Friday, 5 February 2010

Total Number Of Fraud And Account Takeover Victims By County MAP

So What Is The Zeus Trojan?

Not  many people have heard of it but it is causing problems every day.

Ok Zeus is a horrible trojan bot it will sit on your computer and can be made to hi-jack your requests to websites from things like ebay to paypal to your online banking and even record your credit card details when you enter them. once it has done this it will send what it has captured to a C&C (command & control server) where ID thief's can access it and use the stolen details to gain access to your accounts.

The Identity thief's use something called a Cryptor to make the file FUD (Fully UnDetected) which means your anti virus wont know its a virus. They then spread this using file sharing services like torrents and p2p, Emails with attachment, drive-by-downloads.

So what can you do to protect yourself?

Make sure you have a upto date anti virus and make sure you are using a firewall.

Don't Install or run anything if you don't know where it has come from.

Always check you are on the site you are supposed to be on.

Make sure your passwords are different for each of the logins you have. (I will be writing a tutorial on this very soon)

Hope that has gave you some information that will be helpful. Comments welcome.
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Thursday, 4 February 2010

Tips To Protect Your Credit Cards

Hey Everybody,

Thought I would post some information today about protecting them there credit cards you have from identity thieves.

Only carry the credit cards you need. By doing this you are limiting your losses to any accounts you have if your wallet or purse is stolen.

When in shops and restaurants never let your card leave your sight. More and more people are getting jobs in shops and restaurants with the sole purpose of cloning peoples credit cards.

When purchasing things online make sure you check that the site has a real address and a working telephone number. This is simple enough to do just check on the contact page and give them a quick ring.

Also when purchasing online make sure that there is a little padlock in the bottom left or right of the screen and that the website address starts with https:// this means that when you send your card details over the internet they are encrypted.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Uk Phising Scams

Hey all, just thought I would let you know about a website that's great for checking up on phishing emails that come round it is a UK site so everything should be relevant to you. the site is and the tag line is "We are one of the internet's leading anti-phishing sites, maintaining a massive archive of phishing and identity theft email scams."

So if you get any emails you think maybe trying to phish you have a look on their site it will be useful.

Even the people we trust are commiting ID theft

A Police officer and 2 accomplices have been charged with a £85,000 fraud. The charges are for fraud by false representation which usually indicates that they have been getting peoples full details and going into the bank to take money from the accounts.

This is a growing issue and it seems now the money making opportunity was just too much to resist for this police officer.

Full story

UK Fraud Prevention Agency Say ID Theft Increase of 32% in 2009

Today CIFAS the fraud prevention agency in the UK released its report on Frauds for 2009.

It states that there were 85,000 victims of impersonation and 24,000 victims of bank account takeovers. this represents a 35% and 15% increase respectively from 2008 levels.

This is what CIFAS Communications Manager Richard Hurley had to say on the matter "The financial cost of fraud is bad enough, but the emotional and psychological effects for the victim must never be underestimated. Fraudsters are adapting their approach in an attempt to ensure that their profits do not suffer during the recession, with absolutely no thought for the profoundly damaging impact this has on their victims. The role played by online, organized, criminals trading in people's identity details has been frequently reported in recent years, and it is depressing to think that the numbers of victims of fraud demonstrates just how little these criminals care."

CIFAS offer a potective register that people can join for more info head over to

Identity theft is on the rise in the UK

Hi and welcome to Idenity theft UK Blog. The average identity theft in the UK costs the victim £2100 and with more than 100,000 people every year being affected by identity theft, this is a huge problem.

Now I know quite a lot about identity theft and I will be posting things about it and how to avoid it.
But first, did you know that there are websites where people will buy and sell your details?
These sites are full of people buying and selling Credit Card Details, Online Banking Logins, complete information about people. This is big big business and they don't care about who the effect.

Websites are now getting hacked more often with the sole purpose of stealing credit card information. There is one such website that at this moment in time has for sale 70,730 UK Credit and debit card numbers for sale, these include full names addresses card number expiry date the CVV number on the back of the card and some of them will include DOB. all for sale for as little as about £5 .

Do you want one of your cards for sold on a website like that? No didn't think so. Well you need to bookmark this site as tips and ways to stop this happening will be offered to help you combat Identity Fraud press CTRL+B to bookmark the page.

So before I go today lets leave you with a tip. Always, and I mean always check your credit and debit card statements as soon as you receive them for unauthorised transactions. If you spot any contact your bank straight away and start a claim to get the money back.