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National Insurance Number Scams – What to look out for

Another day another scam that every adult in the UK should be wary of falling for. This one relates to the unique National Insurance (NI)

The Royal Mail has warned UK citizens about millions of scam text messages

There has been a massive increase recently in the volume of fake messages targeting our mobile phones. Scammers are using the Royal Mail as the

Don’t be a victim of a Valentine’s scam

St Valentine’s day in 2021 will be very different. With the current lockdown in place, it is not possible to physically meet with others and

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The IPS 2021 Manifesto

IPS members want to stop unwanted cold calls. You also want to save wasted time, get on with daily life and achieve peace of mind

HMRC Scammer Exposed!

At IPS we cheered out loud as the BBC’s Money Box reported on the all-too-common number spoofing techniques used to convince the unwitting public they

What is the Dark Web?

‘The Dark Web’ is a phrase which carries connotations of terrorism, political upheaval, drug deals and pornography. It is true that those activities do proliferate

Stopping Scams using ‘Call Blockers’ for Landlines

This is another positive news story from our friends at the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team. They conducted a unique 6 month experiment to

Census 2021

There has been an expensive marketing campaign around Census 2021 and you have probably received the notification through your door. We look at the implications

Retailer Opt-out Emails for Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday fell on 14th March this year. It is a special day on which we celebrate all mothers, and comes soon after International Women’s

The Exploitation of COVID-19 by Cyber Criminals

More than a quarter of serious cyber-crime incidents responded to last year by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) were related to COVID-19. This

Stopping Scams by Disrupting the Behaviour of Criminals

This is a good news story from our friends in the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team. They play a pro-active role in disrupting mass

HMRC & Amazon Scams – IPS Investigates

In the IPS Manifesto for 2021 we promised “to go much further in driving significant change to help consumers” and that soon we will chase

The Growth of DuckDuckGo, the privacy focused search engine

The UK’s Information Commission Officer, Elizabeth Denham, recently revealed that she doesn’t have a Facebook or WhatsApp account and uses Signal as her messaging app.