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iPhone 4 auction scam warning

2nd November 2010

Police are urging members of the public to be vigilant when using online auction sites to buy goods online.

The warning follows the theft of thousands of pounds worth of iPhone 4 handsets from Vodafone, that were later sold on eBay. The iPhones have been recovered from across the country.

Police are warning that anyone found to be in possession of a stolen iPhone could be liable for arrest and prosecution for possession of stolen goods.

Apple iPhone 4 on eBay

Take That ticket scam warning

1st November 2010

Take That fans are being warned about fake websites selling counterfeit tickets for Take That’s ‘Progress Live’ tour.

It’s been reported that fraudsters could make millions out of selling bogus tickets to desperate fans.

Fake websites take payment for the non-existent tickets. The websites then close down and disappear, leaving fans without any tickets whatsoever.

Spot fake websites

Christmas counterfeit websites warning

28th October 2010

Consumers are being warned that scam websites selling counterfeit or non-existent Christmas gifts are already emerging prior to the festive season.

Trading Standards is warning that Christmas shoppers who are looking for bargains are easy targets for fraudsters. Many scam websites look almost identical to legitimate websites. While scam sites are closed down, it is harder for the authorities to close down sites based abroad, and similar scam websites tend to appear quickly anyway.

Students don’t check bank statements

27th October 2010

A study has found that half of the UK’s students are leaving themselves open to fraud by not regularly checking their bank statements.

The study also found that they didn’t dispose of their statements securely. Despite this, 80% of students are cautious about giving out personal information online.

Checking bank statements helps you spot identity fraud

£78million fraud loss reported to Action Fraud

26th October 2010

In the first year of Action Fraud, over 150,000 people have joined the fight against fraud, contacting Action Fraud for advice or to report frauds totalling £78m. The average fraud loss reported was £500.

The average number of daily visitors to the Action Fraud website has risen by 319% in the last six months.

Marking the first anniversary of the service, the National Fraud Authority continues to urge every victim of fraud to report their loss to Action Fraud.

Don’t be conned in the cold weather

25th October 2010

People are being warned to be wary of rogue doorstep traders offering winter home improvement services.

Age UK and the Office of Fair Trading are concerned that vulnerable people such as older people may be particularly vulnerable to scams like these.

Some common scams to be aware of as winter approaches include:

‘Bernhardos’ charity scam

21st October 2010

Residents are being urged to watch out for charity bags being distributed by a company calling themselves ‘Bernhardos’.

The company is using a name, colour scheme and logo that is very similar to the genuine charity, ‘Barnados’. It claims to be collecting clothing on behalf of St Pranciskus Asyzietis Parish in Lithuania, but the company is not a registered charity and is currently being investigated.

Beware of charity bag scams

Roadside jewellery scam

20th October 2010

Police are warning motorists to beware of a potential scam involving men claiming to have broken down, who say they need money for fuel.

In the reported cases, motorists have been flagged down by men from a supposedly broken down car. They either asked the victims for cash so that they can buy fuel, or offered jewellery or watches in exchange for cash. Police are warning that the jewellery is often cheap gold or polished metal and not worth the money they are asked to pay.

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