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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.

Face-to-face fraud

There are many legitimate door-to-door sales people, but some may not have good intentions. You can be pressured into buying something that you don't want or that isn't worth the money you pay for it.

Fraud by bogus tradespeople can take a variety of forms including:

  • fake charity collections
  • selling you unfair or unsuitable contracts
  • home maintenance or improvements that you are overcharged for or are badly done
  • potential thieves who are checking out your valuables once inside your home

Rogue traders

Find out more information here:

Report an incident

Details of how to report an incident of fraud

Bank Vishing Fraud

The PSNI are warning the public to beware of bogus calls from a male saying that they are calling from the 'Fraud Unit' in a local bank.

They will say that fraud has been spotted on your account and will then ask for payment card details including your security number on the rear of the card.

The calls are coming from a number starting 02895.

What to do

If you receive one of those calls trust your instincts and do not disclose personal or any security information to anyone you don't know. Be vigilant and remember that you can make a report online through www.actionfraud.police.uk or by ringing 0300 123 2040.

Scam phonecalls claiming to be from BT

The PSNI have been made aware of an ongoing telephone scam in the Fermanagh area. The caller claims to be from BT , but they are not.

While BT may contact you for lawful business purposes please be especially careful to check their credentials before giving out any information. If you have Caller ID you might notice that the number appears to be a local one. While these numbers are genuine they relate to completely innocent people who have nothing whatsoever to do with the scam. 

Further details are available on the PSNI facebook page.

These matters are currently under investigation. 

What to do

If you receive one of those calls please be vigilant and remember that you can make a report online through www.actionfraud.police.uk or by ringing 0300 123 2040.

Blueborne bluetooth attack

The PSNI Economic Crime Unit are warning the public about a threat to devices through Bluetooth.

Researchers have discovered a new way to attack your devices using Bluetooth they've named it "BlueBorne". 

It enables bad actors to compromise nearly every connected device via Bluetooth. 

There are 2 very useful videos which provide the advice that you will need.

The first explains what BlueBorne is and how your device can be affected. 

The second shows a demonstration of a takeover of an Android device.

DVLA tax refund scam

The PSNI are advising people to be aware of a scam involving a text message claiming to be from DVLA and offering a refund on tax.

The DVLA will not contact you in this way.

What to do

If you receive one of these text messages do not engage with the fraudster in any way.

Report the fraud to the PSNI

HMRC scam

The PSNI have been notified of a significant number of persons being contacted in the Derry/Londonderry area by people claiming to be from HMRC.  Demands are being made for money and some victims are being threatened with arrest if they do not pay.  Typically the fraudsters are targeting older and vulnerable people and leaving them in a distressed state.

What to do

Be aware and ignore any demands for money.  If you receive one of these phone calls end it immediately and do not engage with the fraudster in any way.

Report the fraud to the PSNI.

Health lottery scam

The PSNI are making the public aware of a false health lottery scam that is in circulation.

Phishing scam

The PSNI are making the public and businesses aware of a phishing scam.

The scam comes in the form of an email asking people for the payment of an outstanding invoice. The emails are designed to appear as though they have come from a known contact and will contain a suject heading similar to 'Invoice number 57685.'

The email will contain a link to viwew the fake invoice. 

However, once clicked and opened it leads to a document designed to download malware.

In turn this will then steal the users credentials and the malware can also possibly access your email contacts and in turn spread itself to these addresses.

What can you do:

  • Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites.
  • Check the legitimacy of any email received.
  • Use two factor authentication for processing payments.
  • Ensure you have up-to-date anti-virus software and perform regular scans, including scans for malware.
  • If you have clicked or activated the link you should seek professional advice from a reputable company.

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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