Scams & rip-offs

Scam watch: Fraudsters caught stealing millions from dormant accounts

Savers with large balances in accounts they no longer use should consider regularly checking these in future as fraudsters have this week been found guilty of targeting dormant accounts.

New app helps block nuisance mobile calls

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 | News

A new app to help people screen nuisance calls to their mobile phone and make it easier for mobile users to log complaints about potential scams has been launched by the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Scam watch: Cyber fraudsters target property buyers and investors

Thursday, 03 August 2017 | News

A record number of cyber thefts from law firms – including over half relating to moving home – have been reported from January to March 2017, according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Barclays sets aside another £700m for PPI claims

Friday, 28 July 2017 | News

Barclays has set aside a further £700 million to pay the victims of payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling.

1.8m over 50s targeted by pension scammers

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 | News

More than one in five over 50s has been targeted by a scammer in the last three months, according to research from Retirement Advantage.

MoneySuperMarket fined for wrongly emailing millions of customers

Friday, 21 July 2017 | News

Price comparison website MoneySuperMarket has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for sending millions of emails to customers who had made it clear they didn’t want to be contacted.

Virgin Media customers urged to change passwords

Friday, 23 June 2017 | News

Virgin Media is urging 800,000 customers to update passwords on their internet routers after an investigation by Which? revealed security flaws.

Scam watch: the holiday scams to be on your guard for this summer

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 | News

Holidaymakers are being warned to stay vigilant when they travel abroad this summer, with a number of scams being targeted at travellers.

Payday loan complaints rise by whopping 227%

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | News

Complaints about payday loans tripled in the 2016/17 financial year compared to the previous year, the Financial Ombudsman Service’s annual report reveals.

Just 10% of Brits understand foreign transfer fees

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | News

Consumers remain confused about the costs of sending money abroad, something which could be leaving them out of pocket.

Fight for your rights: I switched energy supplier then got a shock £800 bill

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 | Article

This article was written by Moneywise's Fight for your Rights columnist Simon Read in response to a reader’s query.