Recent scams

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

Scam broadband and phone provider cold calls

People are being asked to be wary of cold calls from anyone claiming to be from BT.  

Darknet/ Darkweb scam

Be alert to scams involving people claiming to be from the Darkweb and Darknet saying they have hacked your computer. Find out more at Darknet/ Darkweb scam.

Investment fraud

Police are appealing for the public to be vigilant after around £150,000 was defrauded from a member of the public after receiving a pop-up to invest in stocks and shares. See investment fraud for more details.

Bank scam

Police are appealing for the public to be alert after £67,000 was criminally taken from a member of the public's bank account after replying to a text message from criminals claiming to be from Danske Bank. See bank scam for more details.

Facebook Marketplace scam

Find out how to protect yourself from losing money when buying items from Facebook Marketplace.

Sextortion scam alert

Action Fraud are alerting the public to an increased number of reports of sextortion emails.

Online retailer and bank scam

Be aware of a complex scam from criminals pretending to be  from Amazon and Santander.

Foreign exchange company scam

Information about scammers who have been cold calling potential victims claiming to be from a foreign exchange company.

Appliances scam

Be aware of a scam selling people defective appliances, including fridges and freezers.

Broadband provider cold-calling scam

Be aware of a scam involving cold callers claiming to be from a broadband provider about issues with your privacy settings.

Fake law enforcement message scam

Information about a scam involving fraudsters claiming to be from a law enforcement organisation.

Scam alert - money mules

You should always be very careful about allowing others to use your bank account. You could end up becoming a money mule for criminals.

Broadband provider compensation cold call scam

Be aware of a scam involving cold callers claiming to be from a broadband provider offering compensation for poor service.

Courier fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.

Medical treatment waiting list scam

If you're on waiting list for medical treatment, be alert to a scam asking for payment so you can be treated sooner.  

Cold call broadband and search engine provider scam

Be aware of a scam involving cold callers claiming to be from a broadband and search engine provider.

Bogus or unfamiliar callers

Advice on how to deal with unfamiliar or bogus callers to your door.

Fake solicitor email when buying a house scam

Be alert to fake solicitor emails when buying a house.

Computer problem cold-calling scam

Details of a phone scam offering help to fix a computer problem. 

'Money-winning' social media message scam

Details of a social media message scam claiming to be from a family member who has won money. 

Warning about data protection emails

Advice to be cautious when getting emails about data protection and privacy notices.

Television service provider cold call scam

Details of a television service provider cold call scam.

Cryptocurrency scams

Advice and details of scams about cryptocurrency:

False telephone preference service fraud

Be alert to a false telephone preference service fraud.

Bank fake text message 

Details are available about a bank fake text message.

Online banking telephone scam (Vishing)

Details of recent incidents of vishing.

Fraud alert for schools and staff

Details are available alerting schools and staff to a recent fraud.

Flight ticket fraud

Details are available alerting the public to a flight ticket fraud.

Property sales fraud

Be aware of a property sales fraud you may encounter.

Scammers claiming to be from Action Fraud UK

Details about an incident when scammers have claimed to be calling from Action Fraud UK.

​Email scam claiming to be from Paypal

Details of an email scam claiming to come from Paypal.

Scam involving Moneygram phishing attacks

Details about a scam involving a Moneygram Phishing attack.

Scam involving Facebook and Google Hangouts

Be alert to scams through Facebook and Google Hangouts.

Email scam pretending to be from Banana Republic

Details of a scam pretending to come from Banana Republic.

Email scam pretending to be from Apple

Details of a scam pretending to come from Apple.

Phone scam pretending to be from HMRC

Be alert to scams pretending to come from HMRC.

Scammer pretending to be from a church

You should be aware that scammers targeted 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.

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

For information and advice about rogue traders see:

Report an incident

Find out how to report an incident of fraud at report a suspected 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 Action Fraud or by phoning 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 and fraud in their area, by 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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