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New fraud factsheets

29th September 2010

New factsheets helping people protect themselves from different types of fraud have been published by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA).

The factsheets cover common frauds, 12 tips to avoid being a victim, online fraud, identity fraud, payment card fraud and cheque fraud. There’s also a factsheet helping bank staff protect vulnerable customers from fraud.

British Awards Council scam

29th September 2010

Residents should watch out for a scam letter from an organisation called ‘The British Awards Council’, encouraging them to call a premium rate phone number in return for a prize.

These letters should be ignored. Scams like these tempt people into calling the premium rate phone number with the promise of a prize such as a car, holiday, digital television or a large amount of cash. Callers often end up with a high phone bill but no prize.

Scammers use expensive packaging for prize-draw con

28th September 2010

Trading Standards is warning people to watch out for prize draw offers arriving in unusual packaging.

The warning comes after there have been reports of scam mail packaged in cardboard tubes usually used to send posters or prints. This particular scam seems to originate in China. The offer demands an advanced fee of £30 before the prize can be claimed.

Too good to be true

Bogus US soldiers – Romance scam

27th September 2010

Fraudsters posing as US soldiers on dating websites have been targeting British women to con them out of money.

The fraudsters often take the name and rank of a US soldier who is serving with the Army and use photos of soldiers taken from the internet, including from genuine profiles on social networking websites.

How does the US soldier romance scam work?

Take care when using cash machines

24th September 2010

Plastic card holders are being urged to be vigilant before withdrawing cash following a number of fraud incidents at cash points.

Some card users have reported that their card has been retained at cash machines. Fraudsters have then retrieved the cards and used them to withdraw money from the victims’ accounts.

Students warned about scam emails

23rd September 2010

Students are being warned that they are at increased risk of being targeted by scammers at the start of term.

They are being urged to be vigilant and not to disclose any personal or bank details in response to emails that look like they are from Student Finance England or the Student Loans Company.

British Transport Police scam warning

22nd September 2010

Police are warning internet users not to reply to a fake email purporting to be from the British Transport Police.

The email asks for money relating to importing vehicles into the UK. This is a scam. The British Transport Police has no involvement with vehicle importation and would never demand money in this way.

Anyone who has lost money to a scam like this is being asked to report it to Action Fraud.

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