Here is your Weekly Fraud Bulletin detailing current scams and fraudulent tactics being used by fraudsters. Please be aware of these to reduce the chance of you becoming a victim.
Increasing scam trends
Action Fraud have issued an alert regarding fake Norton emails (and MacAfee) , after receiving 110 reports in a week. The emails state that the recipient’s anti-virus software has expired or is set to renew and are urged to contact the ‘support’ team to cancel. The email contains a scam telephone number or links to a website designed to steal personal and financial information.
A marketplace app is rising in popularity with more users signing up to the platform to buy and sell their unwanted items and make some money. The most common scams carried out through Vinted appear to be where the payment is requested to be made outside of Vinted, for example, through PayPal, Cash App or by bank transfer. The payment is received, but the items are never sent. Recently, it was reported that a buyer purchasing an item through Vinted was informed by the seller that they only take payments through PayPal as their accounts are linked to Russian banks. Once payment was made the item was never sent.
Invoice scams which target small and medium-sized businesses now make up 55 per cent of all money lost to fraud. This method also impacts on individuals, schools and charities etc.
For more information about fraud and how to prevent it, please follow this link on the Cheshire Police website:
Advice about fraud | Cheshire Constabulary