A report from Action Fraud has revealed that over 16,000 people fell victim to online shopping and auction fraud during lockdown. The UK’s fraud and cyber crime reporting centre say that they have received reports of online shopping fraud totaling £16.6million in losses.

The report details how members of the public purchased mobile phones, vehicles, and electronics from scam websites only for these items to never arrive. It also reveals that nearly a quarter of online fraud victims during lockdown are aged between 18 to 26.

Since launching in April, the Suspicious Email Reporting Service has received over a million suspect emails. Many of these have been for scam shopping sites

If you receive a suspicious email that doesn’t look quite right, just forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk and we will investigate and take action where appropriate. There is no harm in forwarding emails which turn out to be legitimate so do not hesitate to forward something to us.

The NCSC has produced guidance on dealing with suspicious emails, phone calls and text messages. It offers advice on spotting scam emails and details about what to do if you’ve already responded to a phishing scam. More generally, our Cyber Aware site offers further advice on protecting your accounts and devices.


1.3 Million user records stolen from MMO game

Over 1.3 million user records including email addresses, phone number and IP addresses belonging to players of MMO game, Stalker Online are being sold on dark web forums.

No financial data appears to be contained within the stolen information.

However, cyber criminals can still carry out credential stuffingphishing attacksemail and phone scams and will have an increased potential to hack email passwords with the stolen data obtained.