Fraud UK – Atos Victims Group http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:20:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Fraud UK – Atos Victims Group http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ 32 32 Police urge Britons to beware of new ATM scam that steals your card details https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/police-urge-britons-to-beware-of-new-atm-scam-that-steals-your-card-details/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:32:28 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/police-urge-britons-to-beware-of-new-atm-scam-that-steals-your-card-details/ A disturbing scam sees criminals installing special theft devices in ATMs that can not only read your card and send the details to criminals, but also prevent it from being returned Police say special devices are used to steal money from victims ( Image: Getty Images) The police urge households to be cautious when using […]]]>

A disturbing scam sees criminals installing special theft devices in ATMs that can not only read your card and send the details to criminals, but also prevent it from being returned

Police say special devices are used to steal money from victims

The police urge households to be cautious when using ATMs due to an increase in scam who steals bank cards.

Hertfordshire Constabulary warns residents to be vigilant after several reports of theft of bank cards held by ATMs.

Several residents reported that their bank cards had been withheld by ATMs and later discovered that money had been withdrawn from their accounts after their card was lost.

Detective Sergeant Mark Fava, of the Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber ​​Unit, said: ‘It appears these thefts are being carried out by a discreet device placed on the machine’s card slot, which scans details of the card, transmits the data to the criminal, then blocks the return of the card.

“The best way to prevent this from happening to you is to cancel or suspend your bank card if it is held up by an ATM. If you have a banking app on your phone, you may be able to temporarily block your card until you can establish what happened. Otherwise, you may need to call your bank to cancel or suspend the card until it is collected.

In addition to all the usual precautions you take when withdrawing cash, such as shielding the keypad when entering your PIN, you should always examine the machine before using it.

If anything seems out of place or items appear to have been added, do not use it and report your suspicions to the bank.

If the machine fails to return your card or the money you have withdrawn, you should contact the police on our non-emergency number 101 and your bank to inform them.

Police are urging Britons to take the following precautions when using ATMs:

  • Always look carefully at the card insertion point of an ATM before using it. If it appears to have been tampered with, do not use it.
  • If you realize the machine has been tampered with after inserting your card, call your bank while standing in front of the ATM if it’s safe to do so.
  • Always protect your hand when entering your PIN code on an ATM keypad.
  • If the machine holds your card or does not deliver the money you have withdrawn, without an appropriate explanation message on the screen, contact your bank immediately, then the police on our non-emergency number 101.

Yesterday The Mirror reported on a worrying rise in fraud which sees criminals pretending to be police officers showing up at their victims’ homes. homes to steal up to £640,000 .

Victims – who are often vulnerable or elderly people – fall prey to scammers who steal an average of £5,000, with one fraudster pocketing £640,000, according to the charity Crimestoppers.

The scam is known as courier fraud, where criminals impersonate your bank or the police.

They often follow up by sending a courier to the victim’s home to collect their bank card, after having created a fake race against time to avoid any further scams.

Unfortunately, in many cases the victims oblige and are unable to recover what they have lost.

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Santander warns after pensioner loses over £800 in ‘very credible’ scam https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/santander-warns-after-pensioner-loses-over-800-in-very-credible-scam/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 22:41:36 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/santander-warns-after-pensioner-loses-over-800-in-very-credible-scam/ Santander Bank has warned customers after a pensioner lost over £800 in a ‘very credible’ scam. The mirror reports that a pensioner has been duped out of money after receiving a call from a man posing as an employee of a mobile phone giant. Scammers have used a fraud tactic called social engineering which forces […]]]>

Santander Bank has warned customers after a pensioner lost over £800 in a ‘very credible’ scam. The mirror reports that a pensioner has been duped out of money after receiving a call from a man posing as an employee of a mobile phone giant.

Scammers have used a fraud tactic called social engineering which forces victims to share personal information or perform actions that benefit the scammer. By the time victims realize they have been scammed, it is often too late.

“This man had access to all my account details and was able to give me very specific details of the payments I was making,” the 73-year-old told Ayrshire Live. “I’d like to think I’m asking a lot of questions and not falling for a scam, so that was very disturbing.

“When I became a suspect and finally found out that I had been scammed, I was angry that anyone could have access to such details in the first place. It is appalling that this type of person be there and want to try to take advantage of other people.”

Santander has now warned its customers to be vigilant when handing over personal data. “Criminals use sophisticated techniques, invoking fear, panic or forming a friendship,” the bank warned.

These techniques aim to trick the victim into doing something they wouldn’t normally do, including sending a payment without verifying the account, allowing the scammer to access their devices, or giving out personal or security information. The victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was asked to download an app to his phone that gave his scammer access to his private and confidential information.

Santander warns that there has been an increase in phone calls and email scams claiming to be from banks or other financial organisations, telling people their accounts have been compromised. The calls then request an immediate transfer of funds to an account provided by the scammer.

These scams often see the fraudster impersonating official organizations and persuading victims to give them remote control of their personal computers. Santander added: “You should never allow remote access to your devices unless you have verified that the caller is genuine and trustworthy.”

Santander said that if a victim grants access to the scammer, they should never open any banking apps or windows, as remote access gives the scammer full view and screen access. of a person’s computer. Fraudsters also use emails, text messages or phone calls as part of “social engineering” scams.

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UK closes Tobi Adegboyega’s church over ‘£1.9m fraud’ https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/uk-closes-tobi-adegboyegas-church-over-1-9m-fraud/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/uk-closes-tobi-adegboyegas-church-over-1-9m-fraud/ Salvation Proclaimer Ministries Limited, a London-based religious group better known as SPAC Nation, has been liquidated by a UK court. The British government, in a Release confirming the closure, said the religious group had been shut down “in the public interest” after failing to properly account for more than £1.87million in expenses and operating with […]]]>

Salvation Proclaimer Ministries Limited, a London-based religious group better known as SPAC Nation, has been liquidated by a UK court.

The British government, in a Release confirming the closure, said the religious group had been shut down “in the public interest” after failing to properly account for more than £1.87million in expenses and operating with a lack of transparency.

The verdict was delivered at a high court sitting on June 9 before Micheal Burton, the presiding judge.

The statement further stated that the official receiver had been appointed as liquidator of the company.

The court heard that SPAC Nation was incorporated in 2012 as a charitable group created to advance Christianity.

Much of her charity work has been based in London, working with vulnerable people, young people and offenders.

Initially, the religious group received positive reviews and media attention.

But in late 2019, the SPAC nation came under media scrutiny following allegations by former church members that they had been financially exploited by senior church officials.

The UK Insolvency Service received complaints about the SPAC nation and investigated the activities of the religious group.

Dapo Adegboyega, director of the society, told British authorities that the religious group had more than 2,000 members and 200 ordained ministers and pastors, but provided no supporting information.

Tobi Adegboyega, the church’s flashy Nigerian pastor, also failed to provide documents to support the claimed donations and expenditure of £1.87million.

The investigation showed that the company’s finances for the two years to December 31, 2019 amounted to £610,000 in rent.

However, he did not have his own base but hired venues across London to run services at ‘significant expense’.

The UK government said SPAC Nation had been dissolved after the court found the company “operated with a lack of transparency, filed suspicious or incorrect accounts and was insolvent” at the time of the hearing.

It was also acknowledged that the company provided inconsistent information to the Insolvency Service and the Charity Commission and failed to provide adequate accounting records.

It is understood that the company remains subject to a statutory investigation by the Charity Commission, which is examining financial, governance and safeguarding matters for the charity.

Commenting on the case, Edna Okhiria, the Insolvency Service’s Chief Investigator, said: “While SPAC Nation has asserted that it has noble intentions to support vulnerable people and young people, our investigations have revealed another facet of charity.”

SPAC Nation was rebranded as Nxtion Family in June 2020, weeks after Tobi announced he was stepping down as senior pastor.

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Lloyds Bank issues stark warning over Nike trainer scam https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/lloyds-bank-issues-stark-warning-over-nike-trainer-scam/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/lloyds-bank-issues-stark-warning-over-nike-trainer-scam/ Lloyds Bank has issued a stern warning after people were tricked into parting with their money. The alert comes amid a rise in shopping scams, where fraudsters trick customers into sending money for goods or services that don’t exist. Lloyds said these scams involving shoes and sneakers have increased 152% this year. Victims lose an […]]]>

Lloyds Bank has issued a stern warning after people were tricked into parting with their money.

The alert comes amid a rise in shopping scams, where fraudsters trick customers into sending money for goods or services that don’t exist. Lloyds said these scams involving shoes and sneakers have increased 152% this year.

Victims lose an average of £152 – and Lloyds said Nike is one of the most common labels currently used to promote this scam.

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The UK’s biggest bank also said another item that has seen an “explosion” in reported purchase scams this year is tickets, as fraudsters exploit people’s renewed desire to attend. live events after easing of covid restrictions.

While the total number of reported ticket scams is lower than some other elements, the number of reported cases has already exploded by 603% this year. The average amount lost is £251, with football matches and concerts being the events most likely to appear in fake adverts.

Many consumers are unaware that bank transfers were not designed as a way to pay for goods and services online, and therefore offer little protection should something go wrong. Buyers who pay by credit or debit card benefit from the well-established Section 75 and chargeback rules that have protected customers for decades.

Liz Ziegler, director of retail fraud and financial crime at Lloyds Bank, said: “Fraudsters are always looking for new ways to cheat victims with their hard-earned money, and with designer trainers among the latest must-have items targeted, criminals are ready to get away as soon as they get their hands on your money.

“Shopping scams come in all shapes and sizes, but the vast majority start with items advertised on social media, where it’s too easy for scammers to use fake profiles and advertise items. which do not exist.

“When shopping online, the best way to stay safe is to buy from a trusted retailer whenever possible and always pay by card for the best protection. If you are unable to doing these things should be a big red flag that you are about to get scammed.

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Horizon scandal: Darlington deputy postmaster acquitted of fraud https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/horizon-scandal-darlington-deputy-postmaster-acquitted-of-fraud/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/horizon-scandal-darlington-deputy-postmaster-acquitted-of-fraud/ A FORMER Deputy Postmaster has been exonerated in the Post Office Horizon scandal. Richard Ormerod, 79, was acquitted of three charges of fraud by false accounting, worth £31,097 following an unopposed appeal hearing at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday. Mr Ormerod, whose wife Angela ran the post office sub-office at Summerhouse, near Darlington, was among […]]]>

A FORMER Deputy Postmaster has been exonerated in the Post Office Horizon scandal.

Richard Ormerod, 79, was acquitted of three charges of fraud by false accounting, worth £31,097 following an unopposed appeal hearing at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday.

Mr Ormerod, whose wife Angela ran the post office sub-office at Summerhouse, near Darlington, was among hundreds of people convicted of various offenses based on evidence of the faulty computer system used by the Post Office from 2000.

The couple ran the office from their home in Grove Cottage and before his hearing in 2004 had kept the books of the branch for 24 years.

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He was sentenced to 12 months on parole and ordered to pay £250 in costs after pleading guilty at South Durham Magistrates’ Court in 2004.

He had also re-mortgaged his house to pay the missing money to the Royal Mail.

He was acquitted on three counts on Thursday, along with Gillian Harrison, 69, who ran a post office in Stoke-on-Trent.

Despite his guilty pleas, Mr. Ormerod had always denied having taken the money.

Judge Deborah Taylor said Thursday: “The court will allow appeals. The convictions are overturned.

“Mr. Both Ormerod and Mrs. Harrison have been of good character throughout. It is a recognition and a public exoneration on your part.

Mr Ormerod thanked the judge, while Ms Harrison broke down in tears, as the couple were supported by relatives in the public gallery.

Graeme Hall, representing the appellants, said the convictions had “poisoned their lives for many years”.

Mr Ormerod said he could not believe that the hundreds of convicted sub-postmasters were all guilty and that it must have been the Horizon system all along.

“They were so bossy at the top, and they couldn’t bear to face the truth. Nothing will happen to them, they were just allowed to continue,” he added.

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Ms Harrison said the ordeal had ‘destroyed’ her life and that of her family, but now she wants to look to the future and encourage others who have been wrongfully convicted to seek justice.

“I think the post is sick and needs to be eradicated,” she said.

“I just want people to show up. It is important.”

Simon Baker QC, representing the Post, said: “Both are cases in which convictions were based on the Horizon computer system with which the court is now familiar.

“In both cases, Swiss Post does not object to these appeals.”

Their convictions are the latest to be overturned after some 39 former deputy postmasters who were convicted and even jailed for theft, fraud and false accounting were cleared in April last year – some after fighting for almost 20 years.

A total of 75 people have now had their convictions overturned, all but one of the original lawsuits filed by mail.

Barrister Neil Hudgell, of Hudgell Solicitors, the firm representing a total of 62 people whose convictions have now been overturned, said: ‘Each overturned conviction is an extremely important milestone.

“Every new case in court is as important as the very first because every case is about lives ruined by the post.

“Every affected deputy postmaster deserves their day in court to have their name and reputation cleared, but they also deserve so much more. They deserve meaningful compensation offers, and soon.

A Post Office spokesperson said: ‘We are sincerely sorry for the impact of the historic failures on the lives of those affected.

“We continue to take far-reaching steps to fully address the past and ensure that the shortcomings of the past never happen again.

“We have undertaken fundamental reforms to restore trust and forge a new relationship with our current postmasters.”

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Prosecutors investigate allegations of fraud at one of France’s oldest nuclear power plants https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/prosecutors-investigate-allegations-of-fraud-at-one-of-frances-oldest-nuclear-power-plants/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 06:36:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/prosecutors-investigate-allegations-of-fraud-at-one-of-frances-oldest-nuclear-power-plants/ French prosecutors are investigating allegations that nuclear power plant officials covered up incidents of malfunction at the aging Tricastin plant in the south-east of the country. Prosecutors respond to a complaint filed end of 2021 against nuclear operator EDF by a whistleblower engineer who said he repeatedly alerted the company to several cases, including an […]]]>

French prosecutors are investigating allegations that nuclear power plant officials covered up incidents of malfunction at the aging Tricastin plant in the south-east of the country.

Prosecutors respond to a complaint filed end of 2021 against nuclear operator EDF by a whistleblower engineer who said he repeatedly alerted the company to several cases, including an unexplained power surge at one of the reactors in 2017 and flooding inside the plant the next year.

The sniper, unidentified and nicknamed “Hugo”, said EDF had not reported the incidents to the National Nuclear Safety Agency.

An investigating judge in the southern port city of Marseille is currently investigating the power plant for fraud and “endangering the lives of others”.

The engineer, who had worked for EDF since 2004, became an executive in 2016 and, according to the complaint, he saw management become “particularly tense” over the ten-yearly inspection which would determine whether the plant could continue to operate. operate beyond its 40-year limit.

Extended life

Built in 1981, Tricastin is one of the oldest nuclear power plants in France and is on a list of installations which, according to the ASN agency, could be refurbished to extend their lifespan for another decade.

The prosecutor is also investigating other alleged violations, including environmental damage through the leaking of toxic substances, obstruction of inspections and workplace harassment of the engineer, who says he was sidelined after have sounded the alarm bell.

The investigation comes as EDF faces serious problems at its nuclear facilities.

The French state owns more than 80% of EDF, which operates 56 reactors across the country and produces around 70% of the country’s electricity.

The company has been forced to check many of its nuclear facilities after discovering corrosion on high-pressure pipes, leading to breakdowns and repairs that the company says will cost it 4.5 billion euros, be more than expected.

Currently, operations at 12 of France’s 56 nuclear reactors are shut down due to corrosion issues, EDF said last month.

In February, President Emmanuel Macron called for a “rebirth” of the nuclear industry in France, announcing the construction of 14 new power plants as part of the abandonment of fossil fuels.

(with wires)

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Starling Bank threatens legal action in letter to former minister over Covid loan fraud https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/starling-bank-threatens-legal-action-in-letter-to-former-minister-over-covid-loan-fraud/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:57:16 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/starling-bank-threatens-legal-action-in-letter-to-former-minister-over-covid-loan-fraud/ The boss of digital bank Starling has threatened to take legal action against the former anti-fraud minister over his comments on his Covid loan fraud case. In a letter to Lord Agnew of Oulton, chief executive Anne Boden slammed the former minister’s claims that the bank failed to end fraudulent state-backed Covid lending activity “wild […]]]>

The boss of digital bank Starling has threatened to take legal action against the former anti-fraud minister over his comments on his Covid loan fraud case.

In a letter to Lord Agnew of Oulton, chief executive Anne Boden slammed the former minister’s claims that the bank failed to end fraudulent state-backed Covid lending activity “wild accusations”.

She wrote, “Your statements are defamatory and I must ask you to retract them. You say you have no information to back up your accusations, but you continue to repeat them despite Starling making it clear you were wrong.”

Swansea-born Ms Boden, who set up the mobile-only bank in 2014, reiterated her demand that Lord Agnew withdraw his comments, threatening legal action if he does not, writing: “Starling reserves all its rights with respect to your defamatory statements.”

She further accused the former minister of criticizing the bank for “clearing yourself of the responsibilities you accepted when you took the post of minister”.

“We only met once, on a video call during the pandemic, when I explained to you how the program works. I understand that you didn’t like the fact that I explained the program to you. .I don’t know if you were upset because you didn’t understand the scheme or because I had the audacity to speak up,” she wrote.

The letter from Starling’s boss follows the government’s former fraud minister publicly criticizing the bank for its alleged poor performance in preventing pandemic fraud.

Lord Agnew resigned as anti-fraud minister in January over the government’s failure to prevent and monitor fraud under the £47bn bounce-back loan scheme.

In a speech at Westminster Abbey last month, The temperature revealed Lord Agnew singled out Starling saying it had ‘acted against the interests of government and taxpayers’ and was one of the worst banks at preventing fraud and reporting suspicious activity.

He claimed that Starling hadn’t taken its anti-fraud responsibilities seriously enough, adding that Starling was “one of the worst when it came to validating company turnover or submitting fraud reports. ‘suspicious activities’.

“Of course, being new to the block, most of their candidates were not already clients and so any reasonable institution would have been doubly careful about pouring the money out the door. But the opposite happened. product,” said Lord Agnew.

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He further claimed that the bank had used the loan scheme to inflate its “balance sheet by a factor of 50 in just under a year, with no risk to itself and 100% to the taxpayer”.

Ms Boden said she was shocked by Lord Agnew’s comments and demanded he withdraw his claims.

She said: “I am shocked by Lord Agnew’s comments. We have always been very open and transparent about our approach to BBLS loans and, in fact, I have described the process – chapter and verse – in my book. We have been one of the most active and effective banks in the fight against fraud and, in fact, during the special Treasury committee on December 14, 2020, I was asked why we were rejecting so many requests compared to other banks .

“The comments raised by Lord Agnew about not verifying companies’ turnover or submitting suspicious activity reports are absolutely and utterly untrue and I must ask him to retract his statement.”

Ms Boden added: “Lord Agnew at no time asked us for information on any of the issues he raised. We attended a meeting which he was present at. Otherwise his engagement with us was void. “

The the former minister refused to withdraw his claims unless the digital lender can prove it wasn’t “one of the worst performers” when it comes to handing out state-backed emergency loans.

He said The temperature“I have no intention of retracting my comments until I can see data that reassures me.”

He submitted a series of questions about the lender’s performance on the plan.

The Bounce Bank Loan Program was set up in April 2020 by the UK government to keep trading companies afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

It allowed businesses to borrow up to 25% of their annual turnover up to £50,000, and meant borrowers had to self-certify their 2019 turnover to secure loans.

A total of 1.6 million taxpayer-backed loans worth £47 billion have been issued under the initiative.

Lord Agnew has previously said the scheme was a ‘vital intervention at an extraordinary time’ but was ‘terribly implemented’.

The government has estimated that more than a third of loans will never be repaid due to fraudulent activity and the default of legitimate borrowers.

State-guaranteed loans were granted with only slight checks on borrowers.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Starling Bank provided £1.4 billion in Covid rebound loans to its business account customers, with 66% of recipients based outside of London.

Earlier this year, Ms Boden said BusinessLive Wales that all banks have been mandated to carry out very rigorous fraud checks.

“The Rebound Bank Loan Scheme was intended to get loans of up to £50,000 to small businesses as quickly as possible. Starling did all those checks,” she said.

“With a system of this size, there would always have been fraud. But there is no expectation at this time that, in the system as a whole, this fraud will be more than expected.

Ms. Boden added: “If a bank has not implemented the processes as defined, then the bank must take responsibility. I can only speak for Starling, but we have done all the necessary anti-fraud checks. I think most banks have done that as well.

“The overall percentage of fraud is likely within the expected levels set at the start of the program.”

As of March 31 last year, £2.07bn of Starling’s £2.23bn loan book was guaranteed by the state through its use of emergency schemes. The bank has since diversified its loan portfolio.

The fast-growing fintech company has three million customers in the UK and is expected to list on the London Stock Exchange within the next two years. Last month, its operations in Cardiff reached almost 900 staff, far exceeding initial job creation forecasts.

The company originally pledged to create 400 jobs when it unveiled its office investment at Brunel House in the capital in 2020. However, that figure has risen to 868, a 117% increase on the plan. initial business.

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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes would not testify in the fraud trial of her ex-boyfriend and former business partner, Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/theranos-founder-elizabeth-holmes-would-not-testify-in-the-fraud-trial-of-her-ex-boyfriend-and-former-business-partner-ramesh-sunny-balwani/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 21:18:27 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/theranos-founder-elizabeth-holmes-would-not-testify-in-the-fraud-trial-of-her-ex-boyfriend-and-former-business-partner-ramesh-sunny-balwani/ Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images (Holmes). Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (Balwani). Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes will not be called to testify in the trial of Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, her ex-boyfriend and former business partner. Balwani has been on trial for fraud and conspiracy, the same Holmes faced, since March. Whether Holmes, who was found guilty of […]]]>

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  • Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes will not be called to testify in the trial of Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, her ex-boyfriend and former business partner.

  • Balwani has been on trial for fraud and conspiracy, the same Holmes faced, since March.

  • Whether Holmes, who was found guilty of 4 counts in her own fraud trial in January, would testify has loomed over her trial.

Elizabeth Holmes will not testify at the trial of her ex-boyfriend and former business partner at Theranos.

Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani has been on trial since March on 9 counts of wire fraud and 2 counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud since his time as Theranos COO and Holmes’ right-hand man when testing started blood. Holmes faced the same charges during his own months-long fraud trial. In January, she was sentenced on three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy.

Ever since Balwani’s trial began, legal experts and onlookers have wondered if Holmes could testify against Balwani in exchange for some leniency in his condemnation, although it is not known if this opportunity was offered to him.

They got their answer today, when the prosecution confirmed in an evidence hearing that Holmes would in fact not be called as a witness in Balwani’s trial, according to Law360 senior reporter Dorothy Atkins, who has covered the case.

“Doctor Robert Leach just mentioned that Elizabeth Holmes ‘won’t testify in this case,'” Atkins tweeted Monday.

Holmes is expected to be sentenced in September. She faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and the obligation to pay compensation to victims for each count on which she was convicted.

New information was revealed about Holmes and Balwani’s secret romantic relationship at Theranos during Holmes’ trial. The prosecutors published texts between them which showed both love messages and tense exchanges. When Holmes spoke at her trial, she testified that Balwani abused and sexually assaulted her. Balwani’s lawyers have denied the allegations.

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Gmail and Outlook warning: Don’t ignore urgent government advice via email https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/gmail-and-outlook-warning-dont-ignore-urgent-government-advice-via-email/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 07:01:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/gmail-and-outlook-warning-dont-ignore-urgent-government-advice-via-email/ Gmail, Outlook and Hotmail users are being warned by the government about a new nasty scam message spreading. The dangerous email claims the recipient owes hundreds of pounds in HMRC tax refunds and directs them to a website where they can allegedly claim the refund. However, this is just an elaborate scheme to direct members […]]]>

Gmail, Outlook and Hotmail users are being warned by the government about a new nasty scam message spreading. The dangerous email claims the recipient owes hundreds of pounds in HMRC tax refunds and directs them to a website where they can allegedly claim the refund. However, this is just an elaborate scheme to direct members of the public to a bogus site designed to steal personal and financial information.

The convincing scam email was spotted recently, with Action Fraud alerting Gmail, Outlook and other email users to the danger.

In the space of just two weeks, the UK Fraud and Cybercrime Reporting Service heard from 442 people targeted by the scam.

The email in question contains duplicates of official government branding to make the message more convincing, with fake user-directed websites also appearing genuine.

One such email, Action Fraud, said the recipient owed hundreds of pounds from HMRC and the refunds were time-limited.

Warning people of the danger, an HMRC spokesperson spoke to Express.co.uk about the risks of email and how to stay safe.

They said: “Never be rushed. If someone contacts you saying they are HMRC, wanting you to transfer money urgently or give out personal details, be on your guard. HMRC will never call to threaten arrest, only criminals do.

“Scams come in many forms. Some offer a tax refund, others threaten immediate arrest for tax evasion. Sometimes they claim the victim’s national insurance number was used fraudulently. Contacts like these should set off alarm bells, so take your time and check HMRC scam advice on GOV.UK.

“Help us fight phishing scams by forwarding suspicious texts claiming to be from HMRC to 60599 and emails to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk. Report tax scam phone calls on GOV.UK.

“You can also contact HMRC directly, but make sure you use the phone numbers for our contact details on GOV.UK.”

The news comes as other fraudulent messages have been reported to authorities amid the cost of living crisis.

These scams include fake emails about the energy rebate scheme as well as fake texts, both of which are believed to come from the regulator Ofgem.

As more and more scams continue to emerge, HMRC has offered advice on how to stay away from these scams. They said…

Stop:

Take a moment to think before parting with your money or information.

If a phone call, text or email is unexpected, do not give out private information or respond, and do not download attachments or click on links before checking with GOV.UK that the contact is genuine.

Don’t trust caller ID on phones. Numbers can be spoofed.

Challenge:

You can reject, deny or ignore any request – only criminals will try to rush you or panic you.

Search ‘scams’ on GOV.UK to find out how to recognize a genuine HMRC contact and how to avoid and report scams.

Protect:

Forward suspicious text messages claiming to be from HMRC to 60599 and emails to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk Report tax scam phone calls to GOV.UK.

Contact your bank immediately if you think you have been scammed and report it to Action Fraud (in Scotland contact the police on 101).

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A warning has been issued by police after reports of new dating fraud making the rounds in Worcestershire.

The trend that the police warned against is emerging at the present time and is related to current global situations in war zones.

A victim meets someone on a dating site, who claims to work as a surgeon or doctor for the United Nations in a war zone like Syria or Ukraine.

The fraudster then asks for money to help them leave this country. This can often be accompanied by a new request for money because they have passport problems or are trying to take certain goods with them out of this country.

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Quite often the requested money goes to an overseas bank account, so check the sort code, and often the name on the bank account differs from the contact.

According to police, romance scammers use different tactics to gain the victim’s trust, but the underlying patterns are often similar.

As part of a nationwide crackdown on fraud, police are advising the public to:

  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could protect you.
  • Challenge: Could it be wrong? You can reject, refuse or ignore any request. Only criminals will try to rush you or panic you.
  • Protect: If you think you’ve been the victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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A new hotline has been launched for people to report and verify financial scams as they occur.

159 was introduced by banks and telephone companies to combat fraud, and although it is still a pilot program, the majority of banks now subscribe to it.

A potential victim who dials 159 will automatically be connected to their bank’s fraud prevention service, which can often save them a long wait.

Anyone who receives a call or message from someone claiming to be from a trusted organization and suggesting that money should be transferred is asked to hang up and call 159.

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