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The TV Licensing scam that has cost victims over £830,000 and how to spot it
by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 13, 2019 at 4:13 pm
Fraudsters are sending members of the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000. Pauline Smith, director of Action Fraud, said: “We are continuing to see reports of fraudsters using […]
Paws for thought: fake pet adverts lead to over £3 million in losses
by email@example.com on March 6, 2019 at 11:10 pm
Between March 2012 and April 2018, 5066 reports of this fraud were made to Action Fraud. Victims reported losing £3,129,273 during this time – an average of £40,640 per month. How is this happening? Fraudsters are advertising pets and pet accessories on online marketplaces at a lower than expected price in an attempt to attract […]
Instasham: Fraudulent investments being advertised on social media
by firstname.lastname@example.org on February 25, 2019 at 11:05 am
Between October 2018 and February 2019, 356 reports of this fraud were made to Action Fraud. The total loss was a shocking £3,168,464 – an average of £8,900 per person. How is this happening? Action Fraud has seen an increased number of investment schemes being advertised on Instagram over recent months, with young people aged […]
Renters urged to spot the signs of Tenancy Deposit Scheme fraud
by email@example.com on February 21, 2019 at 11:52 am
Action Fraud is warning the public that fraudsters are claiming to be landlords to trick people into paying upfront ‘rent’ into Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). This comes as 28 reports were made to Action Fraud between December 2018 and February 2019 alone – amounting to a total loss of £19,990. How is this happening? Action […]
A third of over 75s targeted by investment scams, as FCA urges consumers to take the time to check
by firstname.lastname@example.org on February 19, 2019 at 11:13 am
A fifth (22%) of over 55s and a third (32%) of over 75s believe they have been targeted by an investment scam in the last 3 years Over half (55%) of those who have invested in financial products did so on their own, rather than making the decision with family One in eight (14%) of […]
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