Victims who have been defrauded in the past are being urged to stay alert after a number of reports of phishing emails claiming to be from City of London Police.
The email, which uses the City of London Police logo, claims to offer a ‘compensation fund’ from the Fraud Intelligence Unit and National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims.
All of these claims are false; this is a form of fraud recovery fraud, targeting people who had formerly been a victim of fraud with promises of compensating for the money they’ve lost. They take advantage of the victim’s trust and hope of seeing their money returned to get confidential details to defraud them for a second time, or request fees in advance to release the recovered money.
If you received an email from City of London Police
City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information. If you receive an email asking for sensitive details, do not reply to it – delete it immediately and report it to us.
If you’ve received an email from City of London Police or National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and you’d like to check its authenticity, contact Action Fraud first. Don’t open any attachments or click links contained within emails from unknown sources, as it could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.