Ukash warns consumers to be alert to risk of online scams
London, November 2013 – The recent conviction of a UK crime gang behind a million pound scam highlights the need for all internet users to be aware of the risks online. The six person-strong network targeted thousands of innocent people over several years, posting bogus job adverts for companies including Harrods and Argos on sites such as Gumtree and Blue Arrow. Clicking the links inside the emails downloaded the ‘malware’, that then sent back personal and financial information to the criminals.
“Criminals will find increasingly sophisticated ways to target victims online,” comments David Cox of Ukash. “It’s vital that everyone using the internet remembers the basics, such as keeping browsers updated with the latest security updates and running up to date anti-malware software. But it’s increasingly important that everyone online is sensitive to the potential risks out there, especially the risks carried by seemingly genuine and innocent emails.”
Jobseekers have been targeted in recent years by criminals out to exploit those looking for work. Reputable companies, recruitment agencies and job ad websites explain how applicants should respond safely to advertisements, but scammers rely on the desire to respond promptly, which can mean victims are more likely to click on emailed links or even respond by paying up front fees for bogus security checks.
“Criminals are out to target all internet users with their scams. Being aware of the risks online, and looking out for anything suspicious, is vital and can prevent these gangs from profiting from their crimes,” concludes David Cox.
Ukash supports the website AvoidOnlineScams.net, a resource for advice and help to protect consumers online. Any UK citizen who believes they are a victim of an online scam should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. More details can be found at www.AvoidOnlineScams.net or at www.actionfraud.police.uk
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Ukash is the global online cash payment provider and internationally recognised e-commerce cash payment method that enables consumers around the world to use cash to shop, pay and play online safely, securely and conveniently. This secure payment method was developed to protect personal identity and financial information when making online transactions, reducing the threat of credit and debit card fraud for consumers and repudiations and charge-backs for retailers. Ukash has no age limit, so consumers of all ages can make the most of safe payment online.
Ukash codes are purchased with cash in retail outlets such as shops, petrol stations and kiosks, and issued online from the company’s website. The unique 19 digit codes can then be used to pay directly on any of the thousands of websites that accept Ukash transactions worldwide, or loaded onto prepaid cards and e-wallets.
Established in 2001 under the holding company Smart Voucher Ltd, Ukash® has grown to more than 460,000 physical points of purchase, and is available in over 50 countries around the world in 6 continents.
Ukash is regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The maximum single value allowed is £200/€250 and the maximum amount that can be held by an individual customer is £1,000/€1,250 – equivalent values in other currencies apply to both sums.
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