Entries by John Heslop

Flight Ticket Fraud Alert

Fraudsters are attempting to entice victims who are looking for cheap flights abroad. Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a “popular” ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. In some cases, all communications between the company or broker and […]

Cost of car insurance fraud to victims revealed in new police campaign

 City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department launches campaign to raise awareness of fraudsters selling fake car insurance and warn motorists to ‘Steer Clear of Fraud’ Over 850 reports of ghost broking have been reported to Action Fraud in last three years, with reported losses from individuals and organisations totalling £631,000 Individual victims of […]

Phantom Debt Fraud Alert – January 2018

Phantom Debt Fraud  Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under […]

Email Frauds – Information Request

TV production company Rumpus Media and are currently looking into various email scams. And are looking to collect as many examples of scam emails as possible to get an overview of how this particular area works. Please see poster for contact details.  

Finance industry, police and trading standards unite to tackle fraud

Ground-breaking rapid response scheme – the Banking Protocol – means branch staff can alert police and Trading Standards to suspected frauds taking place Scheme rolling out nationwide with more than £9 million of potential fraud stopped in first year The Banking Protocol has led to 101 arrests in 12 months since launch A ground-breaking fraud […]

Alert: We’re aware of fake websites selling tickets for the Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker boxing match before their official release date

Action Fraud is warning the public not to purchase tickets for the Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker Heavyweight World title boxing match on websites that are offering them before their official release date.  Tickets for the blockbuster Heavyweight World title boxing match between Anthony Joshua MBE and Joseph Parker go on pre-sale to Matchroom Fight Pass […]

Fake Government Grants Fraud Alert – 13/12/2017

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee. To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf […]

Shopping Online Safely – 24/11/2017

How To Shop Online Safely Check the web address Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site. Is it a secure connection? Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and […]