable rates. Unfortunately, this may also be done when they want to make a false claim against an insurer to obtain a payment. Examples of First Party...

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