Latest news - find out about recent scams

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

​Email scam claiming to be from Paypal

Details are available here about this latest email scam claiming to come from Paypal.

Scam involving Moneygram Phishing attacks

Details are available here about this scam which has seen older people targetted in a Moneygram Phishing attack

Scam involving Facebook and Google Hangouts

Details are available here about this scam which is happening through Facebook and Google Hangouts.

Email scam pretending to be from Banana Republic

Details are available here about this latest scam pretending to come from Banana Republic.

Email scam pretending to be from Apple

Details are available here about this latest scam pretending to come from Apple.

Phone scam pretending to be from HMRC

Details are available here about this latest scam pretending to come from HMRC.

Scammer pretending to be from a church

You should be aware that scammers have recently been targeting members of the public while pretending to be from a church.

In the most recent instance a treasurer received an email from a person, pretending to be the Pastor, instructing them to pay two urgent invoices.

Over £20,000 was paid before it became clear this was a scam.  

In another case, a lady had received an email from a person pretending to be her church treasurer saying that they needed money to pay for an operation.

Vigilant Post Office staff  stopped the lady from being scammed in this way.

The lady was about to transfer £1800 to the scammers account. The scammer had asked that the transfer of money was done using MoneyGram.

Please be alert to any such requests that you may receive.

Broadband scam

The PSNI are alerting the public to a telephone scam involving an ‘engineer’ claiming to be from a broadband company (who was actually a scam artist).

You may receive a call telling you that your broadband had been hacked, but the 'good news was that it could be fixed'.

To 'fix it', the ‘engineer’ will ask you for remote access to your computer. Remote access is allowing someone to control the computer over the internet.

This has happened recently in Northern Ireland and the member of the public has allowed the 'engineer' to take control of their computer.

The scam artist took control of the computer, logged in to the internet banking and stole a significant amount of money.

The investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the bank and Action Fraud.

 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 Action Fraud or by ringing 0300 123 2040.

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 or by ringing 0300 123 2040.

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.

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.




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