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Beware the JustEat scam!

Are you a customer of JustEat? Well, there's a scam doing the rounds, masquerading as the food shovelling app. Some customers have been sent a dodgy text claiming to come from the company. It offers recipients a cash incentive to complete a survey, which directs you to a fake JustEat page, which asks you to provide…

Match.com is latest dating site to be hacked

If being single isn't tough enough, all the baddies on the internet are going after their dating profiles. AshleyMadison was the big profile hack, complete with leaks, and now, Match.com has been compromised as well. A security alert was issued by an outfit called Malwarebytes, and they noted that the dating site was hacked and has…

Halfords Autocentre fined £47,000 after uncover investigation

An undercover operation found that a Halfords Autocentre failed to fix 11 out of 20 defects that had been deliberately left by Trading Standards. The watchdog sent an illegal Vauxhall Astra with broken and missing light bulbs, irregular tyre pressures, oil leaks and faulty windscreen wipers to the centre in Filton, Bristol. The car was…

Boomerang Games: Has your money gone missing?

There's been a kerfuffle at Boomerang Rentals, where customers have been complaining that money has been going missing from their account. Boomerang said: "Following an initial enquiry at the end of last week, we have had a number of customers raise concerns regarding fraudulent payment attempts on their card details that are also registered with us."…

Dominos caught selling Aldi potato wedges

Staff at a branch of Dominos in Linlithgow, West Lothian face a grilling after they were caught buying cheap jumbo bags of potato wedges from Aldi and then trying to pass them off as Domino’s own brand. The cheapo wedges cost only 59p from Aldi, whereas Dominos wedges are a staggering £3.49 for a tiny…

Don't get burned by the Great Sun Cream Scam

Which! has outed three major brands of sun cream for being ineffective, slapping them with a ‘DON’T BUY’ sticker. In a test of 15 popular brands, they found that Hawaiian Tropic, Piz Buin and Malibu don’t offer sufficient protection against UV rays – and that although the label said ‘factor 30’ they were found to…

Evil botnet nicks 20,000 card numbers from shop tills

A botnet has been discovered which targets shop tills, and it has stolen what’s been described as a ‘titanic volume’ of credit card details. 20,000 cards could have been affected since August. It’s not the first time a botnet has infiltrated points of sale – last year the Subway virus, created by two Romanian hackers,…

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Loose onion scam man

Loose onion scam man

It’s hard to imagine it’s possible to scam a supermarket self service machine without something going embarrassingly wrong. Most people can barely manage to scan a tin of beans before the red light goes on and a grumpy supervisor starts fiddling about and cursing the very ground you walk on. But Nicholas Long, a 25…

Woman's £80k Bentley wrecked by a fake valet

In a triumph for minimum wage Walter White-esque jet sprayers everywhere, some over privileged woman’s Bentley got a valet car wash and ended up looking like this. Oops. Jessica Sawyer, from Bramhall, Cheshire, was distraught when the £80,000 Bentley GTC her mum bought for her for her 30th birthday was totalled after she put it…

Kwik Fit fitters are a bunch of tricky f****ers

Turns out that Kwik Fit mechanics are not the ones to trust – in fact, according to a new BBC1 consumer show, they regularly rip off customers by doing unnecessary work to their cars. The show, called Your Money, Their Tricks, brought 10 cars into various branches of Kwik Fit for their free brake and…

Kim Dotcom to bring you paranoid email!

If you're the kind of person who doesn't like the idea of ANYONE looking at your emails (what have you got in there? Naked selfies?), then you'll be pleased to hear that internet cad, Kim Dotcom, is bringing us all a Mega-style email, which is fully encrypted and basically snoop and government-proof. The terrorist alarm…

Supermarket special offers mislead shoppers

There's been an investigation into thousands of supermarket offers by Which!!! which have revealed "misleading" pricing tactics pretty much everywhere. Shoppers are faced with offers that look like good deals when in fact, they're just being duped. Which?!?! looked at upward of 700,000 supermarket prices over a period of 12 months and took note of…

Insurance fraud alive and well in the UK

OK. So times are tough. A double dip recession is apparently a bad thing and not something tasty with a lolly and two different types of sherbert. Good job we all have our morals and are fine upstanding members of society eh? We’ll pull through this-  as millionaire David Cameron said, we’re in this together.…

Spam SMS from loan companies - what you should (and shouldn't) do

Every couple of months we receive an email like this one from avid Bitterwallet reader Stephen. We keep receiving them because the world is still full of low-life loan companies that will do anything to take your money. So here's Stephen's dilemma, along with some background on about why businesses harass consumers with SMS messages:…

Ryanair, scratchcards and the most confused scam ever

Remember Ryanair's 'blunder' last month, when the budget airline accidentally gave away three cars to passengers who bought their scratchcards on the same flight? It was a printing error, entirely unintentional and certainly not a sly PR campaign - although nobody seemed too concerned about removing the remaining scratchcards from sale, even after a Ryanair…