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Fraudsters stepped up efforts in new year, HMRC figures show
Scam attempts by fraudsters masquerading as the UK’s tax authority surged as potential victims completed tax returns while staying at home.
Con-artists attempted to take advantage of the self-assessment filing deadline at the end of January to flood people with fake texts, emails and calls.
They posed as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officials and attempted to steal personal financial details.
Phone scam reports to HMRC tripled compared with December, it said.
There were a total of 33,053 reports in January, in addition to 46,210 phishing emails, and 26,643 suspicious text messages during the same month.
The number of bogus text message reports was twice the next highest level seen during any month of the last year.
UK Gov’t the ‘most distrustful, awful environment I’ve ever worked’- MP
The United Kingdom (UK) Government of Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka ‘Boris’ is being accused of abandoning British army veterans who served in Northern I...
Derek Chauvin found guilty of killing George Floyd
The former US police officer who was filmed kneeling on African American George Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes last year has been found guilty on all three charges against him.
Bad relationship with Governor Jaspert led to COI
Premier Andrew Fahie has said a breakdown in the relationship between his government and former Governor Augustus Jaspert’s office is partly why a Commission of Inquiry was laun...
Four in custody in connection to Sunday’s robbery-homicide
The police have made some headway into their investigation of Sunday’s robbery-homicide where Catherine Pickering was killed outside her home in Paraquita Bay.
The stats are in! See how much the BVI earned from tourism in 2020
The BVI earned an estimated $112,488,463 from tourism last year when the territory endured an economic lockdown because of an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
Over 1700 lost their jobs since March! Most work permit holders
Statistics from the Department of Labour indicate that a total of 1,719 persons were severed from their employment since March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an eco...
Don’t depend on the police, let’s do our own collab to fight crime
Third District Representative Julian Fraser has urged the territory’s 13 elected leaders to collaborate in implementing a strategy to stem crime in the community, instead of aim...
Football Super League breakaway in ruins after English clubs quit
Football's controversial European Super League is on the verge of collapse just two days after it was announced. All six English clubs have pulled out after a backlash from supp...
'I'm not celebrating, I'm relieved': Democratic lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin trial with tears, hugs
"Someone said it better than me: I'm not celebrating. I'm relieved," Rep. Maxine Waters of California said on Tuesday.
I do, I do, I do, I do: Taiwan couple gets married four times to maximise time off work for honeymoon
Taiwan couple married 4 times in 37 days to exploit honeymoon law loophole
The UK is considering a new 'Britcoin' digital currency
The UK has become the latest country to look into the potential of having a central bank-backed digital currency, following similar moves by China and Sweden.
According to data, PayPal dominates non-bank lending
Online payments specialist PayPal is now the biggest non-bank lender after experiencing a boom in demand for services through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mark Collins appointed as BVI's new police commissioner
Mr. Mark Collins QPM formally took up the post of Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) on April 19 following a brief swearing in ceremony at Government ...
Johnson & Johnson vaccine risk-benefit ratio remains "positive," says EMA
The EMA established "a possible link" between the vaccine and registered cases of blood clots, which should be included as "very rare side effects".
Persons can no longer qualify for work permit exemptions through years of service- policy under review, says minister of labor
Minister for Natural Resources, Labor and Immigration Honorable Vincent Wheatley has addressed what he said is persons who have been misinterpreting the work permit exemption a...
Ex-Police Officer Derek Chauvin found guilty of all charges in George Floyd's murder
The death of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020, sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.
US Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin Convicted Of George Floyd's Murder
A jury deliberated less than 11 hours before finding the 45-year-old Chauvin guilty of all three charges against him -- second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Congressional investigation launched into Emergent BioSolutions' federal vaccine contracts
Congressional investigators have requested top executives from Emergent BioSolutions testify before the Select Subcommittee.
Wharf to be named after the late Omar Wallace Hodge
The old fisherman’s wharf at Baugher’s Bay is slated to be named after the late Omar Wallace Hodge.
State Department to list 80% of countries as 'Do Not Travel' as it updates advisory system to align with CDC
The State Department announced Monday that it would begin to update its travel advisories to more closely align with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a...
Stony coral tissue loss disease found at 33 dive sites
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent Wheatley said the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) has had a devastating impact on the Territory...
4 Expert Tips a Quick Sunburn Recovery
While summer vacation is approaching, these are the post-sunburn remedies to remember.
Joe's hill housing development to be ready ahead of schedule
The Joe’s Hill Housing Development is scheduled to remain on budget and be completed 13 months ahead of schedule.
12 Small-Deck Decorating Ideas to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space
Your small deck might be limited in square footage, but it doesn't need to skimp on style. Clever arrangements of small deck furniture and accessories can help maximize a modest...
BVI joins virtual elections observation mission
Supervisor of Elections Ms. Scherrie Griffin represented the Caribbean as part of a virtual observation mission for the Cayman Islands General Elections held April 14.
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