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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.

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.


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Scumbag Awards 2017: Most Public Ransomware

Category: Most Public Ransomware


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


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


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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