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Police: Action Fraud reports lead to football ticket fraudster being jailed

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A fraudster who made thousands of pounds selling football tickets he did not have on social media has been jailed for 2 years and 11 months after an investigation by the Met Police. 

Hussayn Hirani, 24, pleaded guilty to 28 counts of fraud by false representation at Harrow Crown Court last Thursday. 

Hirani was taking images of real football tickets posted by other users on social media, and advertising them for sale on Twitter.

Once sold, victims would be asked to make payment into bank accounts belonging to friends and associates of Hirani. The cash would be then be withdrawn at a later date and handed back to him. No tickets were ever sent to the buyers. 

Met Police and Action Fraud working in partnership

Hirani was arrested after a lengthy investigation was carried out by the Met’s Fraud and Linked Crime Online (FALCON) that used Action Fraud reports to link the fraudster to other crimes. Met Police detectives also discovered that Hirani sold fake Wimbledon and concert tickets. He defrauded...

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Police: Royal Mail stops 3 million fraudulent letters

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Royal Mail has announced that it has successfully intercepted 3 million fraudulent letters from reaching UK homes since stepping up its drive against criminals in November 2016.

Several initiatives have been set up to protect consumers from fraudulent mail which can include invitations to participate in fake lotteries with prizes and letters from people posing as “clairvoyants”.

Some of the fraud prevention initiatives created by Royal Mail include; stopping scam mail from reaching letterboxes by impounding at distribution centres and training frontline workers to identify scam mail. Royal Mail also provide a special helpline, email address and Freepost address for customers.

Stephen Agar, Managing Director of Letters at Royal Mail said: “We are committed to doing everything we can to stop this fraudulent material from reaching UK households”

“We continue to deploy a range of different initiatives to keep one step ahead of the scammers.”

A joint initiative with the National Trading Standards Scams Team was
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Police: Cold spell sparks a warning for last minute skiers as victims lose over £200k in 2017 to ski chalet fraud

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As people look at booking last minute skiing holidays for the year, Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) are warning of the threat posed by fraudsters.

In 2017, victims of ski chalet fraud lost a total of £231,875 to fraudsters. This is an average of £2016 per person and an eight percent increase on the year before. 

Reports show that fraudsters are selling bogus ski chalet holidays to unsuspecting victims who are paying large deposits for a property. Once they make the payment they never hear from the property agent again. 

In some instances, victims will turn up in the mountains to find their chosen chalet does not exist or is being used by other holidaymakers.  

The vast majority of people who go on winter sports holidays have a trouble free experience, but for some, problems can occur. Holidaymakers booking their flights, transfers and chalets online through separate suppliers are particularly vulnerable to offers that on...

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Police: We are currently only operating an online service due to the weather

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We apologise but due to adverse weather conditions we are only operating an online service, please report to us online

If your call is an emergency or you are suffering a live cyber-attack please dial 999 or contact your local police service on 101.

Please be aware that police forces across the UK are experiencing high call volumes.

If you try to call our 0300 123 2040 number, you will be disconnected. 

Police: Reduced capacity at our contact centre

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Due to the extreme weather conditions our contact centre is running a reduced capacity and call waiting times may be longer than usual.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and you can still report to us online.


Police: New pilot programme to combat scams targeting older Londoners with Age UK

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  • Nearly 4,500 reported cases of fraud among the over 65s in London last year.
  • Age UK warning the actual figure is likely to be much higher with people reluctant to report.
  • The new programme will initially be piloted in London with the aim of creating a prevention model that can be rolled out nationally.

To combat the rise of fraud and online crime affecting older people, Age UK has launched a brand new fraud prevention and victim support pilot programme in partnership with Action Fraud and funded by City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder.

The programme aims to support older victims, and raise awareness of scams more widely to help empower older people to feel more confident at spotting and avoiding scams. Running over a 12-month period across six London boroughs, the programme includes three core elements:

  1. Awareness raising sessions for an audience of older people, friends and family
  2. One to one sessions for older people who are vulnerable and at risk of...

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Police: Victims lost £41 million to romance fraud in 2017

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New statistics released ahead of Valentine’s Day prove that the UK is continuing to lose huge amounts of money to romance fraud – with victims conned out of £41 million in 2017 alone. This is according to figures from The City of London Police, whose remit covers online fraud nationwide, working with Get Safe Online and its partners.

Romance fraud is described as when someone creates a fake identity to enter into a relationship with a victim with the intent to steal either funds or personal information. In 2017, 3557 romance frauds were reported to Action Fraud, averaging 10 reports a day.

This amount equates to £11,500 per victim. Those who fall victim to these frauds are almost twice as likely to be women (63% compared with 37% of men).

However, evidence suggests these numbers do not accurately represent the true scale of the problem due to the embarrassment felt by some victims of fraud, which can discourage people from coming forward to report their experience. But reporting is crucial in stopping these...

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Police: Alert: Cold calls from fraudsters claiming to be from the Home Office

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Fraudsters are purporting to be from the Home Office and cold-calling victims to claim that there is a problem with their immigration status.
Fraudsters are calling victims from what appears to a genuine Home Office telephone number 0207 354 848 - which has in fact been ‘spoofed’. To spoof numbers, fraudsters use software that allows them to display any number they wish on a victim’s phone.

Fraudsters tell victims there is a problem with their immigration status and in order to rectify this issue, they must pay an up-front fee. They are asked to confirm personal details, such as their passport number and date of arrival in the United Kingdom. If a victim starts to question the call, the fraudsters point out the ‘spoofed’ number to make the request seem legitimate.  
In 2017, 305 Action Fraud reports included the Home Office number 0207 035 4848.

Victims mainly Indian

Many victims who have been targeted by this fraud have had an association to India. The fraudsters often state that...

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Police: Cost of car insurance fraud to victims revealed in new police campaign

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  •  City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department launches campaign to raise awareness of fraudsters selling fake car insurance and warn motorists to ‘Steer Clear of Fraud’ 
  • Over 850 reports of ghost broking have been reported to Action Fraud in last three years, with reported losses from individuals and organisations totalling £631,000
  • Individual victims of ghost brokers lose on average £769 
  • Ghost brokers typically target men in their 20s, using social media 

The City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) has launched a national awareness campaign today (Monday 5 February 2018) to warn motorists about the dangers of buying fake car insurance from fraudsters, also known as ‘ghost brokers’, who are potentially leaving thousands of unsuspecting victims driving without insurance. 

Extent of the problem 

From November 2014 to October 2017, Action Fraud received more than 850 reports linked to ghost broking, with reported losses for both...

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Police: Fraudsters pose as Financial Ombudsman Service staff with fake compensation

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We're warning people to watch out for fraudsters claiming to be from the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Fraudsters claiming to be from the Ombudsman are cold-calling victims and telling them they have a cheque for a large amount of money from a compensation claim. The victim is then told to buy an iTunes (or similar voucher) roughly to the value of £300 to ‘release’ the compensation. They then claim that a courier will collect it from their home address and that a cheque will be sent to them in the post.

The service, which deals with complaints from consumers about the financial services industry, is a free service for the public and it would never cold call households to ask for a fee in order to claim reimbursement.

If you think a call claiming to be from the Ombudsman is suspicious you can call them directly on 0300 123 9123.

Protect yourself from fake Ombudsman calls

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