TIM DREW: Watch out for emails or telephone calls from frausters

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

Action Fraud reports that it has received numerous reports from people who have been cold-called or emailed by scammers claiming to be from Action Fraud and the National Fraud Authority (NFA). The NFA was shut down in 2013.

The fraudsters are cold-calling from withheld numbers and via actionfraud999@gmail.com

The scams that they are attempting to perpetrate include the following:

• Telling targets that they can obtain a refund from a previous fraud because the suspect has been caught.

• Scaring targets into thinking that their IP address is being used as part of fraud overseas and that remote access is needed to rectify the issue.

• Claiming that the targets are entitled to refunds and that bank details are required to transfer the money.

• Asking for personal information, including passports and driver’s licences.

• Claiming that they can recover money from a previous fraud.

• Sending emails asking targets to complete a survey which contains suspicious links.

Action Fraud would never under any circumstances request such information and would only email from contact@actionfraud.police.uk

Please remember that it is easy for fraudsters to set up an email address like gmail.com and that this can be changed at any time.

If you receive a call or email that is suspicious and you want to verify the caller’s identity, you can call 0300 123 2040 or email: contact@actionfraud.police.uk

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report via its website.

You can now also sign up up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

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