COMMON FRAUD TYPES AFFECTING VICTIMS IN CHESHIRE

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TAKE FIVE TO STOP FRAUD - YOUR BANK OR THE POLICE WILL NEVER:
  1. Phone and ask you for your PIN code or full banking password
  2. Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safekeeping
  3. Ask you transfer money to a safe account for fraud reasons, even if they say that the account is in your name
  4. Send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN codes, cards or chequebooks if you are a victim of fraud
  5. Ask you to buy goods using your card and then hand them over for safekeeping
Romance / Dating Fraud - fraudsters will have fake profiles on typical dating websites.  They engage and groom the victim and then often ask for further communication to take place via mobile phone.  The grooming can take place over a number of months until the fraudster has the confidence to ask the victim for cash to be sent/transferred/deposited.  Fraudsters have various stories that they use to convince victims that they are in urgent need of cash - THEY ARE NOT!  Victims often lose several thousands of pounds due to these sophisticated organised crime groups

HM Revenue and Customs Fraud - Fraudsters spoof HMRC phone numbers to cold-call victims and try to convince them to pay bogus debts and other taxes.  Fraudsters often ask for payment via iTunes vouchers, other pre-paid vouchers (eg Amazon), Bitcoins, cash deposits or cash transfers. HMRC would NEVER contact you in this way, so NEVER give those who contact you your money

Courier Fraud - Courier fraud involves victims being cold-called by fraudsters claiming to work for the police or a bank and persuading them to hand cash, or a bank card and PIN code over to a courier, who will often go to the victims's home.  This type of fraud is on the increase.  Fraudsters will provide the victim with a fake bank card that is embossed in their name to help convince them to hand over cash or access to their bank

Computer Software Service - Victims receive cold-calls from person claiming to represent BT or other internet service providers, who convince them that their computer has been hacked or their internet is working too slowly.  The victim is then persuaded to allow remote access to their computer and online banking in order to deposit money into their bank account on the pretence that it will be used to catch the fraudsters - THIS IS A LIE!  They are told that the 'police' will arrest the suspects when they receive the money - THIS IS NOT TRUE!

Lottery Scams - The victim is convinced to invest money into a lottery scam to win 'milions'.  Quite often an associate of the victim has their mobile phone or social media account hacked nan the fraudster sends out numerous messages to the contact on the hacked account.  Thousands of these emails can be sent out in seconds - this is called 'phishing'.

Do not open attachments from an unknown source - A victim will often receive a message from a friend, who will endorse the lottery scheme and claim that they have won millions from it - THIS IS NOT TRUE, THIS IS A SCAM.

Report it - If you are a victim of fraud that is a crime in progress and you need an immediate police response, dial 999.

If it is a non-emergency situation call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

For more information on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud visit www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk
 
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Caroline Griffiths (Cheshire Police, PCSO, Widnes)

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