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  • 25 May 2024 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Purchase scams and romance frauds pushed up the number of cases where people were tricked into losing money to fraudsters last year, according to a trade association.

    A record amount was lost to purchase scams last year, where people were tricked into paying for goods that never materialised, UK Finance said.

    It also warned that people looking to attend events such as the Olympics and Taylor Swift concerts could be targeted by scammers this year.

  • 25 May 2024 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The amount victims lost to fraud soared past £1bn in 2023 – a fraction less than during the previous year, a report finds.

    This figure (£1.17bn) could have doubled had it not been for banks intervening, which prevented an extra £1.25bn going into the pockets of criminals.

  • 23 May 2024 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A record purchase scam level is behind the rise in APP fraud cases in 2023, UK Finance has warned. A record amount was lost to purchase scams last year, where people were tricked into paying for goods that never materialised, UK Finance said.

  • 23 May 2024 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi, just read an interesting article on Inside Housing about tenancy fraud see below:

    English regulator is ‘turning a wilful blind eye’ to tenancy fraud, experts warn

    A non-executive director at the Tenancy Fraud Forum (TFF) has accused the English regulator of “turning a wilful blind eye” to tenancy fraud and said it has “lost sight of the real victims”.

  • 23 May 2024 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A recent trial by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has revealed that tens of thousands of benefit claimants may be breaking the rules. The DWP asked two high street banks to monitor the bank accounts of individuals receiving Universal Credit, Pension Credit, or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance).

  • 23 May 2024 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A woman who ran a multimillion-pound touting business which bought and sold tickets on an “industrial scale” has been jailed for four years by judge who said she acted “out of greed”.

    Maria Chenery-Woods, who was known as the Ticket Queen, was the driving force behind Norfolk-based TQ Tickets Ltd, which used dozens of identities to buy tickets for high-profile acts such as Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga and sell them on secondary ticket websites, often at highly inflated prices, a judge said.

  • 23 May 2024 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Judge at Newport Magistrates’ Court imposes suspended sentence on chef who admitted carrying out fraud.

    An award-winning chef who defrauded the care home he worked for by buying items that he intended to sell on for his own gain has been ordered to pay back the full amount.

    Jamie Parker-Evans, also known as Jamie Parker, was head chef at Capel Grange Nursing Home in Newport when he carried out the fraud.

  • 23 May 2024 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Muslims planning Hajj trips are often targeted by fraudsters when trying to organise the costly trip to Mecca but feel too ashamed to speak out, MPs heard in the build-up to this year’s pilgrimage.

    Police forces across the country report that British Muslims are being fleeced out of between £1,000 and £33,000 by fraudsters who promise to arrange their Hajj travel and accommodation outside of official channels.

  • 17 May 2024 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has charged Kristofer McGuire, Keith Williamson and Karla Walker with fraud for their alleged involvement in a high-risk trading scheme, which targeted people’s pension savings.

    The three individuals were charged with multiple offences, including fraud by false representation and fraudulent trading, after allegedly targeting victims by persuading them to invest in contracts for difference (CFDs), a high-risk investment product used to bet on the price of an asset.

  • 14 May 2024 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two people who traded fraudulently through their business and scammed victims out of over £24,000 have been sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

    After a lengthy and protracted investigation into the activities of a number of Letting agencies, the two defendants Sultana Akther, (40), of Spencer Road, Rainham and Skeena Noor Rashid, (27), of Herold Mugford Terrace, Pearl Close, Beckton, pleaded guilty to fraudulent trading.

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