Fraudsters are evolving and stepping up their techniques to scam us. I took particular note about the National Trading Standards message that fraudsters are using websites, social media and fake reviews acting as part of larger organised crime groups to enhance their scam.
When checking the legitimacy of a business I am mindful to be cautious about reviews and copy cat websites.
As new technologies help fraudsters set up a fake scenarios to their scam such as favourable reviews to try to part us with our cash I am reminded of the saying if it's too good to be true it probably is! Never will I look at a 5 star review in the same way again!
NTS said 2016-17 had been a record-breaking year,with 104 criminal convictions. However,it said criminals were using new tactics to avoid detection, such as mail arriving via third-party countries and the use of blank envelopes, so that people had to open them to find out what they contained. In its annual report, it listed the potential emerging threats to consumers over the coming year, including: Continued manipulation of online ticket retail sites by scammers and organised criminals The growth of social media as a selling platform, putting consumers at risk of intellectual property crime and product safety issues The risk posed by connected devices such as smart TVs and home assistants, which may leave consumers open to data theft Increasing sophistication of doorstep criminals who use websites, social media and fake reviews and are increasingly part of larger organised crime groups.