It seems that scams and instances of fraud from around the globe are never going to end. In the past we have discussed Nigerian dating scams, email fraud, Olympic related scams and the list seems to go on and on!
One of the latest and perhaps more concerning scams is one that is being run from India where people are getting phone calls from “technical support” staff, claiming to be from high standing organisations such as Microsoft, who will try to convince you that your PC or laptop has viruses that have been flagged with their technical team.
This scam on the face of it could and has conned people from countries such as the UK and the USA out of millions over the past few years, it needs to be stopped now.
Following up on the initial pitch claiming to be from a said company, the fraudsters will then perform a “fix” on your system and look to take card details or bank details from you to pay for them “fixing” your computer and clearing it of a non-existent virus. It has also been known for the said scammers to try and sell you anti-virus software which they claim can be installed from their end; again this has cost people millions of pounds across many countries.
Interestingly it is only English speaking nations that have been targetted, with the amount of personal data in phonebooks and online easily accessed by the scammers it has made such countries an easy target.
Reassuringly the US Federal Trade Commission is working with the UK’s Serious Crime Agency and other global agencies of similar standing from around the globe, including India’s trading authorities to put a stop to the individuals and registered businesses actually performing this scam.
In times of financial hardship it is easy to see why criminals such as these prey on vulnerable targets, or anyone for that matter, however you do not want to fall victim to these scams. If you do suspect you have been called, emailed or approached in any way by a criminal involved in these scams always notify the Police.
Insight have a wealth of experience in background checks and can also help to swiftly uncover if indeed the person or company contacting you is genuine; if you have any fears we are happy to help and would encourage you not to hesitate in contacting us. After all; wasting time could cost you money!
It’s always a concern to hear of the internet being used for instances of bullying and for disrespecting people, the last few weeks have again highlighted the very real and negative instances that occur each and every day across this vast network known as the world wide web.
A Canadian girl, Amanda Todd was found hanged at her family home only 6 days ago after a male who blackmailed the girl over a topless video of her and other bullies left her with nowhere to turn. She had made a series of YouTube videos to detail the events and wanted to try and make sure other teens didn’t suffer the same horrific treatment.
In an interesting twist to this tale, only 3 hours ago The Daily Mail revealed a story this afternoon featuring the same story of Amanda’s harrowing tale including stills and videos of her pleas for the bullying to stop; it has come to light that people are fighting back against the man involved, who was circulating topless images of the girl, by the way of a vigilante hacking campaign named Anonymous who have exposed the man’s name and found he used underage sex sites under a particular user name.
Whilst the law and Insight would never support criminal activity to “out” somebody such as the potential suspect it does go to show that this issue of cyber bullying and the growing number of what are referred to as internet trolls will no longer be tolerated.
This case involves a person who can only be described as a predator and a bully, there are many more instances of cyber trolls acting in such a disgusting way that have taken place recently such as people setting up a Facebook page paying homage to suspected double policewomen killer Dale Cregan. Quite why people support such pages beggars belief when two young women have lost their lives serving their local community.
Even more shocking is the case of a man of 19 years of age being jailed for writing a catalogue of nasty and vicious online posts about missing 5 year old April Jones who is believed to have been kidnapped and murdered from near her family home.
As the number of instances grows, so do the number of enquiries Insight receive from members of the public who are concerned that they have been targeted by such individuals. We have a range of services and the expertise to help expose a cyber troll before events capitulate and spiral out of control such as the above named real life scenarios.
If you think that someone maybe trying to befriend you, your children or somebody you know online for malicious purposes it is better to act on your concerns before it is too late.
With the expansion of the world wide web and global popularity of people of all ages using the internet it is crucial to private detective agencies such as Insight to have a wealth of experience in internet investigations.
The internet has provided investigators with a new and more importantly legal weapon with which to research, train, explore and of course gather evidence for investigation purposes.
Being an experienced agency with a modern outlook, Insight has a team of dedicated online private investigators who specialise in all areas of internet investigation services. It is a vital component of being able to offer our clients and prospective clients a full service solution under one roof.
Our online private investigator services include commercial, legal and private matters; we have also successfully completed hundreds of these investigations every year buy combining our traditional, hard workings ethics with modern investigations methods.
If you have a problem which you feel has been born out of the internet we can help, from your very first call with an Insight online private investigator you will know that you are dealing with professionals. Do not accept second best when it comes to dealing with a private detective agency, especially when it comes to modern investigation tools such as the internet.
For more information regarding our online private investigator services please do not hesitate to contact us today.