Sneaky online crooks are using Queen’s death to scam mourners – don’t get caught

EXPERTS have urged netizens to be on the lookout for online scams discovered in connection with the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

A number of scammers on social media are taking advantage of the public’s goodwill to rob them of their hard-earned cash.

Scammers often contact victims through unknown numbers


Scammers often contact victims through unknown numbersPhoto credit: Getty

At least three fake Twitter accounts seen by The Sun are posing as Buckingham Palace to offer people tickets to next week’s funeral.

If you click on a deceptive link shared by the accounts, you will be taken to a website asking for your online banking logins.

Another scam circulating via email and social media claims the Queen left a huge sum of money to be distributed to her subjects.

Users are asked to enter their social media logins or banking details to receive part of the money.

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Speaking to The Sun, cyber expert Javvad Malik said scams surrounding the death of a prominent public figure are nothing new.

“Criminals are quick to take advantage of public events, whether it’s a natural disaster, a sporting event, or the death of a prominent figure,” said Malik, Lead Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4.

“In light of the Queen’s death, people should be on the lookout for scammers trying to take advantage of the situation.

“The scams can range from soliciting donations for fraudulent causes to enticing people to reveal personal information or download malware.”

Another popular scam is the creation of cryptocurrencies based on the death of the monarch.

So-called “Meme Coins” are promoted by social media accounts with large followings to encourage people to buy and inflate the price.

Early buyers then abruptly sell their coins to make a quick buck, sending the price into a nosedive that leaves later investors out of their pockets.

According to James Walker, CEO of scam-busting outfit Rightly, at least 40 meme coins about the Queen have emerged since her death.

They bore names like “London Bridge is Down”, “Queen Elizabeth Inu” and “Save The Queen”.

“Meme coins are cryptocurrencies created with likenesses or names related to viral or newsworthy events,” James told The Sun.

“When it comes to crypto, never buy anything related to a celebrity or the death of a celebrity.

“Do your research before investing and make sure the company behind a cryptocurrency is well known and legitimate.”

Scams sent via WhatsApp, SMS or email are likely to increase in the days surrounding the Queen’s funeral.

Be wary of messages sent to you from an unknown number trying to trick you into sending cash or your personal information such as your phone number. B. a password to hand over.

Malik told The Sun: “It’s important, like all other scams, that people pay attention to any unexpected messages, whether they’re emails, DMs on social media, text messages or even phone calls.

“Take time to process the message or call without immediately reacting emotionally.”

If you are concerned that you have been scammed by a financial scam, the first thing you should do is contact your bank.

You should then report it to ActionFraud. your site is actionfraud.police.ukand her phone number is 0300 123 2040.

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