Did you know?
- 1 in 5 people fall victim to scams every year
- Nearly 50% of all adults have been targeted by a scam
Technology is enabling fraudsters to carry out attacks quicker and employ more complex behaviours to remain undetected.
What kinds of scams are there?
Common fraud types are:
- Mail scams: con artists use fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures and pyramid selling to get money from their victims
- Investment scams: the victim is offered investment opportunities in land, fine wines, gems, share sales or carbon credits which have little or no value
- Romance scams: the scammer meets someone on a dating site and gains their trust. They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency or flights over to see them
- Courier Fraud: fraudsters call and trick the victim into handing cards and PIN numbers to a courier on their doorstep or making them think they are helping in a police investigation by getting them to withdraw large amounts of cash
- Fraud recovery scam: when fraudsters approach the victim again under a different guise, such as Trading Standards or Court officials, demanding money up front in order to finance court action to recoup some of the losses from the original crime.
There are many more types of fraud. Please see the Action Fraud website for more details.
Prosecutions are almost impossible with these complex scams, and are often committed by criminal gangs operating outside of the UK. Therefore prevention is key. Once a vulnerable victim is identified we can help to put in place simple measures to protect them and offer further crime prevention advice against other crimes such as distraction burglary, rogue trading and doorstep crime in general.