• 07 Feb 2024 3:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A CARER has been jailed after she used the bank cards of the vulnerable people in her care to order items for herself.

    The fraud came to light when a woman from Warwick contacted Warwickshire Police to say she believed her carer, Amie Swinbourne, had used her bank card.

  • 03 Feb 2024 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Automated push payment (APP) fraud is rife across the UK, with 1 in 3 consumers falling victim and over half (53%) saying it’s getting harder to spot the signs.

    New research from Visa reveals the negative impact of authorised push payment (APP) fraud on UK consumers beyond the financial loss.

  • 03 Feb 2024 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to Cifas research, one in six UK adults have exaggerated their earnings to get a mortgage, or know someone that has.

    The fraud prevention service found that some people are prepared to dishonestly inflate their earnings by as much as £10,000, and even forge payslips, in order to buy or remortgage a home.

  • 03 Feb 2024 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A quarter of young people would lie on car insurance applications to get cheaper policies amid soaring costs, the industry warned.

    A survey by Insurance Fraud Bureau found a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds would lie to get cheaper insurance, with more risking “fronting” by posing as a named driver on a parent’s main policy.

  • 03 Feb 2024 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    They have been sentenced for conspiracy to commit fraud and animal welfare offences.

    Five people from Kent have been locked up after raking in over £500,000 through a puppy farm scam, selling sick dogs to unsuspecting members of the public. Wally Beaney, Louise Smith, Maria Smith, Charlotte Byron and Debbie Lampard have been sentenced following an investigation from the RSPCA and Kent Police.

  • 24 Jan 2024 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A 30-year-old acting as an unauthorised – or “ghost” – broker has been convicted for his involvement in a fraudulent motor insurance scheme targeting the Sudanese community.

    Hafiz Mohammad, from Polygon Street, Manchester, was found guilty of selling illegitimate policies to individuals, many of whom had limited English proficiency.

  • 24 Jan 2024 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Somerset man who conned women out of thousands of pounds has been jailed again.

    Sebastian Timmis stole more than £30,000 by convincing his victims to transfer him money, having won their trust through dating apps and websites.

  • 24 Jan 2024 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two pension fraudsters have been ordered to hand over the majority of their assets after a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) investigation by The Pensions Regulator (TPR), with the money to be returned to the pension schemes affected by the duo.

    The successful conclusion to the investigation also means that Dalriada Trustees, the independent trustees running the affected schemes, can now take steps to further progress the claims on the Fraud Compensation Fund.

  • 24 Jan 2024 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pensioners are being urged to be vigilant after a spate of courier frauds in the east and south of the UK, including one case where a victim lost £5.3 million.

    Reports to Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting service, have shown that members of the public have been contacted by criminals purporting to be either from the police or from their bank, claiming that the victim’s account has been taken over by fraudsters.

  • 20 Jan 2024 11:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last year I was the victim of a banking scam. For a while, it appeared that I had lost everything, but luckily the perpetrator was so eerily accomplished at mirroring the bank’s technology and phone numbers that they agreed I wasn’t at fault and the money was refunded to me.

    Becky Holmes, a popular presence on Twitter, has written a book about a different sort of fraud, one much more personally invasive and traumatic than the kind I experienced. She writes about romantic fraud, in which a perpetrator assumes a false identity – in more outlandish frauds, sometimes posing as a celebrity (there’s more than one Keanu Reeves out there) – to woo another person online, eventually using the relationship to extort money and gifts.

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