Category Archives: Commercial Scam

Biggest fare dodger loses job in commuting £43,000 scam

A 44 year old man Exec Jonathan Burrows of East Sussex was an executive of one of the biggest fare dodger in history – avoiding the £21.50-a-day fee in rail ticket, despite owning two mansions worth £4million.His commuting scam came to a picture when a ticket officer at London’s Cannon Street station, saw him swiping through the ticket barriers with his pre-paid Oyster travel card.

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He was not using his oyster card to travel from London Bridge .i.e. East Sussex to Cannon Street. Jonathan owned £42,550 in unpaid fares, plus £450 in legal costs. All BlackRock wanted to do was make things easier for all.

It had no prurient pecuniary motive in launching its own corporate bond-trading platform. It just wanted to help. That’s how it’s become the world’s largest money. Jonathan was a fund manager in BlackRock dealing with millions of pounds on daily basis. He was one among the biggest asset manager all over the world.

Jobseekers beware of Scam websites offering training for offshore

In Aberdeen city, one of the victims had been applied for a vacancy which offered online training courses for the offshore oil and gas industry. The website was being named by“First Oil Energy”, which presented it as a fastest growing company located in Aberdeen.With the promise of a future career, the victim handed over money for an online training course through the website.

Jobseekers beware of Scam websites offering training for offshore

Scammers told the victim that after completion of training course the victim would be part of the firm. For training course an amount was paid but then the scammers informed the victim that there is some hike in fees. The fraudsters charged some $1000 to the victim. This oil and gas industry website was being developed and registered by some individuals. They were identified as non-trading UK individuals. These kinds of websites appear to be part of scam.

Be careful when applying any online courses or jobs that request for money transactions. Check for all the terms and conditions before payment as well as be aware of all kinds of scams.

Money Promise and Quick Reseller

The main purpose of this scam is that earning money and gaining promotion may claim to have a buyer for your property. Or that they can sell your place quickly and for a good price. Before you allow someone to sell your share make sure that you check them out before you agree to pay them any money. Make sure you deal with licensed broker. Get all your paper work in a document .Make business dealing with that party/company that pays after the share is sold. Be alert with all kinds of scam.


Some of the tactics to be known during selling of share:

 First of all a legitimate lenders never “guarantee” a card or loan before you apply.

 These legitimate lenders ask you to pay application, appraisal, or credit report fees, but these fees seldom are required before the lender is identified and the application is completed.

The fees generally are paid to the lender, not to the broker or person who arranged the “guaranteed” loan.

Feel free to use spam checker tool which lets you enter an email id and contact details of a suspected scammer.

Latest Internet Scams and How to Avoid Them:

BBB (Better Business Bureau) recently released the list of scams

  •  Job scams:

If you apply a job online through a classified listing on Craigslist, you will hear back from the “employer” and maybe even do a phone interview. Then you’re requested to fill the forms for a credit check or for direct deposit. The BBB says this is the way to capture sensitive personal data like bank account passwords.
To avoid: Utilize your search engine site to search the company. Make sure the company exists and confirm that the person contacting you actually works there.

  • Viral video scams:

While surfing Facebook, Twitter or other social network, you find a lot of contacts. You see a friend just shared a link to a video teasing the latest celebrity news with a attractive title like “Justin Bieber’s secret birthday video, click here to see!” If you click means, you will get a message that you require to update your video software. Then you know, your account’s been hijacked and you are placing the same links to your friends also. And it’s the beginning stage that affects your computer.
To avoid: Don’t click any social networking links having attractive titles even from friends you trust. Instead of clicking the link, right-click and copy the links address and paste directly into browser. Make sure it directs where you expect. If you have any doubt, copy and paste the headline into a search engine and search a trusted copy.

  • Hotel scams:

These types of scams normally through phone call when you’re on vacation. They tell “hotel desk clerk” and ask a apologize and there’s a difficulty with their computer and your credit card isn’t working. So you have to tell your info again. If you give means, your whole account will be hijacked.
To avoid: Don’t give your personal information over the phone. If a problem comes, go to the front office and clear the problems.

  • Prize scams:

Normally you will get “Congratulations! Message” like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is individually emailing you to let you know you just won a $1 million prize. But, there are some taxes you have to pay up front before you can get the money, and you have to fill out some forms with all your personal details.
To avoid: These stupid “contests” have been circulating for years. Nobody’s randomly choosing your name to offer you money. If you claim on making sure, don’t click any links in emails. Instead of that, type the address of the website directly in the browser itself.

  • Mortgage help scams:

You’ve heard about a government plan to aid underwater homeowner’s labor things out with their lenders. So you see it in online. You find a website that request for an up-front fee to negotiate on your behalf, and you give it – only to later find out they never talked to anyone. You’re still underwater, and now you’ve lost valuable time and money.
To avoid: Paste to websites with addresses ending in “.gov” (like for more information that doesn’t cost anything up front.

  • Tricky auctions:

You see an online ad like new iPad 3 for a auction you’ve seen everywhere else. So you click on it. Then you end up with an strange auction site where you have to pay $1 per bid.
To avoid: Don’t click out any ads like this.

Tips to protect online business from internet scams

In internet, the online business may affect by two types of attacks. One is direct attack to your Organization and another type is Mass shotgun style of attacks that are designed to infect any users. In these direct attack is the most dangerous method to attack your businesses. It uses advanced technique includes zero-day exploit or a new piece of malware to gain permission through a backdoor onto the user’s machine.

M86 Security has listed five safety measures against the internet scams.

1. Reanalyze your current security

To protect your businesses against scams, re-examine the security products used in your business. Ask your present vendors hard questions about accurately how they identify and block these threats. The best method must have a solid base of reactive controls in antivirus and URL scanning with proactive technologies such as real-time code analysis. Test the products and make sure that the vendors are investing in threat examine.

2. Stay up to date

Scammers commonly target the old version web browsers or applications. So keep web browsers, add-ons/extensions and desktop applications as updated versions.

3. Educate users about security awareness

Internet usage is the main part of a security. So give the knowledge about the internet security. Give examples of social networking scams and tell how easily the computer get affected and force them to maintain applications up to date. Alert everyone from clicking on any email links.

4. Utilize browser add-ons or extensions for an extra layer of security

Use the NoScript extension for Mozilla Firefox to limit the execution of JavaScript code.

Use Mozilla Firefox NoScript Extension to limit the execution of JavaScript code. There are many free tools such as M86 SecureBrowsing to analyze links in the Search engine results and web pages for any malicious code. It also analyzes shortened URL’s in Twitter.

5. Secure your Social Networking site accounts.

Set the Privacy settings in your social networking site accounts. Configure privacy settings corrected, because incorrect configuration may lead the scammers to access your accounts easily.