Category: fraud

Covid Vaccine Passport Scam

We have been made aware by Neighbourhood Watch of a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports” Clicking on the link within the email, takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details. (for an admin […]

Fraud Newsletter – June 2021

Here is a newsletter from the Police remindinding us that fraud and crime doesn’t go away:- “Each month we see many incidents of fraudsters targeting our residents in an attempt to defraud them. We’re working hard to prevent this and support vulnerable victims of fraud or scams. By following our […]

Safe Against Scams

Find out about useful information and resources to help keep your family, friends and yourself safe from scams. More than ever before, we have been relying on technology to enable us to work, learn and connect with each other. Inevitably, criminals have exploited and used our increased digital lives to […]

Worried About Getting Hacked?

Over 15,000 hacked email and social media accounts reported in one year. If a hacker got into your email or social media account, what would they find? Health and banking information? Names and contact details for your friends and family? Private photos and messages? For most people, it’s at least […]

Scams Alert

Residents are receiving scam alerts so please be careful. Cyber criminals are using the roll out of the NHS Covid-19 vaccine to target victims with convincing looking text messages. The texts appear to be from the NHS and state the recipient has the opportunity to sign up for the vaccine. The […]

Bitcoin-Related Scam Emails

Action Fraud are warning the public to be vigilant of unsolicited emails promoting cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) investment opportunities. They’ve received over 750 reports this week about Bitcoin-related phishing emails that use fake celebrity endorsements to try and lure victims into investment scams. The links in the emails lead to fraudulent websites that are […]

Seaford Scam awareness

More concerning scams but it is important that defences don’t slip when we may be distracted. Officers from Seaford Neighbourhood Policing Team have been out all this week sharing advice, following a significant increase in fraud/scams being reported from Seaford and Seahaven residents. Scam police and bank callers is the […]

Scam police and bank callers

This is something that we seem to publish most weeks but it it still something that all too often we forget. Residents receive phone calls from people claiming to be from the police or their bank. The caller says they are investigating fraudulent activity on people’s accounts. They request people’s […]

Action Fraud scam watch

Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported? This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud: With more stores reopening, and online shopping slots becoming […]

Surge In Online Shopping Fraud

Reports of online shopping fraud have surged by 30% over the pandemic as many of us continue to shop online in light of current restrictions. Figures from Action Fraud show that criminals conned 17,407 shoppers out of almost £13.5 million over the Christmas period last year, an increase of over 20% when compared to […]

Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.

Between January 2020 and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails. Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time. Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces. Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all […]

Online Christmas Shopping

This year, Christmas will be a bit different. Whatever you’re doing, don’t give a fraudster a Christmas or Black Friday treat. How to shop online safely this Christmas and Black Friday As if 2020 hasn’t been an unusual enough year, many of us are now thinking about Christmas. With the […]

Sussex Police are urging people to be wary of software scams after the Force has received 77 reports from vulnerable victims so far this year with losses totalling £154,454. The average loss has been around £2,000.

The scam typically involves the victim being told they have been hacked or their computer has a virus. They’re advised they need to install software, pay money or hand over details to protect their device from further damage.  A 60-year-old woman in Brighton was contacted by a man purporting to […]

Are You Shopping Online?

Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown. Online shopping fraud during lockdown Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over […]

Survey reveals 86% of UK businesses expect cyber attacks to increase in next 12 months

Phishing attacks are regarded as the greatest cyber threat 15 July 2020: In a survey of UK cyber security, IT and business professionals, 86% of businesses expect cyber threats to increase over the next 12 months. The survey, commissioned by WatchGuard Technologies, also reveals that 44% of organisations have experienced a cyber attack over the last […]

Call blocker

As you may already know the National Trading Standards Scams Team received government funding to supply and installcall blocking technology in consumers’ homes.The project re-launched at the beginning of March and received hundreds of applications. Due to Covid-19 they had to make the very difficult decision to close applications as […]

Action Fraud scam watch

This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud: EasyJet cyber breach: Action Fraud has been made aware by the National Cyber Security Centre of the cyber breach affecting EasyJet customers. We’re currently monitoring our system for EasyJet related reports to see if there has been a significant increase. Most […]

Action Fraud scam watch

Action Fraud scam watch Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported? Action Fraud’s top tips Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are […]

Public Embraces Email Reporting Service Created After Spike In Coronavirus-Related Scams

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched the pioneering ‘Suspicious Email Reporting Service’ in April to make it easier than ever to flag suspicious emails – including those claiming to offer services related to coronavirus. As part of the Cyber Aware campaign, the NCSC successfully launched its suspicious email reporting service, resulting […]