"When buying tickets online, remember that paying by credit card offers better protection in terms of fraud, guarantees and non-delivery," said a Met spokesman. Vishing Vishing, also known as the ''courier'' scam or the ''no hang up'' scam, is a new type of fraud.A swindler calls a consumer pretending to be either their bank or the police, and says that the consumer's card has been compromised or there is a problem with their account.Equally, you need to make sure you are dealing with reputable traders." Bogus Royal Mail emails Royal Mail has received thousands of complaints from victims of fake emails.Spammers have been sending out emails from a spoof address called "Royal Mail Group" about a lost or missing package to trick victims into downloading malware on to their computers.The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received reports totalling more than £6million of financial loss.It advises companies to monitor call traffic and restrict destinations that would not normally be dialled, as well as making sure that default settings are changed to secure pin numbers. Take care – the Citizens Advice consumer service helped with more than double the number of problems with slimming services and a 25pc hike in complaints about health clubs and gyms from January to March 2013, compared to the previous nine months.
"Our guidance would be, never hand over your card details to anyone – your bank will never ask for them," said a spokesman.
Victims sign up for a training course that promises a job on its conclusion, only to find that the company is a bogus one.
Criminals also offer work as ''money transfer agents'' or similar, which involves receiving money into your bank account then transferring it to another account, keeping some back as payment.
They then advise the victim to call the bank, but stay on the line and pretend to be a bank representative, persuading the victim to transfer funds, withdraw money or reveal security information.
With the ''courier'' version, a fraudster picks up the card from your home, sometimes providing a fake replacement, or a genuine courier is hired.