Secretary’s Report – March/April 2019

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Fraud Awareness

Lincolnshire Police have some great advice and support when it comes to dealing with Fraud and Scams. Fraud is a hidden and under-reported crime with victims often in denial or unaware of the criminality behind it. Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and sophisticated, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.

‘Operation Signature’ is a national standardised reporting and recording process, to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud. The process provides preventative and support measures intended to protect victims and safeguard them from being targeted for further offences.

Technology is enabling fraudsters to carry out attacks quicker and employ more complex behaviours to remain undetected. 1 in 5 people fall victim to fraud every year and nearly 50% of all adults have been targeted by fraudsters.

Common fraud includes:

  • Mail fraud: con artists use fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures and pyramid selling to get money from their victims;
  • Investment fraud: the victim is offered investment opportunities in land, fine wines, share sales or carbon credits which have little or no value;
  • Romance fraud: the fraudster meets someone on a dating site and gains their trust. They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency or flights over to see them;
  • Courier fraud: fraudsters call and trick the victim into handing cards and PIN numbers to a courier on their doorstep; and
  • Fraud recovery: when fraudsters approach the victim again under a different guise, such as Trading Standards or Court officials, demanding money up front in order to finance court action to recoup some of the losses from the original crime.

Never ever feel pressurised into anything! Any reputable organisation will not cold call you and ask you to part with money there and then. If in doubt, report the matter or seek advice in a number of ways. The best way for immediate help and advice is through Action Fraud. They can be contacted on 0300 123 2040 and they have extensive information and resources on their website which I would urge all our members and readers to visit.

Action Fraud website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Also, please feel free to call me as your secretary especially with my background in policing. If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will. Please stay safe and fraud free!

Jonathan Ferrari

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