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Fraudster jailed for duping women out of thousands via dating sites
by Action Fraud on March 2, 2021 at 6:18 pm
Sebastian Timmis, of Hill View in Marksbury, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud by false representation in relation to offences committed between January 2018 and September 2020. The 29-year-old used dating apps and websites to establish the trust of his victims before claiming to them he needed money urgently. Timmis would pressurise his victims […]
Action Fraud warning as holiday bookings surge after lockdown exit plans announced
by Action Fraud on February 26, 2021 at 2:23 pm
The national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime and ABTA, The Travel Association, are reminding the public to think twice before handing over their money and personal information when booking holidays this year. In previous years, criminals have targeted unsuspecting holidaymakers booking airline tickets, holiday accommodation and religious pilgrimages. Pauline Smith, Head of Action […]
Romance scams on the up during lockdown
by Action Fraud on February 10, 2021 at 12:05 am
New data from UK Finance reveals a 20 per cent increase in bank transfer romance fraud between January – November 2020 compared to the previous year, with the total value of these scams rising by 12 per cent to £18.5 million. The average loss per victim reported to UK Finance members was £7,850, highlighting the […]
Attack of the clone firms: over £78 million stolen in ‘clone’ firm investment scams
by Action Fraud on January 27, 2021 at 12:01 am
Number of ‘clone firm’ investment scams reported increased by 29% as UK went into first lockdown Victims scammed out of more than £45,000 each, on average 77% of investors do not know or are unsure what a ‘clone investment firm’ is FCA and Action Fraud advise investors to only use contact details on the FCA Register to […]
WARNING: Criminals continue to take advantage of coronavirus vaccine roll-out as phishing email reports soar
by Action Fraud on January 26, 2021 at 3:42 pm
The email, which attempts to trick people into handing over their bank details, was reported more than 1,000 times in 24 hours. It appears to come from the NHS and asks the recipient to click on a link to accept or decline an invitation to receive the coronavirus vaccine. If they click accept, they are asked […]
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