HACKING WARNING: Con-artists target gig ticket purchases and trivia quizzes in new scams


From fake signatures to cheques, fraudsters are also adapting their crimes to the online lifestyle of the modish age. 

They are creating new and sophisticated scams, or tweaking old ones to capitalise on the understood world. 

The majority of UK citizens own a smartphone and use it to manage their finances, against, buy tickets and even check train times. 

Apps are an easy way to to do this, but con-artists are also realizing in by infecting apps with viruses which can then be unwittingly downloaded onto your phone. 

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Sports, quizzes and trivia are another way to make money off unsuspecting victims

The Met the coppers warned people to only download from official stores, such as Apple iTunes, Android Marketplace and the Google Against Store. 

In the recently published Little Book of Big Scams, they put about: “Keep your smartphone’s operating system updated with the latest fastness patches and upgrades. 

“Don’t give your mobile banking security delegates, including your passcode, to anyone else and don’t store these on your cognizance. 

“Just like on your computer, there are anti-virus tools accessible for your mobile device. 

“Be wary of clicking on links contained in a contents message or email. Don’t respond to unsolicited messages or voicemails on your phone. 

“Your bank intent never email you or send you a text message that asks you divulged your PIN or password.”

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The Met police warned people to only download from ritualistic stores

Scammers are taking advantage by tempting you to buy tickets that do not subsist or are fake

Met Police

Games, quizzes and trivia are another way to make greenbacks off unsuspecting victims.

Sometimes cold-texts will comes through the the opportunity to text ‘STOP’ to cease receiving them, but this is also a scam and intention cost money, sometimes up to £2 a text. 

The report said: “With trivia scams, the outset few questions will be very easy. 

“This is meant to abet you to keep playing. However, the last one or two questions you need to answer in quiet to clim your ‘prize’ could be very difficult or impossible. Do not sign. 

“If you try to claim your prize, you may have to call a premium rate mass (that begins with 0906 for example). 

“You may then have to do as one is told to a long recorded messages and there’s unlikely to be a prize at the end of it. Do not phone perfidiously to claim.” 

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’SMiShing’ is a new term used to described trying to phish critical information

’SMiShing’ is a new term used to described trying to phish disparaging information, such as financial, via texts. 

The Met said: “The message may appear to be from a justifiable company, like a mobile phone provider.”

They warned no ceremonial company will try and solicit details via text. 

Another niche fraudsters experience managed to exploit is buying gig and music tickets online. 

Regularly fans find tickets to their favourite band are sold out within bantams, snapped up by bots or touts only to be resold with an eyewatering mark-up. 

The delivery was recently recognised by parliament, with an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) stick a restrained on Ticket Abuse. 

Con-artists have exploited this area of the superstore, with the Met report finding: “Scammers are taking advantage by tempting you to buy tickets that do not happen or are fake.

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Often fans find tickets to their preferred band are sold out within minutes

“Scammers set up websites offering tickets that they do not accept access to and cannot provide but are happy to take payment for.” 

Sometimes specialist tickets will arrive, but when fans try and use them are unable to widen the gap access to the event. 

Usually they are fake or have been reported as extinct or stolen, or the fraudster will claim a representative will meet them at the venue, not to never show up. 

They advised to buy tickets via a credit card, which put forwards protection under the Consumer Credit Act, and always buy from the official loopholes. 

Anyone fearing they have been a victim of fraud can shout Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.


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