Monday, 22 November 2010

The email addresses most used for fraudulent transactions

We have a list of all the domains most likely to be used by fraudsters for their email addresses. Comprising of more than 350 domains our list includes domains used by fraudsters against, most used 419 scammers addresses and some surprising domains which are used because they are free but sound very plausible.

We are not posting them here but if you run an ecommerce website and would like to build your own exclusion list, simply email us and we will send you a copy.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Short URL's - smaller, faster, better.

Link directly to company detail pages using a new short code.

On any company page, click 'link to this company' and then copy the URL to your blog or website, or share it by email or chat. These links are permanent and will not time expire. 

See this example on

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Fraudster uses photoshop shock!

We received a complaint from an individual that we had given a good credit rating to a company who then defrauded him. Disregarding the fact that a good credit score bears no relation to being defrauded, we asked for a copy of the report so we could find out which company it was. Sadly, there was no report, the victim had been sent here:

and at the bottom of the website, the fraudster had 'created' his own report:

We post so much on this blog about fraud and in our help pages that it seems hard to see what else we can say to people to stop this kind of fraud. All suggestions welcome....

Monday, 8 November 2010

Insolvencies - trending downwards?


There were 3,974 compulsory liquidations and creditors’ voluntary liquidations in total in England and Wales in the third quarter of 2010 (on a seasonally adjusted basis).  This was a decrease of 2.2% on the previous quarter and a decrease of 13.9% on the same period a year ago. 

This was made up of 1,126 compulsory liquidations (which are down 3.2% on the previous quarter and down 12.6% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year), and 2,847 creditors voluntary liquidations (which are down 1.8% on the previous quarter and down 14.4% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year). 

Additionally, there were 1,141 other corporate insolvencies in the third quarter of 2010 (not seasonally adjusted) comprising 349 receiverships, 633 administrations and 159 company voluntary arrangements. In total these represented a decrease of 27.7% on the same period a year ago.  Within this, administrations were down 35.0%. 

Source: Insolvency Service