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£78million fraud loss reported to Action Fraud

26th October 2010

In the first year of Action Fraud, over 150,000 people have joined the fight against fraud, contacting Action Fraud for advice or to report frauds totalling £78m. The average fraud loss reported was £500.

The average number of daily visitors to the Action Fraud website has risen by 319% in the last six months.

Marking the first anniversary of the service, the National Fraud Authority continues to urge every victim of fraud to report their loss to Action Fraud.

Don’t be conned in the cold weather

25th October 2010

People are being warned to be wary of rogue doorstep traders offering winter home improvement services.

Age UK and the Office of Fair Trading are concerned that vulnerable people such as older people may be particularly vulnerable to scams like these.

Some common scams to be aware of as winter approaches include:

‘Bernhardos’ charity scam

21st October 2010

Residents are being urged to watch out for charity bags being distributed by a company calling themselves ‘Bernhardos’.

The company is using a name, colour scheme and logo that is very similar to the genuine charity, ‘Barnados’. It claims to be collecting clothing on behalf of St Pranciskus Asyzietis Parish in Lithuania, but the company is not a registered charity and is currently being investigated.

Beware of charity bag scams

Roadside jewellery scam

20th October 2010

Police are warning motorists to beware of a potential scam involving men claiming to have broken down, who say they need money for fuel.

In the reported cases, motorists have been flagged down by men from a supposedly broken down car. They either asked the victims for cash so that they can buy fuel, or offered jewellery or watches in exchange for cash. Police are warning that the jewellery is often cheap gold or polished metal and not worth the money they are asked to pay.

Identity fraud affects 1.8million people a year

14th October 2010

During National Identity Fraud Prevention Week, Action Fraud is reminding you how to keep your identity safe.

Fraudsters gain £1,000 on average from every stolen identity, according to the National Fraud Authority (NFA), the government agency that runs Action Fraud. In very serious cases, it can take you 200 hours to repair the damage done to your identity – that’s the equivalent to a year’s annual leave.

Simple steps from Action Fraud to help keep your identity safe:

Stay safer on Facebook with new password system

14th October 2010

Facebook has introduced a new one-time password feature to make it safer for users to access Facebook in public places. But Sophos is warning Facebook users to still beware of online dangers.

Protect yourself from wi-jacking

14th October 2010

Internet users are being warned about the risks of insecure wireless networks after it was found that nearly half of all home Wi-Fi networks can be hacked in less than five seconds.

Once a wireless network has been hacked into, hackers have access to your personal details, including your passwords and usernames which they could use to commit identity fraud and undertake other illegal activities in your name. This could include purchasing illegal pornography, selling stolen goods and view your private transactions.

Winter Fuel Allowance scam

14th October 2010

Trading Standards is warning residents to beware of scammers who may phone to confirm their bank details prior to their Winter Fuel Allowance being paid.

This is a scam – you will never receive a phone call asking you to give personal details over the phone for your Winter Fuel Allowance.

Watch out for Winter Fuel fraud across the UK