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Warning – Fraudulent phone call in South Wales

26th July 2010

South Wales Police is urging residents to take care after an elderly lady in Pontypridd was phoned by someone claiming to be from TV Licensing.

The suspicious female caller asked for the woman’s bank details to pay for the TV licence. As she is entitled to a free licence, the woman did not give her bank details.

Police urge vigilance against fraudsters

More than £1bn fraud losses in six months

20th July 2010

New figures have found that fraud losses in the UK increased to over £1bn during the first six months of the year, which is almost the same as the whole of 2008.

These new reports come from BDO’s Fraudtrack analysis, which is based on all reported fraud cases of over £50,000.

The average value of a single fraud fitting into Fraudtrack’s criteria has increased to almost £6m, an increase from £5m the previous year.

The latest Fraudtrack analysis found that some sectors and regions were most at risk:

Your doorstep, your decision

19th July 2010

A new campaign is warning against bogus doorstep traders, as research reveals that almost three million people have fallen victim to the rogue traders.

Although people of all ages were found to have become victims of bogus doorstep traders, losing an average of £600, older people were hit the hardest with people over the age of 55 losing an average of nearly £1,100.

Cold callers

New Visa card to cut online fraud

15th July 2010

A new Visa card with a 12-button keypad and battery will help to prevent fraudsters from using card details to commit fraud.

Visa CodeSure still uses PIN and Verified by Visa in transactions, and the keypad will add an extra level of security. Completing a transaction will follow these steps:

Phishing warning in run-up to tax credits deadline

13th July 2010

Anyone who needs to file a tax credits renewal with HMRC or pay the second instalment of their income tax is being warned about phishing emails.

According to Trusteer, tax credit filers may be sent unsolicited emails that look like they have been sent by HMRC. Some bogus HMRC emails tell people they are owed a tax rebate, but this is also fraudsters at work. If victims click on these emails, they may infect their computers with malware and have their personal details stolen.

15,000 people fight back against fraudsters

9th July 2010

Action Fraud, the UK’s first national fraud reporting centre, has had 15,000 web reports and calls in the last six months from members of the public who have joined the fight against fraud. 

According to the National Fraud Authority, which runs Action Fraud, at least £3.5billion is lost by individuals to fraud every year.  However, the actual figure is probably much higher as many victims of fraud never report it.

Holiday scams: Online holiday bargains could be bogus

7th July 2010

Almost one in three people who book holidays online do not confirm that the travel provider is legitimate, according to Get Safe Online.


Web users who book holidays online are being warned to follow precautions when booking their getaway. Research also shows that many holiday-makers are unaware of some of the most common holiday scams. The results show that 67% of people say they’ve never heard of holiday rental scams, 68% responded in the same way to the idea of bogus holiday sites, with 81% unfamiliar with ‘gap-year’ fraud.