Scammers have tricked customers into handing over personal details, posing as Amazon.
Amazon users have been received automated telephone calls saying they have opened an Amazon Prime account which costs £79 a year or £7.99 a month.
They are then told if they want to cancel to press ‘one’. This then transfers the call to a fraudster, pretending to be an Amazon worker who explains it to be a ‘security flaw’ on their computer.
They then have asked the victim to give them remote access to their computer, allowing them to steal personal information such as passwords and bank details.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute explains that there is also an email version of the fraud which in a similar vein explains that the victim has signed up for Amazon music (£28.99 a month).
IF they want to cancel they have to click a link and receive a refund. They are then prompted to input their card details.
Katherine Hart, Lead Officer at CTSI, said: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending more time at home and more people are using internet platforms for shopping than ever before.
“Amazon will never cold-call customers, nor ask for remote computer access or payment over the phone.
“Do not give any details to the caller, and always verify directly with Amazon by logging into your official account and contacting customer support. “
Which? has also reported scams on Facebook and Google and a spike in fake Facebook ads selling rip-off clothing in the pandemic.
New rules came into place in March which asks six of the biggest banks to alert customers when a payee name is different to the one registered to an account.
There are also warns of scams relating to the NHS trace and test where people are taking hundreds of pounds out of peoples account ‘in exchange for a testing kit’. If the NHS contacts you, they will not ask for personal details upfront.
If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud. Be careful out there!
Boy, 15, arrested after teenage boy stabbed to death outside school
He’s the second person to be arrested
A teenage boy has been arrested following the murder of a 15-year-old on Wednesday.
The suspect, also 15, was picked up by police after student Khayri McLean was stabbed to death in Huddersfield.
He has now been arrested in connection with the murder.
He’s the second person to be arrested as police investigate Khayri’s death outside his school.
West Yorkshire Police said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.
“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.
“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”
Kwasi Kwarteng scraps cap on bankers’ bonuses in first mini-budget as Chancellor
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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng gave his first mini-budget in the House of Commons this morning.
He began by discussing the government’s plan to support people with the cost of energy, including freezing domestic bills at £2,500 and giving out the £400 rebate.
There’s also unit price limits for companies.
Kwarteng said he believes the UK needs a ‘new approach for a new era’ to achieve growth of 2.5%, saying the three important parts of his mini-budget are reforming the economy’s supply side, tax cuts and a responsible approach when it comes to public finances.
As part of this, the Chancellor announced a new bill to overhaul planning restrictions, saying this will ‘unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws’.
He revealed that benefit claimants will see their benefits reduced if they do not fulfil their job searching commitments.
Kwarteng also confirmed that the cap on bankers’ bonuses will be scrapped, following reports that he would make this one of his first moves.
As well as that, the planned corporation tax increase has been cancelled, and will remain at 19%, with the Chancellor also setting out a series of tax cuts for businesses.
This includes tax cuts for businesses in designated tax sites for 10 years, accelerated tax reliefs for buildings, and no business rates to pay for newly occupied business residences.
Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has died aged 28
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Drag star George Ward, known as Cherry Valentine, has sadly passed away aged 28, it’s been confirmed this morning.
Ward’s family announced the news, describing his death as a ‘profound shock’.
He appeared on series two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, before going on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.
According to his family, Ward – who was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveller community – died on Sunday.
He qualified as a mental health nurse back in 2015 before he began his career in drag.
Ward’s family said in a statement: “It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.
“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.
“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.
“We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”