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Scams are fraud and fraud is crime - report it. Operation Signature is the force campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex. Increasingly, fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.
Did you know?
· 1 in 5 people fall victim to fraud every year
· Nearly 50% of all adults have been targeted by fraudsters
Technology is enabling fraudsters to carry out attacks quicker and employ more complex behaviours to remain undetected.
What kinds of fraud are there?
Common fraud types are:
· Mail fraud: con artists use fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures and pyramid selling to get money from their victims
· Investment fraud: the victim is offered investment opportunities in land, fine wines, share sales or carbon credits which have little or no value
· Romance fraud: the fraudster meets someone on a dating site and gains their trust. They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency or flights over to see them
· Courier fraud: fraudsters call and trick the victim into handing cards and PIN numbers to a courier on their doorstep
· Fraud recovery: when fraudsters approach the victim again under a different guise, such as Trading Standards or Court officials, demanding money up front in order to finance court action to recoup some of the losses from the original crime.
There are many more types of fraud. Please see the Action Fraud website for more details: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Key things to remember:
· Never send or give money to anyone you don't know or trust
· Check people are who they say they are
· Don't share your personal information
· Make decisions in your own time
· If in doubt phone a relative or a friend
Trust no-one who cold calls you about your bank account or a problem with your computer. Under no circumstances would the bank or police request a card PIN or security details over the telephone or arrange collection of bank cards from a home address.
What is being done about these crimes?
The Operation Signature work focuses on the protection of the vulnerable members of our communities in Sussex, preventing them from becoming victims of such fraud and subject to further financial loss. We have a process for recognising victims of all fraud as victims of crime and providing preventative measures to support and protect them from further targeting. This can include helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number, contacting family to suggest Power of Attorney, mail re-direction, offering them advice on call blocking devices and referring them to other support services. We also aim to raise awareness of the issue within our communities through our Neighbourhood Policing Teams and the media, encouraging people to take preventative steps.
What do I do if I think someone I know has been a victim of fraud?
If you, or someone you know might be vulnerable to fraud, please contact Sussex Police on 101 or email email@example.com
Between 9.30pm on Thursday (1 March) and 6.45 am on Friday (2 March), a property was broken into on Dursley Road in Eastbourne. A bicycle was taken from the garden and the house keys were taken (ref: 0173 02/03).
On Sunday (4 March) a property was broken into on Kingfisher Drive in Eastbourne. The front door had been forced open and a coat had been taken (ref: 0134 05/03).
On Monday morning (5 March), a property on Hyde Gardens in Eastbourne was broken into. It is unknown what was taken (ref: 0315 05/03).
Also on Monday morning (5 March), a house was broken into on Howletts Close in Eastbourne. A Sky remote and gold plate rotary watch has been taken (ref: 0299 06/03).
Between 9.30am and 3.00pm on Tuesday (6 March), a property was broken into on Foxglove Road in Eastbourne. It is unknown what has been taken (ref: 0739 06/03).
On Wednesday (7 March), it was reported to us that there was an attempted break to a garage on Spring Close in Eastbourne (ref: 0603 07/03).
A house was broken into on Thursday (8 March) between 9.10am and 2.30pm. This incident occurred on Meads Road in Eastbourne and the items that were taken include two passports, credit cards, a wallet and change (ref: 0770 08/03).
Also on Thursday (8 March) between 11.30am and 16.45pm, a house was broken into on Willow Walk in Eastbourne. It is unknown what was taken (ref: 0821 08/03).
On Thursday (8 March), 4 males posing to be from the Water Board forced their way into a house in Bradford Street in Eastbourne. It is currently unknown what was taken (ref: 0898 08/03).
On Friday (9 March), it was reported to us that two garages were broken into on Swallow Close in Eastbourne (ref: 0153 09/03).
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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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