Fraud, often called Scams, is the fastest growing area of crime and is often not reported.

ActionFraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

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Coronavirus Vaccination Scams

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

 

Read more: Coronavirus Vaccination Scams

Bogus BT Telephone Call

Beware of a scam telephone call recently received from 0208 0400389 by one of our partners. The call stated, in an automated voice, "This is to inform you that your BT contract will be terminated tomorrow due to illegal theft and hacking activities. To restore your account and resolve the current scenario press 1 to talk to our investigation team right now. Please press 1 now. Thank you.

You can listen to the message here

Read more: Bogus BT Telephone Call

Parcel Delivery Scam

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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau are warning people of a DPD parcel delivery scam.

Although the attached alert specifies the courier DPD, I have read of other similar scam messages in which a different courier was referred to, but the scam remains the same. Criminals will exploit people’s curiosity, I wasn’t expecting a parcel, I wonder what it is?

 

It is this kind of curiosity that may lead to the recipient of the email, text, WhatsApp, Messenger whatever, to click on the link or call a customer care number within the message.

If you receive such a message, either delete it because you are not expecting a delivery, or, contact the courier using a tried, tested and trusted means. Identify the genuine website and use contact details from there, not from the suspicious message.

 

Read more: Parcel Delivery Scam

Loan Fee Fraud

Loan fee fraud is when someone who is looking for a loan is asked to pay an upfront fee before receiving it.

They pay the fee, but they never get the loan.

In December 2019, loan fee fraud was the third most queried scam to the Financial Conduct Authority. (www.fca.org.uk)

The average fee relating to loan fee fraud reported to the FCA is approximately £220.

Read more: Loan Fee Fraud