We lost £2,500 to a rental scam
We saw a flat on Gumtree located in Canary Wharf. We arranged to see the flat and liked it. The scammer gave his bank details, but we preferred to pay in cash and get the contract and keys at the same time, it seemed safer. The same day we moved in, the real owner came to the flat and told us to get out. We wished we had carried out some checks; we are now homeless, with no money.
My car was clocked
I saw a BMW 1 Series, with 61,000 miles on the clock advertised on Auto Trader. After I bought it, I had the car MOT’d and was told the real mileage was 143,000 miles. I paid thousands for the car into a bank account. The seller stopped answering my calls and texts. Trading standards were unable to prosecute the seller. If I had done some background investigations on the seller, I wouldn’t have a car not worth what I bought it for.
I lost £10,000 to a Romance Scam
I lost around £10,000 to someone who claimed to be in the Army and needed money for a box of belongings to be returned to the UK. He gained my trust by talking about getting married and buying a house together, but I became suspicious and contacted the Foreign Office, which confirmed it was a scam.
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icanverifyu.com lets you carry out identity checks on people you’re dealing with, whether you are a buyer or a seller.
icanVerifyu.com is a value-for-money online ID verification service which verifies that the details of the person you are dealing with check out, so you can buy or sell with added confidence.
We verify that the customer has a valid UK credit record, which can help to ensure they are who they say they are.
We recommend that you always use our verification service before paying any money, or releasing goods you are selling, to help reduce the risk that you are dealing with scammers or fraudsters.
It’s important you use our service before you pay any money, or exchange any items you’re selling. If things should go wrong with your transaction, you can then provide the authorities with the correct details of the person you were dealing with.
looking to rent a room or house
A new study by people and business finder 192.com reveals that 1 in 10 people have been scammed by a landlord or lodger
Fraudulent landlords are making £755 million a year from the scam, and costs individuals £2,394 per victim
In 429 cases, victims reported losing £5,000 or more.
using online sales sites such as Ebay
eBay has more than 149 million active global users engaged in transactions across 50,000 unique categories
At any given moment, over 800 million listings are offered for sale on eBay globally
324,683 frauds recorded in 2016 – an increase on last year
buying/selling a product or service
The ten biggest online scams lost victims across the country £670million over 2014
During the first six months of 2017 there were a record 89,000 cases of identity fraud
Fraudsters continued to focus on online applications, with 88% of identity frauds being internet-enabled
Police reporting centre Action Fraud say around two thirds of romance fraud victims are women and they lose twice as much on average as males.
In 2017, 3557 romance frauds were reported nationally, averaging 10 reports a day.
Action Fraud stated £50 million lost to romance fraud in 2018.
Follow the steps below or watch our short video which shows how to use icanVerifyu.com, and help to stop yourself from being defrauded.
Enter your, and your third party’s email address. An email will be sent to your third party.
Your third party will need to register or login, fill out a form and upload a document and enter bank details if you want them to.
Your 3rd party will be directed to a payment gateway.
Once you have paid, the checks will be carried out within 90 seconds. Both parties will receive the verification result.
ICanVerifyU.com is founded on over 20 years’ experience of law enforcement in the UK’s Trading Standards Service and a decade in financial investigation. The team’s background of investigating and prosecuting criminals, advising businesses on how to trade legally, and seizing money from convicted criminals is the bedrock of everything we do.
This background is bolstered by first-hand experience of dealing with victims of fraud. Their stories of losing money are the driving force behind our desire to do something proactive to help prevent it: ICanVerifyU.com is the result.
We know students have tight budgets, so we’re giving a discount of £2.00 & you only pay £9.99 per check. Ask your college or university accommodation or student services for the discount code. For all other users, the price per verification is £11.99. Non students can prepay for three verifications and pay a reduced fee of £29.97 (Unused verifications will be forfeited after 180 days). All prices include VAT.
£22 million was lost to rental fraud in the UK between April 2014 and March 2018 (Action Fraud). It most commonly occurs when would-be tenants pay an up-front fee to rent a property or secure a room, only to find that there’s no record of the person they paid the money to, and the property either does not exist, or is not for rent.
Fraudsters can use Ebay as the first part of a scam: an item is advertised as usual on Ebay, but when you actually purchase the item, unbeknown to you, the scammer has moved the transaction off the site. You pay, only to discover there is no item. Additionally, you don’t have the support of Ebay as your transaction happened outside of Ebay.
The short answer is ‘yes’! Our check can verify that the person you are just about to pay a large deposit to is a real person, helping to significantly reduce the risk that you’re looking at a cloned-car’s details. Without the check, you could end up with a lost deposit, no car, and no way for your bank to reclaim the payment.
Another common situation arises if a car is actually bought, but problems arise with the vehicle. Often the seller denies selling you the car, and the money you’ve paid has disappeared into fraudulent accounts which appear to have no connection to the seller.
ICanVerifyU.com is for anybody who wants to limit the chances of them becoming a victim of fraud. It can help to protect anyone looking to rent a room or house, people buying items on Ebay, buyers or sellers of vehicles, and anybody else who is making a transaction with somebody they don’t know.
Certainly – sellers are not immune from being defrauded either. As a seller you can be at risk from receiving stolen cheques. These clear in your bank account so you release the item, only to find that the cheque payment is reversed later. In effect, your buyer never paid for anything. This is less likely to happen if you can verify the details of the person who is looking to buy from you.
Only one form of identification needs to be uploaded to validate a person’s identity. The list includes Driving Licence, Passport and National Identification Card. Please note that if you don’t upload an acceptable document, you will not be verified, but may still be charged.
The uploaded document is checked for authenticity. Advanced technology extracts the details from the document and uses mathematical algorithms, colour wave technology, a library of document images to validate the document.
To aid verification, the requester will see your identification document, but they will not see a full image of your identification document, the document will be redacted for privacy and security reasons. Bank Account details will also be redacted for privacy.
If the user being verified is under 18, the requester will see ALERT.
If we cannot match the person being verified with the ID document, you will see FAIL. If they both match, you will see PASS.
If you ask for verification and bank account check, if both match, you will see PASS.
If you ask for verification and bank account check and the verification fails, you will receive FAIL for both. If the Verification passes but bank account fails, you will PASS for verification and FAIL for bank account.
If verification or bank account check fails, please think carefully whether you want to transact with the other party.
Yes, as long as your identification document is valid on the day you are applying to be verified.
All information entered onto ICanVerifyU.com is encrypted.
No bank or payment details are stored by ICanVerifyU.com, bank records are only kept by the processing bank for payment of ICanVerifyU.com services. All electronic data is stored in the same secure, encrypted manner as other electronic data collected by the debit/credit card processing company.
If you are a victim of fraud, you should report this to the Police or Action Fraud immediately. ICanVerifyU.com is not a law enforcement agency and cannot investigate crimes.
ICanVerifyU.com verifies that the seller or buyer exists on UK credit data. This does not mean that the buyer or seller is who they claim to be however. We recommend that both parties produce ID if you meet in person, to prove their ID matches the details they were verified with.
ICanVerifyU.com is not a credit check, but an identity check using credit data. This leaves a ‘Soft Footprint’ on your credit file which will not affect your credit score or your ability to obtain credit.
Your name, address, and date of birth are automatically checked, but adding bank account details increases the trust others will have in you once you’re verified. The bank account you add will be verified too, so buyers can transfer the money to this account. For privacy, the account details the requester sees will be redacted.
If you are not verified, please do not contact ICanVerifyU.com because we do not own the credit data and therefore can’t amend it.
If you are not verified, you should request a copy of your credit file from a credit reference agency such as Experian or Equifax. Once you receive this record, you can correct any errors you see on the file. Once you have amended any errors, you can request verification on ICanVerifyU.com.
Unfortunately, if you enter old or incorrect information into the verification system, this information will be used to verify you. You or the seller will still be charged.
Each party must take responsibility for inputting the correct information. ICanVerifyU.com takes no responsibility for incorrectly entered information.
The verification process is voluntary: nobody can insist you complete the verification request. There may be valid reasons for somebody not completing the process, but we would advise caution in these situations.
Simply enter your email address in both the ‘Your email’ and ‘Third Party Email’ fields and you will be able to complete the verification process yourself.
Action Fraud stated £50 million lost to romance fraud in 2018. If you have a new friendship, use ICanVerifyU.com to confirm they are who they claim to be.
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