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The Scumbag Award Winners 2017

The Fightback Ninja has created the Scumbag Awards 2017 for the scammers and spammers who make our lives miserable through theft of money, time and even identity.

You have voted and here are the results.

We would like to hand over the awards in person to these heartless people, but of course they hide in the shadows until  the day they are caught.

Category: Nastiest Scam   Winner: Natural Disasters

Every time there is a natural disaster, charities and other organisations appeal for help and the public always respond. But there are always scam appeals as well.

Category: Most Public Ransomware   Winner: Wannacry

May 2017, this stopped several hospitals, doctors surgeries and much more for days before it was stopped.

Category: Holiday Scams   Winner: Canaries-holidays.com

This company specialised in setting up fake websites offering holidays in the Canaries. A new website each month using the same photos and offers pulled in a lot of people who paid but didn’t get a holiday and often were out of pocket further on flights that couldn’t be cancelled last minute.

Special Award Winner: Walkers Crisps 2016 Competition Scam

Not strictly a holiday scam as it was a competition but the Marketing people at Walkers outdid themselves with this nasty cheating piece of Marketing that backfired as it angered many previously loyal customers.

http://fightback.ninja/walkers-crisps-2016-competition-scam/

Category: Financial Fraud   Winner: The Evil High Street Banks and PPI

We’ve all had hundreds of cold calls about PPI (payment protection insurance) and this has been going on for years. Millions of people have had their PPI cost refunded by the banks, credit companies and 3rd party brokers who have had to pay back over £26 billion so far.

Category: Dating and Romance   Winner: Fake Investigators:

Once someone has been scammed, they are labelled as easy prey and some scammers will approach them with a new story and offer help.  There are fake investigators offering to find the original scammer and get the money back and have the perpetrators brought to justice

Category: Biggest Time-Wasters   Winner: Lifestyle Survey Calls

Endless calls “I’d like you to answer some simple questions please. It’ll only take 5 minutes”

http://fightback.ninja/lifestyle-survey-phone-calls/

Category: Biggest Phone Scam   Winner: The Computer Support Call

You receive a call from Microsoft/Virgin/BT to tell you your PC has a virus.

http://fightback.ninja/the-microsoft-support-scam/

 

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Scumbag Awards 2017: Biggest Phone Scam

The Fightback Ninja has created the Scumbag Awards 2017 for the scammers and spammers who make our lives miserable through theft of money, time and even identity.

Each week, the Fightback Ninja will select and publicise one or more categories of scam or spam and a list of contenders for the award. You pick the winner by voting online and the awards will be announced in July.

For further information go to http://fightback.ninja/scumbag-awards-2017/

Category: Biggest Phone Scam

The Computer Support Call

You receive a call from Microsoft/Virgin/BT to tell you your PC has a virus.

http://fightback.ninja/the-microsoft-support-scam/

PCCare247 were one of the worst of these companies

http://fightback.ninja/us-government-takes-down-pccare247-scammers/ 

The Missed Call Scam

Someone calls you but stops the call too quickly for you to get to the phone. If you call back you’ll find you’ve called a premium rate number and its costing you up to £4 per minute.

http://fightback.ninja/the-missed-call-scam/

Vote by email for your favourite to blog@fightback.ninja

PPI Calls

According to figures from Citizens Advice, 30 million people, or two thirds of British adults, have already received messages about PPI – and 98 per cent did not give permission to be contacted.

http://fightback.ninja/ppi-cold-calls/

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Scumbag Awards 2017: Nastiest Scam

Category: Nastiest Scam

Natural Disasters

Every time there is a natural disaster, charities and other organisations appeal for help and the public always respond. But there are always scam appeals as well. Scammers trying to take advantage of that generosity and steal money from those who may have lost their homes and loved ones.

Bogus Hotel Bookings

Up to one in every 16 online room bookings is a fake, according to official figures.

Imagine flying to somewhere only to find your hotel booking was fake and you have nowhere to stay. That’s bad.

http://fightback.ninja/bogus-hotel-bookings/

Investment in Burial Plots

An unscrupulous business offering burial plots in Rainham Cemetery and promising 40% Returns within 24 months.

They claim that burial space will run out in the South-East within 10 years so buy now and sell back when people are desperate.

http://fightback.ninja/this-is-nasty-investment-in-burial-plots/

and http://fightback.ninja/further-investment-in-burial-plots/

Vote by email for your favourite to blog@fightback.ninja

Scumbag Awards 2017: Most Public Ransomware

Category: Most Public Ransomware

Wannacry

May 2017, this stopped several hospitals, doctors surgeries and much more for days before it was stopped.

 CryptoWall

This nasty piece of work encrypts your files and they cannot be decrypted by anyone else plus it deletes any backups. Very common through 2016

Teslacrypt

This targeted specific computer games and charged $500 in bitcoins for the decryption key. In mid-2016 the developers shutdown the ransomware and published the master decryption key and just the word ‘Sorry’

 

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The Scumbag Awards 2017

Most industries have their own awards to highlight top performers. E.g. The Oscars for the best over-actors and the Razzies for caught out over actors, the Stella award for dumbest lawsuits, the Darwin awards for dumbest life threatening accidents, the IgNobel awards for the most pointless scientific achievements etc.

So, the Fightback Ninja has created the Scumbag Awards 2017 for the scammer and spammers who make our lives miserable through theft of money, time and even identity.

Each week, the Fightback Ninja will select and publicise one or more categories of scam or spam and a list of contenders for the award. You pick the winner by voting online.

The awards will be announced in July.

Any scammer or spammer wishing to collect their award can do so at The Old bailey in London where a simple written admission of criminal activities will result in the award (and maybe a few years in jail to go with it).

There will; be awards for:-

  • The stupidest scammer
  • The biggest data breach
  • The most prolific lottery scam
  • Dating and Romance scams
  • Identity theft
  • The most destructive ransomware
  • Biggest phone scam

and more.

For runners and riders as they are selected, go to http://fightback.ninja/scumbag-awards-2017/

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