Types of Fraud/Scams information:
Scam telephone calls – you may receive calls from people trying to obtain personal details and/or money from you. They may pretend to be a bank, the Police, other official organisations or traders.
Online – contact may be made via email, social media sites or online messaging platforms by criminals who may be pretending to be someone or an organisation known to you. Strangers may also try to befriend you online, in an attempt to find out your personal information in the hope of obtaining money.
Identity Fraud – your personal details may be obtained for use in fraudulent activity, such as taking out loans or acquiring documentation in your name.
Romance Fraud – you may believe that you are in a genuine relationship after meeting a new partner, through online dating websites/apps or social media platforms. Unfortunately this person may be a criminal using a fake profile and false identity to build a relationship with you. Their aim is to acquire money and/or personal details, or to encourage you to complete transactions on their behalf.
Sextortion – the practice of extorting money or sexual favours from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity. Criminals may make contact using fake online profiles and stolen images, and blackmail victims into sending money to prevent images or information being shared with family, friends or colleagues.
Push Payment or Bank Transfer Fraud – the scammer may convince you to transfer money from your bank account for what sounds like a legitimate reason, such as moving money to prevent your account being hacked or making what you believe to be a genuine payment for goods or services.
Investment/Pension Fraud – contact made out of the blue, offering opportunities to invest money in a product or scheme, or to invest or move your pension.