In the first case of its kind, Gideon Roseman managed to track down his stolen money after it been sent to a crook's account — and get every penny back. Gideon was conned when fraudsters posed as the builder he had hired to extend his home. They hacked into the builder's email account and sent the 39-year-old barrister a message asking him to make a lump sum payment before the work could begin.
How to switch all your bills - without getting into a muddle: Save hundreds on broadband, insurance and energy deals and avoid the traps at every turn
We're constantly being told that to get the best deals on everything from broadband to energy and insurance we should switch, switch, switch. But it's not always as simple as we're led to believe. Guidelines seem to vary depending on which utility or product you are moving. If you cancel your direct debit, do you have to tell the firm you are leaving? How long should it take? And what are your cancellation rights?
MARKETS LIVE: London shares fall sharply after losses mount in Asia overnight on North Korea/US tensions
The rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un escalated overnight, sending shares on the Nikkei 225 index in Japan and the Shanghai Composite in China into the red. North Korea has been simmering in the background for a long time but with its more advanced weapons and a hot headed Trump ready to act in the White House investors have the right to be nervous.
House prices up almost £5,000 in the year since the Brexit vote, but property market slows as buyers struggle
A combination of record low mortgage rates and a lack of homes for sale has bolstered the property market, but the pace of house price rises has slowed considerably, according to the Halifax house price index. House prices rose by another £789 in July to bring the average home's cost to £219,266 - up 2.1 per cent on a year ago but down on the start of the year.
Do you have a stamp collection gathering dust in the loft? Here's how to find out if you have a rare stamp worth thousands - for free...
In the 1950s and 60s, stamp collecting was commonplace, with around half of young Britons having a collection of some sort. Since then, its popularity has died out. However, many may have collections gathering dust, either inherited or forgotten about in the loft, and no idea how to get them valued - we reveal how, and the gems that have been found in the attic.
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RCI Bank pays 1.2% AER variable interest on its easy access deal - the Freedom Savings Account. Deposits have no FSCS protection, but you are covered for up to €100,000 by the French equivalent (FGDR).
Al Rayan Bank pays 2.02% AER fixed on its Fixed Term Deposit account. The top rate available on a one-year fix. The bank is Sharia compliant so it quotes an expected profit rate paid on maturity rather than interest on your deposit. All money is invested ethically.
The Post Office pays 1.01% AER variable interest on its easy-access, Online Isa. The account allows transfers from an existing provider, plus you can split tax-free savings between both instant access and fixed-rate products.
Paragon Bank pays 2.1% AER fixed interest if you lock your cash away in its Three Year Fixed Rate account. It's also the top deal for those preferring a monthly income, at a slightly lower, 2.08% AER. It requires a minimum £1,000 deposit.
Charter Savings Bank pays 1.3% AER fixed interest - the best one-year Isa deal available - to those with its new One Year Fixed Rate Cash Isa. The account allows transfers in and requires a minimum £1,000 deposit.
Get your state pension back on the RIGHT track: Millions of Britons are in for a nasty shock over their retirement income
Workers aged 40 and over are being urged to obtain a forecast of their state pension to avoid huge financial disappointment when they reach official retirement age. It has never been easier to obtain this information. Nor has it been more important to act early to squeeze the best value from the state scheme.
How to wind down (before you take off): An airport lounge can get your holiday off to a flying start... for a price
Lounges allow passengers to escape the chaos of the airport terminal and chill out with comfortable seating, unlimited food and drink and free wi-fi. But with entry to the most luxurious lounges costing £40 or more, the price tag might put some off. Yet there are ways to cut costs, especially for regular travellers.
I earned a lot from Red Dwarf... I had uncashed cheques - for £240,000! Actor CRAIG CHARLES on how he struggled to pay the bills despite earning silly money
Craig Charles, DJ and comedian, came close to losing his home during the 2008 financial crisis despite being able to command fees of more than £10,000 a night working as a DJ. Charles, who played Lister in cult TV sitcom Red Dwarf, had to fight to keep his five-bedroom house in Cheshire after taking out two 'mighty' mortgages and failing to sell an £860,000 property in Southampton.
TONY HETHERINGTON: Heating system salesman doorstepped my elderly and ill parents and pressured them into handing over £2k
After several unsolicited calls, my parents were under the impression British Gas would be calling to provide advice on how to save on their energy bills. In fact they were visited by a salesman from National Heating Solutions Limited. He was in their home for three hours, selling a new heating system costing £10,000.
Oil companies pull out of Venezuela as political unrest grows: Crucial industry provides 95% of the country's exports
Opec member Venezuela is having trouble paying back creditors, with its economy struggling under the weight of triple-digit inflation and chronic shortages of food and medicine. Last Friday, the country inaugurated a new legislative superbody that could rewrite its constitution and give vast powers to President Nicolas Maduro's ruling Socialist Party.
Airline and supermarket reward cards are a popular option, but your favourite high street store may also offer a credit card that will clock up loyalty points when you spend. You are unlikely to earn a fortune or be able to use points to pay for your entire weekly shop but they do give you something back for your spending.
More than 4.5 million of us have bought one in the 41 years since its launch in 1976, with a million sold since 2008. And it has been the nation's bestselling car annually for the past eight years. In the ultra-competitive world of small hatchbacks, if you snooze, you loose. But believe me, you won't feel like having a siesta with this new model.
How you can cash in on the electric car boom: Demand for cobalt - the key component in lithium batteries - soars but investing is not easy
Drivers pulling off the forecourt in their brand new electric car may think they've just made a purchase which will improve the world. Electric cars, it is argued, are cheaper to run, quieter to drive and better for the environment than any petrol or diesel alternatives. The Government has said that by 2040 all new cars will be electric.
The 10 best hybrid cars on sale today: From the sports car, to the family SUV, and everyday hatchback
The Government confirmed it last month - the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel-powered cars will be prohibited from 2040. However, that doesn't include hybrids. That means cars with petrol and diesel engines and a supplementary electric power source will still be allowed in the UK.Want to get a head-start on the new laws - these are the ten highest rated hybrid cars you can buy in showrooms today, according to the expert road test team at What Car?. Clockwise from top left: BMW i8, Volvo XC90 Twin Engine, VW Golf GTE, Toyota Yaris Hybrid.
Best chance to save on your mortgage in FIVE YEARS: Homeowners could save thousands switching to cheaper deals as £35bn of loans mature
More than £35bn worth of mortgages are due to mature in the next two months, the biggest period of home loan maturities in five years according to specialist data firm CACI. Homeowners could save hundreds of pounds a month by remortgaging thanks to reduced rates and increased house prices pumping up their mortgage loan-to-value, analysis by Yorkshire Building Society shows.
'I make £52 a month from my bank accounts': Fed up with dire savings rates? This trick can turbo-charge your interest
Savers have not had it easy in recent years, with interest rates near record lows, but some are turning to elaborate ruses to eke out a better return. Crystal Cansdale, pictured, is one of them. She tells us how she's making around £52 a month in interest, thanks to the seven current accounts she has set up, with savings account beating rates between 2 and 5%.
A 78 PER CENT fee to move a pension? Saver, 36, condemns Friends Life's 'scandalous' £477 exit penalty to transfer a £615 pot
Horrified saver, Russell Jones, pictured, discovered he faced a 78% exit penalty to move an old Friends Life pension pot built up through work. It exposes the large loophole in the Government's drive to stamp out excessive fees. It banned exit fees on all new pensions and capped them at 1 per cent for over-55s, but the cap doesn't apply to older pots held by younger savers.
SIMON LAMBERT: Ten years on from the credit crunch have we really done anything to tackle our problems?
As the great and good of the financial world headed for the beach ten years ago, everything seemed to be fine. While there had been rumblings of problems brewing in the US mortgage market, most of the players were fairly relaxed. On August 9, 2007 they discovered it wasn't, but a decade on we have little to show for our lesson and much of the problems remain.
The day the boy racers broke the bank: Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth sells for a colossal £115,000, as 1980s classics take Silverstone auction by storm
If someone told you at the end of the 1980s that in less than 30 year's time a Ford Sierra would be worth £115,000, a Vauxhall Lotus Carlton £72,000 and a Peugeot 205 GTI almost £40,000, you'd have probably doubled over in hysterics. But the spike in classic car values in recent years has seen the price of hot hatches and Fast Fords spike - like the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 pictured that just sold at auction for £115,000.
50 ways to save money: Simple steps to cut what you spend that could clear your debts or seriously boost your savings
To clear the average national household debt of £13,000 at 6% interest with a monthly repayment of £100 will take around 17 years. There are, however, plenty of simple ways to make significant savings on your regular spending that could clear your debt - or boost your savings - in less than a year. This is Money's top 50 - updated - money-saving tips may appear light-hearted but are deadly serious.
The amount you can save into a pension ultimately depends on what you can afford - but the longer you leave it the more you will need to save. We tend to put ambitious targets on our hoped-for income in retirement and then underestimate how much we will need to set aside to achieve that. So how much should you save?
When will interest rates move? Bank worries over UK's debt addiction as economists speculate on an earlier rate rise
Worries over debt in the economy have been raised in the latest bank Financial Stability Report in the wake of fresh speculation that interest rates may rise sooner than most expect. The latest MPC meeting led one investment bank, Nomura, to suggest a rate rise could come as soon as August. Economist George Buckley said comments from Bank chief economist Andy Haldane's and the 5-3 split made an early move more likely.
Borrowers are being offered a raft of cheap fixed rate mortgages as lenders attempt to lure them into remortgaging or buying a home. But HSBC has decided to buck the trend and launch a new rate mortgage that is a tracker instead. We pick out the best fixed and tracker rate mortgages and look at what next for rates.
For many buy-to-let looks an attractive income investment in a time of low rates and stock market volatility. Climbing house prices, rising rents and improving mortgage deals are tempting investors - although they will need a big deposit. Read This is Money's top ten buy-to-let tips
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