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Bank branch staff and police team up to stop £19 million of fraud in first half of 2020
by Action Fraud on September 10, 2020 at 10:13 am
Bank branch staff stopped £19 million of fraud in the first half of 2020 through the Banking Protocol, a scheme that alerts local police to suspected scams. The scheme has prevented victims from losing £116 million of fraud and led to 744 arrests since it was introduced three years ago. A range of scams that […]
Cyber attacks increase as people work from home
by Action Fraud on September 9, 2020 at 10:40 am
As working from home drives ever higher volumes of cyber attacks, the Global Cyber Alliance celebrates its five year anniversary. This September marks the five-year anniversary of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), a global non-profit organisation co-founded in 2015 by City of London Police. In that time, GCA has developed a global partnership of 250+ organisations, as well […]
Pension savers claim over £30 million lost to scams as regulators urge footie fans to show scammers the red card
by Action Fraud on August 26, 2020 at 10:08 am
A total of £30,857,329 has been reportedly lost to pension scammers since 2017 according to complaints filed with Action Fraud, says the Financial Conduct Authority and The Pensions Regulator. Scammers targeted pension pots big and small, with reported losses ranging from under £1,000 to as much as £500,000 and the average victim being a man […]
Over £44,000 lost to a PayPal scam that uses hacked Facebook accounts to lure victims
by Action Fraud on August 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm
We have received a surge of reports where victims have received messages through Facebook Messenger from friends and family requesting to use their Pay Pal account to receive funds from the sale of items on EBay. Overall, between 1st June 2020 and 31st July 2020 a total of 95 reports have been made with total […]
164 Instagram users report losing over £350,000 to investment scams
by Action Fraud on August 11, 2020 at 10:27 am
During June 2020, Action Fraud received 164 reports from individuals falling victim to fraudulent investment schemes, commonly referred to as a ‘money flipping’ service offered by users on the Instagram social media platform. These reports have amounted to a combined financial loss of £358,809. Fraudsters approach (or are approached by) victims via the instant messaging […]
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