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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
On Monday (5 March), a large amount of cash had been stolen from a house on South Coast Road in Peacehaven (ref: 0807 05/03).
Between 9.00am and 17.00pm on Monday (5 March), a house was broken into on Tye Close in Saltdean, Brighton. The patio doors at the rear of the property had been broken but it is unsure what was taken (ref: 0857 05/03).
Help us keep Sussex safe
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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