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This page will provide the latest information on scams that you may be likely to encounter.

PSNI Fraud Alert Noticeboard

 

The PSNI hosts a fraud alert noticeboard which is updated when they become aware of new scams that you may encounter.

It provides a reliable, source of information that can prevent you from falling victim to scammers.

Action Fraud Alert

Members of the Public can sign up to Action Fraud Alert, for free and receive direct, verified accurate information about scams & fraud in their area, via email, recorded voice and text message.

Go to the  Action Fraud Website and follow the Step –by- Step instructions.

This system is provided by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which is run by City of London Police as a national service.

Employment Fraud

Employment fraud happens when a fraudster claims to be a recruitment agent seeking to hire you for a job. This can be in a foreign country and in reality the position offered doesn’t exist.

Fraud Recovery Fraud

This occurs when an individual has previously been the Victim of a Fraud is again targeted by Fraudsters, pretending to be a Solicitor or Police Officer claiming they can apprehend the perpetrator and recover monies lost for a fee.

Once the individual pays any money the fraudsters will keep coming back for more ‘fees’ which are required to be paid for release of the original amount stolen.

They will then seek details of the individual’s bank account, in order that the ‘recovered monies’ can be paid in.

All of this information is false and contact should be broken off immediately and the matter reported to Action Fraud.

Investment Fraud - Boiler Room Scams

This type of scam targets those individuals who have at any time in the past owned ‘shares.’  The Fraudsters will initiate contact usually via ‘cold telephone calls.’ 

They will be very knowledgeable regarding the background of the person they are targeting.  The fraudsters will carry out a form of ‘grooming’ of their victim, gaining their trust, before applying significant pressure to invest substantial amounts of money in bogus investments.  Once the fraudsters have successfully received money from their victim, they often continue targeting them until the victim has lost everything.

The impact on the victim’s life cannot be under-estimated.

Mass Marketing Fraud - Consumer Frauds

Mass marketing fraud is when you receive an uninvited contact by email, letter, phone or adverts, making false promises to con you out of money.

Mass marketing fraudsters try to lure victims with false promises of large cash prizes, goods or services in exchange for upfront fees, or what they call taxes or donations.

Mass marketing scams are also known as consumer frauds. They could involve:

Someone pretending to sell something they don’t have. The fraudster takes your money without giving anything in return for it.
A fraudster supplying goods or services which are of a lower quality than those paid for, or failing to supply the goods and service bought altogether.
Someone trying to persuade you to buy something you don’t really want using oppressive marketing or sales techniques.

Common mass-marketing scams include:

  • Foreign lotteries and sweepstakes
  • ‘419’ letter scams
  • Charity scams
  • Romance scams
  • Boiler room or share sale fraud

If you think you’ve been a victim of any scam outlined above contact Action Fraud via their online reporting tool. 

Alternatively, call them on:  0300 123 2040.

 

 

 

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