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Action Fraud warns of social media account and email takeover scams
by Action Fraud on October 25, 2023 at 12:25 pm
Data from Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting service, shows that from August 2022 – July 2023, there were 18,011 reports of social media and email hacking. Within these reports, 4,092 victims reported being extorted for money, or having their accounts used to perpetrate fraud against the wider public. In one example, Action […]
Action Fraud response to inaccurate coverage in Daily Mail
by Action Fraud on August 23, 2023 at 3:25 pm
The Daily Mail’s ‘This is Money’ has today published an inaccurate and misleading story about Action Fraud under the headline ‘I fell victim to a Facebook scam and the police advised me to write a letter of complaint to Mark Zuckerberg’. The article makes a number of inaccurate claims about a report made to Action […]
Specialist victim care unit which supports thousands of vulnerable fraud victims rolled out across the UK
by Action Fraud on August 3, 2023 at 2:08 pm
A national unit which supports vulnerable victims of fraud has been rolled out to all 43 police forces in England and Wales. The Action Fraud National Economic Crime Victim Care Unit (NECVCU) supports victims of fraud and cybercrime and provides them with bespoke and specialist advice to help them better protect themselves from falling victim […]
Action Fraud warn of recent WhatsApp scam hitting community and religious groups
by Action Fraud on July 25, 2023 at 8:22 am
The fraud often begins when a member of the group receives a WhatsApp audio call from the fraudster, pretending, or claiming, to be a member of the group. This is done in order to gain the individual’s trust, and often the scammer will use a false profile picture and / or display name, so at […]
Don’t get burnt before you’re on the beach: Action Fraud reports over £15m lost to holiday fraud in the past year
by Action Fraud on May 23, 2023 at 3:17 pm
Victims reported losing a total of £15,319,057, a 41 per cent increase on last year’s results, which amounts to an average loss of £2,372 per victim. From May – August alone, more than £4.6m was lost. With the summer months seeing the highest levels for holiday fraud reports, Action Fraud has launched a national awareness […]
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