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Common Scams and Frauds 2017

Computer Software Service Fraud

A fraud which involves the victim being contacted and told that there is a problem with their computer and for a fee this can be fixed. No fix actually occurs.

Consumer Phone Fraud

This happens when victims are targeted through missed calls, text messages and ring tone scams. These contacts are to make unsuspecting victims respond via premium rate telephone calls and SMS messages.

Lottery Scams

The scam involves being informed of a non-existent lottery and in order to receive the prize victims must send some money or personal information in advance.

HM Revenue and Customs Fraud

This fraud occurs when fraud is commitment against HM Revenue and Customs.

Charity Fraud

A relative, usually a grandparent or aunt or uncle, receives a call from their "niece," "nephew" or "grandchild." There has been an emergency, and the "grandchild" needs money quickly. The stories vary, but they often involve an arrest or car accident.

Number spoofing

Scammers now have the technology to mimic an official telephone number so it comes up on your caller ID display. This can trick you into thinking the caller is really from a legitimate organisation, such as a bank or utility company.

Compensation calls

This is a call from a company asking about a car accident you’ve had and offering you compensation. Some of these could be genuine companies looking for business but others are scammers.

PPI Fraud

Contacted by phone, email or text message, and told you are owed a refund for mis-sold PPI. The refund promised is usually several thousand pounds. But if you’re asked to make a payment so that the money can be ‘released’, this is a scam that is sometimes called ‘advance fee fraud’.

Silent calls

The phone rang but there was no one on the other end of the line.

Automated Call

A recorded (marketing message) was played when you answered the phone.