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Action Fraud launches new campaign to fight back against fraud this Christmas
by Action Fraud on November 23, 2020 at 12:05 am
Action Fraud’s #FraudFreeXmas campaign has launched today, with a stark warning about ‘too good to be true’ Black Friday deals. Figures reveal 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 […]
Self Assessment customers warned about scammers posing as HMRC
by Action Fraud on November 17, 2020 at 3:25 pm
Self Assessment customers should be alert to criminals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). As the department issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual Self Assessment tax return push, HMRC is warning customers completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by scammers. The […]
Action Fraud warns of rise in investment fraud reports as nation enters second lockdown
by Action Fraud on November 9, 2020 at 10:39 am
Between September 2019 and September 2020, Action Fraud received just over 17,000 reports of investment fraud, amounting to £657.4m in reported losses. This is a 28% increase when compared to the same period last year. Furthermore, reports spiked in May, June, July, August and September 2020 as the nation adjusted to life after lockdown. […]
Fake PayPal emails lead to nearly £8 million in losses this year
by Action Fraud on November 5, 2020 at 10:50 am
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 reports […]
Police repatriate romance fraud victims with £115,000 through international partnership with Ghanaian authorities
by Action Fraud on October 29, 2020 at 12:32 pm
The campaign, which launched on Thursday 8 October, follows a 26 percent rise in reports of romance fraud to Action Fraud in the last year. Operational activity conducted by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), key stakeholders and police forces in the UK, has directly led to the identification of 38 victims of […]
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