Category: fraud

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 […]

Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams

What scams are we seeing? The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud Protection advice Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from Scamsmart, ActionFraud, CIFAS, TakeFive, Citizens […]

Safe Online Dating

WE have received some good advice which is worth taking note of if you are on line dating, it can easily all happen! If you’re online dating, you’re joining millions of people around the world who are looking for anything from a fun, arms-length relationship to a lifelong partnership. You […]

Romance Fraud Awareness

Fraudsters have been targeting vulnerable and elderly residents ahead of Valentines Day, with a few reported cases these past few weeks. Romance fraudsters often join online chats, or group forums targetted at our older communities. Unlike other fraudsters they do not initially ask the victims for money; instead they spend […]