'I lost £700 to dark web money scammers'
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Victim Tim lost £700 to these criminals and received threats from them about him and his family. A BBC Money Box investigation discovered criminals are openly buying and selling financial information of individuals online. The data is known as FULLZ.
FULLZ includes information such as someone’s name, address, date of birth, phone number, card number, the expiry date, the CVV, the account number and sort code.
Money Box Reporter Kaf Okpattah said “It’s the whole shabam.
“It’s basically a golden ticket for fraudsters.”
This illegal trade used to take place on the dark web but has now moved to social media and the ordinary web that anyone can search.
Fraudsters are able to get a hold of all this information when unsuspecting victims reply to bogus text messages or emails, that may look official.
Unfortunately, Tim fell victim to one of these scam messages and told BBC Money Box how these scammers were able to take £700 of his hard-earned cash.
He said: “I was quite dumb, I ended up clicking on a HMRC link on my phone through a text.
“They just asked me for all my details, so I stupidly entered them all.”
Tim explained how the criminals would use his details to order items from China. One time they ordered a t-shirt to Tim’s address, but Tim knew it wasn’t his purchase as the size was big and it was not his size.
Altogether, these criminals used Tim’s details to purchase £700 worth of things.
They also kept trying to buy food from the delivery service Just Eat.
After Tim contacted his bank to stop these transactions, the fraudsters started to contact Tim.
He said: “They ring you; they threaten you. They were saying what they were going to do to my partner at the time, to my kid, and to my house.
“It is scary when you’re in this situation.”
Tim’s details were sold through adverts posted openly on social media, however there are specific websites that are available on the open web that people can buy FULLZ.
Amber Burridge, Head of Fraud Intelligence at CIFAS, commented on Tim’s story and said: “Moving onto the open web actually means you have a wider audience to target your products to.
“We need a collaborative effort to get these adverts removed from search engines.
“The key thing to do is if we see these adverts, we need to report them.
“If we don’t report them then we can’t investigate them and that’s the issue.”
A survey was conducted by OFCOM about scam text and found that eight in 10 adults have been targeted by scam texts this summer.
However, these people actually didn’t know the 7726 number they could report these texts to and then they can be investigated.
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