TIM DREW: People urged to be vigilant following Action Fraud’s latest scam warning

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ACTION FRAUD has recently warned of two new scams, the first of which involves cold-calling individuals and offering them the chance to invest in 65+ Bonds, also known as Pensioner Bonds.

They are then directed to a bogus website claiming to be the official site of National Savings & Investments (NS&I) and are there asked to supply contact information.

Victims then receive a follow up email and/or telephone call from the fraudsters, who will request evidence of identity documents and bank account details, either over the phone or by sending the victims fake forms to complete.

A common name that appears on the emails sent by the fraudsters is ‘Kevin Archer’. The second scam involves the advertisement for sale of vehicles which do not exist.

The fraudsters advertise on an auction website and persuade their victim to agree to purchase a vehicle, making sure that all correspondence is via email.

The buyer then receives an email purporting to be from genuine payment merchants or auction websites, which states that the money paid for the vehicle will be held in an ‘escrow account’.

The email indicates that the money will be released to the seller, once the buyer has confirmed satisfaction with the purchase, and that ‘buyer protection’ will be provided. Actually, the ‘escrow account’ is controlled by fraudsters.

• PCSO Sally Haggis will be available for a chat between 11am and 11.30am on Tuesday, May 5, outside Gala Bingo in Plaza Parade, Rowlands Road, Worthing. On Saturday, May 9, the first of this year’s promotional and awareness campaign events run by Worthing Neighbourhood Wood will take place at South Street Square (at the junction of South Street and Warwick Street) between 10am and 4pm. We would like to record our grateful thanks to the West Sussex Community Initiative Fund for its support for what we believe to be a worthwhile exercise in helping to prevent crime and raising NHW’s profile in general.