|Scammers and Fraud
This week two of our members have reported receiving emails supposedly from DVLA informing them that their online license application had not worked because they had used a debit card and there was not enough money in their account to cover it. The suggestion was to use a credit card, followed by the usual ‘click here’ etc. Luckily both members spotted it was a scam and did not reply.
This week the Daily Mail newspaper has run a big article on fraud and scammers and the following information has been taken from it. The full article can be seen by clicking on the link at the end of this message which will take you to their ‘Scam webpage’.
Now, exclusive figures from Action Fraud reveal for the first time the true cost of the coronavirus fraud epidemic. The total amount of money lost to fraud has almost quadrupled since the start of the pandemic in March, when losses totalled around £3 million per day.
Some information from the article:
- There were 22,785 cases recorded in March, with losses totalling £92.3m
- By July cases had jumped 43% to 32,658, while losses had soared to £356.6m
- But victims could be losing £80m a day as only a fraction of fraud is reported
- We reveal 13 tricks used by the coronavirus con artists and how YOU can stop them - and the stories of those who lost hundreds of pounds
Scams covered in the article include the following, most of which we have covered in previous ewatch messages:
- police inform you they are investigating fraudulent activity on your bank account
- phone fraudsters posing as Amazon staff, HMRC, TV Licensing, Lottery, Government Green Homes Grant, mobile or broadband provider, even the local council’s bereavement service
- caller claiming to be from the NHS Test And Trace scheme
- contacted by email, text message, via social media or in person by someone who says they work for Jobcentre Plus ref. Universal Credit
- adverts selling puppies and kittens
- email hacking