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News - 8 July 2014

Arrests over 'hoax' UK government websites

 Five people have been arrested as part of a crackdown on websites made to look like official government sites.

 
Stuart Coleman, Money Laundering and Fraud Reporting Officer at ABDS comments:
“The arrests are as a consequence of more than 5,700 complaints about the websites being made to the Advertising Standards Authority and Citizens Advice. Most were linked to alleged scams over fees charged for tax return, driving licence and passport applications.”
 
Richard Lloyd, executive director of consumer organisation Which? said the copycat websites mislead people into paying potentially hundreds of pounds for services that should be free.
 
The National Trading Standards Board said it was making it "as difficult as possible" for online hoaxers to operate.
 
Its chairman Lord Harris said: "We have been working with search engines such as Google and Bing to remove adverts from online search results and we continue to gather intelligence across the country to help tackle this issue.
 
"We urge you to avoid unofficial websites which could leave you out of pocket or at risk of identity theft."
 
Stuart continues:
“An awareness campaign is also being launched by the government warning people to look out for the misleading internet sites, whose URLs often contain fragments of official web addresses, such as "govuk" or "directgov". Official government services can only be found on the gov.uk website.”
 
If you need any help and advice with your Tax returns and declarations, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help in all your financial and business planning.
 
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