How do I report a fraud to Cheshire Police?
Only report a fraud to Cheshire Police if you are vulnerable, or if the offender is present or nearby. If this is the case or if you or someone else is in immediate danger call 999. If these circumstances do not apply, victims should report fraud or internet crime directly to Action Fraud.
The online reporting tool is a straightforward way to report fraud and internet crime. However, if you do not have internet access, or feel that you need more support, you can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and speak to an advisor.
How do the scammers get hold of my details?
Your details can be obtained from third parties by any number of ways - using legitimate and non-legitimate sources. Details are bought, sold on and gleaned from differing data sources.
How do I know if I am being set up as part of a scam?
You don’t! The key is to remember that 'if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is'. Because many scammers like to prey on the vulnerabilities of others, they will use any means to obtain your money. If you are ever in any doubt as to if a scam is taking place, please contact the Action Fraud line on 0300 123 2040 for advice and guidance.
Which types of fraud are most common?
Money transfer agent scams, i.e., U-kash vouchers, is still a commonly used scam because it is difficult to trace the recipient once the payment has been released. Most U-kash scams can start with a company ringing you about a computer virus in your system hardware.
Fraud on auction websites sites such as ebay is showing a distinct rise. Remember if you pay online using secure websites like paypal, you are covered and will get your money back. This is why eBay encourages all its members not to give or receive payments outside of the ebay payment system.
What is your advice to avoid becoming a victim of fraud?
Be as economical as you can about passing your personal details across to unknown sources, in particular bank account details. Anyone can become a victim of fraud. Action Fraud receives fraud reports from people of all ages and from all parts of the country, including from those who thought it could “never happen to me”. There is no shame in becoming a victim, and the best thing that you can do is speak out about it by reporting it to Action Fraud and help protect other people from becoming victims themselves.